Fish The Fly 2017 Update

Fish The Fly 2017 Update

Fish The Fly – Fly Fishing Updates From 2017 Fish the Fly has been offline for a while. The life of a professional worker, fly fisherman, and the lack of time to update a website is a bit tough, however, we have been updating the Fish The Fly Facebook page. But no excuses here! This year has been an amazing fly fishing year! Where Have We Been? The Fish The Fly team has had some amazing saltwater and freshwater success. We have basically been traveling the Country. Our fly fishing adventures have taken us to Gauteng (Where we are based), the Free State, Mpumalanga, Drakensberg and KwaZulu Natal. I will discuss our stories below. It has been a fascinating year! Gauteng We have been to various parts of the Vaal River in the Gauteng province. We have fly fished quite a few venues with great results! It is quite tough to find consistent waters in the province, but fortunately enough we have Emhlangeni Trout & Archery. We have had a lot of fun here this year. It is not easy fishing, but it has been rewarding. We have 2 more videos in the pipeline from Emhlangeni coming up soon, keep an eye out on our fly fishing videos page. Beautiful Vaal Yellow Bass Caught On Fly Emhlangeni Rainbow Jay With A 4kg Free State/North West Let’s start off by just about Bloemhof Dam. The guys have been there a lot in the last 9 months or so. They mainly hunt Barbel and Carp at Bloemhof. Some amazing fish have been caught, mainly Grass Carp, Common Carp and Barbel were...
39 Must Catch Fish On Fly In The World | Fly Fishing Infographic

39 Must Catch Fish On Fly In The World | Fly Fishing Infographic

Fly Fishing Around The World, 39 Fish Species You Need To Catch On Fly! Alphonse Island/Alphonse Fishing Co, have made an amazing infographic, probably one of the best I have ever seen, the lists the 39 fish species you need to catch on fly! The infographic below shows all the 39 species of fish that can be caught world wide and these fish are all treasures and possibly once a life time catches… Here is a word from Alphonse Island: I am happy to announce that we were able to sum up all our results from the previous Research project into one big Infographic. We have called it the ‘39 Legendary Fish to Catch on a fly’. This project would not have been possible without you and other Fly Fishers from all over. Please have a look at our Infographic below: This is truly amazing work! Well done to the guys who have spent so much time and effort in putting this together! Gareth Roocroft Founder, Fish The Fly In case you like to read why and what we did exactly, please have a look on our Website, where we explain the whole project in detail. https://goo.gl/FNR18P Follow Us On Social Media... Fish The Fly knows how everyone loves updates, photo's and videos, so keep updated with all the latest fly fishing news from South Africa below! Instagram Follow facebook Follow Google+ Follow Twitter Follow Youtube...
Polystickle Fly

Polystickle Fly

Polystickle Fly – Best Fly Fishing Flies The Polystickle Fly was made up by the legendary British Fly Fisherman, Richard Walker, famous for a variety of different innovative flies. The Polystickle is regarded as a classic wet fly, and is essentially a streamer. It can be used to catch a variety of freshwater fish species as well as saltwater fish species. The Polystickle can catch fish like Threespot Barbs, and Yellowfish, to Trout and Garrick, there are very few limitations when it comes to this fly. T Type Of Fly? Streamer Wet Fly Attractor  When To Use? Spring Summer  Where To Use? Surf Estuaries Dams Rivers  Colour Variations? Pink Brown White   The Polystickle is ideally fished with floating line, and should be retrieved just below the surface with a jerky and erratic action for the best results. It can be tied in many sizes and variations. The smaller Polystickles are great for targeting species you would not normally catch, and can also tempt bigger freshwater and saltwater fish into eating this fly. It also imitates a variety of swimming organisms, it all depends on how the fish see it! Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly? Garrick Shad Moonies Blacktail Blennies Springer Kingfish Wrasse Wave Garrick Pufferfish Bass Trout Yellowfish Blue Kurper Vlei Kurper Nile Kurper Redbreast Kurper Cape Kurper Canary Kurper Dwarf Kurper Threespot Barb Redfins Bluegill Papermouth Southern Barred Minnow The Best Flies To Use See...
October In Dullstroom

