Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fly Tying Instruction @ Oxbow

Oxbow Country Estate,
One of the better fly fishing venues around the old Transvaal

Murray was invited to do a fly tying demonstration / talk at Oxbow the past Saturday. He and Alison even had a chance to cast a line.

Alison ( Murray's better half) casting a line at Oxbow. In the recent past quite a few lady fly fishers took the rod up again.

This was during the tying demo. Look at the expression, maybe the forceps got a bit HOT !!. Murray had about a dozen guys taking part in the demo, they tied the Pappa Roach.( check the tying instructions earlier in the blog)

Some hands on tying. This is where the "disease" start.

Like the say:" the proof op the pudding is in the eating"

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Monster Brown

Shane Richardson with a Awesome Brown Trout.

Shane fished in Clarens 3 weeks ago and this is what the Fishing Gods blessed him with.He hooked this brown on a # 14 Beige May fly nymph, right in the middle of the day!
Once again Shane , well done.

Lu's Hot Spot Nymph

Lu's Hot Spot Nymph


Hook : Siman Weighted Nymph Hooks size 10 - 16
Thread : 6/0 ( to match colour of material)
Body : Pheasant centre tail +/- 5 fibres.
Tail : Pheasant centre tail
Wing case : Pheasant centre tail
Ribbing : Fine copper wire

Note: The lead body can be painted black, red , chartreuse .......

Siman pre weighted hooks , off course we sell them in the shop !!

1. The hook, not painted yet.

2. The same hook, painted .The paint has also been coated with Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails ( Murray and Lu use this on their nails ......)

3. The centre tail fibers being tied in, also note the copper rib , this will make the fly a bit more durable. The length of the tail is normally equal to the length of the hook shank.

4.After the centre tail was palmer'd forward , the copper ribbing was also wound forward and tied off.

5. Note, the centre trail is tied of on top of the hook shank . This will form the wing case .

6. The thread is started again, ahead of the painted lead body.

7. The centre tail is pulled over the lead body to form the wing case. You can wind it around in front of the lead body to fill the gap and create a bit of a collar.

After all of this , tie off the thread , string your rod and go and fish!!

( you can also come past the shop and buy a few rods and reels ?)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Early Large Mouth Yellow

Morris and a Nice 5KG Largie

The fish nailed the black and olive variegated Woolly Bugger. Fishing structure in not to deep water turned out to be the thing.

They did see a few fish move , but according to the expert it is still a little bit early. The water need to drop to 14deg C

Well done Morris

Monday, May 12, 2008

The One and Only - Pappa Roach

Pappa Roach - by Herman Botes


Hook : Grip 13812 ( Streamer / Leeches ) size 4 - 12
Thread : 6/0 Olive
Body : Siman Sparkle Squirrel dubbing Brush ( Olive ) & Olive Zonker strip
Tail : Olive Zonker Strip
Wing case : Olive Mallard
Legs : Silly Legs
Eyes : 40lb Nylon ( melted )

1. Secure the nylon eyes on the hook shank,figure of eight.

2. Tie in the Siman Dubbing Brush and the Zonker strip on top of the hook shank. Make sure to tie the brush in first.
3. After being tied down , measure the lenght off the zonker strip ( do not use cross cut zonker ). Move the thread plus minus 3/4 towards the hook eye. This is where the dubbing brush will be tied off.

4.Note the zonker being pulled over the body of the dragon. Make sure this is secure, you do not want the zonker to slide to one side.

5.Tie in the wing case of Olive Mallard flank. This should be tied on top of the Zonker. Leave enough space to tie in the silly legs!

6. Tie the back two legs in by folding the rubber around the thread ( come to the shop ,we will show you) . The front legs is tied down the same way as the eyes ( figure of eight )

7. Cover the silly legs and eyes with dubbing to finish the fly.

" I have landed my biggest trout ever on this bugger , a monster of 5.3kg at Highland Lodge"

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Marobou Dragon

The Marabou Dragon
tied by Elphus Ndlovu


Hook : Grip 12804 ( Wet fly / Nymph ) size 6 - 12
Thread : 6/0 Olive
Body : Siman JS Soft Dub - Olive
Tail : Olive Marabo
Wing case : Olive Phesant tail
Legs : Wing case extended
Eyes : 40lb Nylon ( melted )

1. Melt the nylon to form the dumbbell shape eyes. Secure the eyes with the figure of eight method . Wind the thread towards the bend , stop between the hook point and barb.

2.Tie in a small bunch of buck tail ( this keep the Marabou from wrapping around the hook).

3.Directly on top of the buck tail , tie in the marabou . This should be roughly one and a halftime the length of the hook shank.

4.Tie the pheasant center tail but end first , flush against the marabou. (butt end - bottom , tip end top) , also on top of the hook shank. Note the position of the dubbing, start flush with the marabou.

5.Dub the body ( rugby ball shape ) right up to the eyes. Pull the win case over . tie down , now split the feather to form the legs either side the dragon.

6. Finish the head with dubbing ( figure of eight method again) , tie off and put some head cement.

This fly can be fished alongside weed beds , on its own or in tandem with the beady blood worm. One thing about the retrieve on this guy, the slower you go the better it gets!

Good fishing.

T & T Bamboo

Some while ago Discovery Channel filmed Tom Dorsey at Thomas & Thomas crafting a T&T Hendrickson bamboo rod as part of their 'How it's made' series. Ever wonder how they get their distinctive tiger striping on their rods? Check the video...

Orders will be gratefully taken at the counter...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Back to Basics - Fishing Bamboo

Fishing the Karingmelk

A good trout landed on the 8' # 3 , yes off course the action is different , the rod heavier , but the cast is so sweet.

Morris with another good fish.

The proof of the pudding is definitely in the eating. This trend to fish bamboo seem to be a world wide movement. Give me a ring in the shop if you are interested in some bamboo talk.

Fly tying - Dave's Beady Blood Worm

Dave's Beady Blood Worm


Hook : Grip 14723BL size 10 - 16
Thread : Red 6/0
Body : Red Beads
Tail : Red Marabou

Tying Instructions

1.Place the beads onto the hook , note , no thread work at present. The hook size will determine the number of beads to be used.

2.Secure the beads with the thread ( +/- 6 wraps ).

3.Tie in the red marabou tail on top of the hook shank. Coat with head cement ( thread ) , Go and Fish.

If you need any help on tying or fishing this deadly fly , give us a ring in store to help u out.