THE ISLAND

Geelbek on fly, at night. In the pursuit of impossible fish Jimmy Eagleton finds both solace and success while the rest of us are sleeping. Written by Tudor Caradoc-Davies and featured in The Mission Fly Mag Issue 02. I’m 35, a relatively large, bearded, ex-rugby playing man, but I’m being pushed out towards this island [...]

WISH LIST FISH: GURNARD

Massive fish are not the be all and end all of saltwater fly fishing. Sometimes, awkward beauty triumphs. With wings, lips, spots and attitude, gurnard have a growing legion of fans. As featured in The Mission Issue 05. WHAT: Like a Gremlin crossed with a butterfly, Cape gurnard (Chelidonichthys capensis) and/or bluefin gurnard (Chelidonichthys kumu) [...]

Farquhar Intro – The arrival and warm up

It started with a call from Conrad Botes.  Then another call, then another.  Then Conrad called again.  I have 10 minutes to decide.  My internal dialogue reminded me of my move that I was in the middle of, the house transfer i was awaiting, and the severe work stress I was under, not to mention [...]

Good Afternoon

I got 3 of these little guys in quick succession this afternoon.  I also missed two that I pricked and lost one when my fly line got stuck between my stripping basket.  The tide just didn't seem to come in this afternoon...so I was left to fish the kiddies area.  Was good fun in 15-30cm [...]