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 [...]
Marina Gibson joined The Fly Fishing Nation crew on their German and Austrian home waters. Big browns, barbel, grayling, brook trout ensued. As featured in The Mission Issue 23.
Spanish barbel after barbel would tear off on their first run and then proceed to rip tippet and squirmies ragged over the sharp gravel. Most fish were caught on dries (story coming soon), but for deeper, mud rooting barbel, Leonard Flemming’s improved bloody squirmy was particularly effective (https://themissionflymag.com/2015/05/11/improved-bloody-squirmy/). However, the squirmies did not hold up [...]
Uganda... Where do I begin? An incredible country of colourful markets, genuinely happy people and shit roads. Our expedition up the Rwenzoris was successful. We'd summited Africa's third highest peak, spent some time cruising Queen Elizabeth National Park in our Toyota Hi-Ace, now nicknamed The Green Jacuzzi - I'm still not sure how it came [...]
Terence James Babich is one of the most successful barbel fly fisherman in South Africa. The man's experience has resulted in a simple but very effective fly pattern, the BBB. Check his cool tying demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5Y2NwOcAiM