Fly-Fishing and the Brain

Fly-Fishing and the Brain

Scientific proof that fly fishing is good for your mental health!

From Harvard Mahony Neuroscience Institute‘s On the Brain newsletter.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the avid fly-fisherman and physician James A. Hensall, MD, elucidated what for many is the allure of that often solitary form of angling. “Fly-fishers,” he said, “are usually brain-workers in society. Read More »

Madam X Blowfly Hopper

Madam X Blowfly Hopper

The Madam X Blowfly Hopper is a combination of a blow fly and the Parachute Madam X.

Madam X Blowfly Hopper

Materials

  • Hook – Size 10 or 12 hook
  • Thread – black 14/0
  • Tail – Squirrel Tail fibers
  • White or grey EP fibers
  • Black foam
  • Metallic Blue DMC Embroidery Stranded cotton Thread E3843
  • Small rubber legs
  • Any colour McFlylon for the post
  • Any kind of dubbing
  • Brown or black Hackle

Tying Instructions

  1. Cover back 2/3 of hook with thread.
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The Peachy Cicada

The Peachy Cicada

A great topwater fly in summer for Australian Bass, Estuary Perch and Bream

Steve Peach is a passionate fly angler and member of Sydney Fly Rodders Club.

The Peachy Cicada side view

The Peachy Cicada is a fly he designed specifically for targetting Australian Bass. It’s a cicada pattern that, duing the summer months, seems to be the most effective leader for catching bass on the surface.

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Denny’s AP Emerger Variant

Denny’s AP Emerger Variant

Denny’s AP Emgerger Variant is a well-known Denny Rickard’s stillwater fly pattern used on lakes and reservoirs all over. The AP (stands for All Purpose) emerger is basically a larger sized soft hackle that had a wood duck, mallard, or partridge tail, a dubbed body with a wire rib through it, a peacock thorax, and a partridge soft hackle. Read More »

Celebrating 10 Years of Fly Fishing Fun

Celebrating 10 Years of Fly Fishing Fun

30th July 2009 – 30th July 2019

From HFF Flycast, August 2019 edition:

In July this year the Club celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in style with a luncheon held at Port City Bowling Club. The 10th Anniversary celebrations kicked off to a fine start with members and guests being greeted at the door with a glass of champagne – sorry, “sparkling wine” – a programme with a lucky door ticket attached (lots of prizes to be won), and a Special Edition Newsletter. Read More »

Dawn’s Friend’s White Bait Pattern

Dawn’s Friend’s White Bait Pattern

As tied by Paul Fedeles

Dawn's friend's white bait fly
Dawn’s friend’s white bait fly

Materials

  • Hook – Size 6 or 8
  • Thread – Invisible thread
  • Tail and Body – 6 to 8 strands of Crystal flash
  • Eyes – Small Spotlight bling eyes ($3)
  • Body coating – UV resin
  • Finisher Sally Hansen’s Hard-as-Nails

Instructions

  1. Cover hook with thread, secure with half hitch and a little Sally Hansen’s Hard-as-Nails.
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