THE P*RN STAR

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 [...]

WISHLIST FISH: MACHACA

Bloody vegans,* they’re everywhere, including the rivers of Costa Rica where the aggressive razor-toothed Machaca live. The boys from Tropical Fly Collective (IG: @tropicalflycollective) give us the skinny on these chunky little breekers. Hint: aim for lavatorial acoustics. WHAT: Sharp piranha-like teeth, large receptive eyes, and a powerful tail make the machaca a formidable predator…except [...]

EVENT HORIZON: 6-WEIGHT

When Frontier Fly Fishing brought out a bunch of new rods from their in-house brand Horizon, we stuck our hands up to conduct some long-term reviews. There was definitely an element of nostalgia behind such a magnanimous display of selfless volunteerism. Many of us still have or have had Horizons. It’s been around a while [...]

THE GLASS GUY

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 [...]

THE BALBYTER

African Waters' location scout, Ed Truter, reveals the origin of his pattern, the Balbyter (Ball-biter), perhaps the most lethal fly on Lesotho’s incredible Bokong river. "I was beside a rocky run, crouching over a slab of basalt on Lesotho’s Bokong River, trying to keep out of sight of the stream of fish jostling past me [...]

THE AQUARIUM

All you need is just one more excuse You put up one hell of a fight I want to hear your very best excuse Never felt this much alive TRACK 4: THE GENTLE ART OF MAKING ENEMIES BEAT 2: THE AQUARIUM "Right at the beginning of our first afternoon session on the river beat we [...]