Perhaps South Africa's most renowned dragonfly pattern, Herman Botes's Papa Roach has accounted for a lot of trophy stillwater trout, plus many other species in between. A year or two back at the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Expo, I shot this Step-By-Step of Herman tying his pattern. For more on Herman, check out 'The [...]
Ten years ago I clicked a link that took me to the trailer for a movie that blew my mind. It blew your mind too, if you were around 10 years ago. Daniel Göz and Jan Bach Kristensen set our imaginations on fire and some us down the Google Earth rabbithole, trying to find the place where they caught MASSIVE tarpon from float tubes.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Filled all your fly boxes, re-organised the garage, given the house a spring-clean, had 15 fights with your significant other (or your imaginary friends), re-watched every show you ever loved and are now hate-watching your way through the lower echelons of made-for-TV shows? Before you impale yourself on your fly tying scissors, we recommend instead [...]
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 [...]
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.
Sitting at home like everyone else under this worldwide Coved19 Lockdown, I’ve had the chance to dig through some old folders of fishing pics and trips that have never seen the light of day. Two old trips stood out for me, both from my time spent in fly fishing in Exmouth Western Australia with one [...]