Founder - Mavungana Flyfishing
Drowning worms in dams, rivers and even the neighbour’s fish pond are some of Jonathan’s earliest memories of fishing. Schooled in the UK, he learnt the art of flyfishing on the rivers Wye and Usk. A love of nature and its conservation saw him complete a degree in Zoology in South Africa, and go on to work in reputed Game Reserves and Lodges as a ranger before moving to Dullstroom and starting Mavungana Flyfishing. Jonathan has fished and guided all over the world, throughout Africa, the Seychelles and Indian Ocean Islands, Russia, Norway, Brazil, New Zealand and the USA.
Tim Driman aka "Gonondo"
Gonondo is the Zulu name given to Tim by his African staff many years back. It is the generic name given to the “inyanga” or medicine person, in a typical, ethnic Zulu village. The inyanga is highly perceptive, a good psychologist and an excellent judge of behaviour and character. To the rural villagers, these powers are seen as magical or “mtakathi” powers. (Tim is a fluent Zulu linguist with exceptional knowledge of Zulu ethnic culture and their traditions.) Retired entrepreneur, qualified FGASA Field and Trails Guide, and wildlife and nature photographer, Tim has grown up in the bush around South Africa, sometimes venturing as far as Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique, paying close attention to the various styles of conservation management found in those areas. Tim is always ready for a challenge, project or adventure! His motto is “have cameras – will travel!”
CEO and Guide - FlyCastaway
Gerhard has been fly fishing since the age of 13. After finishing school in 1994 he guided and managed a small fly tackle shop in Dullstroom, before heading off to the University of Pretoria where he studied information science, psychology and publishing. After graduating, Gerhard decided to pursue his passion for the fishing industry.
His saltwater fishing and guiding has taken him to just about every atoll and archipelago in the Indian Ocean and he has extensively fished both the east and west coasts of Africa. His focus on Southern Africa’s indigenous freshwater species like Tigerfish and Yellowfish has made him a forerunner in these fields. Over the years he has fished in just about every country in Southern Africa. He was instrumental in the development of the patterns and techniques for Largemouth Yellowfish. On the saltwater side Gerhard was instrumental in leading exploratory trips to west Africa looking for monster size Tarpon and has to date landed a fair few of these brutes, a feet never before accomplished. He is an accomplished fly tier and has designed numerous freshwater and saltwater fly patterns that are used all over the world today.
Over the years, conservation of our natural resources has become one of his primary objectives and he was instrumental in raising funds for and creating several conservation and research programs studying a variety of Africa’s indigenous species. His attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of Africa and her fish species ensures that FlyCastaway will stay cutting edge.
Colin Campbell and
Founders - Vagabond Fly
A lively and focused duo, Colin Campbell and Pieter Taljaard, are the individuals and driving force behind Vagabond Fly; a fly fishing and lifestyle portal that encourages passion, adventure and community within the world of adventure fly fishing. Working as a collective, they have built an international reputation for creating engaging content. They dominate the digital fly fishing space and offer their audience exposure to fly fishing and lifestyle via world class photography, film-making, and editorial on their vagabondfly.com website, and within the Vagabond Fly social media channels.
Born out of a passion for fly fishing, Vagabond Fly has built a fan base that extends beyond simple fishing terms. Vagabond Fly is quick to uplift any passion-driven project, rapidly making them favourite partners in the bush, adventure and travel industries. The Vagabond Fly adventure has taken them into the heart of South Africa and sent them to the reaches of the Seychelles, Lesotho, Botswana, Argentina, the Florida Keys, and on countless other epic journeys.
Action Sports Media Producer and Ocean Fanatic
You probably won’t meet a guy who has spent as much of his life in the ocean as Greg Kitto. He’s the guy with itchy feet as soon as the south wester hits Durban, and he’s almost always a stone’s throw from the beach.
An avid surfer and an action sports media producer, Greg has spent the last 15 years travelling the world covering surfing, fishing, kayak adventures, lifesaving, surfski and other watersport events. Having worked very closely with big global brands like Oakley, Jeep and Go Pro, to name few, one of his focusses has been brand building through doing what he loves – capturing epic imagery to reinforce what those brands are all about.
Mark de la Hey
TV Presenter and All-round Awesome Fisherman
Mark’s obsession with fishing began at an early age. Spending 3 months of each year at Cape Vidal as well as countless fishing sessions off of St. Lucia, it didn’t take long for him to learn the ins and outs of saltwater fishing. His time boarding in the Midlands allowed him to master his freshwater game and under the watchful eye and guidance of his grandfather he has grown into an incredibly skilled and knowledgeable fisherman.
After leaving school Mark studied Photography and Design – IMM Marketing and, shortly after this, he worked for three years on super yachts as second mate and sports fishing captain in 38 different countries around the world, learning invaluable lessons worldwide.
Upon his return to South Africa, ESA was born and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Since then he has presented and produced in excess of 500 fishing programs to date including ESA, Freespool Angling and Reel Africa TV. Mark is currently working on some exciting new projects. Watch this space!