Posts Tagged ‘tom sutcliffe

16
Jan
14

The Mirage: diaphanous CDC

“I noticed a…feather resting on the surface…going down with the current. A slight breeze was making it do small movements in the foam and the feather slid lightly on the water so as to make it look like a living thing.” Agostino Roncallo

magie_cdc_1_75mm_webI recently came upon a simple, enticing concept for a fly pattern at Tom Sutcliffe’s The Spirit of Fly Fishing called The Mirage by Agostino Roncallo. A single, delicate, buoyant CDC feather, the tying thread and the hook comprise the dry fly.

Delicate and may sustain some damage after a fish or two, but given the simplicity of the tie and the reputed effectiveness, who cares. Tie a row or two and dance along the surface. A delicate fly for selective and non-selective fish: trout/grayling

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Agostino Roncallo first started tying this simple fly in the 90’s and later wrote about the magic properties of CDC: Cul de Canard

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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.

30
Nov
12

Agostino Roncallo: Italiano Tying Innovator

I was perusing Tom Sutcliffe’s always informative The Spirit of Fly Fishing site and came across a pattern/technique I had not encountered before. Agostino Roncallo presents a couple terrestrial patterns that utilize this “twisted palmering” technique. It probably is a bit cumbersome at first to learn, but the outcome is a buggy specimen that seems like it would promote a big glump! Check out the how to by Roncallo at Tom’s site.

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An Agostino Roncallo beetle pattern.

21
Nov
12

Herman Botes’ Papa Roach (Dragon Fly Nymph)

A few days ago I showed a series of Dragon fly nymphs that I have tied over many years. Some have been very productive, some never turned a head. It was a compilation of pictures to show the materials options and concepts.

Well, as often happens with visitors here, they suggest alternatives, better options that others have created out there. The fine folks at FLYLOOPS.NET pointed to a piece at Tom Sutcliffe’s site, which highlights Herman Botes Papa Roach pattern. 

Herman Botes’ Papa Roach Pattern

 

18
Mar
12

Fly Tying: Original Pheasant Tail Nymph

Looking at the original Frank Sawyer Pheasant Tail Nymph you see a different look than many of the PTN’s today: no thread, more copper wire and no peacock herl.

Frank Sawyer's Original Pheasant Tail Nymph tied here by Tom Sutcliffe

Looking at the Pheasant Tail (Russian Artist Vladimir Fedot)

Tom Sutcliffe’s How To’s on Tying the Original Sawyer Pheasant Tail Nymph with some informative background.

 Also, check out the comment section for a fine video by Hans Weilenmann c/o Norm Frechette.

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.

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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