A former top-tier comp angler, these days the Eastern Cape’s Brenton Freeman lives up to his surname as a free-ranging, solo guide. From the Barkly East area for trout and yellows to the Wild Coast estuaries for salty thugs, he finds great fish in beautiful places.

5 best things about where you guide?

  1. Pristine environments.
  2. The multitude and diversity of the rivers.
  3. E.A.S (Barkly East Angling Society) – their hospitality and commitment to fly fishing is impressive.
  4. The untapped potential to explore.
  5. The vastness and scenery of the landscape is truly awe-inspiring.

5 fishing-connected items you don’t leave home without before making a mission? 

  1. My green mirror Costas.
  2. An all-weather jacket.
  3. Headlight.
  4. Knife.
  5. Spare reading glasses.

5 bands to listen to while on a road trip?

  1. Sugar Shack Sessions.
  2. LIVE.
  3. Youngr.
  4. Trevor Hall.
  5. Nako Bear.

5 things you’re loving right now?

  1. Seriously loving it. Maybe it’s just a summer thing but I can’t get enough.
  2. Physical training, calisthenics and MMA (mixed martial arts).
  3. Strangely enough, having long hair. It gives me a sense of well-being and freedom.
  4. My new truck, “The Beast”, a kitted out 2006 Mitsubishi Colt 2.8 Tdi, Xtreme double cab 4×4.
  5. Exploring the Transkei Wild Coast.

5 indispensable flies for saltwater?

  1. Chartreuse over white clouser.
  2. Bucktail predator fly.
  3. SF blend baitfish.
  4. Seaducer.
  5. Crazy Charlies.

5 indispensable flies for freshwater?

  1. Gun.
  2. Jig Bugger.
  3. Tabanas.
  4. Hot Spot PTN.
  5. Self-tied crab.


5 favourite fly fishing destinations across Africa?

  1. Zambia.
  2. Mozambique.
  3. Transkei/Wild Coast.
  4. Eastern Cape Highlands and Lesotho.
  5. Garden Route.


Reads the rest of Brenton’s High 5’s in issue 38. It’s free!

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