Gordon van der Spuy, The feather mechanic fly tying Para-RAB

STEP-BY-STEP: PAR...

Fly tying guru Gordon van Der Spuy, aka The Feather Mechanic, walks us through a detailed yet rewarding tutorial of

DOBSON FLY

If dragonfly nymphs are the aquatic insects king of lakes, then Dobson fly larvae are kings of the stream. Funnily

LITTLE SWIMMERS

Sometimes, yellowfish rise from the sand and rocks where they grub for nymphs clinging to the bottom, to hover high

THE BALBYTER

African Waters location scout Ed Truter reveals the origin of his pattern, the Balbyter (Ball-biter). Perhaps the most lethal fly
crayfish fly the mission LeRoy Botha

CONFESSION, 2023

If I told you that I took a break from grunter fishing this year, and instead trained some big, wild
Gordon van der Spuy ant dry fly

LIFE CHANGING ANT...

In an excerpt from his new book, The Feather Mechanic II: Beyond the Pattern, Gordon van der Spuy dives deep into the delicious
the mission fly tying mountain midge dry fly for trout

STEP-BY-STEP: MOU...

In this step-by-step video Stanton Hector, “The Small Stream Guy” from The Mission Issue 41, ties the Mountain Midge fly,
the mission fly tying Gordon van der Spuy

STEP-BY-STEP: EAS...

In this step-by-step video Gordon van der Spuy, A.K.A. The Feather Mechanic, ties the Easy Peasy Ant. This pattern features

PRINT IS NOT DEAD...

Digging up old fly-tying books I never thought I’d ‘use’ to tie my first-ever trout flies. I’m a competitive bastard.

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