It all started after the trip of a lifetime to a tiny atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Two fishermen with different approaches, different thought processes, different styles and shared passion for catching fish on fly were thrown together in small room on Farquhar. The rest just happened!

The idea to combine our thoughts was born in the silence of the flats and the laughs of stories shared after a long day on the water. And although the suggestion was made on those hallowed waters of Farquhar, it wasn’t actually discussed until much later. And now, at fruition of the idea, we have “Feathers and Flouro: A fly journey.”

Peter, already established in the blogging world and most certainly holding a rugged reputation as fly tier and catcher of big fish, made the thought word and put the idea to Fred. He wanted a platform from which to simply share and, more importantly, store valuable information, experiences and ideas without the bullshit* that surrounds much of our sport and for these to be available to not just us but those to come.

It didn’t take much for a hook up, Fred (having recently set off on his own mission to share through photos and words on his own blog) bit hard!

Our plan is to bring a fusion of two different fishermen. One; slightly OCD, huge attention to detail, goal driven, neat and tidy and salt orientated, and another; slightly ADD, detail is found in the lack thereof, untidy and happy fishing in any water for any species. These opposing styles will be sealed together with the passion that we both share: to fish for fish with a fly rod and a feather at the end of the line.

We want to tell you the story of our journey in fly fishing and through this, tell the story of our sport; our passion.

So we invite you to read, enjoy, comment and learn. This is a South African Fly Fishing Blog about South African and international fly fishing for anybody who is, or wants to be, a fly fisher.

This is our memento to fly fishing…

Fred Davis with a 1m+ GT from the flats.
Peter Coetzee with his lifetime achievement Farquhar Permit.

*Any bullshit will be presented in the most laughable and enjoyable manner.

Update: May 2014

Feathers and Fluoro are super excited to add to the contributors of what has grown into a project that Pete and Fred were struggling to feed alone.

Conrad Botes and Leonard Flemming, both fly fisherman with seriously impressive fishing records from around the world, have climbed onboard and will be adding their own unique twist to the continually growing collection of fly fishing science, opinion and myth rattling around these pages.

They’re here to share, entertain and most importantly, keep us all a little jealous. Enjoy!

Conrad with a tank Spotted Grunter - a fish as difficult to nail as any Permit!
Conrad with a tank Spotted Grunter – a fish as difficult to nail as any Permit!
Leonard Fleming cradles a trophy Mongolian Taiman.
Leonard Flemming cradles a trophy Mongolian Taiman.

Update: November 2014

How time flies and numbers grow. The blog has become so much more than Pete and Fred ever dreamt it to be. And what a ride it has been.

Feathers and Fluoro would like to welcome Andre van Wyk and Herman Botes onboard.

Herman is a Yellowfish master residing, unlike the rest of us, inland and far from the coast. While Andre is a slightly irreverent fly fisherman who will be bringing us a little conventional tackle action.

Both of these guys know how to catch fish and have seen some phenomenal specimens swim away from their hands. We’re stoked to have them sharing and enjoying!

Update: August 2016

After reaching the 2 million views mark – we still can’t believe how its still growing! – the Feathers crew are happy to have Jazz Kushke joining the team. Fly fisher, journalist, surfer – he knows his way around the ocean and pen and its a treat having him onboard!

And Rex Fey ‘officially’ joins as a contributor as well. This outspoken farmer is no stranger to the pages of feathers or the trout streams of KwaZulu Natal and Lesotho. His tales of long hikes for small blue lines will be an interesting addition for our readers!

Happy days
Happy days – Herman Botes with a truly magnificent Clanwilliam yellowfish!
Dre with an Omani GT…
Fred Davis

Fred Davis

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