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A few FLY
FISHING pictures to share with you... (from Pascal MONMOINE's personal album)
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yourself sitting on one of those rocks, listening to the music of the river...
Just imagine (or "remember"
if you already are a fly fishing addict like Pascal Monmoine is ;-) ) the soothing sound of
a beautiful running river and enjoy and seize that moment ... before getting
ready to look for your next trade.
Who said that we should try to go to heaven ... when it is
right here, right within our reach ... if we just know where to look ;-)
story (just for fun...): A fisherman enters a fly fishing store managed by the
local "Fly Fishing Master". He looks around and decides that he would like to
buy some new flies. A couple of absolutely gorgeous flies carefully displayed on a glass
shelf immediately catch his attention.
They are absolutely splendid. They have been tied with bright colorful
feathers, gold plated strings and a superb silver bead head which shines like a mirror.
With a shy voice, the customer finally find the courage to ask the
"Excuse me Sir! Are you sure that trouts will be attracted to those flies?..."
To which the "Master" simply replies, "Sir, I do not sell flies
to trouts ... I sell them to people !"
in human behaviors isn't
Before we start with some pure "fly
fishing only" pictures ... let me share with you
these few pictures which my father took
on one of our last "father/son" fly fishing trips to
the gorgeous waters of the Smith River, in Virginia.
On that special trip, "crazy
me" just decided to combine two of the
greatest passions in my life, Trading and fly
fishing ... all in one single moment !
So on that day, I decided to add to my backpack, in
addition to all my fly fishing gear ...
my laptop and my cell phone.
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After a few hours of fishing for some gorgeous rainbows
trouts, I decided to have some more fun and now spend a few minutes
"fishing" for another kind of fish also
known as "dollars" !
incredibly gorgeous setting was providing me with
such a soothing and peaceful background noise (so different
from CNBC screaming on a television set!... ).
My goal at that moment was certainly not
by any means to trade
"at my best" and to try to optimize the trade
which I was going to make under such
"special" circumstances... All
that I wanted to do was to make a quick
trade for my own personal intellectual satisfaction of
just being able to do such a cool thing under such unusual
So that is precisely what I did, entering right
away a "SHORT" trade on AMAT(Applied
Materials) and closing it within 4 minutes with a
0.8% net profit (on margin) ... therefore making enough
"$" to pay for our full day of fishing
as well as a few other cool things ;-)))
How could life be more fun and
enjoyable than that?...
Gorgeous surroundings, fishing
quality time with my Dad, beautiful rainbows eager
to take our flies ... and a SHORT trade in the
middle of nowhere and lightyears away from the
craziness of Wall Street making us enough money to
pay for the whole thing!...
So many things to be grateful for!
Here is a snapshot of the "Tools
of the Trade" used for that trade and to
catch that "fish" ;-)
Can you hear the river?... can
you feel that warm and nurturing sun?... Can you spot that rainbow trout swimming upstream?...
I sincerely hope that you do ;-)
Let's now move on to some more traditional
fly fishing pictures, without any "technology" around ;-) ...
... a beautiful run in Stone Mountain, NC.
2 hours 20 minutes from Durham (depending on what you drive and how you
drive it of course ;-) )
Look for that
pretty Brown hidden in that picture, quietly waiting to be released ... she knows that she
will soon be free again!
Both she and I know that I caught her ... and that's enough for
each of us, without any need for useless killings.
PLEASE practice "Catch and Release"
... and preserve our beautiful earth and all of its creatures.
Nice 16" rainbow at
the "Smith River" in Virginia (1 hr. 35mn. from Durham, NC) ...
I release 99% of all the trouts which I catch
but when my Mom is around, I better bring her a few back if I want to
keep my title of "Good Son" ;-) !
She loves to eat them as much as I love to catch them.
And you know how the saying goes...
"Always do as your Mom tells you ... " so I did on
"Dan River" ...
About 2hrs. 30mn.
Very lucky "DOUBLE
STRIKE" on both of my nymphs at the same time ... pretty rare!
This was "floating" the trophy section
of the Watauga river in Tennessee. Definitely one of my favorite rivers ...
Floating it for just 1 day really
makes you feel like if you had been gone on vacation for 1 week! (feel free to contact me
if you need any referrals on the guides who I use ... or let me know when you want to go
and why not go together?...).
We can leave Durham one late afternoon,
sleep in Boone, float the next day and come back to Durham that same evening.
A BLAST for
such a short trip!!!!
How come I look so small,
wading the gorgeous "Holston River" ?... (also in Tennessee)
Ready to release that
rainbow on the "Holston River", in Tennessee...
Another gorgeous view of
the "Holston River"...
Native Brown in Boone, NC.
Ready to release a
beautiful Brook in Boone, NC.
Trophy section of the
"Smith River" in Virginia ... 1 hour 35' from Durham (also
depending on how you drive
and what you drive...)
Stephanie, my 3 years old, learning to fly fish
from my shoulders...
(they don't make waders
for 3 years old yet and this is really too bad ;-) )
We were in
Cherokee, North Carolina.
Trophy section of the
"Watauga River" in Tennessee... (Nov. 3, 2000)
Gorgeous 20 inches (50 centimeters)
rainbow... eager to be released!
Here is another recent trip on the gorgeous waters
of the "Trophy Section" of the
"Watauga River" in Tennessee... with a "little"
rainbow buddy who I released right after taking
that picture ... of course ;-)))
My fishing count for that day was 58
trout "landed" ... and many more which I never
touched ... better than any day at work right ?!!
(well ... except if you consider "Trading" which is
everything but "work" to me...)
If you have any scans of
your personal FISHING pictures, feel free to e-mail them to me... I always
love to look at fly fishing pictures... almost as much as
I love to look at stock's charts ;-)
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