Anton Schwartz was an old childhood friend. We often made fun of him and called him “Anton Noire” (children can be so cruel). When he was young he happily sowed his wild oats but his encounters with the justice forced him to join the Colonial forces where he brought honor to France. All of our colonies in Africa (center and north), in Asia (Tonkin, Viet Nam and others that I won’t even mention), held no secrets for my friend. He could tell you stories for hours, his voice often breaking with emotion. One day he invited me to the “Mousmee” bar where he the following story. “My dear Fleche, like you, I am crazy about fly fishing; it’s a most instructive passtime and I have a story that I think you’ll appreciate. It took place ages ago on my return from the war of Tonkin. On the shores of the Red River I had fallen head over heels in love with a delicious native whose singular name was “Long-Long”. She was an magnificent local specimen and I brought her back to France along with the whole tribe of her brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and all the rest; you can take it from me… that was an enormous pack of yellows! It will come as no surprise to you that the surpassing culinary passion of these people is for fish. They consume enormous quantities of fish morning, noon and night. You can well understand that given the prohibitive prices of these acquatic beasts, whose freshness in our sinister french fish markets was relative, that these poor asiatics were in tears. And Fleche, you know me, you can imagine how the chagrin of these people broke my heart and gave me considerable, unexpected, inventive resources to render life supportable for my friends…. I am certainly, first of all, a christian. Well, it’s no secret that the women in that part of the world possess hair of an uncommon finess, length and solidity. Read more…
Are you ready to rock? THis is what a fishing contest looks like when you put our friend Marc Crapo along with our buddies from SCOF...for the famous Hardly Strictly Musky Southern Classic ! There’s not a lot of fish, but there is a lot of action!
[next part EFTTEX]… the super realistic flies from J-Son, the new fly collections from Turral and FullingMill that are more and more targeting new species (especially carp), the very welcoming Costa and Buff stands, our friends of Scale and FishMe, Rudi Heger and the super waterproof Patagonia bags that he loves so much, Christer Sjöberg and his trips, and all this with crazy casting sessions with Eric Arbogast!!!
Say hello to Hilda. This plump and flowery redhead, fruit of Duane Bryers‘ imagination, is not averse to touch a rod on occasion. You’ll see her here from time to time.
Ready for the best pike flyfishing movie of all time? Holy shit that’s awesome!! Niklaus Bauer and Micke Nilsson are back with FlyTV to bring us fishing loads of huge pikes on the most beautiful flies in less than one meter of water. The images are gorgeous, the takes on slow motion are breath taking!! They explain many things about the gear they use, how they fish, it’s not only the parade of the big scales, you learn a lot in this film. And have you ever seen a ten inches streamer tied one meter behind a ten inches popper? I haven’t!!
After the MiniMag’, the BVK, the TiCrX, Temple Fork Outfitters continues to surprise us with their new series : the Mangrove. This series is said to be handy with big flies (popper, big bugs, and other bulky kind of things) but with a rather fast action, and pretty tough to face the badass conditions of predator flyfishing. A true saltwater rod, that has more and more fans in the pike flyfishing world… And what’s coming in our mind is « You bet !!! »
The Mangrove is rather sober, with a nice burgundy blank, a cool signature, old-school american style. Ok, we may not be blown away by the aesthetic of the rod in its whole (for this price, we may not ask for the Moon) but everything is clean and nothing looks bad. The handle doesn’t move, the reel seat seats the reel, and the ligatures and varnish are well done. The varnish of the blank is a little bit special, it is supposed to help protecting the blank against potential impacts of a leaded fly. Well, that is surely true, but since it’s only supposed to help protecting against impacts, and not guarantying against impacts, you won’t blame me if I didn’t actually tested this particularity. The guides are also designed to be resistant to the rude fishermen that we are, and to the braided backing that run way too often through the guides in saltwater.
A particularity of this rod (as for many other TFO rods) is that they come without a tube. For me, and for this article, this is very convenient because generaly, there’s not much too say about the tubes that come with the middle-priced rods. Appart from the fact that it’s here, and that you can store the rod in it. Read more…
We take pleasure in publishing this letter that we have just recieved.
Madam Nicole Esterole
12 rue du lait Condense
Dear Sirs at le Mouching,
Four years ago I married a handsome man with the sweet name of Pierre Detaille. It seemed to me that to have married Pierre, who runs the machines at the “Bonne Maman” jam factory, would be the assurance of sweetness and tenderness. My God was I naive, in spite of my advanced age (71 years old!).
Pierre, in his leisure time, was a passionate fisherman and frequently he invited me to accompany him to a lake called “the Little Hooker” that was a few miles from our house.
There, after he set up the corn and bait for the Chubs, after he affixed his rods on their supports and installed himself in his comfortable folding chair, he pulled down his pants and shorts and obliged me to get down on all fours and… well, I’m not going to draw a picture of the suite. You, who are cultivated men, you have certainly understood. Read more…
“The earth is a planet that is more and more dangerous.” said, with justice, the dear departed Ravaillac (1577-1610). That is why, in order to protect ourselves on our many fishing trips, our team of talented designers.
have specially conceived and developed this splendid vehicle.
It goes without saying that this model is only a prototype and soon a production line (chinese, of course) will be in place for mass production.
As of today you may send your orders and don’t forget to send certified checks.
Thanking you in advance.
At that time, my wife and I lived in a former church that we bought for peanuts. (See “PINE HILL MEMORIES”) The church was tucked into the Catskill Mountains and was surrounded by extraordinary rivers where you didn’t have to be a good fisherman to hook fish that, here in our lovely Ardeche rivers, would be considered monsters.
It was there that I got to know Doctor O, a small, bouncing man who had his office in the little hamlet of Shandaken just two steps from the Esopus Creek where he spent most of his time; he filled his fishing creel while neglecting his patients.
The good doctor, who treated his ailing patients so well, was, when he was in the river, an unrepented killer.
On a beautiful September day he announced, with great delight, that he was preparing a trip to fish for Steelheads on the famous Deschutes river, which is on the west coast of America on the western plateau of Oregon. Read more…