Fishing Dry Flies

Fishing Dry Flies

Fishing Dry Flies In The Evening What is better than fishing dry flies in the evening? Fish The Fly visit Millstream Farm a few times a year, and we have been treating to some amazing evenings, with significant hatches, and a great back drop. Sometimes it really does not matter what size fish you catch. If you are fly fishing with a great friend, who also happens to be a passionate fly fishing, and you have beautiful Rainbow Trout rising all over, with an amazing drawn-out sunset, what could be better? We found bits and pieces of some older footage of Jason and Gareth fly fishing at Millstream, in Dullstroom South Africa. In this video the guys fish in some beautiful light and manage to catch a few Rainbow Trout in a small pond on a variety of dry flies: Stimulator, Royal Wulff and Orange DDD. Please have a look at the video below that we managed to make up. We also have a variety of other fly fishing videos that you might find interesting, as well as fly fishing photographs. We really hope you enjoy this video, and stay tuned for many, many more! Please subscribe to our YouTube channel if you would like to see more, or stay informed. 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...
Slow Day Trout Fishing

Slow Day Trout Fishing

Slow Day Trout Fishing? Not Anymore! Catch More Trout On Fly On Slow Days In South Africa Slow day trout fishing? We have some tips to assist you in catching more fish on fly in South Africa… Often in the build up to the Winter months, Trout can be tougher to catch than normal. This applies to stillwater and river Trout; Rainbow, Brown or Golden. Due to the water temperatures warming up in South Africa these fish become lethargic and it can be a nightmare to mimic what they are feeding on during a hatch. Don’t get me wrong, dry fly and Nymphing techniques will work, but if you want quantities of fish and larger fish in the hotter months there is a technique you should try when the Trout are not playing the game. I like to call this method of fly fishing, the Fast Strip Technique… Trout are predatory fish and will often feed or attack on something that is annoying them, this could be dragon flies or tilapia. The key here is the word “annoying”. How many times have you casted the perfect fly, in the perfect spot and used the perfect technique and nothing happens? Plenty I am sure, this is where the “fast strip” will make a huge difference to your catch rate and the size of the fish you catch.     The fast strip is very simple and easy to understand and catches a lot of fish. To be successful you will need the following: 4/5 weight fly rod Fast sinking line Woolly Buggers, Zonkers and Fritz’s How? Cast your fly line...
Nymphs And Nymphing

Nymphs And Nymphing

Nymphs & Fly Fishing Nymphing How To Fish With Nymphs Effectively Fly fishing with nymphs can be intimidating at times, but you’ve got your flies ready, so let’s discuss this fly fishing technique in more detail. What are the best ways to attach them for successful fly fishing? In this post we are going to focus on stillwater flyfishing, because here is where the most variation can be achieved for different days, different waters and different weather conditions (eg windy days). Nymphs on days with little or no wind: In this situation, it is probably best to fish without any strike indicator, unless your eyesight is not as good as it used to be… Watch for the slightest movement in the line tip. If you need to use an indicator the best choice is to attach a dry fly to the leader at a position allowing the nymph to sink to the desired depth. To estimate the length of leader to fish a nymph at a chosen depth multiply the depth by 1.5. Use between 1 and 3 nymphs (Depending upon the rules of the water being fished)… The heaviest nymph should be on the point with lighter flies being tied at interval between the point and dry fly indicator. Nymphs on Windy Days: On these days, especially if a cross wind is blowing, it will need a weighted fly to get down to any reasonable fishing depth. Most modern flies are weighted using brass or glass beads tied into the fly or by threading a bead onto the leader so that it slides down to the point fly....
Best Offshore Flies

