Rosie was born in 1978 on Driehoek farm, a well known flyfishing syndicate property just outside of Dullstroom, while she may not have known it back then, trout fishing was in her blood. Rosie joined Mavungana Flyfishing as Dullstroom’s in-house fly tier in 2002. She remembers well her first own custom fly, inspired by the late, legendary Jim Keaveney who loved a small, beaded Pheasant tail nymph on a floating line and long, fine leader. Rosie had a huge bag of tiny red glass beads from the local haberdashery store and Rosie’s Beaded Nymph was born. Today Rosie’s tying range is unbelievable, from small CDC dries to pioneering massive Nile Perch flies used by Jono to land the lake Nasser fly-caught record of 70 pounds.
Ray grew up south of Harare in Zimbabwe. He finished his O’ levels in 1986 and began tying flies for the G and G tying company that exported flies globally, in 1988 and was soon promoted to Group and Quality Control Supervisor with over 50 tiers under his watchful eye. Mavungana Flyfishing was privileged to have Ray join the Jo’burg team in 2011. His huge range of tying talent – from classically dressed salmon patterns to tiger brush flies means people come from far and wide to pick his brain. Under pressure Ray is bombproof – cool, calm and collected, even stacked with the task of finishing up a batch of Peacock bass flies for a group leaving the following day, he will still have time for a cup of coffee and a chat about tying. Ray loves helping beginners and youngsters getting into tying are welcome to sit and tie with Ray.