Fishing: Afghanis Trading Grenades for Granola

June 19, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Saying that “Afghanistan will become again the tourist destination for Central Asia, for Americans, Europeans, for people of all the world. You can hold me to that. In five years. You can grab me by the tie and hold me to it,” Prince Mostapha Zaher, head of Afghanistan’s environment agency, holds out much hope for future eco-tourism, according to Peter Graff of Reuters.
Is it possible that Afghanistan could one day become a serious option for fly fishers? As Nick Mills noted last year, the potential is certainly there. “As for the origin of the brown trout, Jean-José wrote a book, La pêche à la truite en Afghanistan, in which he theorizes that the trout migrated from Europe in meltwater streams at the end of the last Ice Age.”
By the way, if you care to familiarize yourself with the possibilities, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, by Eric Newby, is regarded as a classic of adventure travel literature, and it’s a great read even if you never plan to leave home.