THE FEATHERS AWARD

When we announced the Feathers Award in December 2020, we knew it would attract some very special entries. This was not only because for this inaugural competition we allowed for entries from any time in the past 24 months, but also because in our experience fly anglers in Africa are, for the most part, hard-charging [...]

THE RECONNECT

Flycastaway guide Brendan Becker's grandfather introduced him to fly fishing in the trout dams of Machadodorp. Years later, even though the old man is gone, for Brendan it still feels like he is there. I felt it. I felt that connection that I had many moons ago. My late grandfather, Bringe, was there watching me [...]

SNAKE BITE 101

What to do if you (or one of your fishing buddies) gets bitten by a snake... The black mamba is pretty high up my shit-your-pants list. Right up there with a croc, bull shark and a grumpy dickhead of an old, lone, buffalo bull. This is only very loosely based on zoological fact, you understand. [...]

WHEN THE RIVER RAN RED

Regardless of your skill level, being an angler always involves a modicum of luck. In Gareth Tate and Craig Pappin’s case, they hit the motherlode in a Tsitsikamma estuary. Full story in issue 25. By Gareth Tate. Photos Gareth Tate and Craig Pappin In my fly fishing life there are a few experiences and stories [...]

BUCKETS OF BUCKETS

"Hot and wet, thees ees the best time for the black bass" - said in a strong Greek Cypriot accent. As I looked outside at a hot and rainy day full of excitement for the fly fishing we had planned for farm dam largemouth bass, these words from my uncle Arkis echoed in my head [...]

THE FEATHERS AWARD

Over the years at both Feathers & Fluoro and The Mission, we have been witness to some incredible catches. There was that time Conrad Botes and Arno van der Nest caught massive tarpon on fly off the beach in Gabon. Arno van der Nest with a tarpon caught off the beach in Gabon [...]

THE WEST COAST KING

While he sounds (and looks) like a WWE superstar, Jimmy “the Shark Man” Eagleton is one of South Africa’s pioneering saltwater fly fishing anglers, favouring the windswept West Coast. In the highly unlikely probability that you'll bump into him at night on a tidal island, he’ll make you a coffee amidst the guano. We caught [...]