THE P*RN STAR

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 [...]

THE FLEXPOLE SBS

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 [...]

WISHLIST FISH: MACHACA

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. WHAT: Sharp piranha-like teeth, large receptive eyes, and a powerful tail make the machaca a formidable predator…except [...]

THE GLASS GUY

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 [...]

THE AQUARIUM

All you need is just one more excuse You put up one hell of a fight I want to hear your very best excuse Never felt this much alive TRACK 4: THE GENTLE ART OF MAKING ENEMIES BEAT 2: THE AQUARIUM "Right at the beginning of our first afternoon session on the river beat we [...]

DRAGON’S GOLD

In issue 16 of The Mission, we ran Keith Rose-Innes's story of a once-in-a-lifetime invitation trip he took with his friend Ilya Sherbovich to fish restricted rivers in Bhutan for massive golden mahseer. Here's the film from that expedition.   https://youtu.be/zT5P3f-vP6I   And, here's the story.