THE SQUIRMY SWITCH

Spanish barbel after barbel would tear off on their first run and then proceed to rip tippet and squirmies ragged over the sharp gravel. Most fish were caught on dries (story coming soon), but for deeper, mud rooting barbel, Leonard Flemming’s improved bloody squirmy was particularly effective (https://themissionflymag.com/2015/05/11/improved-bloody-squirmy/). However, the squirmies did not hold up [...]

KENNY F*&KING POWERS – Cyclones & Seybrews on Providence Atoll

Missions to middle of nowhere remote destinations come with their own set of rules. Every fishing trip has its risks and factors that fall out of your control, like the weather, or the water conditions. But most times you can make another plan, reschedule, move spots, wait for the weather to blow past. But when [...]

JEFF CURRIER: PAYARA

Forced, by us, to select his favourites from over 400 species he has caught on fly, here’s what Jeff Currier chose from South America: "My first real trip to South America was to Venezuela in 1996. I went down there to catch Payara, aka Vampire Fish. By then I was so used to winging trips [...]

RIP – BILL MINCHER

IT'S EASY TO ASSUME when you're out fishing, that the fish have always been there and that nature provides, but in South Africa with specific species like yellowfish and trout, more often than not there are people behind the scenes fighting to ensure that we can enjoy our fishing. FOSAF stalwart, Bill Mincher who passed [...]

ARTIFISHAL

WILD SALMON...they are in shit. Our issue 15 Troubled Waters focuses on the plight of wild salmon, who's at fault (hint: human greed) and what you can do about it. On the last point, it helps to get to grips with what is happening. As such, along with Gone.Outdoor and Wavescape, The Mission is co-hosting [...]

PACKING THE KITCHEN SINK

Destinations and exploration create fly fishing possibilities.  Possibilities in turn result in lots of gear, preparation, packing and repacking to cover these eventualities within the constraints of space and weight.  But having to check in multiple bags, lots of luggage or tying rod tubes together somewhat detracted from the overall experience. I wanted to share [...]

ISLAND PACKING

40 kgs to fit everything needed for a 5 week tropical holiday... Indonesia and Fiji. 8 islands. Lots of fishing. Lots of surfing. Lots of time in the sun... Packing becomes a head scratch, a logistical artwork and endless compromise! Getting ready for our Indo come Fiji trip has been super exciting. Figuring out potential [...]