In this episode I talk with my first international guest, Andre Van Wyk from Cape Town, South Africa. Many of you would have already seen some of Dre's fishing escapades on Instagram through his account @nepptuna . The dude is a seriously fishy bloke and a phenomenal fly-tyer to boot.
We discuss what it was like growing up in South Africa as a kid and how he first got into fishing, the different species and fisheries on offer in SA and share a few stories about mutual friends that Dre grew up around.
We then delve into how Lucky Bastards was started, a fly fishing hosting business run by Dre and his good mate Platon Trakoshis. We look at the fisheries on offer with these trips, including the Seychelles and St Brandon's Atoll, with the crew from Fly Castaway.
The conversation then shifts from chasing bus sized giant trevally on the flats to Dre's obsession with bucktail and the giant rabbit hole that is tying big nasty bucktail flies for even nastier fish.
Dre recaps on his latest trip to Oman with the crew from No Boundaries Oman and his love for the place. We discuss the different fisheries on offer in Oman from light and medium tackle right through to chasing 60kg+ GT.
We also look at some of the other projects that Andre is included in, Feathers & Fluoro and The Mission Fly Magazine. The Mission Fly Magazine is a free digital and print magazine coming out of South Africa, make sure you check it out.
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