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KZNFFA Ladies And Girls Fly Fishing Workshop

Ladies, there is a workshop this weekend (24 Nov 2012) at the Crusaders Sports Club. Why not impress your husbands and fathers by popping in for casting lessons from 9am – 12am.

KZNFFA Workshop

Inanda Dam Bass Outing

Marco With A Nice Bass

This month our resident bass expert, Marco Breschi, showed us how to tie a leech pattern to improve our success with bass. This of course led to a small outing to Inanda Dam to try out the new fly.

Things got off to a bad start when we arrived at the gate at 5am only to discover they only opened at 6am. Not deterred we spent our hour at the gate pumping up our tubes, kitting up the rods, and talking tactics. When it eventually opened we were quickly onto the water and headed off in our different directions.

I was hopeful when I picked up my first fish on just my third or fourth cast. Things then slowed down and it wasn’t as productive a day as I may have hoped. That said we all picked up several fish and our bass expert Marco got a nice fish in the region of 2kgs (and dropped a 4kg largemouth).

All in all a great way to spend a Sunday morning.

Klinkhammer Variant

Klinkhammer Variant

A trout fly variation tied by Peter Brigg.


Hook Partridge 15BNX ‘Klinkhamer Extreme’ 12-16
Thread Black 6/0 or finer
Shuck Antron fibres or stretched slingwrap film
Body Stripped Peacock Hurl
Rib Fine Copper Wire
Wing Closed cell foam and hackle
Thorax Peacock Hurl

Tying Instructions

1) Dress the hook shank with thread.2) Tie in the thin strip of foam on top of the hook about 1/3 back from the eye. Secure with fig of 8 wraps and then wrap around base above hook and fold upward to form a wing post.

3) Tie in the strands of antron at the bend of the hook to form the shuck.

4) At the same point tie in the rib and the stripped peacock hurl.

5) Wrap the hurl forward to behind the wing forming a tapered body and tie off.

6) Wrap the rib in even turns to the same point and tie off.

7) Tie in the hackle butt end under the wing and bend at 90 deg. so it is pointing toward you.

8) Tie one or two strands peacock hurl under wing and wrap behind and in front to form a neat thorax. Tie off.

9)Wrap the hackle around the base of the foam wing, tie off and form a small head with the thread. Whip finish and cement if desired.

10) Trim the foam wing to shape.

Half and Half

Half And Half

Another baitfish imitation.


Hook 2/0 SS
Thread Clear 3/0 (spook thread)
Tail 4 White Hen Hackle’s and Crystal Flash
Body Pearlescent Flash
Wing Chartreuse Buck tail Topped with Peacock Herl or Gray Bucktail
Thread Dumbbell Eyes

Tying Instructions

1) Tie in the Dumbbell eyes behind the eye leaving room for the head.

2) Tie in 4 Hackles either side of hook bend at barb and wrap forward to behind eyes. Tie in a few strands of Crystal flash either side of hackle.

3) Tie in Pearlescent flash above barb and wrap forward to behind eyes. Secure with thread. Can be reinforced with super glue to make the fly more durable.

4) When this has dried. Reverse the hook in the jaws and tie in a small bunch of Chartreuse buck tail in front of the eyes. At this point a few strands of flash can be added.

5) Tie in a few strands of peacock herl or the grey buck tail to complete the wing.

6) Finish off the head and apply your favourite head cement. Paint the eyes if desired.

Fry Fly

Fry Fly

This fly, designed and tied by Kevin Cole, works well in estuaries.


Hook Long Shank #10 to #6
Thread Black 3/0
Tail Pearlescent Mylar Tube
Body Red wool or Tuft chenille under mylar tube topped with Peacock Herl
Eyes Silver Bead Chain
Head Peacock herl Wrapped around eyes
Weight A few turns of lead behind the eyes under the wool body if required.

Tying Instructions

1) Wrap the red wool or chenille along the length of the hook forming a slightly tapered body from the barb to the head leaving enough room for the eyes. Tie off the thread. A lateral line can be drawn with black felt tip pen onto the wool if desired.2) Cut a piece of mylar tube slightly longer than the length of the hook. Remove the core and slip over the body.

3) Tie a few wraps of thread around the mylar just in front of the wool body.

4) Tie in the bead chain eyes at this point with figure of 8 wraps.

5) Just behind the eyes tie in 5 strands of peacock herl.

6) Take 1 strand and wrap it around the tying thread a few times. Then wrap around the eyes forming the head. Whip finish just behind the hook eye and tie off.

7) Wrap the thread around the mylar tube above the hook barb . Tease out the mylar behind this point forming the tail.

8) Pull the 4 remaining pieces of peacock herl over the top of the body, secure with a few wraps of thread and tie off.

9)Trim the herl and tail to length.

Fishing Instructions

Fish this fly with a sinking line into the wind using a long strip followed by a pause. This causes a jigging action and simulates a small fish struggling in the current caused by the wind.

No Name Nymph

No Name Nymph

This fly designed by Roger Baert was tied for us at the July 2007 meeting by Paul Leisegang


Hook Nymph #10 to #6
Thread Brown or Black 6/0
Tail Cock Hackle Short and Krystal Flash
Body Short fibre synthetic Dubbing such as Antron (Sparse)
Rib Gold Oval Tinsel
Thorax Same as body (Heavier Application)
Wing Case Swiss Straw – Raffia
Legs Pick out underside of Thorax
Weight Can be weighted with a few turns of lead if required.