Best Offshore Flies

Best Offshore Flies To Use In South Africa What Are The Best Flies To Use When Fly Fishing Offshore In South Africa? What are the best offshore flies to use in South Africa? Offshore fly fishing is very challenging, but extremely rewarding. This facet of fly fishing is tough. There are no two ways about it. You are using heavy rods, fast line stripping techniques, and when you hook a fish it is often back breaking work. It is all for that ultimate satisfaction of catching that offshore species on fly. The saltwater fish species that you would generally target on fly offshore, are fish like: Tuna, Bonito, Jobfish, Rockcod, Kingfish, Barracuda, Billfish, Bottom Fish, other Pelagics, and the list goes on. The Giant Trevally and Sailfish are arguably the two most sought after species on fly when going offshore fly fishing. Fish The Fly has identified the 5 best offshore flies you can use in the various saltwater fly fishing habitats along the South African coast line. There are so many flies out there, and it is very tough to narrow it down to the 5 flies we have listed below. If you use these flies offshore in South Africa, you will catch fish. Just remember, perseverance is a key to success when saltwater fly fishing. The Top 5 Best Offshore Flies To Use In South Africa Surf Candy The Surf Candy fly is an excellent saltwater fly pattern, which acts as a streamer or lure-type fly. The Surf Candy is a small baitfish imitation, that mimics general fish species… Read more. Lefty’s Deceiver The Deceiver fly, or...
Best Estuary Flies

Best Estuary Flies

Best Estuary Flies To Use In South Africa What Are The Best Flies To Use When Fly Fishing In Saltwater Rivers & Estuaries? The best estuary flies are used in South Africa to target fish like Springer, Garrick, Kob and Grunter. South Africa is very lucky to have a variety of different estuarine habitats in which us fly anglers can present our patterns. The flies that are listed below have brought us huge amounts of success when fly fishing estuaries, and we hope you get the same joy and reward out of them as well. The best colours to use are white, chartreuse and pink. When fly fishing in Estuaries, you must try and mimic what the fish would be eating. In general, fish that enter estuaries, or call estuaries home, are feeding on things like: Mud Crabs, Swimming Crabs, Ghost Crabs, Mud Prawn, Sand Prawn, Swimming Prawn, Glassies, Mullet and a variety of other organisms. To be successful when fly fishing in estuaries, you need to mimic the colours, sizes and behaviour of the organisms that the estuarine fish species prey upon. Fish The Fly has identified the 5 best estuary flies you can use in the various saltwater fly fishing habitats along the South African coast line. There are so many flies out there, and it is very tough to narrow it down to the 5 flies we have listed below. If you use these flies in the estuaries of South Africa, you will catch fish. Just remember, perseverance is a key to success when saltwater fly fishing. The Top 5 Best Estuary Flies To Use In...
Best Gully Flies

Best Gully Flies

Best Gully Flies To Use In South Africa What Are The Best Flies To Use When Fly Fishing In Gullies In South Africa? The best gully flies you can choose for fly fishing the various saltwater areas around South Africa, will determine how successful you are when targeting the smaller and more shy gully fish that call the rocky and weedy habitats home. Gullies are generally areas with structure, where water rushes in during the tidal structure. Intertidal pools, rocky bays, and kelp beds are all examples of gully-type habitats. The saltwater fish species that are often targeted on fly are fish such as: Blacktail, Stonebream, Moony, Karanteen, Bronze Bream, Klipfish, Stumpnose, Rockcod, Mullet, Musselcracker, Shyshark, and the list goes on. All these fish species can be real fun to target on a lighter fly rod, and you can use either floating, intermediate or sinking line, with smaller flies to tempt these gully fish into taking your fly pattern. Fish The Fly has identified the 5 best gully flies you can use in the various saltwater fly fishing habitats along the South African coast line. There are so many flies out there, and it is very tough to narrow it down to the 5 flies we have listed below. If you use these flies in the gullies and intertidal zones of South Africa, you will catch fish. Just remember, perseverance is a key to success when saltwater fly fishing. The Top 5 Best Gully Flies To Use In South Africa Mantis Shrimp The Mantis Shrimp fly is a generic pattern tied in many different sizes, many different colours and...
Best Flies For Tigerfish

Best Flies For Tigerfish

Best Flies For Tigerfish In South Africa What Are The Best Flies To Use For Targeting Tigerfish While Fly Fishing? What are the best flies for Tigerfish? A question often asked by fly fishing enthusiasts making a trip to Phongola, Jozini or Komatipoort. Tigerfish are a prized angling fish, and these freshwater fish species are regarding as one of the “must catch” fish species on fly. There is something about the Tigerfish, and if you have not fished for them as yet, please do yourself a favour and book a trip! The Tigerfish has a very hard bony mouth, so make sure your flies are sharpened to the max. Steel wire is also advised when targeting Tigers on fly. The wire does effect the flies action a bit, but without it, you will be left cursing and shouting when you get bitten off. Fish fast retrieves and set the hook hard when you are fly fishing for Tigerfish. Keep the tension on the line, and drop your rod tip when they jump out of the water. Fish The Fly has identified the 5 best Tigerfish flies you can use in the various freshwater fly fishing habitats around Southern Africa. There are so many flies out there, and it is very tough to narrow it down to the 5 flies we have listed below. If you use these flies for Tigerfish in South Africa, you will catch fish. Just remember, perseverance is a key to success when Tigerfish fly fishing. There are many other flies that can bring success too, this is just our unbiased opinion from experience. The Top...
Best Surf Flies

