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Fishing you a Merry Christmas

December 7, 2014


Win a copy of “GUIDE FLIES” eBook with a fun Christmas Quiz:

I thought given the festive season it was time to offer a few “Christmas Presents” and at the same time review some of the posts written over the past 12 months of blogging at “The Fishing Gene”.

So having now launched the downloadable version of “Guide Flies” I thought that the loyal readers were deserving of some reward for their diligence.

Below you will find a little quiz, based mostly, but not entirely, on past posts on “The Fishing Gene”, you can of course search for the answers on line and through the search function on the blog itself.

And your reward? Other than demonstrating your intimate knowledge of fly fishing and the pleasure of success you can use the answers to win yourself a downloadable pdf copy of “Guide Flies”.

Just click on the “SUBMIT” link at the bottom of this page and email me your answers.



#1: Which famous American angler was the Inventor of a series of high floating hair wing dry fly patterns including the Ausable, Royal and Blonde?

#2: Which well-known South African Angler and author writes the “The Spirit of Fly Fishing” Blog?

#3: What was the religious title of the inventor of the “Greenwell’s Glory”?

#4: Who is the inventor of the simple but amazing “Magic Tool” for tying with CDC

#5: What is the title of my first book on Fly Casting originally published by Struik Publishers?

#6: Which well-known Tasmanian Fishing Guide who visited SA and provided me with the information on the “Penny Knot”

#7: What is the name the classic streamer pattern, invented by Charles Langevin, one that you wouldn’t like slipped into your drink.

#8: What is the name of the exceptional fish sculptor who casts the bronze permit trophies for he Dell Brown Invitational Permit tournament?

#9: Who invented the CDC Hi-Vis Midge mentioned in one of the recent Fishing Gene Blogs

#10: How many bread rolls did we take on this year’s camp to the Orange River?


Just open up your email application with this SUBMIT link and send me your answers.

All answers must be supplied by 25th December 2014 to qualify .


Guide Flies and other books by the author of this blog are available in printed, Compact Disc and eBook versions from a variety of fly fishing shops, on line retailers and Smashwords.

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Read an eBook Week

March 4, 2013


This week, up until March 9th is the Annual Smashwords “Read an eBook promotion”, providing people with the option of downloading books of all types from fiction to non fiction at discount prices. There are loads of books, even free ones to suit every taste and if you are new to electronic books the promotion offers you a great opportunity to test the waters at low cost. Mind you, electronic books are generally cheaper in the first place, they also provide all manner of advantages to traditional books.

  • They are available near instantly (no going to the shopping centre, parking the car or dodging the traffic)
  • They are more eco-friendly (no shipping, no chopping down trees)
  • They are more easily searched (you don’t need to fold down the corners to find your favourite bits)
  • They are available in numerous formats to suit whatever devices you have from.pdf files to Kindle editions.
  • They offer the advantages of both internal and external links and even video something that no paper book can provide.
  • They are instantly available anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
  • And probably more important to me than you, the author who has slaved over the graphics and content and shared their input, knowledge or literary skill actually gets some remuneration for their efforts, unlike the pathetic pennies offered up by traditional publishers.


So why not try a eBook today?

You can search for titles on all manner of subjects on and for those with a distinct piscatorial bent interested in fly tying, fly casting and tackle rigging I provide you unashamedly with links to my on line books all discounted for this week on the Smashwords website. Just click on the image to be transported to the relevant page.

Don’t forget to use the special promotional code to get your discount. !!

You can even see a preview of the some of the content of the books before purchase, by following the relevant links.

WhoPackedFREE: Who Packed Your Parachute:

Yes this one is always free not just this week and it provides some great information on tying Parachute Fly Patterns. If your parachute patterns are troublesome to tie and tend to fall to bits it makes for a great investment. Better than great because it will cost you zip!!!

Review comments “Who Packed your Parachute”: This simple little booklet has proved a real winner. I have always had problems with parachute flies falling to bits after a fish or two. Rolston’s insights and descriptions have changed the way that I tie flies and there won’t be any going back to the old ways for me. If you are a fly tyer you are going to love this simple explanation of how to make your parachute flies more durable, more imitative and faster to manufacture.

LTFC50% OFF: Learn to Fly-Cast in a Weekend:

Originally published in soft cover and now out of print this book in electronic format provides explanations as to how fly casting really works and more importantly a pile of exercises which you can do in the garden to improve your casting skills. 80% of the clients I guide would catch a lot more fish if their casting was up to scratch. Now you can get that monkey off your back at a ludicrously low cost or give the book as a gift to anyone anywhere in the world using the gifting option.

