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...
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,...
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....
Top 10 Best Trout Flies

Top 10 Best Trout Flies

Best Trout Flies To Use In South Africa The Top Ten (10) Best Trout Flies To Have In Your Fly Box Fish The Fly has identified the top best Trout flies a fly fisherman (Could and should) use in South African waters. This is solely our opinion, bet we do guarantee that if you use this assortment of dry flies, nymphs, streamers and wet flies, you will catch Trout! Whether they are Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout or Golden Trout, these flies will work for you! We have been fly fishing for Trout our entire lives, and if you can name the fly, we have either bought or tied it, and used it. So these, the top 10 best trout flies, come from a lot of research, a lot of testing and countless hours on the water. They might not be everyone’s top 10, but they work really well, and these are definitely “go to” flies on tough days of Trout fishing. These flies can be used on stillwaters, streams and rivers. So, listed below you will find the top best trout flies to use in South African waters, listed from number 10 to number 4, and then we have a special feature with a longer description of the top 3 flies for Trout! The Top 10 Trout Flies Bloodworm The Bloodworm is a popular nymph, and can be used to target many species of fish, and can be fished in many ways… Read More. Epoxy Buzzer The Epoxy Buzzer is a superb freshwater fly pattern and is very versatile in how you can fish it and what you can...
Largemouth Bass On Fly

Largemouth Bass On Fly

Largemouth Bass On Fly In South Africa How To Catch Largemouth Bass On Fly Using Fly Fishing Techniques Catching Largemouth Bass on fly in South Africa can be challenging, but extremely rewarding. The Largemouth Bass is a very well respected South African freshwater fish. This predator attacks almost anything that moves, if it looks real or natural enough… This page will hopefully give you some insight and tips on how to fool, hook and land the Largemouth Bass, just by using Fly Fishing methods in South Africa… Catching Largemouth Bass on fly can be tricky and very frustrating, but once you hook that first Bass on fly, the adrenaline will keep you going until you land the fish… Below are some tips and advice for Fly fishing for Bass – Largemouth Bass, in South Africa… Fly Fishing Tackle Needed For Targeting Largemouth Bass Generally, the idea for targeting Largemouth Bass on a fly rod and fly reel is to fish slightly heavier than you would for Rainbow Trout (For example). Normally in South Africa, to catch Rainbow Trout, you would use between a 4 weight and 6 weight fly rod paired with the appropriate fly fishing reel. In our opinion, fly fishing for Largemouth Bass is no different, it all comes down to personal preference, what size leader you are going to use, and how heavy the fly you are using is. Many well respected Bass anglers say that you should use a Fly rod between a 7 and 9 weight for Bass… This is understandable because you have to tackle up when targeting Largemouth Bass, but as mentioned,...
Yellowfish Season

Yellowfish Season

Yellowfish Season In South Africa Fly Fishing For Yellows In South African Waters When we talk about Yellowfish Season in South Africa we, as fly fishers, are normally talking about the Smallmouth Yellowfish (Labeobarbus aeneus) in particular, especially when speaking about river fly fishing. In truth all Yellowfish species in South Africa do have a “season”, if we can call it that. The Yellowfish season is the time of year where the water heats up, and the fish species start moving into shallower water and rapids in order to feed on the vast diversity of underwater and hatching insects. They move into these more shallow, warm waters not only to feed, but also in preparation for spawning, which normally takes place after the first heavy rains or sparsely, between October and February. The spawning season is a long and drawn out affair, and depends heavily on the amount of food available, good rains, and a good flow of water of shallow gravel bottoms in-between rocks. When Yellowfish spawn, please try and avoid those areas. Many fishing venues in South Africa will warn you about the areas where spawning occurs. It is best to stay clear of these spawning spots, and it is bad to fish for Yellows during the spawn. Yellowfish Season starts in Spring, when the water starts warming up. I like to refer to Spring as the 1st of September, but generally after the first extended hot spell, the Yellowfish Season commences. The Yellowfish hold in the deeper pools during the colder Winter months and as soon as the water temperature (In most Rivers, anyway), hits 13...
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...
Catching Trout In Spring

