NOTHING VENTURED

Two off-duty Orange River fly fishing guides, Matt Gorlei and Luke Pannell, return to Cape Town for some off-season down-time. What does a guide do when they are not guiding? Spam Instagram with species they, “Can’t stop thinking about…”? Fall into the loving embrace of their significant others? Have a shave, a hot shower, a non-longdrop shit and put on a nice shirt? Hit a club and tear the ring out of it? Nyet. They make a quick plan to head deep into the nearby mountains for a short, two-night session spent hunting fabled brown trout.

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 [...]

THE (NOT SO COMPETITIVE ANGLER’S) COMPETITIVE ANGLING TACKLE LIST

Matt Gorlei of FlyBru is a bloody good angler. He’s represented South Africa at the World Champs and KwaZulu-Natal at Nationals, but for the most part he’s too laid back to take it overly seriously like many of the comp guys do. When he’s not guiding at Kau Tapen on the Rio Grande, in Russia [...]

5 MINUTE FIX

5 minutes to fish? No problem. Check out this quick edit from the guys at FlyBru of jet-setting angler Katka Svagorova experiencing some quality smallmouth yellowfish action on the Kalahari Outventures waters of the Orange river.

SHOUT OUT – FLYBRU

Matt Gorlei and Nick van Rensburg are the two charnas behind Flybru (the fishing/filming student crew out of Stellenbosch University and the gents behind our cover shoot video). They were both at Stellies last year, until wonder of wonders Matt passed his exams and buggered off to South America to guide on the Rio Grande [...]

Valentine’s Day

When I was in university I met two students that shared my passion in life, fly fishing. Billy De Jong was fiddling his way through the intricate wiring of electric-electronic engineering while Gerald Penkler amused himself with chemical reactions in biochemistry. I tussled with genes of aquatic bacteria that played a role in killing fish. [...]