TIGERS ON FOOT

Forget (almost) everything you know about fly-fishing for Zambezi tigers, they said. Pack your trail shoes, they said. On a recent mission to Siona Falls in Western Zambia with Wildman Fishing Co, Ewan Naude and Jazz Kuschke did just that, and burned more than holes in the soles of their feet and grooves into their [...]

THE HOLY TRINITY

"Surfing and making music, along with fly fishing as a way to connect with our hearts, is the path for me.  They are all endeavours of intimacy and exploration.  Flying across the water on a wave that came from a storm a couple of thousand miles away with the end result of that energy collapse [...]

THE HOT (SHOWER) LIST

It’s an outdoor affair. The floor is wooden decking, the low walls traditional Zambian reed-work. A mokoro – planted upright – provides the perfect vehicle for the shower head. Warm water is from a fire-fuelled 'donkey' set a few metres back in the Mopane bush. Shower views That gloriously epic warm water is [...]

SAVING SANDFISH

The Clanwilliam sandfish (Labeo seeberi) is one of the most enigmatic indigenous fishes in South Africa, even more so than its river mate the Clanwilliam yellowfish which is praised by fisherman across our country. Sandfish ‘live’ in the Olifants/Doring River system in the Western Cape and where it once thrived in schools of ‘thousands’ that [...]

HIGH 5s – JEREMY ROCHESTER

5 favourite fly fishing destinations globally? Slovenia with Hunter Fly Fishing. Seychelles with the Alphonse Fishing Company. Lower Zambezi. Kilombero North Safaris, Ruhudji and Mnyera Rivers, Tanzania. Kamchatka, Zhupanova Float Trip. 5 indispensable flies for freshwater? Zonker muddlers. Simon Bunn’s Cinnamon Caddis. CDC Elk Wing Caddis. Cluster Fuck. Pheasant tail flashback. 5 fishing items you [...]

HEAD WATER FEVER

"It's 9:43am, high summer beneath a glass-like sky and there’s a dazzling sun on a pastoral, some might say bucolic, Southland river. The upstream breeze triggers the grey-green tussock to radiate in rippling undulations below the steepening scrubland of the valley’s sides. We’re in the middle, Jeff Tyser and I, mulling over myriad crystalline currents [...]

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 [...]