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. 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 late one evening over facebook chat. 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 –

Feathersandfluoro 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 5c to continually growing collection of fly fishing small change 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.



  1. ZS6CBA (@ZS6CBA) 23 March, 2014 at 21:20 - Reply

    Hi Peter,
    Great blog. A quick question. Can you tell me more about the circle hook pattern used to fish for the sand sharks on fly? A recipe would be even better.
    Thanks and keep up the great work.

  2. metiefly 18 June, 2014 at 12:23 - Reply

    You Gents are true masters – thanks for your excellent blogposts as always!

  3. Josh 10 July, 2014 at 15:45 - Reply

    Hi Guys,

    I manage Zandvlei Nature Reserve in Muizenberg for the City of Cape Town. I would like to use one of your images of the fish kill for a signboard in the nature reserve. I believe it is one of Pete’s. Could you please contact me to discuss this?

    I am also a very keen fresh and salty fly fisherman (I paid my way through uni by guiding…), and have followed Feathers and Flouro for some years. I would like to congratulate you on easily the best cutting edge articles on the South African fishing scene. I may also have a hint or two to share regarding Kabeljou and Steenbras at Zandvlei… but only if you ask nicely 🙂


  4. fdavis 12 July, 2014 at 11:07 - Reply

    Hi Josh

    Thank you so much for awesome feedback. It’s always awesome to hear from readers. And you’ve got mail!


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