Choosing 5 Flies

Choosing 5 Flies

Choosing 5 Flies: If You had To Choose 5 Flies To Fish With, What Would They Be? I was re-reading a Tom Sutcliffe book, his first published I believe, “My Way With A trout”, and I stumbled across an interesting chapter in the book I had forgotten about. And I decided to give this exercise a go, hope you do not mind Mr. Sutcliffe… Basically the exercise is that you have to choose 5 flies that you would fish, for the rest of your life, whether it be stream, lake, estuary etc. Now this is very challenging, but quite fun, I will post Mr. Tom Sutcliffe’s results after I have chosen my 5 preferred flies, if we could call them that, and we can see how similar they are in the end. The Black Woolly Bugger – One of my most used flies and my go to fly when fishing a sinking line when nothing else is working. I have landed and lost many big trout on this fly. The D.D.D. – A Tom Sutcliffe invention. My favourite dry fly and my first dry I will cast during a rise or a sight fishing outing, superb fly. The G.R.H.E – This is my favourite nymph and will not go to any body of water without it. The White Fritz – Another wet fly, but more of an attractor pattern, I have caught many types of fish on this fly, saltwater and freshwater included. The P.T.N. – A tossup between this and the R.A.B., but I had to choose another nymph, I have had success on a black PTN in...
How I Got Hooked

How I Got Hooked

How I Got Hooked On The Sport of Fly Fishing Fly Fishing Stories – Flying through Life I had always enjoyed fly fishing, but April 2004 changed everything for me. I went from loving to obsessive. This trip I did changed my perspective on fly fishing and changed my life. I was on holiday with my mother and father in the Eastern Cape. It was school holidays and my father planned to expose me to some different types of fly fishing. We were staying in Kenton-on-sea, one of my favourite places in the World. My dad first took me to the Kariega River, to throw some streamers (At this stage my fly fishing knowledge was limited to dry fly fishing for Rainbows). We didn’t have any hook ups, but a few chases from fish, I cannot remember what they were. This did bring back some memories, the time (No idea how old I was) when my father was fly fishing the other saltwater river in the area, the Bushman’s (Not to be confused with the small stream in the Drakensberg). I watched him catch a Garrick and a Shad on fly, the fact that I remember the smallish fish he caught so vividly must mean something, it is a great memory. Anyway, back to the trip… After being unsuccessful at the Kariega, we went to Port Alfred, where I caught my first saltwater fish on fly, I believe I was using a 3 weight, and my go to fly at that time, the Yellow Humpy. My father and I alternated the rod and managed to catch Cape Stumpnose, Striped...

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