Best Flies For Bass

Best Flies For Bass

Best Flies For Bass When Fly Fishing South Africa The Top 10 (Ten) Bass Flies To Fish In South Africa What are the best flies for Bass? A question so often asked in the South African fly fishing community. Fly fishing for Bass is not easy, regardless of what Bass species you will be targeting. Largemouth Bass are the more common of the Bass species of South Africa. The Largemouth Bass is a really aggressive fish species, and will readily take a variety of flies. Below you will see 10 of the best flies for Bass that you could use as a fly fisherman in South Africa. They are in the order of great, to best, and there is a special feature on the top 3 Bass flies. This is Fish The Fly‘s best flies choice. Best Flies For Bass: The Top 10 DDD The DDD, aka the Duckworth’s Dargle Delight, is arguably the best dry fly (If not, one of the most fished) in South Africa, and is a fly that can… Read More. Popper The Popper fly is fly fishing‘s version of the open faced popper. A lure that has claimed many fish species in it’s time… Read More. Deer Hair Mouse The Deer Hair Mouse is an interesting fly, that is becoming more and more popular as each year passes. With the help of video, research… Read More. GRHE The GRHE is an acronym for the full name of this nymph pattern; the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear. The name comes from the fact that this nymph… Read More. Flashback Nymph The Flashback Nymph is one of...
Medium Blonde Fly

Medium Blonde Fly

Medium Blonde Fly – Best Fly Fishing Flies The Medium Blonde Fly, sometimes just called the Blond, is a well know saltwater fly, and is used by many fly fishermen all over the World. This streamer-type wet fly is best fished on an intermediate or sinking line with a flat out fast retrieve. Sometimes the double haul technique can work very well when “pulling” the Medium Blonde through the water. This fly was originally tied to catch species like Tarpon and Barracuda, amongst other aggressive predatory saltwater fish. T Type Of Fly? Streamer Wet Fly Attractor  When To Use? All Year  Where To Use? Offshore Surf Estuaries  Colour Variations? Red/Yellow Chartreuse/White Red/Black Blue/White Blue/Yellow Blue/Pink The Medium Blonde fly is a “bigger” fish fly in our opinion, and can be used in the surf, in estuaries and of course offshore. Shallow water reefs and flats can be a good place to tie on a Blond, and strip it fast through the water. Bottom fish occasionally take this fly as well, and the take is very aggressive. The Medium Blonde’s origins lie with legendary Florida fisherman, Captain Dan Malzone. There are a lot of variations of the Blond and it can be tied in many different ways and with eyes or without. Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly? Garrick Shad Springer Kingfish Barracuda Tarpon Tuna Bonito Snapper Wave Garrick Snoek King Mackerel Queen Mackerel Rainbow Runner Prodigal Sun The Best Flies To Use See...
Salty Bugger

Salty Bugger

Salty Bugger Fly – Best Fly Fishing Flies The Salty Bugger is personally one of my favourite saltwater flies, and I always carry a lot of these flies with me when I go on a saltwater fly fishing trip. Along with the Fritz and the Clouser Minnow, the Salty Bugger has to be one of the best prospecting flies for South African waters, and this fly can truly catch any fish species in the ocean. The Salty Bugger can be tied in a variety of colours and sizes, but without a doubt, chartreuse would be my go to colour when using this pattern. T Type Of Fly? Wet Fly Streamer Prospecting Fly  When To Use? All Year  Where To Use? Gullies Surf Estuaries  Colour Variations? White Chartreuse Pink The Salty Bugger gets it’s origins from the successful freshwater fly, the Woolly Bugger. The Salty Bugger is, essentially, a glorified Woolly Bugger with more flash, a cone shaped bead, and striking saltwater colours. This fly is best used when fishing inshore. Areas like rivers, estuaries, gullies and the surf zone are perfect places to fish this fly, whether it is from a boat or from the side. The fish species a fly angler can catch on this fly are almost too numerous to list. So in the list below, of what fish you can catch on the Salty Bugger, we have excluded offshore fish and freshwater fish, although it works very well for both of the latter species. This brilliant pattern can be fished in a variety of different ways – fast retrieve, flat out retrieve, slow...
Gotcha Fly

