Posts Tagged ‘Tim Rolston

15
Jun
15

Beginning Fly tying tutorial…

by Tim Rolston at The Fishing Gene Blog.……is a nice introduction to fly tying. Tim provides a great deal of informative how to’s on not just fly tying, but fly fishing as well from his home base in South Africa. If you have been considering fly tying please take a look at Tim’s excellent site. If you already fly fish, but don’t tie your own flies, you must consider tying your own creations to fully enhance your fishing experience…nothing like catching fish with your own creations!

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09
Mar
14

Sly Fishing: Presentation

“Sly Fishing” I like that. I didn’t ‘coin’ the phrase, but it works for today’s post. There are many competing concepts in fishing and fly fishing in particular: matching the hatch, proper gear, the appropriate realistic fly pattern, timing, weather, lighting, location, reading the water and finally presentation, which in some ways combines much of the above considerations.

photography-fly tying-sparse-pattern-macro-swittersbSometimes the above images are insulting, challenging to fly fishers and tiers. Such simplicity flies in the face of the necessarily complex make up of fly fishing. I suppose, at times, there are required, exacting patterns that must be used on well bred, snobby, elitist fish. But, come on now, you know it is true….often simple patterns, sparse patterns are quite effective. It is the presentation and location of the offering that are often more important than some exacting pattern. 

I like to tie overdressed concoctions as much as the next tier. But, I annually come back around to the reality that all that material on that hook may not be necessary. At a minimum, tie some minimums. Sparse patterns that are suggestive, have movement, but are a fraction in quantity of materials and focus on presentation/location. It doesn’t lessen the sport to experiment and possess a few minimalist patterns for the less refined fish.

Read this fine piece by Tim Rolston (The Fishing Gene) entitled “The C Word” re patterns and confidence.

Marc Fauvet wrote about pattern and presentation also in this piece.

23
Oct
13

Video: Tying in a Parachute Post for Dry Flies

Alan Gardner has a pleasant video here on how to tie in a synthetic parachute post for the construction of a parachute dry fly pattern. Caleb Boyle also provides some useful tips on constructing a parachute post. Also, see comments section and Tim Rolston’s excellent suggestions too! This is how we learn.

Spumoni SB

The Spumoni Dry Fly with the hot pink and yellow and white synthetic materials combined to form the parachute post. The hot post colors aid in siting the fly.

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.

19
Aug
12

Stillwater Chomper Pattern Redux

Earlier this week, I tied up a couple Chomper patterns and was not overly pleased with the results: too much materials and the resultant bulky fly. Today, I used the amounts suggested by Tim Rolston and I am pleased with the simpler, cleaner fly.

A single ostrich herl, 14/0 thread and a narrow, mottled shellback. Simpler, cleaner and I can’t wait to try it. The pattern is similar to many other ‘scud’ like patterns. The important part here is the material: Ostrich Herl. No head cement, no raffia, smaller thread, less bulk…nicer.

18
Aug
12

Stillwater Pattern: Chomper

Last week, I was extolling the virtues of Ostrich Herl as a fly tying material. Tim Rolson, of South Africa, remarked that the Chomper was a worthy pattern, that incorporated the Ostrich Herl. Tim mentioned that the Chomper pattern was less recognized in the U.S. A little research showed that a UK fly fisher, Richard Walker, is noted with developing the pattern.

So, this morning to the vise I went. I tied two Chomper flies. Neither one was satisfying. But, both would probably catch fish. But some observations are in order from my tying effort. I will use the two pictures to elaborate.

This first effort on a size 14 nymph style hook, had the raffia back strap and the olive Ostrich Herl body. The thread was 8/0. I have never been a big fan of Raffia, especially now that synthetic materials make a more durable part and they do not necessitate the addition of some adhesive. In this instance, I selected 5 herls. I tied them in ahead of the already secured raffia at the bend. Once wound forward, I secured the herls. A rather plump body resulted. I pulled the raffia over the top and secured it. The piece of raffia was too large. The resultant thread head was too large because of the bulky raffia and 5 herls. Then I added a coating of glue over the top of the raffia. In the process, I had some end up on the ostrich. A rather sloppy, little pudge ball.

With this Chomper, I used less raffia and only 3 Osrich Herls. The fly presents a more slender, less bulky fly. The herl has room to move. But, again, I was messy in the application of the head cement over the raffia.

