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 [...]

SKY HIGH

There’s been quite a hullabaloo about Douglas Outdoors’ new Sky G rod, so we asked local South African agents Wading Waters (wadingwaters.com) for one to test. We paired it with Herman Botes, one of the country’s hardest working fly anglers who we knew would put it through its paces, and then some. Here's the the [...]

THE DODO FISH

In its last Cederberg river system redoubt, South Africa’s remaining Clanwilliam sandfish population is fighting for survival. They’re a tantalisingly, challenging target on fly. In issue 24, Leonard Flemming runs us through what is being done to save them and how you and your fly rod could help. An indigenous sandfish from the Biedouw [...]

SMORGASBORD

Marina Gibson joined The Fly Fishing Nation crew on their German and Austrian home waters. Big browns, barbel, grayling, brook trout ensued. For the first part of Marina's story, check out The Hills Are Alive, or get stuck in to issue 23 here. Marina Gibson on an Austrian stream. Photo Stephan Dombaj During [...]

LEVEL HEADED

When South Africa moved, over several months, from Level 5 lockdown (Defcon 5, don’t leave your front door), to Level 4 (walk the dogs and exercise between 6-9am), to Level 3 (still no smokes or booze, but casinos, taxis and churches are cool), rebellion began to brew. To save their sanity, Graham Weakley of Bucketmouth [...]

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 [...]