SHORT BUT GOOD

4 votes, 3.25 avg. rating (81% score)

Short film so beautiful you want it to be endless. We want more, it’s so addictive, you start salivating and it ends as if they were taking something away from you! We want more, and more and more. The soudntrack is from Lino Rise it suites that film really well.

XMAS SLAB

7 votes, 4.86 avg. rating (93% score)

The Jensens say hello, and thank you all for the support they get, wich allow them to live the fly life and fish millions of huge trouts in cool places such as Alberta and New Zealand. Thank you too, Jensens! Keep rolling and please keep using excerpts from the Floyd’s Meddle as a soundtrack. It makes for a welcome change from the hipster neo-folk.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

6 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Dear readers, all Le Mouching team would like to thank you for beeing so numerous to visit us everyday and we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and wish you all a Merry Xmas and a Happy New year 2015! May the fish be with you! Cyril, Laurent, Fleche and Jérôme. HAPPY 15

90 MILES, A WORLD ANGLING FILM

5 votes, 3.80 avg. rating (84% score)

FIrst journey aver on Le CanalWorld Angling new film “90 miles”. 90 miles,  is the distance between Key West and Cuba, that stretch of water that makes a whole difference and that fish don’t really care about. Well we hope “it was” the stretch of water that “made” the difference… we’re all ears to the forecoming events on the blockade situation, since it seems to be seriously moving on! Anyway, the fishing pressure in Cuba is much less than anywhere in the Carribeans,  and specially in Las Salinas de San Lazaro. At the southern part of the island, a couple of hours away from Havana was an army territory that just opened three years ago to fly fishing, thanks to the hard work of Fabrizio Barbazza, a former F1 pilote who has been leading fly fishing operations in Cuba for over 15 years now. But San Lazaro is different form any other place I’ve been in the Island, there was no way the sheltered flats of San Lazaro could be accesible by boat from the neartown of Playa Larga, first it was far (nearly 2 hours by boat) and if the weather was rough, you couldn’t go from the open sea… and there was no road in the jungle. So Fabrizio looked at the maps, made inquieries among the old people from the area, and what he found was…amazing! In the 19th and begining of the 20th centhury, people in Havana needed charcoal to cook. Welch imigrants would take care of that, so they logged wood in the jungle of Matanzas, and made charcoal, the problem was to bring that charcoal from the forest to the shore so boats could pick it up and take it to Havana. What they did was amazing, they opened by hand several canals as if they were building roads accross the mangrove to deliver the charcoal to the sea wher ebigger boats would pick it up. Fabrizio re-opened the 6 miles main canal (several month of work by hands) and rebuild the old locks so the tides would not stop the boats. The canal is now wide enough so the skiffs can use it and bring you to what I know as the best place on earth to fly fish! Bones, Permit, Jacks, Cudas, Tarpon are waiting for you. The first time we fished there, the bonefish were running to our flies to check what it was ! And for the past three years it has been opened San Lazro has been more than generous to the fly fishermen. World Angling is asking your help to finish the film they have been shotting there while on a Bonefish & Tarpon Trust trip (Lazaro, the main guide is BTT’s man in Cuba) so join the kickstarter and do what you can so they finish that film to help us discover this amazing place! Maybe soon you’ll be able to fish there? You could go through with our dear friends from Planet Fly Fishing which have exclusive distribution shared with Solid Adventures..

XMAS SHOPPING 19: LOOP OPTI REEL

8 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

RunnerWhen we buy a flyrod as a present for somebody, unless we already know exactly what this person wants, we always take the risk that the rod will not suit the fisherman. With reels, it is not the same ; with the exception of the reels for the tuna hunters, most of the high end reels do a perfect job for what we do 99% of the time. So why not choosing the most beautiful one? I’m totally in love with my  Loop Opti reels, the DryFly for the 5-weight, the Runner for 7 to 9 weight, and last but not least, the truely gorgeous Speedrunner for flylines up to 10-11, absolutely perfect for pike and two handed rods. I melt down every town I look at them… And compared with a rod, a fly reel is a gift that will last long. And an Opti Reel is a really, really beautiful gift.

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GOLD AND GREY

11 votes, 4.27 avg. rating (87% score)

Peaceful as a spring morning in northern California, a smooth ride along the famous downhill streets of the City, technical but not overdone, daring without pushing it, an epitome of the West Coast cool.

XMAS SHOPPING 18: STUFF FOR TYING NYMPHS

6 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (88% score)

Today and for once, some fly tying stuff. My buddy Sylvain Coupé, from the SC Flyshop, earned himself quite a reputation for selling only impecable goods, only materials he uses himself at the vise. And since he’s not lacking in expertise either as a fly tyer or as a nympher, I asked him if he had some delicacy that could interest the discerning client. Here are two quite sharp items that I suggest you take a good look at. First a strong barbless hook. A real strong wire, even in the small sizes, the ideal hook for controling this angry fat mama that will get lost in the current if you can’t handle her with some authority. Pro tip: its weight will be enough to sink a small imitation, so you dont have to put on extra lead. Then some magnificent tungsten beads, in striking colors indeed. The boss says: I’ve had clients who went to a fishing trip in Bosnia and Slovenia with those. They reported that with the ARC beads, grayling were moving meters to take them! I asked: what about the trouts? Answer: graylings were too fast… I’ve confirmed this in France and in the US. They really rock when to going gets tough with other nymphs.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s all the recommendation I need.

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HERMAN.

6 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (85% score)

Le Mouching, fly fishing, N.first streetIn October, in New York, it can still be summer. The leaves of the trees turn red like the cheeks of lady bugs, the girls offer us their tanned legs and when they ride their bikes down Bedford Avenue, one wants to install oneself  on the sidewalk in a chaise long, to comfortably watch them pass.

On one of these magnificent days, Herman, my good Puerto Rican friend,  made me an irresistible proposition.

“OK Fleche… go and get your fishing rod and we’ll head out to Jamaica Bay on the Metro.  I know a spot… and this is a spot where even Junior never tossed in a line.”

You can imagine that I didn’t hesitate and less than 10 minutes later I was waiting at the corner of Bedford Avenue and North First Street with a fly rod under my arm and all of the stuff that goes with it. Read more…