Gotcha Fly

Gotcha Fly – Best Fly Fishing Flies The Gotcha fly is arguably the best Bonefish saltwater fly on the Planet. This small deadly pattern imitates a variety of crustaceans and is truly revolutionary. The Gotcha also comes in a “crazy leg” version, which is basically the normally fly, with legs or whiskers toed to the body. The weight of this fly comes from the dung-bell eyes, and one can also tie this crustacean imitation with copper wire or lead to make it heavier. It is great for other fish species too. T Type Of Fly? Wet Fly Streamer Crustacean Pattern  When To Use? All Year  Where To Use? Offshore Surf Estuaries Gullies Backline  Colour Variations? Pink Chartreuse Brown White Red The Gotcha pattern does not only catch the saltwater fish species of the flats, like Pompano, Wave Garrick, Triggerfish and Bonefish; but it is also an excellent gully fly and estuary fly. The Gotcha also comes in the following versions: Bunny Gotcha, Rubber Leg Gotcha, Tan Gotcha, Blind Gotcha and Lead Eye Gotcha. This superb Bonefish fly is a variation on the world-renowned Crazy Charlie pattern. Both flies are good for species like Steenbras, Grunter, Kob and the likes, and they will both produce good results around South Africa. If you are a keen saltwater fly fisherman, or you are starting saltwater fly fishing, you need to have a few Gotcha patterns in your box. It is a must! Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly? Garrick Bonefish Grunter Stumpnose Moonies Kob Steenbras Springer Triggerfish Rockcod Karanteen Pinky Triggerfish Emperor River Perch Snapper Pompano Wave...
Bunker Fly

Bunker Fly

Bunker Fly – Best Fly Fishing Flies The Bunker Fly is a very well known and popular saltwater streamer-type wet fly. This fly catches big saltwater fish all around the World, and South Africa is no exception. The versatility of the Bunker Fly is well known, and it can be tied as a really small fly, to use in estuaries for species like Moonies and Garrick, or it can be tied in a larger pattern, that will tempt offshore game fish species and even freshwater fish: like Tigerfish and Bass. Largemouth Yellowfish will also take this fly quite readily. T Type Of Fly? Streamer Attractor Lure Fly  When To Use? All Year  Where To Use? Offshore Surf Estuaries Gullies Dams Lakes Rivers  Colour Variations? Green/White Chartreuse/White Black/Blue Blue/White Red/Black Red/Yellow For the best application, the Bunker fly should be tied with a bit of weight (Being copper wire, or lead), just to get it down to the bottom that much quicker. The extra weight also gives the Bunker Fly a deadly action due to the materials it is tied with. Fast sinking line will definitely give you an advantage when you are fly fishing with the Bunker Fly. When tying this successful pattern, natural materials are best, as synthetic fly tying material can be a real challenge, due to the complexity of this streamer pattern. The Bunker Fly can also be tied in a “fuller” form on larger flies, which work well for game fish and Tigerfish. Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly? Garrick Shad Grunter Bonefish Moonies Kob King Mackerel Springer Kingfish Queen...
Epoxy Mullet Fly

Epoxy Mullet Fly

Epoxy Mullet – Best Fly Fishing Flies The Epoxy Mullet is an interesting saltwater fly that mimics small silver bait fish such as mullet, silverside, glassies and shad. This sturdy fly pattern imitates a mullet firstly, and is similar to the Surf Candy and Finger Mullet fly in it’s applications. It is best fished in saltwater amongst schools of baitfish, and can be used very successfully when fly fishing offshore at fish feeding on the surface, especially Bonito and Queen Mackerel that often feed very specifically on smaller fish. T Type Of Fly? Streamer Lure Fly Baitfish Imitation  When To Use? All Year  Where To Use? Offshore Surf Estuaries Gullies Dams Rivers  Colour Variations? Natural The Epoxy Mullet can also be used with extreme success in estuary systems, river mouths, in gullies and intertidal zones as well as the surf zone. A variety of different fishing spots can produce all sorts of saltwater, and even freshwater, fish species. The Epoxy Mullet can be a bit tricky to “tie”, but the efforts are well worth it. The see through effect of this fly creates the perfect minnow imitation, and can fool even the wisest of fish, such as Bonefish and Triggerfish. Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly? Garrick Shad Triggerfish King Mackerel Moonies Kob Bonefish Springer Kingfish Queenfish Tuna Bonito Dorado Wahoo Queen Mackerel Snapper Bass Trout Yellowfish Blue Kurper Tigerfish The Best Flies To Use See...
Hot Flash Minnow