The point of the fly is to showcase the merits of Ostrich Herl as a lively material that attracts attention. That is a given, I believe. Beyond that I would use a different material besides raffia for the backstrap. Any of the newer, synthetic materials used for Czech Nymphs and Scuds would suffice. I intend to tie up a dozen more in olive and in black and substitute for the raffia synthetic or feather fibers even with no lacquer). Sizes 14 will work and I may opt for 14/0 thread in olive as well. Thanks Tim for the suggestion re the Chomper. Photo’s a bit blurry. Oops!

30
Mar
12

Tim Rolston’s Essential Fly Tying Techniques Now Downloadable!

Dear Gary

GREAT EXCITEMENT HERE AT THE MOMENT.

“ESSENTIAL FLY TYING TECHNIQUES eBOOK” is now available as a downloadable electronic format copy to anyone with an internet connection.

Fly tying book for ipad,Kindle etc

NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD ON LINE

You will have to forgive me if this is the second newsletter you have received in short order, and for any obvious excitement that may perhaps transfer to the writing, but I am excited and I suppose that there is no point in hiding that.

You will no doubt we aware that I have been working hard at this electronic media stuff with electronic books available from Smashwords:

The first one “100 Fly Fishing Tips Tricks and Techniques” has been receiving great feedback from as far afield as Scandinavia. I was very pleased with that and it was part of an on-going process of experimentation and learning in how this stuff all works. You need to remember that I never had a single computer lesson in my life. Some of this comes with a steep and frequently frustrating learning curve.

More recently I was able to convert my previously published hard cover book “Learn to Fly-cast in a weekend” into a fully downloadable eBook and hopefully make that available to a far larger audience. It is difficult to get things noticed when you are sitting at the bottom of the African continent and finding publishers and distributors is a problem which is the main reason for going the electronic route. Although of course it also means that you the end user pay a lot less and that you can put these books on your Ipad or Kindle if you wish.

However now I think that I have achieved the greatest success to date “Essential Fly Tying Skills” a book of critical fly tying information, full fly patterns and essential techniques supported by text, graphics and video has now been converted to a downloadable format.

To achieve this, the videos have had to be provided as links instead of embedded in the book but other than that it is the same as the original CD based copy. What that means is that now this book is also available to a world-wide audience. Plus you can read it on a Kindle, an iPad, a PC, Sony reader or pretty much any other electronic reading device that you may wish to mention.  It offers the reader greater flexibility and opens up a far wider market, you can even “gift” a copy to someone so long as you have their email address.

Send eBooks as a gift:

As a new innovation from Smashwords you can now “Gift” a copy of a book to anyone around the world via email. Just follow the same links and look for the “Gift” option on the upper right-hand side of the page.

Not only do these books offer instant download but at a far lower price than traditional printed copy.

Of course it would be unfair to just tell you about something that I would like you to consider purchasing no matter how excited I may be so here is some free stuff for you as well.

FREE Video links:
Superglue Splice
Goose Biot Spun Dun
Cheater Soft Hackle
Tying the marabou Muddler Minnow  a You Tube Video clip , one of the patterns featured in EFTT

FREE E BOOKS:

You can get yourself copies of

Build your own fly fishing lanyard  a fact sheet on building a most useful addition to your kit.
Who Packed your parachute. A short eBook on a new way of tying parachute flies.

At NO COST.

Plus:
“An AFTMA fairy tale” The latest amusing and hopefully thought provoking post on THE FISHING GENE blog..

 

What people have had to say about Essential Fly Tying Techniques:

Flyfishing Magazine South Africa: “WOW…Essential Fly Tying Techniques, was an absolute revelation…this platform is absolutely perfect for learning to tie flies. …anyone who has been deterred from trying their hand at tying flies because it seems too complicated should buy this ebook and start a whole new chapter in the fly fishing lives.

Tom Sutcliffe: The Spirit of Fly Fishing Website: http://www.tomsutcliffe.co.za
“This has to be the best way to learn to tie flies..engaging, ingenious and comprehensive..Embracing the three pillars of drawing, text and video..surely the first publication of its kind in the world.”

SwittersB & Flyfishing Blog: swittersbwordpress.com “I was struck by the comprehensiveness, quality and forethought…Very enjoyable and impressive”

Trout Fisherman Magazine UK: “Hits perfectly the sweet spot between brevity and comprehensiveness…allows cross reference between written word, detailed colour diagrams and video

Other eBooks from this author available for instant download onto any electronic reader:

Click on the image to download a copy of send one to a friend as a present.

Finally: Well done to Western Province who walked away with the gold medal in the recent SA Fly Fishing Championships, held in Natal. Brilliant work guys.

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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.

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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