Posts Tagged ‘ed herbst

17
Mar
13

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!

 

13
Feb
13

Tom Sutcliffe’s Site: Pleasant Inspirations

Over a year ago, Ed Herbst and Tim Rolston pointed me toward Tom Sutcliffe. At the time, my searching nose was pointed mostly toward NW Steelhead and Western Trout. Herbst and Rolston had been refreshing discoveries and Tom Sutcliffe’s work was equally rewarding.

This morning, I was searching Google Images for a mayfly emerger pattern, something simple to tie. I saw a somewhat unkempt pattern (my style also, my ‘impressionistic’ tendancies) and noted it was on Tom Sutcliffes site. 

Bob Wyatt Emerger @ Tom Sutcliffe

Bob Wyatt Emerger @ Tom Sutcliffe

The point beyond Bob Wyatt’s pattern, is as I looked at Tom Sutcliffe’s site, I discovered excellent writing and little gems along the way that somehow are unique compared to much of what we receive in the FF info flow. Check out this section from a while back of Tom’s site and see if you don’t agree there isn’t uniqueness, innovation (check out the J Vice), exploration, openness, something different.

14
May
12

Eagle Owl Slo-mo To Camera: Phenomenal!!!!

Received this from Ed Herbst of South Africa today. It has quite a few hits already so you may have already seen this, but what a truly beautiful site……  Thank you Ed….

 THE OWL GLIDING TOWARD A SECURITY CAMERA

17
Feb
12

Imagine My Surprise: Hunting Trout by Tom Sutcliffe

I had recently heard from Ed Herbst that I might receive a generous offering from Tom Sutcliffe. In fact today, I did receive a package from South Africa and inside was an aut0graphed edition from Tom, complete with a nice handrawn Adam Dry Fly on the inside page. This personalized presentation is available to you by ordering directly from Tom Sutcliffe.

This past year, I have been most fortunate to receive inspiration from the works of Tom Sutcliffe, Ed Herbst, Tim Rolston and Craig Thom, all of the Republic of South Africa. All these gentlemen are well read in the history of fly fishing and tying, well beyond today’s contemporary offerings. I am quite thankful for their generosity and look forward to reading Tom’s fine book, Hunting Trout. Thank you Tom.

11
Feb
12

Fly Tying & Fishing: Small Fly~Bigger Hook?

Would a wisp of a size 24 fly body on a size 18 hook fool a fish? Would a size 16 fly body on a size 14 hook to the trick? I wonder how many of you have experimented with a slight deviation from the norm of tying: match the size fly pattern to the size hook? Does a small fly pattern have to be on a small hook to fool the fish?

This 'Big Grey' by BooRod is an example of a smaller pattern tied to what I would say is a bigger hook.

I recall reading years ago in an old Steelheader’s gear book that attracting fish was, in the end, the attractor ‘positives’ outweighing the detractor ‘negatives’ in the fish’s assessment of the morsel. Does the bigger hook detract from that smaller attractive fly pattern you attached to it? Maybe worth an experiment or two. More hookups with smaller fly patterns? This may not be suitable for gin clear waters and scrutinizing fish, but at least worth a try in the more troubled waters where fish have little time to decide.

Even the simple Egg Pattern (Gummi Egg by JMKratt) is more often than not tied on a bigger hook.

And, Ed Herbst of South Africa sent this reminder to me re the Goddard Smut.

“Goddard’s ‘go-to’ flies for when trout are sipping tiny midges from the surface are his “Goddard Smut” (for the full fledged adult)”. How simple a design but effective. How often we complicate our tying.

23
Jan
12

Fly Tying: A South African Fly Tying Journey, Volume 2

I was recently rewarded with an opportunity to review Ed Herbst’s (and friend’s) DVD, A South African Fly Tying Journey, Volume 1. I found that DVD very rewarding and suitable for the seasoned beginner to intermediate fly tier. (posted here 12/28/2011)

As a followup, Ed asked me to also review Volume 2, which primarily focuses on Terrestrials, a staple of South African Fly Fishing. In fact, Ed mentions in the DVD that Terrestrials are far more important to the fly fisher, in South African waters,  than Mayfly or Caddis hatches. At times, this is probably true on many waters beyond South Africa when Hoppers, Beetles, Ants and the like are prolific. 

