Casting in the Wind

When it comes high winds and casting, many chaps get scared off. The first statement made by so many fly fishers when told I was out on a blustery day is: “In this wind? followed by a slightly incredulous look. Damn right in this wind. I’ve found that fishing in the wind provides several benefits […]

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 […]


By Tudor Caradoc-Davies LEFTY KREH, the man behind the Deceiver, the man who revolutionised casting, the man who went everywhere and caught everything with everyone. It’s hard to quantify the impact of Lefty’s hefty contribution to the world of fly fishing as it straddles many fronts from casting clinics to guiding and consulting to brands […]

Fly Hacks – Paint Markers

This might seem obvious, but I’ve been trying to colour dark rubber legs properly for ages unsuccessfully.  I guess its because I never found a fine point paint marker in natural colours.   starting on the fleeing crabs now…

Abel Drag Quick Fix

By Gerald Penkler Abel reels have rightfully earned their reputation as reliably solid and bombproof. Dunk, drop, sand bathe day in and day out and you can still rely on them to stop a drag racer of a fish. However,  as I am sure many have discovered, they have an achilles heel. Ironically it’s cleaning. […]

Sudan prep – Scour hour. Contraband Crabs

I couldn’t seem to find the natural Scotchbrite pads that Chichone uses, but I did find kitchen cleaning ones in white. Some tea got them to a nice colour.  Combined with some Evostick “Sticks like Sh!t” mixed with tan hobby paint on the bottom worked a treat. Oh ya, im off to Sudan in May, so […]

Fly Hacks – Robbing the Vanity

I made my usual Wednesday night Beer and Cigarettes visit to my good buddy Warwicks last night… Warrels as he’s known to many ( and 1st Lady to a select group of others ) has recently returned to the Fly tying obsession after a long hiatus of throwing lures and stupid shit like that.. granted […]