TAIL AND ERROR

Sizeable, visible, and seemingly impossible, there are few fish as infuriating as spotted grunter. As much as anyone can figure them out, a select few like Jannie Visser have. Listen up. From pancakes and prawns, JAM and turds, these are his pearls of grunter wisdom. As pin-ups on the res walls of Stellenbosch University students [...]

THE ISLAND

Geelbek on fly, at night. In the pursuit of impossible fish Jimmy Eagleton finds both solace and success while the rest of us are sleeping. Written by Tudor Caradoc-Davies and featured in The Mission Fly Mag Issue 02. I’m 35, a relatively large, bearded, ex-rugby playing man, but I’m being pushed out towards this island [...]

WISH LIST FISH: GURNARD

Massive fish are not the be all and end all of saltwater fly fishing. Sometimes, awkward beauty triumphs. With wings, lips, spots and attitude, gurnard have a growing legion of fans. As featured in The Mission Issue 05. WHAT: Like a Gremlin crossed with a butterfly, Cape gurnard (Chelidonichthys capensis) and/or bluefin gurnard (Chelidonichthys kumu) [...]

SHARK BAIT AND SILVER KOB

The second best thing about fly-fishing off a float tube in False Bay is the looks you get when you gear up in the parking lot. Pull out your Ark inflatable or SUP and no-one will bat an eyelid. Take out a float tube and people will stop and stare. Like you're mad or something. Truth be told, it's a very convenient and effective craft to fly-fish from.