From Johann 'Vossie' Vorster (the man behind Dogs of War) and African Waters (formerly known as Tourette Fishing), comes the full feature film for Capitaine about giant Nile Perch in Cameroon (read more about this in issue 10 of The Mission). It's not free, but at only $2,50 to rent and $4 to buy, it's [...]
Featuring Patagonia head honcho Yvon Chouinard and Arturo Pugno, one of the last remaining practitioners of 'pesca alla Valsesiana' an ancient Tenkara-like form of fly fishing from Northern Italy that involves a 15-foot cane rod (homemade obviously), lines meticulously braided from the tail of a stallion, and simple flies hand-tied flies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdXIHsGgIQM
Perhaps South Africa's most renowned dragonfly pattern, Herman Botes's Papa Roach has accounted for a lot of trophy stillwater trout, plus many other species in between. A year or two back at the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Expo, I shot this Step-By-Step of Herman tying his pattern. For more on Herman, check out 'The [...]
You're standing right above them, on a bridge, the water is crystal clear and about a metre deep. Its flowing quite strongly and the carp are sifting along the bottom, nose into the oncoming current. We've all been tempted to drop a fly off a bridge somewhere along the line, we can see fish clearly [...]
Compiled and sweated over by Brad Armitage, co-founder of And Union (purveyors of fine Bavarian beer), this playlist features Khruangbin, Yo La Tengo, Sharon van Etten, Beastie Boys, Morrissey and The Strokes among other talents. If it got any more chilled it would fall through its own poephol. We suggest you pair it with any [...]
A wide 'side-on' profile provides a big silhouette of a struggling baitfish. Easy pickings for a pike or ambush predator. Yet, getting a wide profile deep quickly without much weight is a challenge. Enter the silicone flank jig. Paul Clydesdale and Gunner Brammer inspired the flies shown here - check them out on Youtube. [...]
Ten years ago I clicked a link that took me to the trailer for a movie that blew my mind. It blew your mind too, if you were around 10 years ago. Daniel Göz and Jan Bach Kristensen set our imaginations on fire and some us down the Google Earth rabbithole, trying to find the place where they caught MASSIVE tarpon from float tubes.
Day Eleventy-Three. We're heading into week five (we think) of lockdown in South Africa and while we're going just as loopy as anyone else with the cabin fever and the same-sameness of each day, we know it's the right thing to do. Fortunately, to entertain, inspire and amuse us, there's a shitload of great stuff [...]
Having to channel all my fishing desires into fly tying like many others in these strange times I have been honing some pattern ideas for carp. One fish food source that is abundant in most freshwater bodies is tadpoles and around here they are about all year round. Like many creatures, hundreds are born to [...]
Kids are pretty different when it comes to learning how to fish. Those that are completely obsessed with all things fishy, to those who really enjoy it but have other things to keep them happy and then there are hopeless cases.