Vive la Truite

August 15, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

As something of a segue to Tom Chandler’s expression of concern that fly fishing competitions miss the point and France’s victory in the World Youth Fly Fishing Championships, we noticed a mention by James Martin, travel writer for, that offers fly fishing and haute cuisine in several regions of France. They even have a testimonial from Guy de la Valdène on their homepage (“You will not be disappointed.”) Meanwhile, Martin notes that “ is ready to send you trout fishing in France to places where the streams are so full of of Veuve Clicquot bottles chilling that there’s hardly room for the fish — and when you come up empty you can get yourself all dolled up and spend your meal times chowing down on some of the best food in France.”
What I want to know is: first, can I come, and second, would Jim Harrison be willing to go one-on-one with me in a friendly competition (no product endorsements) on a French stream? I forfeit any potential prizes for eating.