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Fly of the month January 2018 – The Squassie

By Gerrit Viljoen This fly first featured on the Flytalk forum some 7 years ago. It has stood the test of time and still produce plenty of fish when fished correctly. A great summer Caddis pupa pattern for Smallmouth Yellows in any system try it! Hook: C49...

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Fly of the month October 2017 – The GUN

The GUN - by Gary Glen Young This is my go-to heavy nymph pattern, which I fish on point on a Euro-rig, or as my control fly in a normal indicator setup for all species. The “Golden GUN” version has proven to be very successful on carp in the rapids too....

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Yellowfish Control Flies

Most of my control flies are tied using 3.5mm tungsten beads. Although the tungsten bead gives you sufficient weight to get your flies into the feeding zone it is sometimes neccesary to incorporate lead wire into the fly for fishing deeper water and stronger river...

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Top 6 flies for Yellows revealed

In a recent poll in which 151 recreational Yellowfish fly anglers took part the 6 most effective flies for Yellowfish were revealed. The online poll was hosted by Flytalk - SA's largest flyfishing website - and the results again proved that nobody needs to take more...

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The deadly dozen – SM Flies

"Go-to" flies for every Yellowfish hunter There are many many flies on the market and once you start tying your own flies you will find yourself dreaming up new patterns almost daily. So whilst we still dream of inventing that next "x-fly" here are the most successful...

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South Africa’s fly of the Century

“The greatest discovery in South African angling in the past fifty years is that the yellowfish Barbus Halubi can be caught relatively easily on the fly as long as you know how.” That was the headline on the cover story in the February 1985 issue of the magazine Tight...

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Rooibos Caddis

The Rooibos Caddis was developed more out of boredom than anything else really. The larvae of many species of caddis flies make protective cases of silk decorated with gravel, sand, twigs or other debris. The Rooibos Caddis pattern, based on a cased caddis, will have...

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Kindred spirits

-Euro Skinny Nelson- Sometimes whilst browsing through the interwebs, looking for mostly nothing, you stumble accross something that you know will be usefull in your own quest to land your next trophy yellow. What we have forgotten though is that there are real people...

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Hot Spots on flies

History ~ Theory ~ Application Green Spot Pheasant Tail tied by Curtis Fry "In my opinion, hot spots work by providing an extra stimulus to a fly pattern which sets it apart from the multitude of natural food items (or artificial flies) a fish sees regularly, thereby...

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Control flies  – an Introduction

What is a control fly? “If your fly does not get to the bottom – where Yellow’s feed – you are not going to catch any fish!” Call it the control fly, the middle dropper, the anchor fly or the weighted fly, in the end it all boils down to the same thing. The control...

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