So, I watched the enjoyable Volume 2 and came away with the following impressions: like Volume 1, it is well presented and pleasant to watch. Ed Herbst and friends (Philip Meyer, Mario Geldenhuys and Fred Steynberg) are excellent in providing understandable instructions for tying patterns, which I believe are well suited for the Beginner to Intermediate fly tier (Mario’s Inch Worm and Fred’s Ant are good beginner patterns).

The beginning tier can certainly purchase the DVD and work toward the patterns, but right out of the case, the patterns components of foam, rubber legs and hackle might be a bit of a challenge. My favorite fly pattern was the one Mayfly pattern in the mix, the RAB by Philip Meyer.

RAB Dry Fly by Philip Meyer

Thanks to Ed Herbst for the opportunity to learn more about Terrestrials and enjoy the beautiful scenery of South Africa’s Cape region.

 The fly tying DVD can be purchased online through the Stream-X fly shop in Cape Town – http://www.streamx.co.za/index.htm  and its proprietor, Craig Thom – sales@streamx.co.za.

28
Dec
11

Fly Tying & Fishing with Ed Herbst and Friends

“…South Africa does not have an adequate record of  fly fishing evolution and development. Piscator, because it has been in unbroken publication since 1947, has performed that role in some measure and, as its editor for the past 15 years, I have always been aware of its importance as a journal of historic record. Many of the original pioneers are now dead but this DVD is an attempt to create a cinematic legacy.”

Recently, I was fortunate to receive a DVD from Ed Herbst entitled A South African Fly  Tying Journey with Ed Herbst and Friends. I found the DVD very enjoyable. Included in this work were fly patterns I had never seen before, as well as quite a few fly tying techniques also new to me. Ed Herbst, Fred Steynberg, Dean Riphagen and Tom Sutcliffe tie the fly patterns unique to the Cape.

Ed writes: “South Africa became the focus of global attention when we hosted the FIFA World Soccer Cup last year but not many fly fishers are aware that we have some very pleasant small streams about 90 minutes drive from Cape Town and it is these streams that have been the crucible of much development in small stream  fly fishing in this country.

The fly tying DVD can be purchased online through the Stream-X fly shop in Cape Town – http://www.streamx.co.za/index.htm  and its proprietor, Craig Thom – sales@streamx.co.za. An additional DVD re tying and fishing terrestrials designed in South Africa will be forthcoming in early 2012. Contact Craig Thom at the Stream X Fly Shop and order this first in a series of fly tying DVD’s and enjoy the tying and the gentlemanly camaraderie of the participants.

Ed Herbst and a Small Stream Rod/Reel

A side note: you will see Ed stalking trout in a beautiful small stream. He sent me a remark about that small stick… “Both the cover and the picture on the DVD itself show examples of the rod handles created by Stephen Boshoff in our never-ending pursuit of the ultimate small stream fly rod. The one on the DVD itself is a Scott 1 weight blank – alas no longer made  – and the reel is held on with plastic cable ties to reduce weight. To further reduce weight there is no butt capp and the blank is sprayed matte khaki to reduce fish-scaring rod flash.”

Thank you Ed for the most enjoyable gift of learning new concepts in fly tying and fly fishing.

03
Dec
11

Fly Fishing: Spotting Fish by Tom Sutcliffe

This morning, I awakened to a nice email from Ed Herbst, the managing editor of Piscator, a journal highlighting the works of the Cape Piscatorial Society in South Africa. The history of the Cape Piscatorial Society is a good read. Ed graciously offered up for consumption the works of several notable Cape fly fishers and tiers. I recently presented Tim Rolston and his wonderful e-book how to tutorials on fly tying.

Today, I want to present a fascinating series of posts by Tom Sutcliffe at The Spirit of Fly Fishing. The series delves into Spotting Fish. I think you will enjoy all the work by Mr. Sutcliffe and the photography is most fascinating! Again, a special thanks to Mr. Herbst. Take some time to study both the Piscatorial journal and Sutcliffe’s interesting work.

A concept that Ed Herbst shared is for a variety of reasons, South Africa’s fly fishing heritage has evolved in a degree of isolation. This has often resulted in unique, innovative methods of fishing and fly design. Today, with the ‘net’ much blends together with the ease of discovery. So, dig into any South African fly fishing site, as you would a SE Euro FF blog, a Aus/NZ/Tasmania or say Kamchatka site. I mention those spots because, there is a often a flavor of difference. Don’t you agree? It would be a shame if there was a sameness to it all.




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