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...
Saltwater Fly Fishing 101

Saltwater Fly Fishing 101

    Saltwater Fly Fishing In South Africa Where, What, How, Why… Saltwater Fly fishing 101 Saltwater Fly Fishing is a challenging form of angling, and definitely tests a fly fisherman’s patience and skills to the maximum. Fly Fishing is often imagined with a stream, accompanied by schools of colourful trout feeding in shallow water; but very rarely imagined with an angler on some prawn banks, casting a fly at Grunter frolicking in the mud. This article will talk about the latter of the two scenarios, and why it is so rewarding.     When anglers talk about saltwater fishing in South Africa, very few conversations will be about fly fishing, rather spinning, rock and surf, dropshot and offshore. Once an angler lands that first fish on fly, he will be hooked! Fly Fishing in estuaries or in the surf is often overlooked as angler’s prefer to fish areas with other artlure or bait methods. I think this is as a result of the unwillingness of the angler to ‘waste his time throwing an artificial fly back and forth’. This can be a huge misconception, because if you get the fly right, the tide right, the time right where you are lucky enough to find a shoal of fish, you can be in for the time of your life. Targeting Saltwater Fish Species – South African Saltwater Fly Fishing The beauty for me when saltwater fly fishing, is that you can literally catch every species of fish South African surf and estuaries boast, from 2cm Glassies to 90cm Garrick. All depending on what size fly you use, what area...
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 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...
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...

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