7-YEAR-ITCH

A story of two smallmouths and water under the bridge by LeRoy Botha in issue 19 of The Mission "14 November 2012. It’s incredibly hot and the wind is shunting. I’ve come prepared for a day or three’s fishing: food, tent, beer, gear. The Upper Gouritz River at this point is a wide, powerful river, [...]

MINI GOLIATH

We were floating down the lower Orange talking about fish species and fly tying while watching birds and casting streamers when we spotted a goliath heron hunting majestically on the bank. Garth Wellman mentioned how heron biots were some of his favourite materials for tying nymphs. Like it was destined to happen I found a [...]

THE LITTLE THINGS…

I used to go through surfing, fishing and climbing phases, but since time's become limited with two little boys at home fishing's naturally taken over any leftover, spare time. My interest in fish (which started at the age of three, according to faint memories and family photo albums) fuels the priority pastime; when I'm not [...]

HARLEY SHAKES

The Harley Shakes is a fly created by Stuart Hartley, a guide for Tourettes Fishing, designed specifically for the Tiger Fish (Hydrocynus Tanzaniae) of the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers in Tanzania. It's a surface fly that is very productive and a favourite for these rivers. You can see the fly in action in The African [...]

FLIES FOR SPANISH BARBEL

Spanish barbel gently sip dries, but what follows is an electric, turbo charged, dash into the depths.  Here are some patterns that worked during the trip to Extremadura covered in The Mission Magazine #17. The insect life around the desolate, arid lake sides is tremendous. Every flower was covered with little beetles, hundreds of spiders [...]

A MILD CASE OF CRABS

I recently returned from my annual trip on the lower Orange river and when people ask me what I love about fishing I usually simply take them through a day on the Orange. You float down a deserted river with zero contact with the outside world for 6 days enjoying nature in all her splendor, [...]

GUNNIN’ AT THE VICE

One of the many benefits of fly tying groups, whether they are loose collectives like our Whippet Wednesday crowd, or Whatsapp Groups, get togethers like the CPS Vice Squad Meetings,or FB groups even is the shit ton of new stuff you get to learn. Some of it deals with new patterns, new materials, new techniques, [...]