Review comments: Learn to Fly-Cast in a Weekend:

I’ve finished Learn to Flycast in a Weekend and I have to say this book is a must have for every fly fisherman whether you think you’re casting is perfect or not. It will help you get rid of all of those bad habits and teach you a new way to better your casts, timing and eventually distance accuracy. if you are a new caster this book is for you. You can have the technique down in four sessions and believe me when I tell you, you won’t need any lessons afterwards. A true find and as I said a must have.

EFTT 50% OFF: Essential Fly Tying Techniques

A book that has been described as “A World First”, the original on disc contains embedded video of all the techniques as well as graphic and written descriptions of numerous essential techniques and a number of different and highly effective fly patterns. The electronic version provides links to the very same video clips and all the same graphics and instructions. A book for novice fly tyers and containing a lot of tips that may well help the old hands as well.

Review comments “Essential Fly Tying Techniques”: some amazingly simple techniques that make ALL the difference to things that I have been battling with for ages e.g. tying posts are now so much less messy and complicated.

AFTMA50% OFF: An AFTMA Fairytale

A compendium of some of the most popular posts on The Fishing Gene Blog, light reading but some useful information too, just the thing for a rainy day when the season is closed or the rivers in flood.

Review comments “An AFTMA Fairytale”: I loved this….it is warm and funny. Tim’s anecdotes are amusing and informative, beautifully written little gemstones containing many lessons from years of experience and true passion. You learn and smile at the same time, the sign of a great teacher.

100Tips50% OFF:  100 Tips, Tricks and Techniques of tackle rigging. 

Tips, tricks and techniques that will help you enjoy your fishing more, catch more fish and be better prepared on the water. Filled with graphics of knots and other tips to make you a more effective angler.

Review comments for 100 TipsFull of simple easy-to-follow tips that are a great help and clearly have stood the test of time in the hands of an expert and dedicated fisherman. Great for reference and dipping into.
The diagrams are some of the best I have seen.
Strongly to be recommended.

So whether you choose to download a copy of one of my books or someone elses, give eBooks a try, for those of us hell bent on instant gratification you can be reading your new tome in a matter of minutes..

As hot as Hades.

February 8, 2012

As hot as Hades time to tinker:

Down here in the deep south it has been hot, very hot and that has meant the fishing for the most part is not at its best. Indeed many of the beats that were producing some quality fish earlier in the season, right up to Christmas day for that matter, are now luke warm and only really suitable for catching the smallmouth bass which seem to either move in or become more active in the warm weather. Personally I don’t even like to head out with the bass in mind, any trout that you capture are highly likely to go belly up on release, the water is just too warm and the oxygen levels too low for them to recover from what is probably going to be a pretty dispirited struggle in the first place. It just isn’t worth it.

The upper reaches are faring only slightly better, a long hike will put you into steep sided kloofs which get a bit less sun and are nearer to the source of the water flow, meaning that the temperatures are not quite as extreme, but still plenty hot enough and the low water makes for tricky angling on these catch and release waters, even when the fish are “on the go”. In short it is all a little depressing and the heat seems almost as oppressive as the forced imprisonment of the closed season and heavy rains during the winter months. The fishing is open but you can’t really fish that much. There is one hold out which however does offer sport, it is a longer drive to a notoriously bushy river with troublesome access and a reputation for heavy going and good numbers of snakes but it holds a magical secret. The water stays cool.

The river runs out of a bottom draw dam, providing a constant if not particularly robust flow of cool clear water. The bottom structure of dark rock makes sight fishing very tricky but at least the trout remain a good deal more active for most of the day and even when they aren’t actively on the surface they can be drummed up with well-presented dries in the low clear water. Actually the stream receives a lot less attention than some of the others and although it has a reputation for being a tad unreliable at the same time you probably won’t need the minute midges and 8X tippet required on the other streams.

The river has had its fair share of misfortune over the past few years, there have been floods, rock slides, big enough in parts to result in the damming of the stream entirely. There have been bush fires and the associated ash run off and the fishing hasn’t been of the best quality for a while. It just seems that perhaps the place is making a comeback.

On a recent visit there wasn’t a rise to be seen but we captured fish throughout the day and most rewardingly a lot of baby trout, the progeny of the resident fish who seem to be doing a good job of repopulating the river which was for a while in decline. None of the streams hereabouts are stocked, we rely on self-sustaining populations of non-indigenous but established and adapted trout. The adaption is a key issue, with the water temperatures frequently running into the high twenties during the summer months the average European or North American fish would undoubtedly flip over on the first sunny day.

