fog music

when you average driving 40,000 km per year you get to see a lot of interesting and beautiful places and sometimes the beauty is more subtle than others. the one below i didn’t get to see at all but that didn’t take away a bit of it’s charm.

filmed in the clouds on a french Pyrenees mountain peak coming back from a day of largemouth bass hunting in Spain with Fabrice and Loïc.  


“We really achieved a lot for you know…  a bunch of morons.” dangerously close to following the usual wave of “check out these awesome hardcore dudes, god, fly fishing’s so intense !!!!!!!!!!” posts found on so many blogs and sites… i wanted to share this one because they leave all that crap behind when on the stream. most probably a sign of experience (oh boy, i almost wrote age) but for whatever the reason or reasons, it’s refreshing to see people gladly disassociate screeching electric guitars from trout. i don’t know these guys and i could be wrong but for the moment i’ll pretend by intuition is correct.
besides, going to the water to “dry out” feels a lot better to me than going there to “get wet”.


The Five Essentials – Nr.1 The Elimination of Slack line

by Rudy van der Meer

“The elimination of slack line is the most efficient manner to cast a fly line”

this very important notion is vital for anyone casting a fly line and one i’ll detail in the future. The Five Essentials, establish by Bill and Jay Gammel are the hardcore fundamentals of fly casting and they deserve particular attention. we’ll be going through them one by one with simple yet informative explanations and how their use will make anyone of any level a more successful caster and fisher. after that we’ll go and dig deep into these essentials to see how we can deviate them and turn what we discover into the nitty-gritty of fly casting, fine-tuned to the situation presentation casts !
i’m on the lookout for a descent video camera to show you some of these casts. this should be fun !

i really like Rudy’s approach here in turning today’s lesson into an amusing one. including humour or silliness is in my opinion something greatly lacking in most educational methods, thanks Rudy !

as an aside, who would have thought a tv talk show host would ever actually bring up an interesting topic ?