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 Flies For Tigerfish

Best Flies For Tigerfish

Best Flies For Tigerfish In South Africa What Are The Best Flies To Use For Targeting Tigerfish While Fly Fishing? What are the best flies for Tigerfish? A question often asked by fly fishing enthusiasts making a trip to Phongola, Jozini or Komatipoort. Tigerfish are a prized angling fish, and these freshwater fish species are regarding as one of the “must catch” fish species on fly. There is something about the Tigerfish, and if you have not fished for them as yet, please do yourself a favour and book a trip! The Tigerfish has a very hard bony mouth, so make sure your flies are sharpened to the max. Steel wire is also advised when targeting Tigers on fly. The wire does effect the flies action a bit, but without it, you will be left cursing and shouting when you get bitten off. Fish fast retrieves and set the hook hard when you are fly fishing for Tigerfish. Keep the tension on the line, and drop your rod tip when they jump out of the water. Fish The Fly has identified the 5 best Tigerfish flies you can use in the various freshwater fly fishing habitats around Southern Africa. 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 for Tigerfish in South Africa, you will catch fish. Just remember, perseverance is a key to success when Tigerfish fly fishing. There are many other flies that can bring success too, this is just our unbiased opinion from experience. The Top...
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...
Best Barbel Flies

Best Barbel Flies

Best Barbel Flies To Use In South Africa What Are The Best Fly Fishing Flies For Barbel (Sharptooth Catfish)? The Best Barbel flies to use in South Africa can be found on this page. The Barbel, also known as the Sharptooth Catfish, is a beautiful Catfish species in it’s own right, and is a very aggressive and adaptable predatory fish. This makes it an excellence challenge to tempt them on fly, and battle this hard fighting freshwater fish species. Contrary to popular belief, the Barbel will not just take “anything”, as many anglers suggest. When fly fishing for Barbel, you need to locate the Catfish in order to be successful at targeting them. The best thing to do is to look for areas in rivers and dams where the Barbel are highly concentrated. You want to look for feeding Barbel. Barbel will feed or breathe with their heads and whiskers out of the water. Make a cast just beyond that, and work the fly from there. Alternatively you can use a calling technique, where you splash the fly in an area you suspect there may be a Barbel or two. In turn, this “calls” the Barbel, as they come to investigate, and generally end up attacking the fly quite aggressively. Fish The Fly have identified 5 of the best Barbel flies that you can use as a fly angler in South African waters. These flies are based solely on our experience and opinion here at Fish The Fly. They have worked for us in the past, and should bring you great success when targeting Barbel on fly in South...
Best Carp Flies

Best Carp Flies

Best Carp Flies To Use In South Africa The Top 5 Flies To Use For Carp The best Carp flies to use in South Africa when fly fishing for these freshwater fish species can be hard to choose. Fly fishing for Carp has become extremely popular, not only in South Africa, but all around the World. The Carp species of South Africa are a highly underrated angling species on fly, and you can have hours of fun sight fishing these beautiful fish. It is hard to decide what the best Carp flies are to use when fly fishing for Carp. Carp feed on a variety of different crustaceans, insects and plant matter, and are very opportunistic when it comes to feeding. This is not necessarily a good thing for Carp fly anglers. The best way to catch Carp on fly is by sight fishing for them. Identify shallow areas in dams, or deep pools in rivers where the Carp hold and feed. Cast the fly a bit behind them or just in front of them at the edge of their sight-line, and you should start getting fish! Fish The Fly has identified the 5 best Carp flies to use in South Africa. These are our preferred flies to use to fly fish for Carp and are based on our opinion and experience. There might be some flies that are not listed here which you might know work well for Carp. But once again, this is just our unbiased opinion here at Fish The Fly, and we hope you catch lots of Carp on these flies! The Top 5 Best...
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,...
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...
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...
Yellowfish Spawning

Yellowfish Spawning

Yellowfish Spawning: When Do Yellowfish Spawn? Spawning Information On South Africa’s Yellowfish An Introduction To Breeding Yellowfish Yellowfish Spawning: Yellowfish spawn, generally, after the first heavy rains of the Yellowfish season. The Yellowfish start moving into shallow water at the start of Spring/Summer when the water reaches 16 degrees celsius. 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. The Yellowfish Spawning Process The Yellowfish species of South Africa will start spawning when the conditions mentioned above are perfect, and when the water temperature reaches 19 degrees celsius. The Yellowfish move in loose shoals of around 25 – 40 fish when they spawn, and can often be seen “finning” in numbers in the shallow spawning grounds.The ideal conditions mean that spawning can take place, and future generations of the beautiful Yellowfish can start their journey to adult hood. This journey takes 4-7 years or so, by which stage the Yellowfish becomes sexually mature and is able to breed. The fish are usually around 30cm at this stage....
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...

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