Del Brown’s Merkin Crab SBS

Del Brown, a name synonymous with Permit fishing, is often credited as the man who originally cracked the Permit code. The secret to his success was his Merkin Crab. Del used strands of rug yarn, tied square to the hook shank, trimmed into the body with a very basic addition of feathers for pincers and […]

Alphlexo in depth

While fishing with Alec Gerbec in Alphonse I quizzed him about the Alphlexo crab pattern and how it was different to the better known Flexo crab. Speaking of the Flexo, I searched the net for a possible originator of this fly and it seems that Richard Whitner is connected to the early development or at […]

This is the holy grail of flats fly-fishing

The following feature was published on the Red Bull website: A permit is not (only) something you need to legally be on the water. It is indeed a fish. THE fish As addictive as fishing warm water shallows, ‘flats,’ may be to saltwater fly fishermen, they can be frustrating deserts through which many agonising footsteps […]

Alflexo SBS

The myth, the legend.  The fly that has embarrassed self respecting Alphonse and St Francois Permit for a few seasons now. My first attempts at this were laughable.  The “crab tube” I had bought was not the right stuff at all.  A post by MC offered clues into the material used.  Techflex Flexo tube in […]

Share the Love

Mark Taylor and Jeff Tyseer got hold of me awhile back about a Permit mission they doing to Oman’s southern beaches. I imparted what I knew and got very jealous around the time of their departure. Below is an email and photos I recieved post trip from Jeff and clearly explains why we do the […]

In preparation for Seychelles – Part 1: The Tan Clouser

The reason for this post is to share the tying demonstration of a fly pattern, as tied by Chris Bladen, with Ewan Naude. Ewan and I will be fishing the Seychelles in a few week’s time and the rat race to get hold of as much info about the place as possible has started. Chris’ Tan Clouser worked well for […]