2017 is over, at least for fishing!

What a fun year for my fishing ‘en France’. I fished more days than in previous years, ten, including my ‘drive down’ trip, but also on a separate visit to Picardie, and several from our home in the Cote d’Azur in Provence. I do love the alpine streams, in the Southern Alps, north of Nice. I added three Regions to my tally (Languedoc-Rousillon, Midi-Pyrenees, and … Continue reading 2017 is over, at least for fishing!


This is not a sorry tale. This IS a sorry tale. I tried hard and caught ‘rien’. But I found the most gorgeous river and I will return because this is the Somme stream I want to conquer in my fabulous French ‘quest’! My exchanges with ‘Peche 80’, and in particular, Simon Major (Agent de Developement at Fédération de la Somme pour la Pêche et … Continue reading Somme

OISE (#17)

Who knows where Oise is? How many Brits have even heard of ‘Oise’? If I said it was #60, would that help…? Not really maybe, but it’s in Picardie, and in parts, only an hour north of Paris, where I had to be in late May, this year. Never one to miss an opportunity to fish a Department  I had not,…but how? Laurent Sainsot is … Continue reading OISE (#17)

CREUSE (#13)

The Massif Central is a vast space covering some 85000 square kilometres, and stretches over 200 miles North to South, and, at its widest, stretches 175 miles from East to West. Until the arrival of the first railways in France, it was so remote that the only people who crossed it were pilgrims. In winter it was a bleak and snowbound place, which made travelling … Continue reading CREUSE (#13)


I have fished the Verdon (with Guillaume Durand) once before, on a stretch below Castellane, so I looked forward to another day on this impressive river. We (Christophe Pironnie and I) were to meet at the Auberge du Point Sublime, near Rougon. It is justifiably named, for a short walk upwards reveals the majesty of the Gorge du Verdon, which puts Boxhill into perspective, as … Continue reading ALPES-DE-HAUTE-PROVENCE


I received this note from Michael just days before setting of – “Bonjour Thony, Oui la date arrive vite, j’espère aussi qu’il ai du poissons, ici nous venons d’avoir une vague de froid avec de la neige avant hier, prenez des affaires chaudes, la pêche s’annonce dure pour être honnête, je pense que nous pêcherons dans de petites rivières. A bientôt, Michaël! “ So the … Continue reading HAUTE-MARNE