Catching Trout In Spring

How To Catch Rainbow Trout In Spring Season In South Africa? Trout in Spring can be a bit challenging, and a lot of factors effect this. The fact that they could be in their spawning transition stage, rainfall levels and wind. So all the spawning has stopped, the trout have been feeding heavily and now the “conventional” stillwater fly fishing can resume once more. There is lots of activity during the Spring months and fishing can be difficult on some days. Fish Activity & General Habits During This Period? Early Morning Mornings during Spring are often difficult to fish as not many hatches happen early morning in the Summer months, especially on the Highveld. The Rainbows generally feed and rise close to the surface just before sunrise and, on sunny mornings, will go quiet for about 30 minutes after sunrise. They feed in the dark picking off all the food items that might of drowned during the night that they hadn’t “felt” (with their lateral line) during the night time period. Mid Morning – Afternoon September, the month of Spring, can be really tough fly fishing, but October, November and December can be some of the most testing and difficult months to catch stillwater Rainbow Trout, as instead of aggravating them you now need to move more to imitating what they are currently feeding on. Damsel fly and dragon fly larvae are now starting to appear in stillwater systems in the Highveld, and these insects often have large midday underwater hatches, that many fly fisherman cannot see in deeper dams, weirs and lakes. It is during this time when...
Fly Fishing During June

Fly Fishing During June

Fly Fishing During June In South Africa – Good Or Bad? South African Fly Fishing Records & Logs – Trout In June June is the month of trout spawning in South Africa, and is a good time to get some big spawning male trout by annoying them with a zonker or woolly bugger with a fast strip. The fly fishing season during spawning time, can be some of the most productive trout fishing you will have. Some stillwaters and streams are closed during the Winter months for spawning specifically. Below you will see some details from a day outing at Footloose Trout Farm in June, when the Rainbow Trout were in full spawn. Fly fishing during June is my favourite time of year for stillwater Trout. The early morning beauty, the misty waters and the colourful and aggressive fish all add to it, but there are some monster fish to be caught when fly fishing during June, and if there are not many monster Trout around, there are normally good numbers of fish. Fly Fishing During June Summary Date: 22 June Province: Gauteng – Footloose Trout Farm Fish Species: Rainbow Trout Time Fished: 6am-5pm Water Temperature: 10 degrees Celsius Outside Temperature Average: 16 degrees Celsius Wind: Minimal – 2-3km/h Leader: 9-10 feet 4lb (6x) Retrieve: Very fast Fish Caught: 13 Size: 200-700 grams Flies Caught On: Black Woolly Bugger, Black Fritz, White Fritz. Notes: Missed about 10 fish, 1 fish rose to an Elk Hair Caddis, small white flies hatching from 6am-11am. Fish were quite deep, and took a very slow or very fast retrieve. Weighted, bulky flies worked...
Gauteng Fly Fishing

Gauteng Fly Fishing

Gauteng Fly Fishing, Catch & Release… At Least They Are Trout! I must admit, fly fishing for Rainbow Trout in Gauteng is not my favourite thing to do. It almost seems un natural, as when I fly fish I like to be in wild places with challenging fishing, such as Dullstroom or the Drakensberg. But I guess, beggars cannot be choosers. The fly bug bit me hard recently, and I needed to fish. We tried for Carp, Bass, Barbel but the Winter was in full swing and the water temperatures all below 12 degrees. Eventually, after many days of blanking and the fly bug coming dangerously close to killing me, I accompanied Jason to Footloose Trout Farm. As he was a member, he could bring one person in for free and fish the members section. We were on the road from Edenvale at 5am, as we normally are for fishing, even though the sun was due to rise at 6.55am, and travelled to Footloose. We stopped for Coffee on the way and we were genuinely excited. We both love catching fish, no matter what tackle, what fish or what size, and it is always a great pleasure fishing with Jason. We started in the dark with wet fly, and around 6.30am. I landed the first fish, a nice, typical looking stock farmed fish, of about 300 grams. The first dam in the members section was going crazy as the sun rose, and we decided to fishing dry fly. Jason with a Stimulator and I tried the DDD, Adams and then the Elk Hair Caddis, which I managed to get...

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