October In Dullstroom

  Fly Fishing Report: October In Dullstroom Ever wondered what the fishing is like during October in Dullstroom? Well here is a report… Once again we were fortunate enough to visit this amazing farm, Millstream, in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga. We left on Friday and came back on Monday morning. The weather was scheduled to be dismal, and it was up until Sunday, but we still made the most of the weather before then. We arrived to hail and rain, plenty of lightning in the sky as well, so casting a fly rod did not seem to be the smartest idea at that stage, especially when I got struck by lightning through the skylight in the cottage, now that was a strange feeling… The weather cleared up enough to have a few casts before dark. The fish were rising everywhere in the weir below the house called Evening Rise, after a few different flies and techniques I managed to get a 400 gram Rainbow Trout hen out on a Black/Red Woolly Bugger. I was amazed at the strength of this fish for its size, it gave a good account of itself on the Sage 5 weight fly rod. Saturday morning I was up at 4.55am and walked right up to the top weirs in the system, where I was greeted by a Mountain Reedbuck who made a few snorts and then ran off. It was a very tough morning with little activity, I had a hit on the Black/Red Woolly Bugger and a chase in the low light conditions. I then tried many other variations of fly… The fish were not...
How To Catch Spawning Trout

How To Catch Spawning Trout

How To Catch Spawning Trout During Winter In South Africa Spawning Trout in Winter on South Africa’s stillwaters… There’s something magical about approaching the stillwater on a cold Winter morning armed with a fly rod and reel, with the mist coming slowly off the water and the sun peering out over the Highveld hills. The Winter period is my favourite time to target Rainbow Trout in the still waters of Mpumalanga. From my perspective, this is one of the most challenging times to target Rainbows, due to them being in full spawn and hard to tempt with a neatly presented dry fly or a dropping nymph. For this precise reason I change my fly fishing tactics during the colder months, during the spawn, I use my sinking line setup and use a more unconventional method. Due to the lack of feeding the Trout participate in during the spawning season, the best way to catch them is by provocation. This entails using a large, flashy and buggy wet fly and stripping it as fast as you can until one of the Trout attack it. A lot of the time the hens will be the first fish to “hit” the fly, but the prize for me in spawning season, is catching a large cock fish. This is because the male Rainbows will not eat while they are breeding. The Fish – Trout Stillwater Trout are fish that have been stocked in dams, weirs or manmade lakes. These fish cannot breed in stillwater systems as they need a flowing river or stream for breeding to take place. Because of this, many fly fisherman,...
Fighting Fish On Fly

Fighting Fish On Fly

Fighting Fish On Fly … The Correct Way With the Right Fly Fishing Equipment Fighting fish on fly can be quite tricky at times, especially with larger fish. Fighting fish species on fly can be tricky and quite difficult, especially for the inexperienced fly fishermen. This page will give you the do’s and don’ts of fighting fish on a fly rod, you can also look at some information and pictures of how to correctly land a fish on fly fishing tackle. These rules apply to all South African fish species, whether it is a Bonefish or Largemouth Bass, the principles do not change. Hooking and landing a fish on fly tackle is the second most difficult aspect of fly fishing, after learning how to cast, and listed below are guides and tips of the best ways to land fish on fly fishing equipment. How To Fight A Fish On Fly? First of all when setting the hook or striking, not a lot of force needs to be put into the rod in order to hook the fish, unlike saltwater fishing… A short and fairly gently but quick strike will set the hook. Once the fish has been hooked the tricky part comes into play. You have to always keep your line as tight as possible but the fish must be able to take line when it wants to. If this is not done the fish can shake the hook or your leader can break. The Fly rod tip must always be kept up high in order to control and fight the fish. Once the fish is close to the bank...
How To Handle Trout

How To Handle Trout

How To Handle Trout …& Safely Release Trout In South Africa So They Survive! People often ask questions about how to handle trout correctly, so they can release them with the goal in mind of their survival. Trout are well know for not doing very well after a fight on fly tackle. The larger Trout in South Africa are especially difficult to release… A lot of anglers who practice the art of Fly Fishing prefer to release their prized Trout, especially the larger species. However not many anglers know how to release these Trout properly, although they have an idea. This page will show you and tell you exactly how to handle and safely revive and release South African Trout. First of all it is important to fight the fish properly on fly tackle, read more here. Once the fight is over then the difficult part starts.   Landing The Trout When you are getting ready to land a Trout it is important to have a net if you are planning on releasing the fish. Guide the trout into the open net while it is in the water, rather than scooping it up or trying to net it, this minimises any damage to the fish and also minimises the chance of the leader snapping or the Trout shaking the fly. Handling The Trout Once the Trout is in the net, wet your hands thoroughly and try not to touch the fish. I, however, like to get a photo of the fish so I wet my hands and hold it gently underneath, supporting its wait but not squeezing it to hard,...
Fly Fishing Stillwaters

