Picture by Garth Wellman – Tim doing what he does so well.
I’m always in awe of those that think deeply about every aspect fly fishing, constantly trying to understand a little more of the enigma of their quarry and the most effective techniques for improving presentation especially in near to impossible conditions. It’s the way all flyfishers should approach the sport, starting with keen observation to improving understanding – the way of the trout, their prey and presentation. Many flyfishers are content with theories of old while others question and analyse and are never afraid to challenge accepted practices. Tim Rolston, the Western Cape’s premier fly fishing guide is one whose thoughts are worth taking seriously and almost always interwoven around an interesting story and solid experience. Tim does not suck the proverbial thumb – his views are based on countless hours of on-stream experience and his background of competitive angling at the highest levels, participating in FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship competitions and captaining the “South African President’s Team” in the Commonwealth championships.
I’m always an interested reader of his well-presented arguments and usually find myself sitting up and taking note, probably because more often than not I agree with what’s being said. Tim is Cornish by birth, but has lived more than half his life in South Africa. He currently lives in Cape Town and runs Inkwazi Flyfishing Safaris, the Western Cape’s premier fly fishing guiding service.
What prompted me to highlight Tim’s post was his convincing arguments about the issue of whether or not your tippet should be fished floating on the surface or below, especially in testing conditions.
See – http://paracaddis.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/handling-rejection/. In it Tim says this – “It should sink and anyone trying to prove otherwise is welcome to hike up a mountain with me, camp overnight on the river bank, climb up to a crystal clear and frighteningly still pool to try to intercept cruising fish under a blazing African sun, where the shadows of a falling human hair scare the neighbours and you know that if you make a mistake your next trip will only come around again in a year’s time – if you are lucky.”