Now this is something. Imagine you’re there fishing and you caught a nice little brown on the dry fly, and in the middle of the fight come a very big bull trout, and the bastard tries to eat your catch! How’s that for a surprise? But where things go really crazy is when you’ve got a buddy ready with a streamer. You have a shot for a double… And imagine the bull takes the streamer.
Now here’s your problem: back at the pub, no one will buy your story. That’s why it’s awesome to have your girl filming. That’s why video was invented in the first place.
You love to take selfies, you love fly fishing and you wished someone would film you from above, but you are alone… Here’s what you are going to ask for Xmas or your birthday if it comes before… The Lily Drone! Maybe one of the best invention of the year! You need a proof of it? Check the film below. In other words, put the master device in your pocket, throw the slave drone in the air and fish!! You can also use it for other purposes but we don’t want to know.
She had this very special way to shoot people, straightforward and without most of the common prejudices. A powerful sense of composition and a marvellous sensibility to the moment. Through her work, in her gaze, you can see something of the world which is really not easy to capture: the odd beauty of mankind. She died on Monday. We’ll miss her.
This is only the beginning of something that’s bound to leave a mark for ever in my fly fishing life. This week-end, I was in Normandie with my friend Flavien Malemprée, and the plan was to go fishing for porbeagle sharks. And we went. Flysharking, as I like to call that rather odd endeavour, is very glamour when you talk about it to your (girl) friends in a café downtown, and makes you in advance a kind of adventurous maverick going for modern times adventures — with a fly rod. Details, as it often is the case, are a little less glamour. Preparing the chum is well on the wrong side of the ugly, then the action consists basically in doing nothing while all those smelly fish particles and oils advertise your shark open-bar operation. You have to believe.
But then, out of the blue (literally) comes the mighty predator. All the seven-plus feet of it, slowly gliding around the boat. And it’s at least as much there to get you than you’re there to get it. I’ve never experienced something like that. The awe. The respect for this fish. Flavien didn’t waste a fraction of a second to think, he jumped on his rod and tried to get the shark to take his streamer. The shark came to have a look (as Flavien neared a cardivascular incident) then went back to the depths. We never saw it again this day.
That’s it for our first try. But we’ll be back, and we know it as a fact: sooner or later we’ll hook one. And all hell will break loose.
This is a gift! It’s bliss, it is probably the most intense films we have at Le Mouching, I am talking about Luke Bannister’ films. They are beautifuly shot, direct sound, no fuss, no hardcore editing, just the pleasure of fishing. We are not saying all films should be like that, we are saying we love his films after watching hours of music videos with big fish caught by screaming fishermen. This is gentle, gentle as mid Wales in May. This is closer to what we know than a lot of fly fishing films. Thank you Luke to remind us that we are only humans.
If you want to go fishing in Eastern Pyrenees, or “Catalan Pyrenees”, we know one guide, Marc Ribot, we’ve been fishing with him for years, more than a guide, a friend and therefore you know you’ll get much more than just guiding. Catalan Pyrenees are amazing, weather you fish on the French part or the Catalan part (Spain). Marc is also a dedicated guide to Tenkara if you’re keen on that method or if you want to try it. Check his new website, and if you’re in that part of France or planning to go… just reach out, he’s one of the best! Oh, I forgot, one of Marc’ssecret is big chums on dry in august…
Sight nymphing, the hardest, specially with a leader several feet long. You have to be able to spot the fish cast the nymph, make it sink naturally, wait it takes a current and that that current brings the nymph a way that looks so natural, the trout cannot resist. The only way you can know when to set the hook is by watching the trout’s behaviour or looking for its white mouth, wide open. You can also watch your leader or your connection. There are no strike indicator involved, this is hard core! Lessons of frustration…the best cursing time you’ll ever have! Thanks François Goursaud and Marc Millieroux for that great film! And to have chosen one of our favourite tracks from Bonga: Mona ki ngi xica.
Watch out, this is short, quick, and fulfilling! See how the twin brothers Brian and Colby Trow are having fun in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. If you were wondering why it’as always fun to go fihsing with a peer, it’s to be able to share moments like this one. You should get the whole film Blood Knot, you can rent it on Vimeo or buy it on iTunes. In the meantime you can watch this over and over: