STERKIES FOR NOOBS

Old Sterkies hand? Then there’s a good chance this article will make you yawn and mutter something along the lines of, “No shit Sherlock”. But that’s alright because, as one of the uninitiated, Tudor Caradoc-Davies put this together with fellow Sterkies neophytes in mind. It’s for Noobs, like him, who have just never made a [...]

THE WINDOW

Neglecting work to take advantage of a glorious gap, Jazz Kuschke finds success targeting bonito on fly off the rocks in the Southern Cape. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain” - Jack Kerouac The window creaked open at [...]

THE CORNISHMAN

An elite fly-casting instructor, veteran guide, author, environmental activist and a man who has given a vast amount to South African fly fishing, Tim Rolston is an institution, especially in the Western Cape. If you spend time on the Cape streams or at the Cape Piscatorial Society, keep an ear open for that unique Cornish [...]

HIGH 5S – CARL FREESE

From the trout streams of the Drakensberg to guiding for smallmouth yellows on Sterkfontein Dam or targeting Natal scalies in larger rivers, in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal, fly fishing guide Carl Freese is as local as they come. 5 best things about where you guide? Winterton and the waterways of the surrounding Drakensberg, which [...]

ECHO CHAMBER

From The Mission Issue 32: Wands. A few months back Tim Rajeff sent us a quiver of Echo Fly Fishing rods to review. From the Prime to the Boost Salt and the Streamer-X, our team of intrepid testers put them through their paces. Here’s what they found.  ECHO BOOST SALT, 8-WEIGHT Tester – Conrad Botes [...]

YES, NO, MAYBE

From "Undercurrents" in The Mission Issue 23: When Alex McLeod of Omnispool (manufacturers of the nifty Switchbox line management system) landed on the remote Seychelles island of St Brandon’s, he found himself in bonefishers’ heaven.  The gods were smiling on him and life was just peachy.  He relaxed. He dropped his guard.  Then things changed [...]

THE MEXICO MIXTAPE

DIY fly fishing diehards Jeff Tyser and Ben Pellegrini had an epic trip to Chetumal Bay on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. To ease us into the weekend, here's Ben's bangin' playlist from that trip.   Read the story of this trip and more in issue 32 of The Mission below. As always, it's free. [...]

PUBLIC RELATIONS

This excerpt is from the Tim Babich profile, 'The Chameleon' in issue 32 of The Mission. Over the years of hard salty slog, from Cosmo, to Providence, then on to St Brandon’s and back, post-piracy, to the Seychelles with FlyCastaway on Farquhar Atoll, Tim grew as a guide. As with most people who spend enough [...]

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