Always ask Google!

Ah, sometimes it has to be done; keep scrolling for a chuckle! Moral of the story: do not to ask your jealous fishing mates for this type of advice two days before you leave. Rather go to google!  <Click here Leonard But in all honestly Leonard, we’re glad the islands will let you enter and we’re […]

In preparation for Seychelles – Part 3: Know your knots

In this final instalment preceding a trip to Alphonse and St Francois atolls in the Seychelles, I’d like to elaborate on my thoughts about suitable knots for fishing tropical flats. Although I’ve been tying nylon to hooks for a very long time now and have my personal preferences to the type of knot I use […]

Fly Hacks: Googly Eyes

By Gerald Penkler Eyes on flies look terrific, at least to the angler. I am convinced fish prefer them, but have no evidence to support. But at the very least they make my flies look that bit better. Putting eyes onto big baitfish patterns however was often a sticky affair for me, leaving superglue on […]

Fundamental Fly Tying – Part 1: Tools of the Trade

By Gordon van der Spuy This is a series of articles that will feature on fly tying made simpler, better, faster… Fly tying, like heart surgery, requires the right set of tools for the job. Attempting heart surgery with a steak knife sounds crazy but you’ll be surprised how many guys do the equivalent when […]

Fly Hacks – Benzine Fingers

Continuing on the finger theme… this is to protect your fingers from immersion in Benzine and the wire brush (when cleaning screws etc before coating with thread locker again). Cut off the fingers! Beats the hell out of continually trying to get kitchen gloves on and off as you work with various parts.  

Fly Hacks – Flexi Fingers

Strip-striking large predatory fish is hard on your skin, especially when the fish, such as trevally and large tigerfish, bolt off into the opposite direction at pace, creating white burn marks across the index and middle fingers. Then there are also textured lines, which may not be new on the market, but lines, such as the Scientific […]

Fly Hacks – Seal Your Reel

Hardy is making some phenomenal tackle at the moment, and my curiosity of the Fortuna drag soon lead me down the dreaded sealed drag teardown after I managed to misalign the drag plates.  Under the drag knob I found something very clever.  To ensure the drag is sealed correctly the good folks at Hardy use […]

Fly Hacks – Tidy Leaders

Maxima.  I love everything about the stuff, bar the crap plastic spools that it comes on.  I feel like I spend my life untangling these things.  The first fly hack is a simple one.  Cut up some compression socks!