Biot Nymph

As fellow anglers know, the go to flies such as GRHE’s, PTN’s and Hotspot Nymphs are sometimes ignored for reasons only known to fish. When this happens, try this one. It is easy to tie and the materials used are readily available.

1. Hook: Kamasan B175 #14.
2. Thread: Olive 140 denier or 6/0. Use thread that splits easily such as Ultra Thread from UTC.
3. Tail: Fibres from hen hackle.
4. Abdomen: Goose biots, olive. For larger hooks use turkey biots.
5. Thorax: Hare’s dubbing dyed olive with plenty guard hairs.
6. Wing case/flashback: Saltwater flash cut smaller lengthwise.


1. With the hook in the vice, start the thread behind the hook eye and cover the shank with thread. Stop above the barb. The last wrap should be on top of the second last one to create a small bump, as can be seen at the left end of the hook shank above.


2. Select about 10 fibres from a feather. Tie in on top of the hook shank with the first wrap just on the hook eye side of the little bump. Put just enough tension on the thread to flair the tail fibres a little.


3. Cover the fibres with thread till behind the hook eye and cut off the excess. Wrap the thread back to the tail to form a smooth under body.


4. Tie in a goose biot by the tip with the nick at it’s base facing the hook eye. Wrap the thread to the thorax area.


5. Wrap the biot in overlapping turns to the thorax area, tie off and cut the excess.


6. Tie in the flash on top of the shank in the thorax area.


7. Split the thread and add a sparse noodle of dubbing to one side for about 70 to 80 mm. Make sure to include plenty guard hairs.


8. Spin the thread clockwise to form a tight rope.


9. Wrap the dubbing to form the thorax, fold the flash over to the hook eye, tie off behind the hook eye and cut the excess. Form a small head with thread and tie off.


10. Add some head cement and you are done! Tight lines!

– Herman Loubser

Kalizo Lodge – 25 July to 01 August 2013

We are a funny bunch us Fly fishermen, when we cross our borders to depart for foreign waters we are always under the misguided perception that the fish will be willing and suicidal in their eagerness to jump at our offerings. We sometimes forget that the fishing over there like it does here still depends on prevailing conditions. We experienced this during our trip, the river was very low compared to last year and we had a fluctuating barometer and windy conditions which made the fishing challenging.

What was evident was the rampant netting in the middle Zambezi is taking on critical proportions now and the efforts by the Namibian Government to curb this needs to be stepped up. Zambian illegal netters on both sides of the river seem to be the main problem and the focus shifting from sustenance to Commercial netting being the main driver. The adverse effect will probably show up in the Bream population initially but it will affect all species negatively eventually. The saving grace for this region is the summer flooding which drives all the netters inland. We had to save a Kingfisher from a net and we believe that these nets kill many water birds and even Crocodiles annually, one was seen with a spear in his head and he eventually died.

All was not bad news and apart from a few big fish being lost, some right at the net, we still managed huge numbers of smaller Tigers, a 10 pounder and some thin face Largemouth Bream and Nembwe.

It seems that the best time to visit this area would be when the floodplains begin emptying in earnest towards end April and we will put this theory to the test next year!

– Marius

10 pounder Croc Fly trimmers Kingfisher rescue from net Nembwe Thin face Largemouth bream