Monday, January 28, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Biots, rubber legs and fine black flash for the legs.
A silver glass bead for added flash.
Thin skin and raffia make the shell.
The "Old Man's" new favourite fly.
I'm sure Toad knew all about them.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Another beauty on the Hamill's.
Both of these colours were used. Note the old price!
One of N.Z.'s favourites the Red Bully - Hamill's Killer.
Back in the 80's I met Robert Bragg, an English gentleman with a wealth of knowledge of fly fishing and fly tying. He created iconic N.Z. flies like Bragg's Dragon and Bragg's Blue Bottle Blowfly. These are all featured in Keith Draper's Trout Flies of N.Z. He would often drop by the fishing store I was working in as a youngster. We spoke about the Hamill's Killer and he penned the history for me, which I would like to share. I was lucky enough to visit his home and tackle collection which unfortunately went under the hammer after he passed away. His draws of flies that he had collected from all over the world were amazing and his fishing room was adorned with cane rods, framed lures and old reels. I can still remember the smell of the old canvas rod bags and old tackle.
Here is a little snippet about "Bob" that I found online.