PINKY & THE BRAIN

When the Fly Fishing Nation crew went on an extended trip of Cosmoledo, Alphonse and Farquhar in the Seychelles, we knew they were literally in for the mission of their lives. We also knew it would be impossible to get one of them to sum it all up in a single story. So for this [...]

SURF & TURF

Marina Gibson’s highlights from Fly Fishing Nation's three-week trip to the Seychelles with Alphonse Fishing Company are divided between those on land and those in the water.   THE FISHING This was the most insane trip I have ever done in my life so the fishing highlights were numerous. I caught my first GT in [...]

ALEX’S GOODIE

For Paulo Hoffmann, getting to grips with GTs for the first time at Cosmo was a baptism of fire. Fortunately, he was in good hands. “Paulo, I’ve got a goodie for you.” That’s what Cosmoledo guide Alex Quatre said when the fish we had been waiting for made an appearance. A well-known figure to most [...]

LONG REEF

Veteran guide Richard Schumann has spent the better part of his life guiding blue chip clients in the world’s best saltwater destinations. Here he lifts the skirt on one place that does not get as much attention as it should. Not that you are likely to go there anyway… If the cost and inaccessibility don’t [...]

SLAMBOO – THE VIDEO

The world’s strongest and most sought-after fresh and saltwater fish on a bamboo fly rod? It sounds like the kind of thing your grandpa dreamed of 100 years ago, but for Nick Bowles of Ocean Active Fly it was a modern challenge based on history. Armed with Thomas & Thomas’s modern bamboo saltwater rods and [...]

THE TOUR DE COSMO

A lot of things were off the cards last year… freedom of movement and association, travel, even booze (if you live in South Africa). For UK-based, former Springbok, Bob Skinstad and friends, there was a brief moment in the molasses of lockdown time, when they were presented with a golden opportunity to experience some of [...]

PATTEX 100%

Glossy, durable, flexible and perfect for fly tying. In Pattex 100% Platon Trakoshis believes he has found the ultimate fly tying glue for building baitfish heads Glue. It’s always such a big question and discussion with fly tiers. “What did you glue the eyes on with? How did you make that head? What are you [...]

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