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 […]

UV colours for trout – fact or fallacy?

UV colours for trout – fact or fallacy? There has been a lot of talk about UV dubbing and the use of UV crystal flash in flies for trout (and many other fish species). I started using UV colours a number of years ago after Mark Krige insisted that flies containing materials reflecting UV light […]

HERMIT HERNANDEZ – A HERMIT CRAB FLY SBS

I didn’t know how this name popped into my head and decided to give it a google, pre-post.  Turns out there was an American Footballer with that last name who became a murderer and its on my Netflix home screen.  Not sure if he was a hermit though, and hopefully this fly murders the perms.  […]

Foam Turneffe Crab SBS

I’ve been playing with Turneffe proportions and materials the last day or so, particularly hoping to substitute deer hair for spun foam and micro ultra chenille for the round rubber legs.  First test was with sheet foam and didnt quite look right.  Today I managed to find some 0.5mm beetle foam (?) which I was […]

Steffans Sudan Turneffe

Steffan had been to Sudan multiple times when I met him there.  His Triggerfish fly box was a shock to me -one fly.  Various weights and sizes, but a single pattern.  Turneffe crabs.  Everywhere.  He remarked “this is the only fly for triggers”,  Stu piped up with, “yup, if they don’t eat it, its just […]

Meet the Tuscan Bunny’s nasty African cousin

Gas Hed Mullet

Spinning foam is nothing new (with the likes of Chicone’s Tuscan Bunny having been around for ages), but the technique has seen a massive resurgence in trendiness over recent times across the globe. Locally, LeRoy Botha is arguably at the forefront, with some truly remarkable prawns and other critters (as featured here) coming off his […]

Gerald Penkler’s Possum Strip Minnow SBS

By Gerald Penkler “My flies are all way too big!”  After two hard days working the turquoise waters, we had concluded that perhaps the King Barbus and Shirbot were in the mood for smaller flies. Throughout the day we saw clouds of small pale baitfish being harassed with everything apparently tucking into the spring bounty. […]

SBS – The Mighty Ugandan

A recent trip to Providence Atoll in the far outer reaches of the Seychelles, saw myself and Warwick tying up an absolute storm in the 8 months leading up to the trip.. regular “Whippet Wednesdays” sessions in Warwick’s Garage, which has been converted into a flytying, beer and whiskey drinking haven, saw us furiously tying […]