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...
Keys To Success

Keys To Success

Keys To Success: Fly Fishing The Rivers The Eastern Cape is one of the most diverse fishing areas in South Africa, and is just an amazing area to fly-fish. Saltwater fly-fishing can be a very intimidating prospect, and can be frustrating if you are not on the right path. I hope this article can shed some light on fly-fishing in the Eastern Cape, and can help you catch fish on a more regular basis. Where To Start? A lot of fly fishermen start off on the wrong foot, by using heavy rods and large flies. Before you can start targeting fish like Grunter, Leerie’s and Kob, you need to know the dynamics of the areas you are fishing, and what smaller species are around. If you think you can rock up with a 9 weight and catch a 4-kilogram Grunter in every session, you are wrong. Fly-fishing is a sport of patience, technique and understanding. To start off, fish light, a 4 or 5 weight rod will be perfect. Arm yourself with a variety of small flies, such as Crazy Charlies, Fritz’s and Salty Buggers. Then it is time to start exploring. Go to familiar spots where you have caught on bait or artificial before, somewhere you are confident in. I believe confidence and having a positive mind influences you as a fisherman, and fly-fishing is no different. What To Do? Once you have found that confidence boosting spot, now you can fish. Make a mental note of the area you are fishing. What kind of bait is readily available in the immediate area? Are there prawn banks? Schools...

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