My First Fly Fishing Experience

My First Fly Fishing Experience

My First Fly Fishing Experience By Adrian Pearce Cold. All I could focus on was the cold. When they said you’re going to need gloves, I didn’t take them seriously. But with my fingers shaking uncontrollably, their words hit home quite strongly. There I stood, on the bank of Lake Crystabel, rod in hand, trying to remember all the advice my friends, and amazing fisherman, Gareth and Gavin had imparted. So I let out some line, held out my rod so I could see my fly, got my arm in position and away I went…and within 10 seconds I was caught in the brush behind me. This happened a considerable number of times after that. Cold. All I could focus on was the cold. It’s half past five in the morning, I’m freezing my…socks off and I’ve just spent half an hour learning how to untangle my Fritz Woolly Bugger and line from all sorts of things, my person included. All I’d caught, up to that point, was glorious weed. I’d had enough and I thought, one more attempt at casting and I’m walking back to the cottage, where I’m having a few, no matter the time, and I’m done with this Fly fishing nonsense! So…arm in position, once again, fly where I can see you, and off we go. Back, but not to back, pause…and thrust forward, keep the momentum going and then one last thrust forward and release the slack line and slowly lower your rod…and I actually got it sort of decent. Then the waiting game began. I had an intermediate line so it took quite...
Fly Fishing With Bill Saunders

Fly Fishing With Bill Saunders

Fly Fishing With Bill Saunders The day started off bright and sunny, but before fishing, we had had cold wind, hail, and heavy rain and snow deposited itself upon the surrounding mountains. Bill picked me up at 10am and we drove 30 miles upstream to Lyons Bridge where we launched the boat. By 6pm we had drifted some 11 miles down to West Madison. The fishing technique was to fish the “slicks” downstream of rocks and the 15 metre section upstream of the rock. The alternative was to fish the edges looking for slicks and fishing places. Between rocks the riffle was fished (the whole river is a massive riffle). In fishing the slicks downstream of a rock it was important to get the fly into the middle of the slick – not the edges. The fly used all day was a Royal Wulff. I had difficulty getting my fly in the right spot particularly when it was windy with an upstream wind blowing. I caught 4 Rainbows – one of 16″ – and missed quite a number. After the hail and drift down river in heavy rain (we had lunch on the bank during hail storm.) I stopped fishing for about 5 miles until conditions improved. When I restarted fishing I had a couple of rises but caught nothing. Bill was a good guide and a competent fisherman. He would like a job during the Montana Winter guiding in RSA – He would expect about $2000/month. We drive to Tetonia in Idaho tomorrow. I had a lovely wall chart of the Bighoon posted home from Madison River fishing...
BBB

BBB

BBB – Best Fly Fishing Flies The BBB – the Babich Barbel Bugger – is a revelation of a fly for targeting the African Sharptooth Catfish, more commonly known as the Barbel, originally tied by Terrence James Babich. Terry Babich is one of the most well known, and best fly fishermen in South Africa, and he has been catching Barbel on fly for a long time. Not just your average size Barbel, 20kg + fish! Terry Babich first started using and tying this fly in about 1994, and has not looked back. T Type Of Fly? Wet Fly Attractor  When To Use? All Year  Where To Use? Rivers Streams Dams Lakes  Colour Variations? Black/Red Terry Babich first used the BBB at Bloemhof Dam, and used the splashing technique (Also known as plonking or calling), by casting the BBB a few times into one spot quite hard, creating a disturbance in the water and then leaving it to sink. By that time the Barbel had come to investigate all the commotion in the water and were only too eager to attack the sinking Barbel Bugger. The success of this fly speaks for itself, and this is probably the best Catfish fly you could use in South African waters! Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly? Barbel Bass The Best Flies To Use See...
Zak Nymph

Zak Nymph

Zak Nymph – Best Fly Fishing Flies The Zak Nymph is another brilliant invention from the South African fly fishing legend, Tom Sutcliffe. The fly gets it’s name from a man (Who sadly passed away in April 2015) by the name of Mzelwa Gwala, who’s nickname was Zak. Mzelwa Gwala was a very knowledgeable man who lived in the KwaZulu Natal midlands, and he was a good friend to Tom Sutcliffe, and Zak called him Dokitela. They knew each other for well over 40 years. T Type Of Fly? Nymph Dark Mayfly Match The Hatch  When To Use? All Year  Where To Use? Rivers Streams Dams Lakes  Colour Variations? Black Tom Sutcliffe originally tied this nymph pattern to target the large and hungry Trout that called the large and deep dams in the KwaZulu Natal midlands home. The Zak was tied to imitate a dark coloured mayfly and the key to this fly’s success is the “bugginess” and durability of the fly. The fly has a lot of shine and hackle which gets the Trout’s attention immediately and because of how closely it imitates the Baetis mayflies, is almost irresistible to the fish. Tom Sutcliffe fished this nymph with great success in the Dargle area, where Zak looked after a few farm houses, and he decided to name it after the caretaker who did so much for the people visiting the area. Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly? Trout Yellowfish Mudfish Moggel Bass Barbel Carp Sawfin Whitefish Blue Kurper Cape Kurper Vlei Kurper The Best Flies To Use See...
Dr Tom Sutcliffe

