Archive for March 17th, 2013


Photography: Brodin Net Frames Trout’s Beauty

Trout Beauty Brodin Net SB Photo by Mary Jo Muncy

Beautiful Rainbow Trout in a Brodin Tailwater Ghost Net (Photo by MJ Muncy)

Brodin Nets

This beautiful trout more than filled the 20″ hoop opening of the Brodin Tailwater Ghost net. The fish was perfectly (randomly) framed by the opening of the net. Maybe Brodin would pay me for the promotional effort? 


Aileen Nishimura Ellis’ Caddis Pupa w/ Sheer Ribbon

I recently posted a pattern by Davie McPhail with which he used ‘sheer’ ribbon for the body. At the time, I thought I understood how he used the ribbon. But, upon reviewing Aileen Nishimura Ellis’ how to tie a Caddis Pupa using the sheer ribbon…I was obviously (previously) confused. Take a look at the how to segment here. Aileen’s sequence is more understandable. There are several unique tips here. Not so much a beginner’s pattern for sure, but a few techniques here worth considering. Check out Flybrary also.


South African Fly Fishing: Thoughtful & Bemused

TRout release SB Photo by Mary Jo Muncy

I have mentioned this in important bits and pieces the last few years: there are impressive blogs and sites about fly tying and fly fishing emanating out of South Africa. The writings have a flavor of history, refinement, properness, detail that is often missing these days from fly fishing writings…to include mine. I enjoy the efforts of these authors and their gentlemanly ways. No ‘bumism’ here.

“Finally I most want this site to be a minor celebration of the poetry of fly fishing. The poetry of fly fishing means just what it says; that within it there is an underlying beauty that’s there if you want to find it and not if you don’t. It’s up to you. Those of who do find it believe it adds something valuable to the experience, even if we aren’t quite sure what that actually is.”

Tom Sutcliffe

Tim Rolston, Peter Brigg, Andrew Fowler & Ed Herbst are but a few notable names to start your exploration of South African fly fishing/tying wisdom. Each of these fly fishers point the way to equally interesting characters in the sport. I think you will agree there is a different vibe to this region. It is thoughtful and easy on the mind. Explore!


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