NEIL DOESN’T CARE

.He is new to both fly fishing and the land of the long white cloud. New Zealand-based Gerhard Uys gets schooled by a local veteran. This is fly fishing in New Zealand: a crash course. Gerhard Uys on a New Zealand river. Somewhere nearby Neil Hirtzel was judging his casting. I would call [...]

LIFER – ALEX ATALA

The Mission Issue 22 Lifer, Brazilian icon Alex Atala, has been many things – a punk, a DJ, a boxer and, most famously, he’s arguably the world’s most influential chef. He also happens to be a fly fisherman. Guide Pablo Callo and Alex Atala with a peacock bass caught at Rio Marie "My [...]

THE FALKLANDS MULLET

A haircut? A mindset? Or, a fish? If you visit the Rio Irigoyen, you’re pretty certain to be looking for sea trout but, if Neptune smiles upon you, there’s an outside chance you might catch this beauty, the róbalo AKA Falklands mullet. Tom Clinton,* store manager of Farlows in London, encountered these fish recently. In [...]

THE PODSOL PLAYLIST

IT'S NO SECRET that we’re fans of the guys over at Podsol Fly Fishing (podsolflyfishing.com), a motley crew of film-making fly fishing creatives, consisting of filmmaker/musician Rolf Nylinder (our main profile in issue 11), jazz musician Håvard Stubø (aka, Jazz and Fly Fishing), Kristian Mattson (aka the musician ‘The Tallest Man on Earth’) and Markus [...]

ROCKET FUEL

Roderic ‘Roddy’ Hall has been around the block and then some. Even before he took on his current role of manager of Farlows Travel, Roddy had travelled pretty much everywhere fishy as a guide, a host and, on occasion, as a regular angler. Along the way, he’s seen what poor caffeine preparation.  can do. While fishing for steelhead in remote British Columbia he experienced coffee Nirvana when Derek Barber served up the perfect cuppa in the middle of nowhere.

BEYOND THE FISHING

There's been a noticeable consumer shift over the last decade or so (roughly how long we've been paying attention) towards destinations and outfitters who actually give a damn about where they do business. We're talking about operations that don't only offer a great fishing experience, but also put in a demonstrable effort to contribute to the the environment, the community and the country  they operate in.