Tying Instructions

If Required wrap 5 or 6 turns of lead around shank and position leading edge just under 1/2 way down shank.Dress the hook with tying thread to above the barb.Tie in a small bunch of the cock hackle for the tail at this point with a strand of krystal flash either side.Tie in the gold rib and clip into the material holder.

Lightly apply tack to the thread and touch the dubbing lightly to the thread. DO NOT OVER DUB. Now roll the dubbing onto the thread and wind up to about 2/3 from hook eye leaving space for thorax and head.

Wrap the gold tinsel forward to this point and tie off .

Tie in the raffia pointing back.

Dub the thread more heavily this time and wrap forward forming the thorax. This should be fatter than the rear body section. Leave enough room for the head.

Pull the raffia forward over the thorax to form a neat wing case and tie off.

Form a small neat head with the thread and varnish with head cement.

Pick out the dubbing under the thorax for the legs.

Polish Nymph

Polish Nymph

Fly tied by Jay Smit at the April 2007 meeting


Hook 3x curved nymph #10 – 14
Thread Hyperfine black or any suitable fine thread
Head Brass Bead
Upper Body Use rubber legs
Body Two colours of thin wool or Fine Dubbed thread
Rib Optional Clear Mono
Legs Black Hackle
Thorax Fine Rabbit
Weight 6 turns Siman square lead (size dependant on weighting required)

Tying Instructions

Wrap 6 turns of square lead around shank and position leading edge 1/2 way down shank. Leave about 1 to 2 mm gap between lead and bead.Using 3/0 or heavier floss form wrap around lead forming a tapered body and tie off.Using a pair of pliers gently flatten the body in a horizontal plane.

Using the 6/0 thread tie in a rubber leg by its tip on the left side of the body nearest the head. Tie in all along the left side of the body and secure just behind the tapered body formed earlier. Snip off the excess leg and repeat on the right side of the body.

Tie in one of the wool threads just behind the bead and tie in all along the left side of the body on top of the rubber going all the way back to behind the barb. Repeat with other colour wool on the right side of the body. Tie off the thread. The wool should be at least 150mm long.

For details of the Polish weave method go to

Invert he fly in the vice. (hook now upside down) Holding the lighter piece of wool in the left hand and the Darker in the right pull the Lighter over the body to the right, down and slightly back under your right hand. Now bring the Darker wool (Right Hand) slightly forward over the Lighter wool and down under the body and slightly up and back. Your arms should now be crossed with your right arm above the left.

Now the tricky bit, keeping constant pressure on the thread bring the Lighter wool left handback over the top of the body and down under the Right hand. Push the left hand slightly back and bring the right hand toward you then down and back across to the right and slightly up always keeping constant tension on the thread.

The first weave should now be complete. Repeat all the way up to just behind the bead forming a neat body with one colour on the top of the fly and the other underneath.

Tie a simple knot behind the bead to prevent unraveling.

Tie in the 6/0 thread just behind he knot. Enough wraps to stop the wool unraveling. Undo the knot in the wool tied earlier and clip away the excess wool in front of the thread.

Tie in a small bunch of black hackle for the legs.

Lightly apply tack to the thread and touch the dubbing lightly to the thread. DO NOT OVER DUB. Now wind the dubbing up to the bead forming the thorax and tie off.

The Bay Glassy

The Bay Glassy

The Bay Glassy tied for us by Russell Coote at the February 2007 Meeting. This is a fly that he tied to imitate the Glassy found in the Durban harbour. This fly caught many species but was primarily used when targeting Springer.


Hook SS Debarbed #4 to 1/0
Thread Black
Tail A small bunch of Crystal Flash
Body White Kinky Fibre
Rib Black Cotton
Lateral Line Black Flash or Peacock Herl
Weight None

Tying Instructions

Tie in the Crystal Flash just behind the hook eye and with a wide thread spiral tie in all the way back to the hook barb and back.Tie in a sparse bunch of the white kinky fibre by the tips behind the hook eye leaving room for the head. Fold the fibre back over the top forming a loop and tie in on top. Snip through the loop.

Tie in a few strand of Black Flash or Peacock herl for the lateral line.

Tie in another small bunch of the white kinky fibre on top to complete the body.

Make a neat head with the black thread, tie off and varnish. Try and make the head as round as possible because it is meant to simulate the black eye of the glassy.

Fishing Instructions

Fish this fly very slowly and in some cases when the glassy’s are being smashed by game fish a dead drift works well.

Cape Vidal Video

Fly Fishing Cape Vidal – Take 2 from Warren Prior on Vimeo.

Montana Nymph

Montana Nymph


Hook Long Shank Nymph 6 to 12
Tail Rabit Fur Olive or colour of choice
Body Chenille olive or colour of choice
Legs Hackle Olive
Thorax Cactus Chenille
Wing Case Body Colour Chenille
Head Black cotton whip finish and cement

Tying Instructions

Dress hook with thread and tie in a small clump of Rabbit fur. Any colour from black olives to brown.Tie in the body chenille and wind forward to 3/4 up the shank. Tie off on top of the hook as this piece will later be used as the wing case.

Tie in a hen hackle at this point (hackle must match gape of hook about 30% wider) Then tie in the cactus chenille wrap forward leaving room for the head and tie off.

Wrap the hackle carefully through the thorax about 3 turns and tie off.

Pull the body chenille forward over the thorax to form the wing case and tie off at the eye.

Make a neat cotton head and cement making sure the eye does not become clogged with cement.

Bret gave us a good tip for cleaning the eye of the hook, he pulls the left over piece of hackle through the eye. This cleans it up very nicely.