Late summer and early autumn are among the most challenging of times to fish the Cape Streams, the water is low and often very warm. During these times, I seldom fish the Smalblaar and focus my time on the Elandspad. For no other reason than I feel that these fish are more likely to survive the release. except for a few faster pockets that see the euro rig, most of the fishing is done with a floater rigged with a 16–17-foot leader down to 7x fluorocarbon. This is when the soft hackle comes into play. A fly forgotten by many with time and almost never fished, yet absolutely lethal in the late season and for some reason during net wing midge hatches... there we are, the secret is out. There are many ways to fish the soft hackle but I usually fish 3 methods. Single fly on a greased leader to sighted fish in skinny water with low flow or as a dry dropper rig, either as the point or on a dropper tag. The perk to the latter method is that it sinks your tippet while suspending a tasty morsel a few cm below the surface. Fishing this fly deep under a dry to schooling fish in the pools has also accounted for many a fish.


Hook: Knapek wet fly #16

Thread: 18/0 nano silk in white

weight: 0.3mm lead wire


x-small silver wire

pheasant tail

Hends perdigon flash in copper

thin UV resin

Black marker

game bird skin (pictured is crested francolin but partridge also works)


Tying Process:


1. secure thread on the hook at the eye, then wrap 4-5 wraps of lead wire.


2. Cover the shank in thread and secure the lead wire.


3. Tie in the pheasant tail (2 strands) and silver wire


4. Wrap the pheasant tail forward then counter rib with copper wire.


5. build up a thread thorax and tie in the copper flash.


6. Wrap the flash forward over the thorax, ensuring to cover it all then trim off the tag.


7. Cover the flash in a thin layer of UV resin and hit it with a torch.


8. Select a suitable feather, look for darker coloured feathers with many speckles and few or no broken fibres.


9. Split thread 10-20 fibres (1-1.5 times shank length)

10. Wrap the fibres in palmering them backwards.


11. Colour the thread in black, build up a head and whip finish









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