Recently we were raving about the last Scale, dedicated to a large extent to women in the (fly) fishing world. An enthusiasm that earned us a little comment by Jen Ripple, founder and editor-in-chief Dun, a fly fishing magazine I must confess I had never heard of. First of all, Dun is a real high quality job. Go have a look! The editorial line is clearly feminine, which doesn’t mean that it can only be read by women, much to the contrary. In my book, everyone will benefit from the development of the women’s view of the sport. And I do think there is a valid way of considering fly fishing from a gender perspective.
Besides, there will be exciting colleterals. Am I the only guy to have dreamt of planning the next fishing trip with my partner, in the role of a fishing buddy, not a selfless victim of my lunacy?
My daughter is 8 years old. She trains her fly casting with me. I’ll show her Dun, and if I’m lucky, some day we’ll go fish for Alaskan kings together, and maybe this day the guide will be a woman. Come on, guys, it’s time to print a copy of the magazine, and casually leave it on the coffee table…
It was worth waiting! The new SCALE issue, number 13 is entirely dedicated to women who fish! 224 pages of refinement, fishing through the eyes of our girls, enough to shut the mouth of all those who still think that fishing is only for us, the bearded and macho kind! What an opening! Probably the first fishing magazine that women will be able to read from A to Z ! Scale, we love you!
Love at first sight for this book, which I have not read yet, but the pictures of which struck me dumb. It’s called Salt, Coastal and Flats Fishing, it’s from Rosenbauer and Anderson, and it’s your ticket to wet and salty nights.
We knew by reading his book “Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel” that Yvon Chouinard was a Tenkara fan and that he would do anything to support that way of fly fishing. But what a surprise to see that last month Patagonia introduced their own Tenkara gear ! So far Patagonia was only dedicated to clothing gear, the major change in their politic is to provide the actual sport gear itself! That’s great news for the customers (less than 300$ for a complete set) but what about the industry, is Patagonia going to build other gear such as surf borads, fly rods… a door has been opened, we just don’t know what’s going to come out of it! In the meantime it’s great news, Tenkara is probably the best and funniest way to flyfish little rivers and streams!
When Nicolas Germain, André Terrier’s soul brother (Mr Terrier was one of France best fly fishing figure) has wrote an amazing book about fly fishing, not a technical book, “la Truite en Héritage”, a book of stories ahppening in his dear and beloved Franche Comté (East of France). But Nicolas has also a blog and a flyshop, he’s a fantastic tyeer specialized in nymphs and leaders. If you want to read in French or if you just want to be part of the global fly fishing tribe, just get that book!
One of our readers, Raphael Amat, took the time to write a review on Edward Abbey’s book A Season in the Wilderness, let’s welcome him on board!
Why should we read such a book when you’re a flyfisherman, and you love water, the whisper of tiny streams, and the large and calm takes at dusk? Though, there it’s not only about burning dust and howling wind under Utah’s arche and rattlesnakes. Edward Abbey deals with the same faith about the spring blossom in the desert, the mineral beauty of canyons and even manages to catch a few rainbow trouts… Is vision of a sacred Nature that turn into a merchandise for people who do not dare about its secret treasures is a call for wisdom and modesty in a world that is going to fast for nowhere.
My fellow angler who is fishing worldwide, put your rod aside, sit down on a rock and admire. An old twisted tree, the call of a sparrow, the beauty of the Earth… (as Fallkus was suggesting so in “Sea trout fishing”).
Tenkara, fly fishing Japanese style, sobriety, almost like naked fishing, nothing but a rod a line and a fly, the ultimate fishing? Probably the one that gets you the closest to the basics. At least according to Yvon Chouinard, from Patagonia, Craig Mathews, from Blue Ribbon Flies, Mauro Mazzo, renowned guide, illustrations by James Prosek froworded by one of our favorite artist: Russel Chatham who all got together to write Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod and Reel
Here is the 1st part of a Christmas poem found in BoneFish On The Brain.
Twas the day before Christmas, when all through the bay
Not a creature was stirring, not even a ray.
The rods were all strung up and rigged up with care
In the hopes that a bonefish, soon would be there.
The crabs were all nestled all snug in their holes
And the flat was empty, devoid of other souls.
50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish, what else do you need to know? That Terry and Wendy Gunn have made a amazing job on gathering all the informations you need to be a happy fly fisherman, from Lodge, guides, dining, lodging and fishing! Maybe one of the best book you could get for Xams!
A few days ago my wife and I were invited to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with friends who live in a little town two hours from New York by train. The air there was fresh and dry and it smelled good and clean. The traditional meal was quite respectable as were all of the people gathered around the table.
I found myself sitting next to a guy, on my left, who I had never met before. A nice face, between two ages… the guy ate the traditional turkey without saying a word. So, I introduced myself and engaged him in conversation. Quickly, as you can imagine, we arrived at our respective passions and “le Mouching” of course, appeared at the table.
Surprised, my neighbor interrupted me: “Tell me, have you ever heard about Julia Fairchild?” Read more…