Ardeche hell.

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (91% score)

Le mouching, Fly fishing,Hell in the Pacific“DAMNED!”, I thought, almost out loud, at the sight of tourists wading in the water of my secret spot; no longer secret. I’ll just go and take a look further down river, beyond the bend. Because of yesterday’s rain storm, the path alongside the river was invaded by broken branches which rendered it as difficult as one often finds young pubescent girls difficult. So I decided to bear away from the river to the interior path (which was no problem, I know area like the back of my hand).

But that day, my proverbial sense of direction must have been on an limited strike, because after 15 minutes of hiking, I was really lost in what I considered “my garden”.Le mouching, fly fishing, perdu.

Me, the great Fleche, lost in a little wood as big as a handkerchief. What can I say… I was filled with shame!

And you can imagine my surprise when, in a sort of clearing, I find an unknown branch of my river transformed into a sort of disgusting swamp. Certainly it was that shock that made my poor brain, chemically, take-off like a kite with it’s string cut by perverse little devils.

Suddenly, maybe because of the heat, I found myself transported into that superb film “HELL IN THE PACIFIC” close to TOSHIRO MIFUNE, or with TOM HANKS in “CAST AWAY”, both of them lost on desert islands. I would have to, if I wanted to survive my misfortune, learn to make fire by rubbing two sticks together, to capture fish with my poor fly rod in this swamp, which is certainly infested with hungry alligators who are in line, waiting for me, like at the number six bus stop.Le mouching, fly fishing, gator

I would need agility and strength to leap across the backs of enormous galloping rhinoceros, those savage animals are legion in the countryside of the south Ardeche ; I would have to spear them in the throat like Tarzan does, so proficiently, in the Zambeze jungle.Le mouching, fly fishing, Tarzan I would find shelter in grottos whose ceilings are covered with vampire bats thirsty for my blood and I would cover myself with foul-smelling clay for protection against the mosquitos that are as big as Andean vultures…

Sitting at the base of a big tree, I dwelled on all sorts of adventures, each one more dangerous than the other, that I would certainly confront for several years, before being rescued by british explorers wearing colonial uniforms and helmets.

I’ll marry the daughter of the chief (a hot blonde), I’ll force myself to learn a language other than that of the seagulls and end my days in a castle in Scotland (dark ending!). That was when I noticed a familiar sound that made me instantly collect myself. It was the inimitable sound of a car (Citroen DS 21 1967) that backfired behind me on the road to RUOMS (07120). Saved! Finally, freed from the claws of the Ardechois green hell.

A quarter of an hour later I was safely ensconced in my house.

“My poor darling” said my wife, “you’re so pale… What happened to you?”

“Oh… nothing… nothing, just a little mishap… enough to write a little story for “Le Mouching”!  Tell you what though, I’d gladly accept a double bourbon… a KNOB CREEK, with two cubes of ice!”Le Mouching, fly fishing, Me Tarzan

Manfrotto Off Road

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (93% score)

You’ll have no excuse anymore not to take your camera when you go hiking or fishing. Here’s the new Manfrotto Off Road serie, it includes bags, tripods and wallking sticks that can be turned into a monopod! The bagpacks come in several colours so you’l be sure to find the one you like and those colours are way better than the usual black photo backpack we have to carry. Even the tripod and the monopod come in colours. The monopod is quite clever built, it’s a walknig stick, you tilt the top of the handle and you can screw your camera to it! Now you have no excuse  notto feed us with your best films and pictures… (probably available in Spring)

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Morning steel

8 votes, 4.88 avg. rating (94% score)

Everything is in the “greens” coulourwise, the set design is perferct, the music is perfect, the cast is perfect, the river is perfect, the weather is perfect, the action is perfect, the fish is perfect, it’s the perfect morning steelhead!

Leatherman Tread

5 votes, 3.20 avg. rating (79% score)

Leatherman TreadOff with the pliers and all the heavy gear, now you can wear on your wrist everything you’ll need to be the new “Mc Gyver”… and if you need to know what time it is, you can also add the watch that goes with it!  This little film is better than all the explainations we can write. Here’s the Leatherman’s Tread

Lurk NYC

3 votes, 3.67 avg. rating (85% score)

We love skateboard, we love New York, we love good music, all of this makes this film good enough to be on Le Mouching! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did. Anyway there’s nothing to do with this shi**y weathern and that old 90′s video look is a must!

music is : “Heaven & Hell” by Chef Raekwon

Peute

9 votes, 3.56 avg. rating (79% score)

I thought : March is not that far ahead, we should do a series for those of us who are filling the fly boxes of the opening.

Peute is an old French rural idiom. It means ugly. This thing is one of the best known classics in French fly-tying. Holistic and impressionnist in its design, it does not aim at reproducing anything specific, but rather looks generally yummy to our scaly friends. It was invented by Henri Bresson a pioneer of the sport. The Peute has caught more fish in France than most other patterns, and it’s a must have in the season’s opening box. Here’s an interesting variant by David Seguin, with a body in yellow quill and an underwing in cdc.

A little tip : like many others, I think it’s better to find a feather of proper size for the wing because cutting it damages its behavior.

Charleroi, Fly Show 2015

7 votes, 4.57 avg. rating (90% score)

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Los Roques with Fly Fishing Nation

8 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (90% score)

Fly FIshing Nation VenezHere’s a blog’s page we love! In fact their could be our cousins, Le Mouching cousins, enjoy Fly Fishing Nation page on their trip to Los Roques, Venezuela with Solid Adventures and stay tuned there are some hosted trips coming! Between you and me, Stephan Dombaj is one of the few people I would go fishing with…without thinking!