Fly Tying South Africa style
The basis behind Gordon van der Spuys’ second fly tying DVD instalment, Fundamental Fly Tying is simple: Do you want to create or do you want to copy? Easier said than done in a world where fly tying recipes are passed with hushed tones from tying collective to tying collective… and deviation is often frowned upon; and although the title may not point directly to the theme, we believe that Gordon’s personality & use of South African colloquialisms does a fine job of keeping the local fly tyer entertained, but also educating sufficiently to promote experimentation the next time a tyer takes his/her seat behind the vice.
There is no point in harping on about the negative – we know anyone can pick holes & find problems in a production such as this. This is especially the case when by & large this Fundamental Fly Tying DVD will satisfy most, if not all the fly tying community we know.
As a step-by-step guide to fly tying this DVD has all the characteristics to satisfy a beginner tyer, improve the average tyer & offer a few new titbits to the experienced campaigner behind the vice.
Tying creatively may not appear to be at the forefront of the DVD content but with the expert tips, interesting fly discussion & material overview we believe that Fundamental Fly Tying will give fly tyers confidence to experiment more. This in itself is creativity through understanding.
Should you be looking for South African flies glossary & step-by-step in how to tie them then this is certainly a DVD for you. For our international readers, we know a few of these patterns will destroy fish in your part of the world too.
The flies covered in the Fundamental Fly Tying DVD include:
- Para – Rab
- Pheasant Tail Nymph
- Damselfly Nymph
- Klippies en Kolgans
- CDC Emerger
- Soft Hackle
- Zonker Minnow
The DVD also includes four bonus sections on materials. including:
For those that know Gordon van der Spuy they will attest to his charisma & bullishness. It takes courage to put ones name on a product that is designed with intention to raise the level of all but 1% of premium fly tyers, so kudos to Gordon van der Spuy; long may he have the best interests of the South African fly fishing scene close to his heart.
You can purchase the Fundamental Fly Tying DVD in most reputable Fly Fishing Stores or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The 90 min DVD will cost you the paltry sum of R320 ($22 est.)