THE FEATHERS AWARD

When we announced the Feathers Award in December 2020, we knew it would attract some very special entries. This was not only because for this inaugural competition we allowed for entries from any time in the past 24 months, but also because in our experience fly anglers in Africa are, for the most part, hard-charging [...]

THE RECONNECT

Flycastaway guide Brendan Becker's grandfather introduced him to fly fishing in the trout dams of Machadodorp. Years later, even though the old man is gone, for Brendan it still feels like he is there. I felt it. I felt that connection that I had many moons ago. My late grandfather, Bringe, was there watching me [...]

SNAKE BITE 101

What to do if you (or one of your fishing buddies) gets bitten by a snake... The black mamba is pretty high up my shit-your-pants list. Right up there with a croc, bull shark and a grumpy dickhead of an old, lone, buffalo bull. This is only very loosely based on zoological fact, you understand. [...]

BUCKETS OF BUCKETS

"Hot and wet, thees ees the best time for the black bass" - said in a strong Greek Cypriot accent. As I looked outside at a hot and rainy day full of excitement for the fly fishing we had planned for farm dam largemouth bass, these words from my uncle Arkis echoed in my head [...]

AN APPLE A DAY…

I've been so focused on ticking off a 2020 fly fishing bucket list - trying to fit in special fishing trips in the limited free time I had, rather than squeezing in the regular stuff - that I somehow forgot about the fisheries on my doorstep. For instance, the thoughts of chasing after big Clanwilliam [...]

HOMEGROWN HONEYS

Two weeks into Lockdown level 2, with international borders still closed,  Jazz Kuschke goes in search of  local tigerfish in South Africa at Lake Jozini to wash away the cabin fever. Up close and personal with some of the permanent residents Tigers, again. This time was different though. I’d not stamped a passport [...]

INJASUTI

Shaun Dickson explores the Injasuti river and its feisty rainbows in KwaZulu-Natal in this little film fresh from the guys at Xplorer Fly Fishing. Not only does it feature the singular filming and editing style of Matt Gorlei of FlyBru, but considering the country's beaches are closed, it's going to make you want to get [...]

THE FEATHERS AWARD

Over the years at both Feathers & Fluoro and The Mission, we have been witness to some incredible catches. There was that time Conrad Botes and Arno van der Nest caught massive tarpon on fly off the beach in Gabon. Arno van der Nest with a tarpon caught off the beach in Gabon [...]