Fly Fishing Stillwaters

    Fly Fishing Small To Medium Sized Stillwaters For Trout Fly Fishing stillwaters for Trout is one of my favourite things to do, apart from small stream fly fishing for wild Rainbows. To be successful and catch lots of Trout in small to medium sized stillwaters, the fly angler needs to be quite proactive. Firstly, you need the right fly tackle. I often see fly anglers using very heavy rods and weighted line on small to medium sized stillwaters. This is really not necessary, and a rod between a 4 and 6 weight would be perfect for this application. If you start going heavier, you loose a lot of the fun of fighting Trout.   The weight of rod you would choose is dependent on the distance you are looking to cast and the amount of wind there general is on the body of water you are fly fishing. My ideal set up for fly fishing stillwaters would be a 9 foot 5 weight rod. I like the 9-foot because it gives me more distance in the cast, thus allowing me to make fewer false casts to empty out my reel. The deeper parts of the stillwater are best fished with fast sinking line. The fish are often deep down in the reed beds, so you need to get down to the fish. When fishing these areas I like to use weighted flies such as Woolly Buggers, Fritz’s and Damsels (Tied with a bead head or copper wire). These mimic what the fish are feeding on along the bottom. One fly is sufficient for this application, but one...
Saltwater Fly Fishing 101

Saltwater Fly Fishing 101

    Saltwater Fly Fishing In South Africa Where, What, How, Why… Saltwater Fly fishing 101 Saltwater Fly Fishing is a challenging form of angling, and definitely tests a fly fisherman’s patience and skills to the maximum. Fly Fishing is often imagined with a stream, accompanied by schools of colourful trout feeding in shallow water; but very rarely imagined with an angler on some prawn banks, casting a fly at Grunter frolicking in the mud. This article will talk about the latter of the two scenarios, and why it is so rewarding.     When anglers talk about saltwater fishing in South Africa, very few conversations will be about fly fishing, rather spinning, rock and surf, dropshot and offshore. Once an angler lands that first fish on fly, he will be hooked! Fly Fishing in estuaries or in the surf is often overlooked as angler’s prefer to fish areas with other artlure or bait methods. I think this is as a result of the unwillingness of the angler to ‘waste his time throwing an artificial fly back and forth’. This can be a huge misconception, because if you get the fly right, the tide right, the time right where you are lucky enough to find a shoal of fish, you can be in for the time of your life. Targeting Saltwater Fish Species – South African Saltwater Fly Fishing The beauty for me when saltwater fly fishing, is that you can literally catch every species of fish South African surf and estuaries boast, from 2cm Glassies to 90cm Garrick. All depending on what size fly you use, what area...
Difference Between Male And Female Trout

Difference Between Male And Female Trout

  How To Tell The Difference Between A Male & Female Trout? Telling the difference between male and female trout is not as difficult or as challenging as some fly fishermen may think. The male Trout is known as a Cock, and the female trout is known as a Hen. One thing that is very interesting to know about South African Fly Fishing and the Trout species is that it is not as difficult as many people think to tell the difference between a male and female Trout… Whether it is a Rainbow Trout or a Brown Trout. Over the years I have seen many anglers “guess” what sex of Trout they have caught, so we hope this article we assist you in telling the difference between male and female trout.   The best way to illustrate the difference between a male and a female trout is illustrated in the photo below: (Apologies for the dead fish in the photo) Please click to enlarge. A male Trout is referred to as a Cock, and a female is known as a Hen. The obvious difference between a Cock and a Hen Trout, is that when a Hen is gutted in spawning season they have a lot of orange eggs in their stomachs… Some Hens have these orange eggs all year round. However we have come across a few Hen Trout that have not had eggs in spawning season… When the Trout are in full spawn, the Cock (Male) fish develops a very prominent “underbite”, where it’s jaw extends quite far out, similar to Salmon when they breed. On larger specimens,...

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