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 [...]

CHRISTMAS LISTS

On the anniversary of his friend Ray Montoya’s 12th trip to Christmas Island, Peter Coetzee joined the veteran saltwater fly angler for the pilgrimage to one of the world’s fabled saltwater fly fishing destinations. Detailed in anecdotal snapshots - from titanic triggers and moody milkfish, to crusty characters and lusty locals - the duo had [...]

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 [...]

OCEAN TRIGGERFISH

Fly fishing for ocean triggerfish: Forget the gaudy colours of its Indian Ocean brethren, the ocean triggerfish is the Anna Wintour of the entire goofy, bucktoothed clan. In issue 26, Gerald Penkler gave us the low-down on these toothy scrappers. WHAT: Dynamite comes in small packages. Up to a 70 cm and 6 kg parcel [...]

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 [...]

KID GLOVES

On a desolate stretch of beach while fishing in Sudan, Conrad Botes heard a voice and had a vision. "I could have sworn I heard a voice. I looked left, in the direction I had just came from, then right down the shore in the direction I was heading. I was fishing in Sudan alone, [...]

SPLIT PERSONALITY NO. 1

"To be honest, I’ve always had a keen interest in photography in general and I was getting bored with all the usual “grip ‘n grins” I was shooting. Underwater photos were always the next step.  However, the price on the underwater housing for my camera was ridiculous! Then I discovered the GoDome for GoPro (getgdome.com), [...]

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