TIGERS VS DRAGONS

Of course I'd heard about surface-feeding vittatus. I'd seen the videos too, like this one of bird-eating tigers. In October 2019 Ewan Naude and I were on the upper Zambezi at Sioma Falls (Ngonye Falls) with Wildman Fishing Co. Early one morning we saw some peculiar surface boils in a quiet bay. Part of our [...]

LIFER – JOHN THOABALA

As far as fishing towns go, there are few places in South Africa that surpass Dullstroom. If he’s not out guiding clients you’re likely to meet local legend John Thoabala behind the counter of Mavungana Flyfishing’s Dullstroom store. Buy him a cup of tea, then ask him where the lunkers are because, if anyone knows [...]

SNOWSHOE CARAMEL

Snowshoe is not regular in South Africa. I was introduced to this funky dry fly material via Instagram (the platform may have its pros and cons, but the pros still outweigh the cons for me so far...Like spotting great-looking fly patterns and 'new' fly tying materials). Materials I came across on Instagram, which I really [...]

JEREMY VS GOLIATH

To put into perspective how wild and remote Camp Chinko in the Central African Republic is and what a feat it is to land a proper Goliath tigerfish - let it sink in that they had one guest last year, record-busting fly angler Jeremy Block. In this excerpt from our issue 28 interview with guide [...]

IN PRAISE OF COMP FISHING

From representing, captaining and coaching South African fly fishing teams all over the world, to whispering to spotted grunter on the sandbanks of the Breede river, fighting Geets in the Indian Ocean or snapper in Gabon, we know very few anglers who can match MC Coetzer for all-round skills. Massive streamers, micro-nymphs, delicate dries, salt, [...]

BUSH & BARBS

When Tintswalo Lapalala invited us to send someone to check out their Waterberg lodge and the new fly fishing option they have added to their activities, we knew what they wanted. A romantic couple. Instead, we sent them two Indian Ocean guides, Milan Germishuizen and Justin Rollinson, who have been landlocked in Gauteng since SA [...]

RHODES TRIP

If you’re into trout and you live in South Africa, you have to make the pilgrimage to Rhodes, as Pierre Joubert and his mates discovered when they made the journey to the mountains of the Eastern Cape.   "Early in the new year, I started a WhatsApp group with the opening message: "I really need [...]

THE FINAL FRONTIER

Of all the giant fish species that can be targeted on fly, there are few that are quite as mysterious and coveted as the Goliath tigerfish. They are found in the Congo River basin, in remote areas that are incredibly difficult to access.  For the last few years the team at Camp Chinko has been [...]

THE ISLAND

In this issue 27 story, Andrew Harrison and his son Ruari find that, away from the crowds and into the bush, if you know both how to persevere and where to look, the rewards justify the effort.   "If God ever gives the earth an enema, he will stick the tube in at Colenso in [...]

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