Cold, windy and inconsistent, Western Cape saltwater fly fishing is neither for the flakey nor the faint of heart. Within it, there are sub-divisions of difficulty. A step-up from the calm of the estuaries is the chaos of rock and surf fly fishing. It takes experience, persistence and determination to get it right. But the [...]
Conrad Botes battles chaos, fatigue and demons in his return to Gabon on a quest for the Silver King - tarpon. As featured in The Mission Issue 03. I wake up some time on the morning of day three. Or maybe it’s day four, I can’t remember at this stage. I’m completely exhausted, stretched to [...]
And so it begins... Over the last couple weeks, many of us have opened Facebook or Instagram to soon find ourselves open mouthed and drooling over the images of the fishery in and around Tourette Fishing's Sette Cama Camp in Gabon, mainly portrayed through the incredible lens work of TF Head Guide Mark Murray... This [...]
My group of fishing buddies caught our first grunter of the season (post September) while on a trip a few days ago. Mike Gradidge, Jannie Visser and I decided to hit the two estuaries most accessible to Cape Town in search of our spotted quarry. Mike decided to stop at the smaller estuary en route [...]
*by Conrad Botes I have been spending quite a lot of time chasing dusky kob lately, especially in estuaries. This obviously also involves experimenting with different fly patterns. Although there are a number of tried-and-tested patterns for kob, I preferred to develop patterns that had lots of movement, instead of ‘pushing water’, which is the [...]
Cornad Botes, Bruce Williamson, Chris Bladen & co return from an epic trip to Poivre and St Jospeph Atoll. Two days were spent on Poivre where the group managed Permit in the surf on fast stripped fleeing crabs.
It all started after the trip of a lifetime to a tiny atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Two fishermen with different approaches, different thought processes, different styles and shared passion for catching fish on fly were thrown together in small room on Farquhar. The rest just happened! The idea to combine our [...]