From cave art of woolly mammoths to hero shots of trophy fish, we feed off visual story-telling. Without Instagram and the rock star poses, the trophy fish and the Michael Mann montages that sell destinations, gear and dreams, today’s fly fishing world would be a much quieter place. Dictated to by geography and history, everyone would keep in their lane… but not Fly Fishing Nation’s globe-hopping Stephan Dombaj. When it comes to lanes, think of him as a talented Pricasso, boozed, in a rally car, armed with a loudhailer. The Mission met him in issue 6.
"Never again will I be unprepared for an ant hatch" were part my thoughts on the drive home after watching sceptic Clanwilliam yellowfish refuse some of my 'buggy' nymphs over the weekend. The fishing was phenomenal, best I had ever experienced in the Tankwa Karoo, but I missed out on about three extra yellows that [...]
Having to channel all my fishing desires into fly tying like many others in these strange times I have been honing some pattern ideas for carp. One fish food source that is abundant in most freshwater bodies is tadpoles and around here they are about all year round. Like many creatures, hundreds are born to [...]
I've encountered swarming termites too many times on fishing trips to ignore them as important food items for fish in Western Cape rivers (the fish also started feeding like crazy during the termite swarms). Other, buggy flies worked well to catch fish during these ant hatches, but there were also picky fish (and some really [...]
Bloody vegans,* they’re everywhere, including the rivers of Costa Rica where the aggressive razor-toothed Machaca live. The boys from Tropical Fly Collective (IG: @tropicalflycollective) give us the skinny on these chunky little breekers. Hint: aim for lavatorial acoustics.
Over the last few days I tied a small army of Skeleton Minnows to try out on our larger, more aggressive yellowfish and bass over the next year or so. In the process of tying them I enjoyed playing with different colours of flexo tubing, fluorescent beads (which may add the desired colour and weight [...]
When Frontier Fly Fishing brought out a bunch of new rods from their in-house brand Horizon, we stuck our hands up to conduct some long-term reviews. There was definitely an element of nostalgia behind such a magnanimous display of selfless volunteerism. Many of us still have or have had Horizons. It’s been around a while [...]
While bored at home and dreaming about fishing for yet another day during 'lockdown' I took out my fly tying stuff (again) and fiddled with streamers for our yellowfishes...After spending an entire morning in front of my vise (while trying to keep the kids happy in between, cooking breakfast and lunch for them and feeding [...]
The return of fiberglass rods to the forefront of fly fishing? That can be credited, at least in part, to Cameron Mortenson, a policeman from South Carolina who is the man behind pioneering blog, The Fiberglass Manifesto (T.F.M.). The first fish I remember catching was bluegill. We did a lot of camping when growing up [...]
Everyone should be well aware that carp on fly is now entering that ‘booming’ phase - that exponential growth phase in popularity when most trout anglers discover just how nice and challenging it is to catch something else on fly, like tarpon...While reading up on the carp fishing history in our country I realised that [...]