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 [...]
Ever since Scott sent our testers a couple of rods from their new Scott Sector range, we’ve been gagging for a verdict from their long-term test. After all, the Scott Sector has retired the legendary Scott Meridian. Both of our salty guinea pigs, Fred Davis and Peter Coetzee, are unabashed long-term Scott fans,. But, they’re [...]
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 [...]
No self-respecting Seffrican fly fisherman is going to let a prime fly fishing opportunity pass by while abroad. Just before the world shut up shop, Hennie Viljoen went for Florida fly fishing for snook and redfish.
A short paddle from his home in Qatar, Fred Davis discovered some fine new fly fishing friends.
The free films just keep coming! This time, it's Atlanticus (the trans-Atlantic tarpon fest) and Water is Life from Grant Wiswell of Castaway Films. All you need to do is sit back, relax and dream of big fish. https://vimeo.com/414009001
Del Brown, a name synonymous with Permit fishing, is often credited as the man who originally cracked the Permit code. The secret to his success was his Merkin Crab. Del used strands of rug yarn, tied square to the hook shank, trimmed into the body with a very basic addition of feathers for pincers and [...]
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.
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 [...]