I have just returned from the Centre of the Universe, Rhodes, in the NE Cape having attended the 2014 Epson sponsored Wild Trout Association’s Flyfishing Festival – an annual event excellently organised by Dave Walker and his team at Walkerbouts and Tony Kietzman and his guides. I have yet to establish how, but it seems that Dave and Tony had a direct line to the weather and water Gods this year because conditions were as near to perfect as you are likely to get with many obliging wild trout playing their part.
The RAB, Red Arsed Bastard if you are in the pub or Rough and Bouyant if you are at a more cultured dinner party, once again proved irresistible to many of the trout in this slice of heaven – South Africa’s premier trout fishing region. But, it also has its problems and is inclined to twist fine tippets, and after a few fish have had hold of it, it quickly loses its shape and profile. This is where I think the Para-RAB has the advantage and confirmed by a good friend Jan Korrubel who has been using these flies for a while – less likely to twist tippets and floats low on the surface (where I prefer it) rather than high on conventional hackles that the original RAB has, and it has a more realistic buggy profile.
Gordon van der Spuy in his inimitable and entertaining style shows how to tie the Para-RAB at – http://vimeo.com/74182224
I have included a small selection of pictures taken on my recent visit to the Centre of the Universe – a few pictures are better than a thousand words!
The true spirit of fly fishing – Ian and I about to head into the hills to fish for the wild trout of the upper Riflespruit with our Stephen Boshoff built bamboo rods – soul stuff.
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