Hot Flash Minnow

Hot Flash Minnow – Best Fly Fishing Flies The Hot Flash Minnow is an excellent saltwater streamer, wet fly and lure fly. These flies are very successful and have proven their consistency and worth all around the World, and South African waters are no exception. The Hot Flash Minnow is not only a great Saltwater Fly, but is very effective for freshwater fish species such as Bass, Tigerfish, Yellowfish and Kurper. This fly can be tied in various sizes and colours, depending on where you are fishing and what you are targeting on fly. T Type Of Fly? Streamer Wet Fly Lure Fly  When To Use? All Year  Where To Use? Offshore Surf Estuaries Dams Rivers  Colour Variations? Red/Yellow Chartreuse Red/Black Red/White White/Yellow White/Blue The Hot Flash Minnow has it’s origins with Andy Burk. A great innovator of all sorts of different flies and materials. The flash and colour variations that the Hot Flash Minnow comes in makes it a deadly pattern for all sorts of different fish species. Saltwater fish species in particular love the Hot Flash Minnow, and it is a great offshore fly to use around atolls, and shallow reefs. This fly has even been used to tempt billfish like Sailfish and Marlin in South African waters. This pattern imitates a variety of bait fish such as Glassies, Silversides, Mackerel, Sardines, small Shad and Mullet. Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly? Garrick Shad Moonies Kob Springer Kingfish Wave Garrick Jobfish Tuna Bonito Dorado Sailfish Marlin Snapper Bass Yellowfish Blue Kurper Red-Breast Kurper Tigerfish The Best Flies To Use See...
Saltwater Popper Fly

Saltwater Popper Fly

Saltwater Popper – Best Fly Fishing Flies The Saltwater Popper fly is fly fishing‘s version of the open faced popper. A lure that has claimed many saltwater fish species in it’s time. The Saltwater Popper is a generic term for different patterns and variations of this fly. There are so many different kinds of fly popper, so this is just a generic term. This fly has caught a lot of Garrick for us here at Fish the Fly, and along with the flipper, is the premium South African top-water fly. It also works well for Trout, Yellowfish and even Bass and Tigerfish. T Type Of Fly? Popper Topwater Floating Fly  When To Use? All Year  Where To Use? Offshore Surf Estuaries Dams Rivers  Colour Variations? Green Chartreuse Black White Yellow Red The Saltwater Popper also works well for offshore species like Kingfish, Tuna, Snapper, Rockcod and even Sailfish! The name “popper” comes from the popping (Or plopping) sound it makes when you strip it. This fly is best fished in a strip-pause-strip method. A lot of the time the fish will take it on the pause, which is why it can be beneficial to pause for a second or two in-between retrieves. One can also add a Gully Fly or Fritz in a follow-my-leader method, by tying the smaller fly to the shank of the Saltwater Popper. A lot of the time the popper get’s the fishes interest, but they do not take it. This is why it is a very good idea to have a trailing fly, to give the fish you are targeting more...
Surf Candy Fly

Surf Candy Fly

Surf Candy – Best Fly Fishing Flies 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 such as Mullet or Glassies. This saltwater fly can be tied in any size. It is best fished in estuaries, close to structure like bridges. It is also effective close to river mouths and gullies. Bigger variations can be deadly for Kingfish, and can be fished offshore or on flats. T Type Of Fly? Streamer Lure Fly  When To Use? All Year  Where To Use? Surf Gullies Estuaries Offshore  Colour Variations? Chartreuse Pearl White Olive Red The Surf Candy saltwater fly was created and first tied by legendary saltwater fly fisherman, Bob Popovics. This fly imitates small silver fish and is best used when there are a lot of fish like silversides, mullet and glassies in an area. Springer and Garrick like this fly, and the ever aggressive Moony will readily take this deadly pattern. The Surf Candy fly is a great pattern and can be fished on floating, intermediate or sinking line. The keys to success are fishing this fly very fast, or with a jerky, pause-start retrieve. Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly? Garrick Kingfish Kob Springer Queenfish Wave Garrick Garfish Barracuda Moonies Snapper Bonefish Bartail Flathead The Best Flies To Use See...
Top 10 Yellowfish Flies

Top 10 Yellowfish Flies

Top 10 Flies For Yellowfish Season What Flies To Use For Yellowfish During Spring & Summer? There are so many flies for Yellowfish, and it can be a daunting task for any fly fisherman when setting out on an early season trip to one of the many freshwater venues that hold these beautiful species of fish. One of my favourite times of year is definitely Spring. The Trout spawning season comes to an end, and the weather warms up. When the days get longer and hotter, the water gets warmer and warmer. This makes me really excited and anxious, and I start planning trips in my head, almost on an hourly basis. You could say I am slightly obsessed with Yellowfishing. The Yellowfish start moving into the rapids and shallows once the water reaches about 13 degrees. When the water gets above 16 degrees the fishing is on, and when it hits 19 degrees you have the perfect water temperature to target Yellowfish. The list below was made by Fish The Fly, and is just our opinion. It has been a proved list for all of us here at Fish The Fly; whether we are fishing stillwaters, streams, or rivers. There might be a few “favourite” flies missing from this list, but these 10 flies (In order of best to even better) will catch you Yellows during the early Yellowfish season. The Top 10 Yellowfish Flies Copper John The Copper John is used successfully in South Africa targeting Yellowfish, in fast flowing rivers. It is used as the control fly, and the weight the Copper John, as well as...

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