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 […]

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. […]

FOSAF, the Salmo Taddy and more

While riding on the fly tying theme I thought it would be appropriate to introduce our readers to the Federation of Southern African Fly Fishers, aka FOSAF, and all the good things it does for fly anglers (and sometimes all anglers) in our country. Besides the frequent and interesting ‘fly of the month’ posts that […]

South African Fishing Flies – The Red-Eyed Damsel

(This post is the third tribute to South African Fishing Flies by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst; one of the great stillwater patterns published in the book is discussed here) One of my earliest stillwater fly fishing memories is of catching a quick eight-fish-tally using Hugh Huntley’s Red-Eyed Damsel. Although the original fly was tied […]

South African Fishing Flies – The DDD and RAB

This post is part of the book review on South African Fishing Flies (by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst) and my successes with personal favourite flies featured in the book. I revelled in the efficacy of Tom Sutcliffe’s Zak nymph in fooling many fish species; now I will be discussing his DDD and Tony Biggs’ […]

The ‘natural’ look

I’m writing this post because 1) it links up with two previous posts (which is also relevant while celebrating South African Fishing Flies); 2) I seem to forget about flies over five year periods (believe it or not) and would like to keep track of them on this database, and 3) it is part of […]

“Bloody good success”

Dale Hes contacted me over the weekend after he ‘bumped’ into Andre van Wyk on the internet about his recent success with a modified, Improved Bloody Squirmy. He had copied the fly I used for carp and added his own subtle changes and had the following to say: “Thought I would just make touch with […]

Book review – South African Fishing Flies by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst

It’s been a few years since Peter Brigg asked me to contribute to his latest publication (with Ed Herbst as co-author), which gives one an idea of how much work goes into books – years! This is Peter’s second publication; the first was Call of The Stream (http://feathersandfluoro.com/peter-brigg-profile-a-south-african-fly-fishing-artist/). I have a lot of respect for […]