Still, things are not at their best and the hottest days are better for tackle tinkering unless a case of sunstroke is on your bucket list of things to achieve before you cross over to the other side.

So I recently set about making and posting a video clip of a great leader connection method that I have used for years and for which I have frequently been requested to provide detailed instruction. I have for a while now provided a .pdf file with graphics on how to achieve the “Super Glue Leader Link” but with the warm weather and too much time on my hands I decided to video the process.

I am, as any regular reader will know, a fan of long leaders, some would say foolishly long leaders but the rub with even modestly extended terminal tackle is that the link between the fly line and the leader will constantly enter the tip top guide of the rod and frequently through many other of the guides as well. This is a recipe for annoyance at best and at worst disaster. Braided loops, knots, whip finishes and needle knot attachments all have a dreadful tendency to get stuck. Making casting troublesome and landing a fish on fine tippet fraught with danger.

The super-glue leader link obviates any of those problems, with nothing to catch up one can cast out the leader without trouble, survive the final plunge of a good fish at the net and avoid all the hassle of picking up week on the knot whilst actually fishing.

The trick to the process is the use of the correct type of needle, a sewing machine needle as opposed to the standard hand sewing ones. The sewing machine needle has the distinct advantage of having the eye at the front, near the pointed end which makes threading it into the core of the fly line a relative breeze. I have improved the process further over the years with modifications, the best of which is to place the needle into a fly tying vice which makes getting the needle into the middle of the core even easier.

The steps then to glue your tapered leader into the line are as follows:

  • Place a fine sewing machine needle into the fly tying vice such that it is horizontal.
  • Take a braided core fly line (mono cores cannot be linked in this way) and thread it up the needle, taking care to keep the needle in the middle of the line.
  • When inserted sufficiently far up into the line, allow the point to poke out the side of the fly line to expose the eye.
  • Thread the thin end of a tapered leader through the eye and pull the needle back out of the line, thereby threading the leader through the core.
  • Pull the leader through the line, as the taper thickens the fit will become tighter and tighter.
  • When you only have a few centimetres of line left to pull through, rough up the leader with sandpaper or a diamond dust hook sharpener to enhance the grip of the glue, trim off any unsanded portion with a pair of sharp scissors and add a drop of super-glue.
  • Finally with care and speed, tug the last remaining tag inside the fly line before the glue sticks but without pulling it all the way through. Allow a few moments for the glue to set and you have a newly installed leader with a super smooth connection that won’t foul in the guides or weeds in the water.

I can fit new leaders to all of my river reels in the space of a morning and when things cool down and the fishing is back on song I shall be ready.

There is a direct link to the video clip below, the “Super-Glue Splice” is but one of over a hundred tips on tackle rigging in my eBook “100 Fly Fishing Tips, Tricks and Techniques” available for download from Smashwords.  If you like this little trick you may very well enjoy some of the others in the book. Happy tinkering and tight lines.

Should I do the washing?

August 26, 2010

The trouble with doing the washing.

Here we sit with the trout fishing season opening on the crystal clear waters of the Limietberg Reserve only days away and it has started raining. Of course we all need rain and I like to console myself that in the end it isn’t so much just rain but “housing for trout”. The early season periods over the past few years have been dogged with high water levels and unfishable conditions and this time we have been lulled into a false sense of security by some unseasonable bright and sunny weather.

I had been thinking that for once we might actually get out on the water for the official start, that was until I had to do the laundry. There is nothing so attractive to a lurking cold front than newly scoured bed linen on a washing line, the effect is magnetic and those rain clouds come sweeping in from the deep south in search of damp cotton like descending Mongol hordes, only carnage on their minds.

So as I sit the proposed trip to the streams in a week’s time hangs in the balance, of course it could still be OK, it hasn’t yet developed into the holocaust of previous seasons and one still has to be ready just in case this is a false alarm and the waters will be running low and clear after all, but it is worrisome.

The early season is a special time, not only has one been stuck indoors with the fire blazing, whipping up flies by the dozen but gradually one’s psyche takes a knock, my patience wears thin and I become all the more “the grumpy old man”. I need to go fishing now and more importantly I need to go fishing on a river. There is something about moving water, the wending currents and holding fish that is just that little more magical than pounding out a line on a stillwater. Plus of course if the fishing on these catch and release streams is ever going to be easy then it is early in the season.

To be honest it is rarely easy even then, years of catch and release fishing have artificially manufactured a population of overly educated trout and whilst they might have their guard down they won’t have forgotten all the lessons from the previous season. Perhaps though the higher water affords one some modicum of advantage, the faster flows hiding to a degree the failings of one’s presentation and offering a better chance of deceiving a lunker.

