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 […]

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 […]

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. He was amazing. I could catch fish. So could he! But he could tie tiny perfect dries – and catch fish. I had to catch up!  We fished, we bantered, […]

Saving Rhinos, a Fly at a Time

The current statistics regarding Rhino poaching are staggering. The unrelenting assault on these impressive beasts has left disgusting holes in the their dwindling world population. The fight against poaching is ongoing, underfunded and desperate. With the recent extinction of the Western Black Rhino, we are again reminded of the fragility of these robust, sometimes comical, […]

HCFT fly comp

So I decided to enter the HCFT (Hardcore Fly Tying) Instagram fly comp, run by our friends at Skinny Water Culture.  The brief was to make 3 separate patterns your own.  Below is each fly followed by my version:   Deadline was 12pm yesterday (US time).

Field Testing A Bastard

After mulling around on what fly to use, I settled for something a bit traditional, only I bastardized it….