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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

HOMEGROWN HONEYS

Two weeks into Lockdown level 2, with international borders still closed,  Jazz Kuschke goes in search of  local tigerfish in South Africa at Lake Jozini to wash away the cabin fever. Up close and personal with some of the permanent residents Tigers, again. This time was different though. I’d not stamped a passport [...]

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 DESERT PRISONER

Think you’ve gone long periods without fishing before? In 2011, a few weeks into a six-month motorbike ride through Africa, from London back home to Johannesburg, Steve McGown was abducted by Al Qaeda in Northern Mali. Most people who encounter terrorists do not survive the ordeal, but Steve not only endured just under six years [...]

FISHING WITHOUT HONOUR

Written by Sean Christie. Illustrations by Conrad Botes. As featured in The Mission Issue 05.  Mrs Daniels’ English class, standard 7, set two: the one time in my life I plagiarised another writer. It was a creative writing assignment, the sort of thing I had relished and excelled at in my last year at junior [...]