HIGH 5s – JEREMY ROCHESTER

5 favourite fly fishing destinations globally? Slovenia with Hunter Fly Fishing. Seychelles with the Alphonse Fishing Company. Lower Zambezi. Kilombero North Safaris, Ruhudji and Mnyera Rivers, Tanzania. Kamchatka, Zhupanova Float Trip. 5 indispensable flies for freshwater? Zonker muddlers. Simon Bunn’s Cinnamon Caddis. CDC Elk Wing Caddis. Cluster Fuck. Pheasant tail flashback. 5 fishing items you [...]

HEAD WATER FEVER

"It's 9:43am, high summer beneath a glass-like sky and there’s a dazzling sun on a pastoral, some might say bucolic, Southland river. The upstream breeze triggers the grey-green tussock to radiate in rippling undulations below the steepening scrubland of the valley’s sides. We’re in the middle, Jeff Tyser and I, mulling over myriad crystalline currents [...]

SPANISH GOLD

"A mirror-calm bay glided into view as we hiked around a dry wheat-coloured hillock.  Dry grass lined the banks as far as the eye could see and I regretted wearing the thick socks that had turned into scratchy grass seed pin cushions.  This was forgotten as ripples broke the surface and the backs of two [...]

THE RIO GRANDE ROOKIE

"If you had asked me a year ago what my future plans were, I’d probably have told you that I’d still be stuck at university, scraping through the shitty pages of textbooks, while frothing over each and every fishy Instagram post from around the world. Although that’s true for only half of this year, I’ve [...]

WIN A LOOP CROSS ROD!

Christmas has come early this year as Mavungana FlyFishing are giving away a Loop Cross 9-foot, 5-weight, 4-piece rod worth over R10 000. Designed and engineered with LOOP’s signature Cross Core Technology System, each model features corrosion-free titanium stripper and snake guides as well as the CROSS reel seat and superior quality cork handle. HOW [...]

THE SOUL SURFER

"I think it was the surfer Miki Dora who once said that a local is simply someone who doesn’t have their shit together enough to travel. Amen to that. I’ve been working away on a few environmental fly fishing films with Tony Czech (www.tonyczech.com), which are exclusively supported by Patagonia.  Along with quite a few [...]

KID GLOVES

On a desolate stretch of beach in Sudan, Conrad Botes heard a voice and had a vision "I could have sworn I heard a voice. I looked left, in the direction I had just came from, then right down the shore in the direction I was heading. I was fishing alone, on a small island [...]

THE BERG

Our issue 16 Troubled Waters. Whether it’s trout, carp or saltwater species you are in to, one of the Western Cape’s great rivers is struggling like never before. The Waters We love the Berg. It’s one of our closest rivers and it has a storied history in the annals of Western Cape fly fishing. Primarily [...]