HIGH FIVES – BLOM

From the flats of Sudan to the rivers of Tanzania and the World Champs in Norway, South Africa’s top-ranked women’s angler Marlize ‘Blom’ Heyns is kicking ass and taking names. We caught up with her for our issue 34 High Fives.   5 best things about where you fish? The places we fish are so [...]

THE LUCKY ONE

Some guys, like Johannesburg-based Peter Whittaker, a veteran, globe-trotting angler who is our Lifer in issue 32, seem to have life dialled in.  There are few people we have met who actually fish as often as he does (he is literally almost always fishing). Seychelles, Jurassic Lake, Bolivia, the Orange, the Vaal and many other [...]

WATCH: HOUSEBOUND

Okavango fly fishing: Amid lockdowns we took the gap and joined Natural Selection on their houseboat in the Okavango Panhandle to fish for tigerfish on the barbel run and remember what it's like to make new travel memories. Shot by Platon Trakoshis and with a soundtrack by the incredible Felix Laband, Housebound is the story [...]

HIP HIP HOORAY

Fly fishing – genteel sport for limp-wristed, tweed-clad, upper-class twits. Right? Try again. As Jazz Kuschke writes in his issue 30 'NO Time To Die' feature, fly-fishing can result in severe injury or death, from breaking bones in distant valleys, to being attacked by two-ton pachyderms, stung, bitten or washed out to sea. User discretion [...]

TIGERS VS DRAGONS

Of course I'd heard about surface-feeding vittatus. I'd seen the videos too, like this one of bird-eating tigers. In October 2019 Ewan Naude and I were on the upper Zambezi at Sioma Falls (Ngonye Falls) with Wildman Fishing Co. Early one morning we saw some peculiar surface boils in a quiet bay. Part of our [...]

JEREMY VS GOLIATH

To put into perspective how wild and remote Camp Chinko in the Central African Republic is and what a feat it is to land a proper Goliath tigerfish - let it sink in that they had one guest last year, record-busting fly angler Jeremy Block. In this excerpt from our issue 28 interview with guide [...]

THE FINAL FRONTIER

Of all the giant fish species that can be targeted on fly, there are few that are quite as mysterious and coveted as the Goliath tigerfish. They are found in the Congo River basin, in remote areas that are incredibly difficult to access.  For the last few years the team at Camp Chinko has been [...]

THE TITAN – MIKE FAY

As modern day ecologists, conservationists and explorers go, there are very few people that compare with Mike Fay. From his fabled Megatransect (a massive journey on foot across the Congo basin) where he surveyed the environmental and ecological impacts on the region, to his pioneering work establishing and protecting national parks in Gabon, Central African [...]

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