Best Surf Flies

Best Surf Flies To Use In South Africa What Are The Best Flies To Use When Fly Fishing In The Surf In South Africa? The best surf flies you could use while fishing the beaches and rocks of the South African coast line are so numerous, it makes it extremely tough to choose the right fly to use in the right saltwater conditions. When fly fishing in the surf, it is best to use natural colours like white and pink. Chartreuse works really well, and so do contrasting colours like black and red, blue and yellow and so on. The main target saltwater fish species when fly fishing in the surf would be fish like: Sandshark, Garrick, Kob, Steenbras, Mullet, Stumpnose and gamefish that patrol the tidal zones. Bonefish and Grunter are first prize in many angler’s eyes, but are very difficult to catch in the surf in South Africa. Fish The Fly has identified the 5 best surf flies you can use in the various saltwater fly fishing habitats along the South African coast line. There are so many flies out there, and it is very tough to narrow it down to the 5 flies we have listed below. If you use these flies in the surf zone in South Africa, you will catch fish. Just remember, perseverance is a key to success when saltwater fly fishing. The Top 5 Best Surf Flies To Use In South Africa Surf Candy The Surf Candy fly is an excellent saltwater fly pattern, which acts as a streamer or lure-type fly. The Surf Candy is a small baitfish imitation, that mimics...
Best Barbel Flies

Best Barbel Flies

Best Barbel Flies To Use In South Africa What Are The Best Fly Fishing Flies For Barbel (Sharptooth Catfish)? The Best Barbel flies to use in South Africa can be found on this page. The Barbel, also known as the Sharptooth Catfish, is a beautiful Catfish species in it’s own right, and is a very aggressive and adaptable predatory fish. This makes it an excellence challenge to tempt them on fly, and battle this hard fighting freshwater fish species. Contrary to popular belief, the Barbel will not just take “anything”, as many anglers suggest. When fly fishing for Barbel, you need to locate the Catfish in order to be successful at targeting them. The best thing to do is to look for areas in rivers and dams where the Barbel are highly concentrated. You want to look for feeding Barbel. Barbel will feed or breathe with their heads and whiskers out of the water. Make a cast just beyond that, and work the fly from there. Alternatively you can use a calling technique, where you splash the fly in an area you suspect there may be a Barbel or two. In turn, this “calls” the Barbel, as they come to investigate, and generally end up attacking the fly quite aggressively. Fish The Fly have identified 5 of the best Barbel flies that you can use as a fly angler in South African waters. These flies are based solely on our experience and opinion here at Fish The Fly. They have worked for us in the past, and should bring you great success when targeting Barbel on fly in South...
Best Carp Flies

Best Carp Flies

Best Carp Flies To Use In South Africa The Top 5 Flies To Use For Carp The best Carp flies to use in South Africa when fly fishing for these freshwater fish species can be hard to choose. Fly fishing for Carp has become extremely popular, not only in South Africa, but all around the World. The Carp species of South Africa are a highly underrated angling species on fly, and you can have hours of fun sight fishing these beautiful fish. It is hard to decide what the best Carp flies are to use when fly fishing for Carp. Carp feed on a variety of different crustaceans, insects and plant matter, and are very opportunistic when it comes to feeding. This is not necessarily a good thing for Carp fly anglers. The best way to catch Carp on fly is by sight fishing for them. Identify shallow areas in dams, or deep pools in rivers where the Carp hold and feed. Cast the fly a bit behind them or just in front of them at the edge of their sight-line, and you should start getting fish! Fish The Fly has identified the 5 best Carp flies to use in South Africa. These are our preferred flies to use to fly fish for Carp and are based on our opinion and experience. There might be some flies that are not listed here which you might know work well for Carp. But once again, this is just our unbiased opinion here at Fish The Fly, and we hope you catch lots of Carp on these flies! The Top 5 Best...

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