My recent run of blank days on streams has definitely not been for a lack of effort in my fly tying. I have been tying most days of the week over the last year or so, all be it maybe only one or two flies a day. My new J-Vice is standing ready to tie, whether it be on the kitchen counter or on the sofa as I pretend to listen to what Jenny Is saying to me from the kitchen. Jen has taken up crochet so it’s probably quite an amusing sight, the two of us nattering away as I tie flies and she practices her new crochet skills.
I have been redesigning my favourite patterns by guessing that the trout will like my new offerings more than the last. The results so far in fish terms, are abysmal, but I blame that on the drought. I have changed many an old tried and tested pattern without even trying it out to see if it’s more effective. Hopefully when the fish return to my streams, they won’t be able to resist what I throw are at them.
Last night I redesigned the Para-Daddy for the 4th time. The fly almost needs a new name by now. Maybe a Para-Spider is a more appropriate name because it’s really quite different from what it’s used to call a big daddy.
Here follows a basic SBS of my latest para-thingy-mabob:
I have a passion for photography, fly tying and fly fishing for trout in remote mountain streams that are seldom if ever fished by other anglers. Yes these places still exist. I have realised that where I fish and how I fish is pretty different from all the other fly fisherman I know and starting this blog is the best way I can share these experiences with others less fortunate in where they reside, or less inclined to wonder what lies over that mountain or up around the next bend.
I am dairy farmer in Kokstad in Southern KZN where we are surrounded by rivers seldom fished. It's also close to the Drakensberg and Lesotho which I think is the most beautiful place on earth. There are hundreds of small streams just waiting to be explored. All it needs is fly rod and reel, a spool of tippet, some floatant, a few flies, a spirit of adventure and a good level of fitness. Let the adventure begin.
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