A liar’s autobiography

To lie. Many fishermen indulge in the occasional lie. Not necessary skilfully. But there is one real great liar, with whom we would have liked to go fishing! And that’s Graham Chapman (the Doctor Chapman), delicious clown and Monty Python’s creator. He had an amazing idea before he passed (too soon) : to write his false-true-false autobiography: A liar’s autobiography. He wrote it with the help of a couple of friends. Well, they are all characters imagined by him and played by himself… such a concept.

Between true fibs and fictionalized realities Graham tells his life made of friendship, creativity and  craziness, but mainly humoristic genius.

His stories are guaranteed to please, from the one of the medical student, on “academic leave” in Reims and visiting Champagne vineyards, to the shooting and representation adventures with the Monty Python’s flying Circus…

From the beginning until the end of his show — or life, one gets lost — Graham had never stopped to be a fabulous clown. Even his funerals were funny…

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The flyfish Journal vol. 6 #3

The April issue of the Fly Fish Journal was in the mail yesterday. Fantastic photographic content, especially some amazing work by Damien Brouste. We’re used to see it on a screen, it’s a pleasure to see the pictures printed on luxury paper (FFJ is not joking about this). Very good stories too, I especially liked Culton’s year round striper calendar and Zoby’s brilliant piece . But what I liked best was the Editor’s note by Steve Duda. It’s short but with hi-impact.

Here’s what it says at some point:

“A few years ago, there was a panic of hand wringing and “think pieces” lamenting the end of fly fishing as we know it. Where are the kids? Who’ll carry on our storied traditions? Are we witness to the decline and death of all we love? The arguments were flabby and emotional, and said more about the writers than the real state of the sport.
The panic never really took and today, with the massive influx of youth into our sport, it just looks ridiculous.”

Well, just the right words for a Mouching ear. Get a subscription, the Fly Fish Journal is great for the coffee table, and for particularly nice sunday afternoon reads.


The book of books

Les livres de peche en francaisDid you ever thought about the amount of fishing books that have been written? It’s a real jungle, just check the Amazon page with “Fly fishing books”… so to see clearly in that jungle you have to ask around “which is the best book I should get”? And answers will be different from each person you’ll ask. In France, for once, we are lucky, “There is an App a book for that”! The book of fishing books! It’s in French and the books are mianly french books but it’s fun to have if you are a fishing junky and need all the paraphernalia that goes with it, get it! And anyway you’ll always impress you friends!  Bibliographie des ouvrages de pêche sportive en eau douce.

Tail Magazine — Issue 16

The March/April issue of Tail Fly Fishing Magazine is out. I can think of better ways to spend the lunch break on a painful Monday, but very few of them are practical, and in some cases you’ll end up in jail, or with a STD, or both. So it’s probably wiser to just sit with a cup of good coffee, and let the guys take you to amazing places. You’ll learn how to calculate the $/fish ratio (horrible), how to catch a bone in Thailand, how to chose sunglasses (you need them), how to science up your bone fishing, how not to despise the jacks (they’re amazing), and many many other invaluable things.


The Old-Time Small Shops of Paris

Paris, THE Paris you dream of; the one with the rare and unique little shops fillled with miscellania and memories, miles away from the mainstream and big box stores we see the world over. Within the pages of these books lays the soul of Paris. Discover special tiny places that have managed to survive through decades and in the culture of international retail chains. While other merchants were upgrading, finding ways to turn the old into new, these gems have remained the same for in some cases, centuries. And wouldn’t you know that among those boutiques there are three of our favorite stores here at Le Mouching!

Of course there is the venerable Maison de la Mouche, home-base for Parisians fly fishers, where we go as often as we can to get our gear or when we are looking for the fly tying material we need to tie our best streamer. We love the old fashion possibility to actually try and buy and we’d happily test their rods across the street on the banks of the Seine before handing over our credit card. The book also features Le Moulin de la Vierge, our go-to bakery with it’s incomparable bread and some of the best pasrties in town. Last but not least, A la ville de Rodez, where you can find and buy all the best from our dear Aveyron, the spiritual home of Le Mouching. Here you’ll find saucisse sèche, saucisson, tripoux, jambon cru and all of the extraordinary, meaty delicacies from the area of Rodez.  So if you ever come to Paris, Paris – Boutiques d’antan et de toujours is the book you need to have if you want to shop like a real Parisian, even more than a Parisian, un vrai parisien ! And guess what? This fantastic book is in French AND English! Written by Barbara Kamir – Pictures by Christian Sarramon.

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Paris Fly Fishing Show

PEES15We got some more tickets for you! Send us an email with PFFS15 in the title at this address, and you’ll be on the guest list! This offer ends wednesday night!

Small dam, big problems

Jim Harrison a good day to dieLittle dams, they are as bad as big ones, maybe more because oftne owned by people or small companies that don’t have the means to maintain them or don’t want to. Our river La Dordogne is known to be one fo our best rivers, coming from Massif Central, she starts small bouncing in the canyons than becaomes that slow lady, filled with big trout and the famous DOrdogne grayling. It’s upper part has even been turned into a Catch & Release for several miles. But that was without thinking that the people owning the micro dam upstreet were just a bunch of greedy thugs who didn’t care about that river but only wanted to take the most they could from it. So one night, they just released the water stuck behind the dam so they wouldn’t have to spend any cent to clean it. Unfortunatly, with the water, were tons of sediment that went down the river and distoyed everything. We are hurt, all french fishermen are hurt, because once more “they” don’t care about our rivers. It make us want to cry, such a wonderful river. It’s a shame and shame on the people who run the micro dam.  It makes me want to read one of  the best Jim Harrison’s novel “A good day to die“. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a must ! If you read French and want to knwo all about this disaster, it’s HERE

Here’s what we wrote in 2011 Blow that dam

This is Fly #50

The 50th issue of This is Fly is out. As beautiful as ever, and fully uses the advantages of online magazine: you’ve got a playlist to listen to while you read. Indie/indus pop-rock, all classics. You’ve got an arresting photo portfolio by Dylan Johnston, you’ve got Scott going all Roy Lichtenstein on their Tidal rods. You’ve got ski and fly fishing for a great mix. You’ve got Nibia and Patagonia, Trout Unlimited, the guys of Fokus Studio (who did the graphic design for Hooké)…

Go read it! 

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