Surf Candy

Surf Candy

Bob Popovics’ Surf Candy is the epoxy streamer fly that started a revolution in modern fly patterns for saltwater gamefish. This tough epoxy streamer tied with synthetic materials is a perfect imitation of small, slender baitfish like silversides, sand eels, and small anchovies. The Surf Candy is famous for it’s durability and attractiveness to a wide range of species including striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore, but any fish that prey on small, bright baitfish will love the Popovics’ Surf Candy.

Gartside Gurgler

Gartside Gurgler

The Gurgler Fly Pattern is a floating fly that spits and “gurgles” when stripped, and is designed to imitate everything from shrimp to baitfish and a frog for bass.
Invented by the late Jack Gartside, the Gurger is a simple and very effective fly to tie, and the tying technique has even been incorporated into mouse flies for trout.
It can be tied in many different colours and sizes. White, Tan, Shrimp, Chartreuse and Olive are favourites among many fishing guides in both the salt and freshwater.

Hare and Copper Nymph

Hare and Copper Nymph

The Hare and Copper Nymph is an easy and effective fly to tie. Arguably NZ's most popular nymph and the first nymph most beginner tiers will tackle. The Hare and Copper Nymph catches fish throughout the country in a variety of waters. The standard pattern is tied without a bead, with or without weight, depending on the fishing situation.

Harty’s Plains and Kindee

Harty’s Plains and Kindee

Target Fish: Mullet, Herring and Bass All the flies listed below target the herring, however they are still very effective on bass – especially if fished around the fringes and in and under cover – especially in the deeper water. Sinking Flies Carp Fly – Backstabber Hybrid This Carp fly is a real killer for… Continue Reading Harty’s Plains and Kindee

Carping On!

Carping On!

These flies were originally recommended by HFF Distant Member Paul Fedeles for the Hunter Valley (formerly Singleton) Fly Fishing Club Invitational Carp Classic, however they still apply to any carp fishing, eg. Nundle. The Carp Classic was held on mid October. Sixty members from three fly fishing clubs – including Hastings Fly Fishers – descended… Continue Reading Carping On!

Flies for Nundle

Flies for Nundle

Peter Glasson’s picks for some effective flies to use when fly fishing Nundle.

Trout – Chaffey Dam and Sheba Dam:

Termite fly, Rodney’s Blowfly, Rodney’s take on a hopper, Red Tag, Emerging Woolly bigger, Olive Woolly Bugger. Car & Perch: Bread Fly, Backstabber Hybrid Carp Fly, Bead Headed Carp Fly and Bass Vampires.

Cod – Chaffey Dam and Peel River

Try Purple and Brown colours and take a sinking line to get the flies down deep. Try some Vince’s Loudmouth Popper‘s, Vince’s Diving Gurgler, Paul Fedeles’ Orange Bass Flopper and the Backstabber Hybrid in larger sizes – 1/0 and 2/0s – plus a few of Rob Meade’s Gutless Flies.

Squimp Fly

The Squimp Fly is very simple to tie, but lethal for countless flats species.

The Squimp fly very closely imitates a small shrimp, which is the main forage for any bonefish. It also works for other saltwater flats fishes.

The Squimp fly can be tied in many colour variations. Pink works but the traditional tan is the most popular and the most effective. The Squimp fly can be tied with heavy or light eyes, depending on the depth of the flat and the spookiness of the fish.

Variations on a Theme – Woolly Bugger

The Woolly Bugger is a very versatile pattern that will catch fish on virtually any lake or river. It can be tied in a variety of colour combinations, usually natural ones such at black, brown and olive.

The basic woolly bugger pattern is fairly simple, however, don’t be afraid to experiment. Remember, any fly that catches fish is a good fly. Below you’ll find some variations as tied by Club member and Fly Tie Coordinator Ben Hicks (red was the colour of the day, apparently).