By Garth Johnstone
Two years ago we wrote about Trevor Sithole from Tendela village in Kamberg, who had made a career as a fly-fishing guide.
Trevor had learnt to fish and guided locally before getting his big breakthrough and snapping up international work in the Seychelles and Bolivia.
He also had big plans, including starting his own business, and had recently completed his STCW2010 marine safety course and his Skipper’s Class C qualifications.
But – and you all know the familiar story – his guiding work has largely ground to a halt in the wake of Covid-19 and lockdowns in various countries, and he is back at home and struggling.
Trevor noted that other than his now extensive experience as a fishing guide, he has a passion for life and “the beauty of it, I’m an avid photographer”.
Over the past few years he has honed his photography skills and has an excellent and varied portfolio.
He has more than 1,300 followers on Instagram where he uses the handle @flysaint1.
“Due to Covid-19, I have not had the opportunity to travel and therefore I am looking at means to complement my income with the time I now have available,” he says.
In addition to guiding, Trevor is now ‘fishing’ for photographic work.
“I do most types of photography from landscape, to interiors, exteriors, beauty photography, food and drink, animals and fishing.”
See some of his pix below.
A nicer guy than Trevor you couldn’t wish to meet. If you’re interested in finding out more about his work, or require a photographer for a shoot or event:
Contact details: 072 749 7012
WhatsApp number: 079 857 2742
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What Trevor said about his first stint of international experience guiding in Bolivia:
“It was intense. My first time away from home, and first time overseas. I’d never even been further than Durban. But it was brilliant. It was premium fishing, very remote and far from civilisation.”
He said it wasn’t unusual to land 20-pounders, targeting Golden Dorado, but also landing surubis (a type of catfish) and yaturanas.
“The locals don’t eat the dorado, they rather go for the catfish,” he said, explaining that the rivers he fished in were full of quality fish.
While there were language barriers – the Bolivians didn’t speak English and Trevor’s grasp of Spanish was basic at best and he understood zero Chumani (the local language) – he said the Bolivians were really cool people, friendly and supportive.
As most of the accommodation and other expenses were paid for, the six-month stint was a good earner and a rich learning experience for the 24-year-old.