Dr Tom Sutcliffe

Fly Fishing Legend Dr. Tom Sutcliffe Dr. Tom Sutcliffe, a house-hold name is the fly fishing community and a man that needs no introduction. Dr. Tom Sutcliffe has a strong passion for fly fishing, and an even stronger passion for the various Trout species he has caught all over the World, he is a South African fly fishing legend in my (and many others) eyes and has done so much for the sport. Dr. Sutcliffe also does some amazing pieces of watercolour Trout art and at the time of posting this article, has written 6 books (All of which I have read at least twice). Dr. Sutcliffe is, and has been, a huge inspiration to me in my journey as a fly fisherman, which is why I am writing this article. The stories and adventures he has been on is enough to capture anyone’s imagination and take it away with them. Trout are my favourite freshwater fish species, and there is nothing better than catching a wild Rainbow or Brown in a clear mountain stream. The absolute beauty of these fish is enough of a reason to present a dry fly to them. In many of Dr. Sutcliffe’s books and articles he describes these fish so well, and I would advise any keen fly fisherman to look out for any of his books. They are truly the closest thing you will find to fly fishing if you are not out on the water, and thus satisfy the cravings of fishing (Or, sometimes, making them worse). I have never met Dr. Sutcliffe personally but have spoken to him via email...
Gavin Erwin The Fish Artist

Gavin Erwin The Fish Artist

Gavin Erwin, The Fish Artist Gavin Erwin is a very good mate of mine and we have been fishing together for a long time. Gavin appears in many of our YouTube videos here at Fish The Fly, and is a proud supporter of this initiative. In my opinion, Gavin is one of the best anglers in the Country and a superb all round fly fisherman. He can tie some amazing flies as well. The above is all very good and well, but Gavin’s main passion is painting. He established Fish Art after he left school, and his paintings, sketches and pieces of art are displayed all over the Country. Gavin is based in Kensignton, Johannesburg and can paint anything related to the world of angling. There has been a huge amount of interest in Gavin’s work and painting ability and he has been the subject of many blog posts (Including a post on the Orvis website), articles and reviews, and Vegabond Fly Magazine has done a video interview with him, which can be seen below this article. The South African Artist Magazine recently did an article on Gavin and his paintings. A truly world class artist that specializes in the difficult field of Fish Art and Fly Fishing Art. Gavin is an entertaining guy and a superb friend and fishing partner. He is also occasionally seen drinking a Banana flavoured Mageu or cold smoking some Trout. A legend in my eyes and a big inspiration to me, and I am sure many other fishermen. Keep painting Gav, and keep up the great work! See some of Gavin Erwin’s amazing...
Tony Roocroft

Tony Roocroft

My Father Tony Roocroft Tony Roocroft, my father, is the reason I am fishing today. He is such an inspiration to me and taught me everything I know about life, everything I know about work, and of course, everything I know about fishing. My father is my inspiration, below is the last article he wrote on fly fishing, accompanied with 2 of my favourite photo’s of him fly fishing… A couple of months ago I turned 62 and as I cast my fly into the calm margin of a favourite dam called “Wordsworth Water” I recollected on one of my very earliest memories. In fact my memory before this event is almost a void so I guess I was about 4 or 5 years of age. Malcolm’s Uncle Brian had taken him and me fishing That day determined so very much of my later life. I caught a small freshwater fish by the name of “Perch”. Looking back I can still recall the exact fishing spot where I stood. The pond in which the 3 inch fish surrendered its life was no more than 40 metres wide and less than half that across. The fish was caught on a worm. I can plainly see the bars running across its body, I can feel its spiky dorsal fin pricking my hand and I remember distinctly that it had swallowed the worm and hook. Most of all I remember my happiness on that evening … and, later, the fishing adventures that Malcolm and I shared over the following 24 years until we drifted apart … I moved to South Africa which...

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