|A MILESTONE IN FLYFISHING LITERATURE
The who, where and why of some top local flies
Reviewed by Sheena Carnie
IF you have a bookshelf dedicated to all things flyfishing, you can’t afford not to have this gem. And if you don’t already have such a shelf, it’s time to start one. South African Fishing Flies — An Anthology of Milestone Patterns by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst is a masterpiece.
Anyone who knows anything about flyfishing knows that these two men are legends. Between them they have a ridiculous wealth of knowledge, and Ed in particular is a walking encyclopaedia when it comes to information on flyfishing, flies and the people involved in the sport.
Regular readers of this magazine will be familiar with the writings of both Peter and Ed; the book is a wonderful collaboration between these two masters and each chapter records important developments in the sport.
Although the title focuses on flies, and each chapter details how specific patterns came to be, there is plenty of other general flyfishing history woven through the pages.
According to the authors, “This book does not contain an exhaustive reference to all South African flies, but is rather an anthology of those that by virtue of their innovation in design, materials used and tying techniques have helped shape and, in some cases, change the thinking on fly-tying in this country.” Indeed, although we’ve learned much from the flyfishers and fly-tyers of other countries, South Africans are nothing if not innovative, and our home grown flies are a great testament to this. These patterns are inevitably refined over time, but the origins usually produce the best stories, and many of these are shared within the pages of South African Fishing Flies.
Read the full story in the October 2017 issue of FLYFISHING magazine.