PÊCHES SPORTIVES #101

The latest issue of Pêches SPortives is out, if you read French or are in France, get it! You can always suscribe! This magazine is the only French mag fighting for the fishermen, whether with flies or lures, fighting get us back clear waters, You might not be aware of it but here, agriculture rules, heavily polluting the rivers, regardless of what we can say… It’s a fight we have had with all the goverments, they don’t care about us because we don’t exist for them… But still we have a few rivers that are surviving, and a few wild fish in it. Buying this mag is not only good for you, it’s also telling the world you care about the rivers!

Pêches Sportives N°101

WE STAND CORRECTED

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…

SCALE #13 + THE GIRLS ISSUE

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!

SALT

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.

 

PATAGONIA TENKARA

We knew by reading his book “Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reelthat 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!

FISHING STORIES BY NICOLAS GERMAIN

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!

A SEASON IN THE WILDERNESS

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”).

 

CHOUINARD + MATHEWS + PROSEK = TENKARA

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