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:

Tackled two spots this weekend


Posted on 4th October 2010 by admin in News

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The weather’s getting better in Cape Town as we approach Summer and after the fear that there would be lots of rain this weekend, it turned out to be rather perfect. Saturday morning presented itself nice and early, right and ready for a day of fishing.

Here’s a quick peak at the weather this week:

Stop 1: Jonkershoek

Jonkershoek is definitely best fished early in the morning, because once 11am arrives, the fish are far less interested in biting. The bottom dam is still the best spot, I pulled out two 2kg rainbows and had a number of bites, which I just wasn’t quick enough with. The top dams have been refilled with water and the fish have been put back in them, so now there is a selection of 5 dams, however, I must warn you – 2 hours spread out across the top 4 dams didn’t even result in a bite.

Stop 2: La Ferme

I’m really not having much luck at this venue lately. I was told that using a DDD fly (below) is the best fly to use and if you’re fishing two flies on one line – a Mrs Simpson fly and a dark coloured wet fly works wonders too. I tried both of these strategies, after even tying on a new leader and the trout swim put to the fly, look at it and carry on swimming, with no interest at all – I honestly can’t figure out what the trick is! If you have advice, please leave a comment!


Learn how to tie a DDD fly.

All in all it was a good day of fishing and a great way to catch a tan at the same time, the sun was pumping towards lunch time!

Did you go fishing this weekend? Please let us know in the comments.

Which flies are performing in the Western Cape waters


Posted on 26th September 2010 by admin in Equipment

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When you go fly fishing, you want to be prepared, having a good collection of flies is so important, especially if you’re going to a fishing destination that you haven’t been to before, you never know what sort of fly the fish will go for.

Here are four of the flies that have been performing well over the past few months in the Western Cape waters. You can see what they look like by clicking the thumbnails above, all flies have been labelled accordingly:

  • Black wooly bugger
  • Green wooly bugger (Great at La Ferme)
  • Bead Head Nymph
  • Mrs Simpson (Great at Jonkershoek)

Another fly that has been working incredibly well is one that looks similiar to the Green Wooly Bugger, made from Marabou Turkey Dark Olive feathers and has a touch of red material under the feathers. This fly pulled out four rainbow trout ranging from 2kg to 4kg in a two hour fishing sessions.

It would appear that attraction flies are definitely out performing aggression flies.