Para RAB

By Gordon van der Spuy The parachute RAB (para RAB in short) must rate as my all-time favourite fly. It is delicate and everything I

Boys and their toys

It started when people realised that the squirmy wormy material was a soft rubber that got ripped to pieces by plants when either casting the

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.

The Bungezi Beetle

The FlyVolution SeriesPhotos and words courtesy of Rex Fey I have to confess that my fly fishing over the years has been very limited in

Jack Kos is Neck Deep in the Gin Clear

Jack Kos is one of the talented Kiwi fly fisherman I met while travelling through the South Island several years ago. On the day that our

The Deka Big Five

This feature is an extension from the previous post about a trip to the Deka Drum area in Zambia. Tips about the flies we used to

The Trojan Worm

I have a horrible habit of striking too soon in highly visual encounters.  Carp have made me realise this.  I think they’ll also help me

VDS Hopper

The FlyVolution Series Photos and words courtesy of Rex Fey I had never tied a hopper until a few months ago, and current creations are

FlyVolution: The Para Daddy

Words by Rex Fey. Photos are his too unless otherwise credited. Two of South Africa’s most effective dry flies are Tom Sutcliffe’s “DDD”, and Tony


FlyVolution words and photos courtesy of Rex Fey What on earth do I mean by “Flyvolution”? Simply put; it’s evolution of a fly pattern over

The Kokstad Twist

I will never forget meeting Rex Fey. It goes back to 1st year Simonsberg Residence at Stellenbosch University in 2001. I was terrible fly tier.

Fanie’s Zonker

FlyBru and Fanie Visagie (a.k.a., Gordon van der Spuy) recently released the 2nd fly-tying video demonstration of a long series I suspect. Again, Fanie shows some

The Klippies en Kolgaans

I really enjoyed watching this FlyBru production of Gordon van der Spuy (Fanie Visagie) tying a popular Western Cape trout fly; Gordon shares some good fly tying

Variations on John Barr’s Meatwhistle

With the winter solstice behind us, I’m looking forward to the next chapter in our seasonal diary; bashing smallmouth bass in the many rivers and

A Fly for Big Fish…

So, with the impending Uganda trip I’ve spent some time doing the research (aka ogling photos on the internet of big fish) and with the constant