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 ?

creating a ‘hatch’

the other day we where invited to visit a fish farm that stocks many private fishing still-waters and rivers (put and takes) in the Stockholm area. an amusing part which i guess is a standard to all visitors is the throwing of pellets and the ensuing feeding frenzy as they try to gobble as many as possible before the other fish do. interesting that they should have a sense of competitiveness even though they never have to hunt for food as wild fish or acclimated fish would. the video isn’t very good… but at least you can see a bit of the splish-splashy action !

Tuck That !

Carl McNeil does it again with this fantastic new fly casting video tutorial found on MidCurrent. the Tuck Cast is a fly-first method of presenting the fly, usually a nymph or streamer. i’ll stop here and let Carl do the talking…

since i can’t embed the video, click the pic to get to MidCurrent’s page. enjoy !

Fish and Cow

” As the western United States continues to face the increasing pressures of development, ranchers are becoming valuable allies in the fight to conserve large, ecologically intact landscapes. Historically, ranching has been depicted as an activity at odds with conservation efforts. By exploring the relationships that have developed between biologists and ranchers in the Big Hole Valley, this film re-examines the role private landowners can play in maintaining the biological integrity of large intact landscapes.

The rancher’s restoration efforts, which initially began in response to the declining population of fluvial Arctic grayling, have grown into one of the largest restoration efforts of its kind. The private landowners have acted as important stewards for the valley for generations and with their continued support, this remote and rugged valley located in the southwest corner of Montana will remain intact and unspoiled for generations to come. “