2018 Expo Program

Find out what is happening and when

The 2018 South African fly fishing and fly tying Expo will take place at Lourensford wine estate in the Western Cape from 27-29 July. The occasion is really more of a reunion than an event really, an entire weekend of fly fishing bliss in beautiful surroundings with fellow feather crazed lunatics. It also happens to be the only event of its kind in Africa in that it caters exclusively for fly fisherman. Built for fly fisherman by fly fisherman.

Expo Benefit Dinner Bash 2018

A benefit dinner aimed at raising funds for a few worthwhile causes like disabled fly fishing in the Western Cape and community fly fishing development projects on the Mooi and Bushmans rivers in Natal.

This refined jol (because ultimately that’s what it is) will take place at the Strand Golf Club on Friday the 27th of July 2018 from 18:30 for 19:00. The dress code is smart casual but if rocking up for dinner in your waders is how you roll we won’t throw you out. It is held the night before the 2018 iteration of the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Expo to be held at Lourensford.

The cost for all this fantasticness is R400/person or R4000/table of ten.


What’s on the menu?


On the grub front, the evening will consist of a delicious locally-inspired three-course meal. Perhaps even more appetizing is the benefit auction where you stand the chance of bidding for some unique, high-end, once-off goodies, including:

  • A unique bamboo rod, the product of a collaboration by two of South Africa’s finest rod builders, Stephen Boshoff and Stephen Dugmore (freestonerods.co.za)
  • A freestyle salmon fly by world-renowned classic tyer Ruhan Neethling.
  • A collection of Oliver Kite patterns tied by the doyen of South African fly fishing, Doctor Tom Sutcliffe.
  • A handmade net and fly box set hand crafted by the talented Shaun Futter. (truttaangling.com)
  • A bronze sculpture by world-renowned sculptor Chris Bladen. (chrisbladen.com)
  • A Freestyle Classic by that blast from the past, Barry Kent. Barry was the proprietor of High Flies in Butterworth and attended various international fly fishing shows in the states back in the 70’s and 80’s. Barry was a household name back in the day.

These are just some of the items on offer.

Rods, flies, art, food, booze and the finest fly fishing company in South Africa – all in all we have the ingredients and the recipe for an unforgettable evening!




  • There will be a cash bar available. The pub is also centrally located for ease of beverage intake.
  • Because mountains are always better in the Cape we’ve ensured that the venue overlooks the beautiful Helderberg
  • The MC for the event is none other than the sage and slightly feral, Fanus Visagie.

To book your spot at this special event, please email theffftexpo@gmail.com or alternatively phone Gordon van der Spuy on 0741131382.


Saturday sees the official kick-off of the 2018 SA Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Expo. The event will be held at Lourensford in and around the Laurent Room and will comprise of fly tying and casting demos as well as a wide range of exhibitors selling and marketing anything from trips to the Seychelles and local destinations to some of the best fly fishing and fly tying products on the market. Like the first expo in 2016, there will only be one retail day.

The idea of tiers casually tying and people being able to sit next to them and talk to them is appealing. The viewer gets a lot more out of the experience as it is intimate, personal and interactive.

FFI (Fly Fishers International) instructors will also be on hand to help people to cast more effectively and efficiently, because, as we all know, effectively getting the fly to one’s chosen quarry is the foundation of fly fishing. Instructors Tim Rolston and Andre vd Werff teach casting in a way that is refreshing and effective.

The day will be rounded off with a casting competition where the eventual winner will walk away with a fully guided trip for two to the Tourette Fishing Makhangoa Community camp on the Bokong river in Lesotho.

We’ll also announce all the winners of the SA Fly Tying Open competition for 2018 at the event.

Tickets for the day cost R150/person on a cash only basis and will be available at the venue on the day. Children under 12 don’t pay.

Coffee, Beer and Food will be available for purchase throughout the day


The Expo Workshop day will consist of a range of workshops presented by the country’s top fly fishing specialists. These guys are specialists in their respective genres and have played a major role with regards to pioneering fly fishing in this country. Welsh international and Airflo’s sales director Gareth Jones will be presenting a workshop on the A- Z of flylines as well.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend four sessions during the course of the day.

Where and When

Workshops will take place on Sunday 29 July at Lourensford at the Aleit School. Workshops will start at 9am sharp and end at 15:00pm.

How it works

There will be four sessions during the day, with 8 different workshop topics on offer. There will only be two workshops per topic, time, venue and staff constraints don’t allow for more.

Workshops on offer include:

  • Smallmouth Bass- Conrad Botes and Herman Botes
  • Stillwater trout – Matt Rich and Dan Factor
  • Cape Stream 101- Tim Rolston
  • Euro Nymphing- Jacques Marais
  • Largemouth yellows- Garth Wellman
  • Carp- Leonard Flemming and Platon Trakoshis
  • Grunter 101- MC Coetzer and Jannie Visser
  • Flyline 101- Airflos Gareth Jones


The workshop day costs R200/person for the day regardless of the amount of workshops done.

How to book

You can book a maximum of four workshops for the day. There are only 200 spots available for the entire day so book early to avoid disappointment. Please email theffftexpo@gmail.com to book your spot.

How to book your session

To book workshops please send us an email on theffftexpo@gmail.com with your

  • name and cel phone number
  • as well as your top 6 workshop options
  • As well as your proof of payment (use your name and surname as reference). Payments can be paid to


The Feather mechanic( Pty) Ltd
FNB Gold Business account
Acc nr  62646797095

Branch code 250 655


Workshops will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

You will get to do a minimum of 3 of your top four choices with the final choice being a mash up between your last three choices.


A ticket to the workshop day will cost R200/person irrespective of how many workshops you attend. Coffee, beer and food will be on sale throughout the day.

Workshops need to be booked in advance and will work on a first come first serve basis. Each topic will be presented twice, so 8 topics presented twice each, 16 sessions in total.

You can book a maximum of four workshops for the day.

There are only 200 spots available for the entire day so book early to avoid disappointment. Please email theffftexpo@gmail.com to book your spot.

Check out the exhibitors for 2018!