EP 1 – GRUNTER ON THE BREEDE RIVER: SOUTH AFRICA
Join Jonathan and his brother Nick in South Africa on an extreme flyfishing adventure on the remote Breede River Estuary. Their quarry - the elusive Spotted Grunter, an acclaimed sport fish rarely caught on fly. Be enthralled as the brothers wade this notorious shark infested, cold, muddy system of dangerous tidal currents. This breath taking river mouth is full of natural splendour and many endangered species, all battling a devastating drought caused by global climate change.
The Brothers Fly is a tale of two inseparable brothers, Jonathan and Nick, and their extraordinary fly fishing adventures. Both have been obsessed with fishing for as long as they can remember. Intrigued at the art and skill required to fly fish, they evolved into highly skilled fly fisherman in their teens.
Now all grown up, Jonathan lives his dream as a professional fly fisherman, leading fly fishing trips all over the world and Nick is a highly successful corporate business owner in London. The two brothers meet up as often as they can in wide open spaces, for the thrill of the hunt in waters un-fished with not another person in sight.
Watch Jonathan and Nick, as they accept the challenge from Mother Nature to fool wild fish in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the world, often uncovering environmental threats, facing genuinely dangerous situations from wildlife and the elements and all the while pushing each other to cast further and to wade out deeper.
Join these two remarkable bothers on their journey of a lifetime as they showcase the surreal art and skill that is fly fishing.
One time Game Ranger, ex-professional cricketer, now CEO of one of London's leading IT Recruitment Consultancies. Passionate about fly-fishing and wildlife, will blindly follow his brother and soul mate anywhere in search of the ultimate fly-fishing experience. Yearns for the wide blue sky’s, open expanses and the wilderness of his native South Africa, brings the looks, the wit and the banter….
Jonathan Boulton - qualified Zoologist, dedicated conservationist, and passionate flyfisherman. Leading flyfishing adventures to the most remote corners of the planet and whose office is an inflatable raft shooting a set of rapids, walking the clear sand flats of a remote tropical island or a floatplane flying low over a mountain lake in search of that fish of a lifetime.
1. Tigerfish on the Chobe Rapids: Botswana
Tigerfish have a reputation as one of the hardest hitting freshwater gamefish. Usually targeted with heavy conventional gear the brothers are going to hunt them with fluff and feathers! In this wild environment, with dangerous hippos and crocs, Nicks Pale English legs could well be on the menu! Indiscriminate netting and hunting by an exploding local population threaten this African Garden of Eden.
2. Critters on the Olifants River: Kruger National Park – South Africa
Having both worked in the bush, the boys used to enjoy a sneaky fish in protected conservation areas. This is Big Five Country, this bush is full of dangerous game as it was hundreds of years ago. The deepest most attractive pools surrounded by thick reeds are home to lion or leopards with cubs, or a grumpy old male buffalo - may the fastest over a short distance survive! Pitifully the equilibrium of this system is upset by croc deaths caused by heavy metals in the water from agriculture and mining upstream.
3. Jacks and Threadfin in Gabon: West Africa
Like the coast line of some Jurassic Island the wild jungle spills out onto the beach. Dwarf buffalo, crocs in the surf line and enough bugs to carry you off. Why would these two fools head here armed only with light flyrods…? To catch the unusual Jack and Threadfin species that occur no-where else. With merciless Chinese trawlers netting close offshore and mountains of plastic debris washing ashore, how long will this paradise last?
4. Nile Perch on Lake Turkana: Kenya
An inhospitable boiling, windswept rocky desert, where the lake evaporates so quickly it has some of the highest saline levels in the world that sustain life. That life being the largest population of Nile Crocodiles on the planet and massive Nile Perch which the brothers want to catch on fly. Ethiopia plans to dam the Omo River which feeds the lake, it will no-longer flush with fresh water and will die a slow death.
5. Largemouth Yellowfish on the Orange River: The Richtersveld National Park - Namibia
The Largemouth Yellowfish is an endangered species, sometimes called the swimming Unicorn. Fishing for them with bait could help, trying to tempt them with a single, hand-tied fly - well good luck! Travelling in inflatable rafts through rapids in a baking desert environment with venomous snakes and scorpions will add a bit of spice when fishing this beautiful but sensitive environment under threat from climate change, and exacerbated by massive water draw off from grape farmers.
REST OF THE WORLD
1. The Triggerfish of The Andamans and Nicobar Islands;
These environmentally sensitive atolls some of which are inhabited by indigenous tribes, of which some are believed to be man-eaters, must be the most picturesque in the world. They are also home to a myriad of reef fish including the intriguing coral cruncher the Triggerfish - how do you catch a coral cruncher on fly? So with cannibals, sting rays, biting barracuda, and razor sharp coral its every brother for himself! Proximity to the East means the shark population has been obliterated by the shark fin trade and the lack of apex predators is starting to affect the delicate equilibrium of this eco-system.
2. Peacock Bass in the Amazon Jungle: Brazil
The Northern Tributaries of the Amazon River are some of Jonathan’s favourite places on earth to fish. With all the London air Nick breathes, Jonathan has wanted to drag him here for years - ‘so many trees the oxygen levels are intoxicating’. Here the target is the monster Peacock Bass, but keeping an eye out for piranhas, jaguars that eat Caimen, deadly venomous snakes and insects, and let’s not mention the Candiru, the urethra fish, hopefully some fishing will get done!
3. The Wild Salmon of Bristol Bay: Alaska
Another favourite of Jonathan’s, so remote and vast floatplanes is how to get around. What better way than to get dropped off on a river with some supplies, fishing gear and a can of Bear spray and arrange to get picked up somewhere downstream 5 days later - what could possibly go wrong! Global warming and sea temperature changes mean Salmon runs are become less predictable, effecting bear, seal, bird populations and indigenous tribes reliant on them.
4. Wild Trout in Windswept Patagonia: Argentina
Some of the best trout fishing in the world is found at the base of the snowcapped Andes in the summer. Icy water and 100km/hour winds are not what these African boys are used to, and casting a weightless fly in this environment is not at all easy! Global warming is depleting the breathtaking glaciers that are the very water source to these pure crystal clear, trout lakes and rivers. Like everywhere un-spoilt the clock is ticking.
5. The Elusive GT of the Outer Islands: Seychelles
The most untouched coral atolls left on planet, and home to that bruiser of the sand flats the GT. Many GT’s come out of the depths on the backs of large Bull and Tigersharks and this offers a rare shot at getting one on a fly. Rising tides can catch you out, suddenly you are treading water amongst the very sharks you were looking for, but on the bright side you could get picked up by passing Somali Pirates! With no human habitation in sight it’s a horrible feeling to walk the high-tide mark knee deep in plastic. By 2040 there will be more plastic particles than living organisms in the Ocean….