The Baines of my Life

The Baines of my Life

Once a year we drag our wives, kicking and screaming from the comfort of their kitchens, on a film shoot to an exotic and luxurious destination like Seychelles or the islands of Mozambique. You will appreciate that we are forced to film ourselves fishing for a living, so when we make these magnanimous concessions to our better halves, the warm glow of generosity seeping through our souls is a tangible thing. The rest of the […]

More Space Than Time

More Space Than Time

It’s taken me four trips to the lower Orange River to fully appreciate what this majestic piece of the earth’s surface truly offers us members of the species homo sapiens, and how puny we seem when faced with space of this magnitude. A visit to this generally arid and remote part of the Northern Cape Province in South Africa, and the mighty river that runs through it, is in many ways, a life changing experience… […]

My Silver King

My Silver King

I simply love fishing, not sure why, but there it is. I’m happy to sit on a rock and watch the water. Whip a popper till my arms are sore, or try my hardest to land a delicate little fly on the spot. For me it’s a primal instinct, not a race. Every time I go out I learn something about the fish, the world, even myself. I’m happy to watch the boffins casually discuss […]

The King and I

The King and I

I went fishing with the King of Lesotho in his breathtaking country. When I say breathtaking, I mean both in the sense of awe inspiring natural splendour, and thin air that squeezes the unused lungs of those not born to a high altitude existence. You have to be tough to live there. This tiny mountain Kingdom, surrounded entirely by South Africa, lays claim to having the highest lowest point of any country in the world, […]

Tarpon Fever

Tarpon Fever

My long held dream of catching a Tarpon on fly remains just that. No excuses. On a recent trip to the Kwanza River Lodge in Angola I had my chances and came up short. Actually I could come up with any number of excuses of course, but sometimes simply wanting something too badly adds fuel to the adrenaline coursing through your veins when the goal is in sight and things go all to hell. Now […]