Category Archives: flyfishing

Dogs of War

What a awesome video

It really get the blood pumping and I think it might be time to go get some tiger fish.

How to Shoot Fly Line During a Cast: A Quick Q&A

Shoot Fly LineWhen you’re fly fishing in Alaska, casting more than 20 or 30 feet doesn’t happen very often. We respect fellow anglers who don’t think it ever needs to happen when you’re stalking trout on a perfect river. Saltwater fly fishing is an entirely different situation to shoot fly line, but that moves into a discussion that’s similar to comparing apples and oranges.

So, what do you do when those steelhead or salmon seem out of reach? You can pull up, scout around, and wait, or you can try shooting your line during a cast. It’s a great technique to add to your personal resume of angling expertise, and you don’t have to master it to enjoy the returns of improved production and just plain fun on the water.

How Hard Can It Be to Shoot Fly Line?

img_1620-1Shooting line to cover distance isn’t considered an art yet. You don’t practice it because you want to perfect your presentation. You learn the technique because there are times when a basic cast can’t put your fly where you want it. Shooting line happens when you stop on the final stroke of your forward cast and release as much as the throw can carry. To make it happen, you change your loop direction. Sending it up increases your distance.

Is It Really That Easy?

Like so many things that we love about fly fishing, a little finesse goes a long way with this type of cast. It’s not hard to make a stop behind and then a stop in front to get a nice loop. Still, it takes patience to wait until you see that loop unrolling on the rod tip before your line hand lets go. Shoot fly line is as simple as releasing after your stop so that forward momentum gets it out there where you want it. The trick is getting good at letting it slide, keeping the rod down low, and then stripping back in.

Are There Any Do’s and Don’ts?

If you’re new to fly fishing, you already know that practice is too much fun to be considered work, so we highly recommend it. If you’re a seasoned trout bum, you know that there are always things you can do better and worse. Out of respect for everyone, we’ll keep our rundown of do’s and don’ts short and sweet.

  • Do get really good at feathering the line and releasing just as the rod stops.
  • Do learn how to quickly get the line under your finger if you have to strip and straighten out.
  • Do make sure that the rod tip travels straight so that it produces a tightly energized loop.
  • Don’t release your line too soon causing the rod to unbend and lose the cast.
  • Don’t hang on so long that the rod flips and counterflexes at your stop.
  • Don’t get discouraged over the time it takes to perfect your timing.

Finally, do enjoy how this technique can help you avoid bushwhacking when you need some distance but the tree line has your back cast hemmed in. So lets get praticing on how to shoot fly line.

22Do You Need to Get Good at This?

It’s easy to think of a long cast as a liability, but it can be the difference between a slow afternoon and the kind of action that livens up hot tub conversations at the end of the day. It’s all about your timing and technique. Concentration on accuracy pays off with consistent results. You don’t have to master shooting line, but getting good at it definitely ups your casting prowess. That’s something you can always enjoy taking with you wherever you go fishing.

If we could be the very best at our favorite outdoor sport with just a few casting tricks, it wouldn’t be the same. If there were less than countless ways to tie a fly, we’d be lost. Fortunately, fly fishing in Alaska gives us plenty of room to keep working on all the angles and enjoying every minute of it. That’s how we like to spend our quality time, and you’re always invited to join us here at No See Um Lodge.

Fly fishing for tigerfish

Man I need to get back to some water to do some fishing. I feel like my soul is drying up. My mate tagged me in this video

Gets the blood pumping. I remember catching tiger fish on lures and they would hit hard. Very exciting stuff

While you are at it have a look at Ultimate Guide to Fly Fishing

16 things only fly fishers will understand

As a highly addicted bunch of individuals, its not surprising that there are a few things which are common amongst all of us who dream about throwing flies at fish.

In no particular order, herewith things which only fly fishers can relate to:

  • Your first fish on fly. No matter what fish, fly or age almost all of us can remember that first fish we caught on fly. That surge of adrenaline when you saw your fly line disappear in to the depths for the first time – welcome to the addiction.
  • Thawing out in front of a fire. After a long day wading/float-tubing or hiking, there is nothing more relaxing as being memorised by a fire at night recounting the days fishing in a sleepy haze.
  • Your first fly behind the vice. Inevitably, once the bug bites we all fall for the next addiction in line – fly tying. No matter how mangled your first attempt behind the vice is, we just cant stop feeling that pride of knowing that we just tied our first fly.
  • Following from point 3 – your first fish on your own tied fly…This is what its all about right? You made something which artificially imitated nature and enticed a fish to take it.

For the full list head over to fly loops

Also thanks to on the vise for the image


African Sharp Tooth Catfish on fly

Short clip of one of the fish we landed. All African Sharp Tooth Catfish were caught on fly and were released. Thanks to Dewan Hamman for the video

I have often surprised Barbel ( also known as Catfish ) paddling around a dam. This video is inspiring and I am keen to do this next time I go fishing.

SUP Fly Fishing

Join Devin Maggio for a tranquil day of fishing on his stand up paddle board in Siesta Keys, Florida.  Gotta to do this SUP Fly Fishing when summer comes.

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Custom Fly Rods

Mario from Custom Fly Rods popped me a mail the other day. He saw that I did a bit of lathe work at school and was wondering if I could help him. At the moment I am unable to do that. I had a look at his work at on his website and I must say it is very inspiring seeing the brilliant work he is doing. The attention to detail is just beautiful.

Keep it up Mario. You are inspiring to me.

Fly Tying Evening on Wednesday 4th June from 6pm to 8pm

I am having my first fly tying evening on Wednesday 4th June from 6pm to 8pm. Looking at doing it once a week. It will just be an informal gathering to tie flies and have fun, please bring your own equipment and materials. I have the venue in Midrand. Pop me a mail if you keen to join us. or whatsapp on my cell 0836819281 or comment on this post. I will send you the address, and how to access the gate.

It would be free of charge maybe we could just share some snacks.

Looking forward to meeting some awesome people and learn to tie some cool flies. My kids will be joining me so you are welcome to bring your own.

Just let me know if I have forgotten anything

Grunter on fly from Supfisher

Ian from the Fishing Sup fame has done us a quick video of him catching a Grunter on Fly. He tells me he is going to do a full story on the process on how to catch grunter on fly. I am super excited for that. In the meantime check out his video.

March long weekend

Hi All Addicts,

How often does it happen that in a group of fly fishing addicts, that the group splits up into smaller groups and goes off in a variety of directions on the same weekend and to catch totally different species of fish. Well, that’s exactly what happened over the long weekend 21st to 23rd of March 2014.

Justin Annells, Shane Tofte, Daniel Salter and Kevin went to Sterkfontein and tamed a few yellows.

Bryon Machado and friends went to the Mtenetu River on the Transkei coast for some fishing and some bundu bashing.

Craig Gartrell, Mike Wafer and families went to Glenrock in the midlands in search of trout.

Chris Rothman and family went after Black Bass in the Eston area .

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Peter Lehman, friends and family went to Albert Falls Dam chasing Carp, Barbell and bass.

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Whilst Roger Gurr and Marius Groenewald thrashed the water in Durban harbour into a foam, but could only manage a few Sand Gurnard.

JP’s trip to Vidal when his entire weekend was blown out by dirty seas and wind

This is a guest post by Roger Gurr