Tying the Mrs. Simpson fly


Posted on 17th December 2010 by admin in Tutorials |Videos


The Mrs. Simpson fly is a popular fly in the Western Cape. I’ve caught a couple big rainbows with this exact fly:

It’s not the easiest fly to tie, but it’s not impossible. Here’s a video tutorial which will teach you how to go about tying a Mrs Simpson:

Here are some other fly tying videos:

Tying the leader to the fly line


Posted on 15th December 2010 by admin in Tutorials |Videos

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The first time you get a rod, someone will probably tie the leader to the fly line for you and they’ll probably add a tippet. But when it comes to the time when you have to do it, it’s tricky, so let me explain a little. The fly line is the thick line, which connects to the reel first, the leader is then tied to the fly line and finally the tippet is tied to the leader.

REEL > Fly line > Leader > Tippet (thickest to thinnest).

I’ve done a lot of research and I’m most comfortable tying two perfection loops and attaching them (one perfection loop on fly line and one on the leader). I remember the first time I had to do it, I struggled, but after quite a lot of research, I found a video which really does go over it slowly and I wish I could have seen this when I was learning.

Let’s have a look:

Confused, leave a comment and I’ll help as best as I can.

Ultimate guide to fly fishing cape streams DVD


Posted on 10th December 2010 by admin in Tutorials |Videos

“The ultimate guide to fly fishing cape streams” is a DVD by fly fishing legend, Sean Mills. I purchased a copy of the DVD a couple weeks back and it arrived yesterday to my excitement. I quickly put it into the player and thoroughly enjoyed 90 minutes of fly fishing action, bundled with hundreds of tips and tricks!

In this DVD, Sean Mills, shows you in detail how to catch more and bigger trout on the crystal clear Cape mountain streams of the Western Cape, South Africa. Sean films the DVD in his unique hands on style with underware shots and extreme close ups, it really is a treat. Sean goes on the explain where to fish, what tackle to use, how to perform special casts, how to locate fish and also goes into sighting trout, looking at various files and how to tie your leaders..

A bonus is that he explains how the rivers are managed and how to go about getting a membership from the Cape Piscatorial Society as well as how you book a beat.

Here’s a quick video:

All in all it’s a fantastic DVD, well worth purchasing! The DVD goes for just R179.00 and you can click here to get your copy from Netbooks.

100 Fly Fishing tips, tricks and techniques


Posted on 9th December 2010 by admin in Tutorials

Craig from Stream X has just announced the release of a new book, with over a hundred little ideas, improvements and concepts that you can apply to your fishing and tackle rigging. Regrettably there have been a couple of minor problems in the conversion formatting of the book which is currently being re-entered, but I’ve had a look and it’s still good.

For the time being there are some errors with some of the text but that shouldn’t affect the value of the ideas too greatly until such time as it is sorted out.

You can have a look at the book and download it from the following link https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/32414

The book costs $6.99, but if you’re a CPS member, you should have received a coupon code, which allows you to pick it up for free.

Western Cape Fishing Licenses – Full Explanation


Posted on 29th November 2010 by admin in Tutorials


Fishing in the Western Cape legally is quite involved and it’s taken several days to really get down to the bottom of having all the documents. There are three documents required:

  • Cape Piscatorial Society (CPS) Membership
  • Fresh Water License
  • WildCard

Let me go over each one in detail:


The CPS controls a large number of waters in the Western Cape, including the popular rivers. A membership with the CPS is required to fish in the waters managed by them. This is done on behalf of the Cape Nature Conversation (CNC). You will need to download an application form, fill it out and send it back to the CPS (Fax: 021 424 5602 or Email: cpspc@netactive.co.za). The prices are on the form, please note that there is a cost for Dams as well as Rivers, it’s not an all inclusive. To fish in all the rivers and dams, you’re looking at a cost breakdown like this:

  • Entrance Fee: R60.00
  • Annual Subscription: R350.00
  • Season permit for Dams: R190.00
  • Season permit for Rivers: R190.00

FreshWater License

In the Western Cape, you still need a license to fish in freshwaters, this is non-negotiable and must be purchased from the CNC. You can email email Helen on hcassels@capenature.co.za with your name, address and ID number and she can assist you further if you’re not able to get down to the CNC yourself. The cost of a license is X. You can also get a freshwater license from Fred Tuckers Tackle in Main Rd Plumstead.

Side note: A salt water license can be purchased from your local post office for R79.00


On top of the CPS and freshwater license, you need a Cape Nature Reserve Wildcard, which allows you to enter areas controlled by the CNC. There are a number of ways to go about doing this, but here’s the easiest:

  • Visit the Wild Card area on the South African National Parks website – here
  • Click on the purchase link if you’d like to apply online
  • Complete the form and make your payment of R305.00 (pricing for 2 or more)
  • You will then receive an email with your wildcard number
  • Update your details on the website and request an authorization number
  • Activate your account.

Once all 3 documents have been covered, you’re basically free to fish anywhere in the Western Cape. Just remember that some locations are outside of the control of the CPS or the CNC and might charge you to fish there.

Leave me a comment if you need help.