September 1st, that magical date on the South African fly fishing calendar when the trout rivers open again. For me personally it signifies the end of one fishing year and the start of the next. A time to take stock of the fishing over the past year and set some new goals and challenges for [...]
Consistently holding pole position as South Africa’s top-ranked competition angler, Dan Factor of X-Factor Angling (www.xfactorangling.co.za), is also a fly fishing coach and a guide, taking clients all over the world. We caught up with him for a rapid-fire High 5s. Dan Factor on the Orange River 5 best things about where you [...]
On Friday I blanked, well sort of. I had planned on an epic float with Nick van Rensburg of Flybru, down a section of water that I had a ball at the week before. We were psyched and the dingy was already packed in the back of the car, electric motor battery charged up, but [...]
The Mission caught up with film makers and guides Thomas Enderlin and Federico Hampl to chat about their film, Machaca - A Botanical Tale, (currently on the Fly Fishing Film Tour lineup) the species itself, and what else fly fishing Costa Rica has to offer from rainbow bass (guapote), tarpon, trout and more. For more [...]
THE FROTHING RABBIT AND TWO OTHER THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TIGERFISH The theory of ‘marginal gains’ centres around the small incremental improvements (in any process) that eventually add up to one significant leap in improvement. It was popularised in the cycling world by Sir Dave Brailsford, who was the performance [...]
Chasing the elusive labeobarbus grand slam, Leonard Flemming discovered he had missed his mark when the chiselmouth goal posts were moved. "There are a few things that need to be achieved by a fly fisherman in South Africa before a date with the Grim Reaper (or the day you emigrate). Here's hoping death comes first, [...]
While the rest of us went through Netflix re-runs this year, freelance guide James Kirsten escaped to Red Rock River Camp on the Orange where he lost himself in the gorge. The Gorge near Red Rocks on the Orange river "Lockdown!! The world gone mad. Everything is locked down; cities, suburbs; public transport [...]
A Fishwater Films movie about the Orange River, showing the current water clarity, the fish and catching them on fly.
Sometimes the weird guys in yellow (smallmouth yellowfish) ignore their interest in entomology entirely. This is something that, if you'd told me about, I would have laughed off. It is however the second time I've seen it on separate systems. In both accounts there was a large amount of wind and shrubs in bloom. Packs [...]
Marina Gibson joined The Fly Fishing Nation crew on their German and Austrian home waters. Big browns, barbel, grayling, brook trout ensued. As featured in The Mission Issue 23.