I met Mike on a trip to Nuguria Atoll, roughly 270 nautical miles south east of Kavieng – if you don’t know where that is put your Googles on. He came with a big reputation and lived up to it. This guy can fish, but better than that he’s a deep thinker about all fishing. First fly – Jedi crab.
Alan “Fish” Philliskirk – Owner operator of Fish’s Fly and Sportfishing in Weipa where he’s spent the last 20 years. First fly (for clients) white Clouser, for himself Makim’s crab.
Christopher Bassano – Frequent Australian fly fishing champion and competition fisherman, and Tasmanian guide – first fly, the Possum emerger.
Rob Sloane. Founder and editor of FlyLife Magazine – location Tasmania – first fly, Bruce Gibson’s parachute black spinner.
The Klingon is a fly of my own “invention”. It was originally tied to represent a pretty standard belly flap teaser with a pink rubber squid pulled down over it. This is the preferred tease for most fly fishing for sailfish. This fly made its debut at the Broome sailfish comp in 1996 and Danny O’Sullivan named it. Its a now a very popular sailfish fly world wide. My preferred tie is as a tube fly. This allows you to use the most appropriate hooks and hook arrangement and it also means you don’t have valuable flies rusting away between trips.
This tube holder is made from a length of 2.2mm brass rod bent at 90 degrees and which sit in the jaw slot of my Dyna King vice.