Essential Fly Tying Techniques by Tim Rolston

Tim has 40 years experience of fly fishing and tying and has competed at World Championship and Commonwealth Championship events. He writes a regular newspaper column and has published both traditional and eBooks on a variety of fly fishing, fly casting and fly tying subjects. He also runs a guiding operation for visiting anglers on his home waters outside of Cape Town. This is his first eBook on fly tying.

What makes this book different is that three forms of communication is used to communicate with “readers”: Detailed text instructions, graphics and video clips. Simply insert the disc into your computer’s CD ROM and a PDF file is opened with detailed descriptions on how to use the book and how to activate the video clips.

The contents consists of 80+ full colour graphics, 30+ video clips, 24+ techniques and 14 completed flies. The text is well written and easy to follow. The graphics are detailed and clear and the video clips will certainly help beginner fly tyers and more experienced tyers to tie better flies. The quality of the video material is not very high, but it is still good enough to clearly see what is demonstrated.

At R 200 it is not cheap, but it can certainly add more than R 200 worth of skills to any but the most experienced fly tyers.

You can get the eBook at

Book Reviewed by Herman Loubser

Windy Days

Before I start the fishing report I just want to give Guiseppe a big thumb up on the video of Saturday’s drift.  The video is awesome!

So off we went for our Elgro drift, I must say what a beautiful piece of water. This was my first Elgro drift experience and there is too much water to fish on this drift. The structure in certain areas is prime.

With mild and windy conditions predicted we were still keen to wet a loop and enjoy a nice days fishing. The game plan for the day was to fish intermediate and floating lines with profiles that push water and then switching to lighter gear and dries later in the afternoon for some rising fish if the wind died down.

The fishing was hard and the wind wasn’t helping at all but we all put in the hard yards and fished all the likely looking spots with no success.   That summed up the days fishing.

I must say on my next Elgro drift I would break the piece off water up into smaller sections and spend more time at these sections and fish them properly and not rush through the drift.

Tight loops

Club Meeting

There is a club meeting on the 5th of September at the Elgro Hotel, Potchefstroom.

We will start at 19h00 and would love to see as many club members and fly-fishers as possible.

If you have doubts on joining a club, why not attend and meet some awesome people?

We would love to see you there!