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HOT SPOT DAMSEL NYMPH

Saturday, 30 March 2013 15:38
  I became convinced about this pattern during three days fishing last week on stillwaters in the Eastern Cape Highlands. It appeared magical and easily out-fished a host of high pedigree competitors, including the Red-eyed Damsel, a range of Woolly Worms and the Papa Roach. (Click in images to enlarge…

Evolutionary aspects of the modern nymph

Sunday, 27 January 2013 13:13
- A GLIMPSE AT THE EVOLUTION OF THE MODERN NYMPH From MC Coetzer (MC Coetzer, one of South Africa’s most respected fly fishers, has taken part in international competitions for many years. In this article he traces the changes he has noticed in the development of successful nymph patterns used…

TOP SIX STREAM FLIES

Saturday, 15 December 2012 06:36
THE TOP SIX TROUT STREAM FLIES OF IAN COX Text and images by Ian Cox (Ian Cox is an experienced fly fisher and small stream devotee fishing mainly in KZN but also in fly streams around the village of Rhodes in the Eastern Cape Highlands) Tom’s request that I select…

LESSONS FROM SALMON FLY TYERS

Monday, 19 November 2012 10:54
Fly tying lessons learnt from the classics Text and flies by Gordon Van der Spuy Gordon Van der Spuy (Beth Grobelaar Photo) A few months ago I started tying traditional salmon flies. As yet salmon don't swim in African waters, but if the movie “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” is…

BARRY KENT'S FOETAL GLASSHRIMP PATTERN

Sunday, 18 November 2012 12:51
(Barry Kent was a founder of Highflies, a commercial fly tying operation many South African anglers will remember well. He is a world class fly tyer now living in Florida, USA.) Fly Type: General saltwater Target Species: ALL SORTS OF SALTWATER FINNED FELLOWS Imitation: Shrimp/Prawns, Material List Any true circle…

TWISTED PALMER PATTERNS

Thursday, 15 November 2012 08:21
Text and images by Agostino Roncallo I want to introduce one of my favorite patterns, the Twisted Palmers, which are tied using a strip of closed-cell foam and a rooster hackle. I designed them for fishing in summer in the Nera River (Umbria) and other fast-flowing waters. The Nera River.…