FLIES FOR THRIFT

I remember standing on the dam wall at Thrift, my eyes shifting to and fro between two things. One, a large trout milling over weed beds less than a cast away from me, and two, my mate Kyle bobbing about on his kick boat in the distance. Kyle was too far off for me to [...]

THE RECONNECT

Flycastaway guide Brendan Becker's grandfather introduced him to fly fishing in the trout dams of Machadodorp. Years later, even though the old man is gone, for Brendan it still feels like he is there. I felt it. I felt that connection that I had many moons ago. My late grandfather, Bringe, was there watching me [...]

INJASUTI

Shaun Dickson explores the Injasuti river and its feisty rainbows in KwaZulu-Natal in this little film fresh from the guys at Xplorer Fly Fishing. Not only does it feature the singular filming and editing style of Matt Gorlei of FlyBru, but considering the country's beaches are closed, it's going to make you want to get [...]

WEIRD & WONDERFUL

When Gerald Penkler and his wife Suzanne took a trip fly fishing Australia, they had goals. Specific species goals. From the fish to the fauna and flora, they got what they were looking for and then some. As featured in The Mission Issue 23. This is not a story about trophies, but stories about a [...]

FLEXING THE FENWICK

On Friday I blanked, well sort of. I had planned on an epic float with Nick van Rensburg of Flybru, down a section of water that I had a ball at the week before. We were psyched and the dingy was already packed in the back of the car, electric motor battery charged up, but [...]

GO BIG OR GO HOME…

I dig fishing big dry flies with long 'legs' or rubber appendages for extra movement. The bigger flies are more buoyant and therefore also highly visible, they float longer than tiny dries and they can work charmingly well as 'indicators' when a dropper nymph is attached (I prefer 'New Zealand style' for this). Big dry [...]

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