THIS WEEK at The Mission:
We took a meander down the Avon river with South African turned Londoner Chris Clemes of Chris Clemes split-cane fly rods (available at Farlows of London) and the talented Chalkstream Fly crew. Watch the video here.
We were still reeling from our time at ICAST/IFTD in Florida last week. The people, the rods, the reels, the lines, flies, gear and the general feeding frenzy of fly fishing goodness all around us. More on that to follow shortly.
We read that ‘point of no return’ climate change disasters are already happening (including how salmon and their runs are vital to entire ecosystems). So ja, give a fuck about the planet, do what you can, vote against climate-change sceptics and fish responsibly (while you still can).
We dreamed about owning the North Face owner, Doug Tompkins’ home in Southern Chile. How does a ranch wedged between the Renihue and Negro rivers in southern Chile sound? 1,750 acres with a waterfront setting perfect for fly fishing and kayaking, a Valdivian rainforest (whatever the hell that is) with great bird watching, a restored five-bedroom main house with a gourmet kitchen, organic gardens, heated greenhouses, house, farmhand housing, management offices, repair shops, and airstrip. And they throw in views of a volcano…. It’s yours for a cool $10,5 million.
We hankered after the new YETI products, especially the Panga, a 100% submersible duffel.
We listened to Tom Rosenbauer (a legend in his own right), interview the inimitable John Gierach.