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    awesome report!!!

    that is what im hoping to accomplish in my upcoming trip to mozam!!!

    that flashy profile in you last pic looks awesome! would you mind posting a pic of it? i like the idea of the bent hook...

    thanks a mil man!

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    Gazza it's an extra-long shank hook I bent myself, although there are Eagle Claw 60 degree jig hooks that are even better for the job. I used a bit of silicone in the body ahead of the hook bend to mimimise tail wrap. Materials are a bit of flash and various colours of DNA fiber (I saw excellent SA-made equivalents - check out Eikendal fly-talk shop).

    Here's a pic - a bit tatty after a few elf had monstered it:

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Ewels View Post
    Gazza it's an extra-long shank hook I bent myself, although there are Eagle Claw 60 degree jig hooks that are even better for the job. I used a bit of silicone in the body ahead of the hook bend to mimimise tail wrap. Materials are a bit of flash and various colours of DNA fiber (I saw excellent SA-made equivalents - check out Eikendal fly-talk shop).

    Here's a pic - a bit tatty after a few elf had monstered it:

    awesome stuff!!!i reckon they look even better after a few fish!

    thank you so much for that...really appreciate the effort and help

    will tie up some of these for the kingies in mozam...must do the damage!

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    thanks for sharing william.......nice to see some fish again for a change.as you know not much happening down here.nice size elf that....bet it tasted great
    stephen is wishing he was fishing location x right now.......



    Stephen Smith

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Ewels View Post
    Gazza it's an extra-long shank hook I bent myself, although there are Eagle Claw 60 degree jig hooks that are even better for the job. I used a bit of silicone in the body ahead of the hook bend to mimimise tail wrap. Materials are a bit of flash and various colours of DNA fiber (I saw excellent SA-made equivalents - check out Eikendal fly-talk shop).

    Here's a pic - a bit tatty after a few elf had monstered it:

    also like the look of this fly....thanks for sharing.worth tying up a couple
    stephen is wishing he was fishing location x right now.......



    Stephen Smith

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    William......do u weight it?or just fish it on the intermediate?
    stephen is wishing he was fishing location x right now.......



    Stephen Smith

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    Stephen, good question, that particular fly has a little strip of solder wire bound onto the hook shank to form a lightly weighted "keel".

    I was fishing floating lines for those conditions.

    Personally I like floaters more when the water is not choppy - because quick snatch and reposition is easier. And I find them more effective when the fish are focussed on/near the surface - sometimes our baitfish actually try to hide in the suface film when exposed in deep water. At those times when the fly sinks a bit too deep it gets no hits - the fish are all paying attention upwards.

    If there is a lot of wind chop >> intermediate is way better to get beneath and be "tighter" to fly when it gets hit.
    The highest form of existence is play.

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    Thanks, a good observation..
    The more you know, the less you need (Aboriginal Australian proverb)

    Only dead fish swim with the stream (Malcolm Muggeridge)

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