Then of course the first few trips up a familiar stream reveal subtle changes, the odd fallen tree creating a new lie, the flow of the currents altered by the scouring effects of winter floods. New opportunities appear and occasionally old favorite haunts of the trout regress leaving the angler with the challenge of relocating the best water. These changes as said are rarely gargantuan but there are changes none the less and for a week or two one is finding one’s piscatorial feet again.

We used to plan a trip away for the first weekend of the season each year in celebration of the event, but of late that has died due to constant battles with foul weather and unfishable conditions. Right now I am still hopeful, the rods are ready, the lines newly appointed with fresh leaders, the reels with a new coat of lubricant. The fishing vest has been sorted into yet another manifestation of what I think will be an efficient distribution of various bits and bobs. I have cut down on the fly boxes this year and worryingly seem to have spare pockets which currently don’t have a portfolio but in the end it all hangs on the weather.

I am even wearing the same clothes for days on end in an effort to reduce the need for laundry and I haven’t washed the car in months I don’t want to incur the wrath of the Gods at the eleventh hour.  If the water is low enough I will be out there in a week’s time and I suppose if not then it will just have to wait. Part and parcel of fly fishing is being in touch with the natural rhythm of things, the water flow, the hatches, the behavior of the fish and in this case the weather. There isn’t much to be done about it and over the years I have realized that prayer whilst offering some consolation is ultimately ineffective. The rivers will be ready when they are and that is about it, but at least this time around, when they are ready I shall be too… now what have I done with those darn wading boots? I am quite sure that they aren’t “in the wash”. 🙂

Coming soon on Smashwords.. “100 Tips, Tricks and Techniques”.

I am expecting to launch my new E book on Smashwords before the end of September, it could be earlier but of course if the weather permits I am going to be out fishing not stuck in front of the computer 🙂  But it is in the final stages of proofing and contains a lot of bits and pieces which should be of help and interest to fly fishing types. Keep an eye on my page at Smashwords Link

Looking for more fly fishing and fly tying information?

Check out the free downloads and links available from Inkwazi Flyfishing Safaris Downloads

or Search the archives on this blog.

Some key pieces:

Sink Rates. Brass, Tungsten and the great unknown.

Comparaduns, Spun Duns and derivatives.

Fishing Cape Streams Part one.

Fishing Cape Streams Part two.

Fishing Cape Streams Part three.

Thought for the day:

“Competition Fly Fishing is rather like sex”….. “It doesn’t matter how well you are doing, you always think that everyone else is getting more”.

Hook Sharpener Modification

August 17, 2010

Ok I am motivated at the moment, not least because this blog received over 170 views in a single day last week which encourages me that I am getting something right. I don’t suppose that Larry Page is in a state of panic but the numbers are encouraging to me at least. With that in mind some more information that comes from my new E book which is still work in progress. With our fishing season here about to start the time is right to start preparing and what better way to do that than with a little project.

After comments received from the previous post it seems that there are two kinds of anglers out there, those that don’t have a hook sharpener and those who simply can’t find theirs. (There are apparently a few who do own and use them but chaps we are obviously in the minority here).

So how do you keep your hook sharpener readily at hand and not drop it in the river on the first trip of the season?

Here is a simple diagram explaining how to modify your hook sharpener so that you won’t have those problems. The graphics come from a new E book that I am working on and which should be available shortly, ( unfortunately they don’t always render as well on the blog pages but it should be enough to give you an idea). The book  contains over a hundred tips, tricks and techniques on rigging fly fishing gear and will be available from Smashwords shortly I hope.

In the meantime there are still some downloads available for free from Smashwords and of course there is a lot of information also for free download from our website at

Please don’t forget that if you enjoy one of the Smashwords publications to go back and leave a comment, and a rating, it is nice to know that these things are of use and of course it helps other people find stuff that they might find of value themselves.

Anyway if you want a project to get in the swing of things before the season here starts up then you could do a lot worse than getting and modifying a hook sharpener.

Remove the pen type cap and discard it.

Drill or melt a hole near the end of the plastic handle, the file doesn’t go all the way up inside of the handle so it shouldn’t be a problem to do.

Put a split ring through the hole, an old key ring will do just fine.

Attach the sharpener to your lanyard (you can download a pamphlet on making your own one from Smashwords), or attach a piece of cord and a snap swivel so that you can clip the sharpener to your vest.

If you want a copy of this diagram that is a bit clearer then you can mail me for one just click this LINK to open up your e mail program and send a message. Plus of course don’t be shy to leave a message or comment, it all helps to keep the motivation and spread the word.