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 LONG WAY HOME

When Peter Coetzee went to the Yemeni archipelago of Socotra, he had two weeks spent chasing giant trevally on the cards. Then the pandemic shut the world down. Stuck between a civil war in Yemen, pirates and terrorists in Somalia and the pallor of a new plague gripping the world, Pete and his fellow travellers [...]

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 [...]

WINTER IS COMING

A TEASER FROM THE OPENING WEEKS OF SEASON IN THE DESERT But not in the Game of Thrones endless blizzards and frost kind of way. Not here in the Gulf anyway. That's the Arabian Gulf - or Persian Gulf, depending on which side of it you live. Here winter means the weather cools, after a [...]

WEIRD & WONDERFUL

When Gerald Penkler and his wife Suzanne took a trip fly fishing Australia, they had goals. Specific species goals. From the fish to the fauna and flora, they got what they were looking for and then some. As featured in The Mission Issue 23. This is not a story about trophies, but stories about a [...]

SCIENCE BRU: GET AMPED – HOW TO AMPLIFY RATTLES IN YOUR FLIES

How to amplify rattles in your flies. Now, embedding rattles into flies is nothing new. Borrowed from the booming clink-clank of art lures, tyers have been using rattles for years to target a variety of species. In the past decade some of the more hardened local salt fly-fishers turned to making their own from broken [...]

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 [...]