PART 5 in a 12 part series of blogs where we look at the Christmas Wishlists of The Mission/Feathers & Fluoro team.

Each list features three categories: Stocking Filler (cheap and cheerful), Sublime (a great piece of gear in the mid to high price range) and Ridiculous (what Musk wants, Musk gets).

Today’s dreamer – Andre van Wyk, aka the GT Tormenter of the High Seas, aka the Human Labradoodle, aka Carlos Valderrama.

A decent cape or collection of Flatwing Hackles or whatever they are called.. Those long skinny beautiful things that waggle in the water for big BEAST and streamer patterns.

A Stash of Trouthunter Fluoro Tippet from 03X to 3x.
A Stash of Gamakatsu SL12’s in every size I need for the next four years.

Island Tribe – You can never have enough of this stuff. In the gel and stick format. Somehow I always lose my Island Tribe Stick on trips. (Ed’s note: Dre does not use this stuff as suncream but instead as ball chafe ointment…seriously).

Patagonia Sun Gloves – the best I’ve found, but they got passed off to a guide on St.Brandons who had forgotten his back home.


A full range of Hardy Fortuna X series reels, the discontinued model… X1, X2 and X3… but not the X4, I’m not Peter Coetzee!

Patagonia River Salt Boots

Fly lines that do what they say on the box.


Time – the time to use all the shit in the list above!

Cameras and housings and the time to learn how to use the damn things properly:
Video: Red Helium SK35 with Housing and full set of Zeiss Primes

Stills Big: Nikon D5 with Aquatech Delphin Housing
Stills Small: Fuji XT3

The Pangea
– And I don’t mean a trip on it, or a couple weeks on it.. I mean like actually own the damn thing. Then spend the rest of my days flying mates and like minded fools to her in the most out of the way places. Like Chagos/Diego Garcia, Bassas de India, Oman, New Caledonia and wherever else needs exploring.