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  • Reply to: Tigerfish from my Verandah   7 months 2 weeks ago

    I was one of the privileged few that grew up in Rhodesia and spent my teen years catching tigers in Lake Kariba. The Zambezi Aristocrat was definitely the lure of choice. I'll be up in eastern Caprivi in two months time, using the same rod and Penn reel I used in my childhood, and will again enjoy casting into the Zambezi. Wish me luck :-)

  • Reply to: Feather wings and treads   7 months 2 weeks ago


    The best way to get the wings to sit is probably to pinch them really hard in place with your fingers over the hook and wing, then laying a loose loop of thread over them, taking the thread back up and pulling it tight using an upwards motion while holding the wing in place. This will have the thread going down on the wing and not twisting it as much. The thread usually has little effect when using that technique and it's even better to use a quite "sticky" thread than a smooth one because it will hold better once the first wraps are laid.

    I hope this helps a bit.


  • Reply to: Springulated flies   7 months 3 weeks ago


    Notice the date on this post! I'm not sure the spring idea will work for real... but springs can be bought many places. I bought the ones seen here in a store that supplies parts for boats and cars. A whole selection of different springs for almost no money.


  • Reply to: Springulated flies   7 months 3 weeks ago

    Hi all,

    a great idea to use such springs - but does anyone knows a vendor for such springs?



  • Reply to: Short hook, long wing   7 months 3 weeks ago

    This is one of those posts that will be around for several years. Really good one.

  • Reply to: Karel Liška   7 months 3 weeks ago

    Some wisdom by Karel Liska,

    Karel Liska usually used only three flies, while his friends had a lot of patterns.

    "There are three different days during trout season there.
    The first one, trout takes every reasonable fly, me and my friends catch a fish.
    The second, trout doesn't take every fly, if my friends don´t find the proper one, I´m not in disadvantage.
    The third, trout doesn't take any fly, then all of us catch nothing."

  • Reply to: Leader knots   7 months 4 weeks ago

    Try the "Infinity Knot" - best on-stream tippet to tippet knot ever. Takes less than 30 seconds to tie and is far superior to the Surgeons knot, double Uni, or Blood knot.

  • Reply to: Spey Hackles   8 months 18 hours ago

    Bob, 2 notes: 1: Poul Jorgensen took took large Marabou hackles, sprayed them with hair spray, and laid them wet on a piece of thick cardboard, and brushed them out with a stiff toothbrush. Resulted in a great heron like hackles.
    2. The Blue Eared Pheasant has tail fthrs, with unbelievably long fibers. Several inches! I have used them on large dee flies, they do not clump at all, almost exactly like heron in the water. I also like to use large Gadwall fthrs, strripped one side, they are almost like Kori Bustard hackles. Cheers, Joel

  • Reply to: Illustrated knot table   8 months 1 day ago

    The Double Davy knot is the best dry fly knot NO contest. Very simple, very fast, very strong, very reliable, very small footprint, little wasted tippet.

  • Reply to: IBRA Bamboo Journal N 17 now online   8 months 2 days ago

    Any one out there ,to help me reclame my old bamboo rods. Ii would like to reclame for fishing all are very good ,all joints are solide , but do need some work , varnishing would be nescessary, place knew guides and one a new handle , i am looking for a book or a site to help me reclame these rods, i have a beautifull two hand salmon rod like new and one trout that is over 150 yrs old , none carry any names except the salmon , this would be a great winter project thank you for the help

  • Reply to: Stonfo Elite Bobbin Review   8 months 3 days ago

    Steamboat, I'm really sorry to hear this and have yet to experience that with any of mine (and I have over a dozen of these Stonfo bobbins I use regularly). The main thread I use is UNI and I vary between all three sizes of bobbins. Losing tension never happens, plus I tend to modify it depending on the style of fly I'm tying and required pressure. In regards to fraying, that has rarely happened to me, and in most cases it has, the issue has related to something else. I would suggest contacting either the shop you purchased them from or Stonfo directly because something doesn't sound right. Let me know how it works out (my email is listed through my website, Trout and Feather). Tim

  • Reply to: Leader knots   8 months 3 days ago

    Good article and advice. I've found however that an UNI knot with each end of material to join them is as good as the blood knot, is easier to tie and works well when there are significant differences in the diameter of the material.