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I don't forget Old Herrero and Jeannot.
They're both now in heaven.
Old Herrero was a trout specialist and a great spinning fisherman.I enjoyed fishing with him and learning from him about trout behaviour...he knew a lot and enabled me to catch big ones at the time there were some left on the lower section of the Lergue.As he had no car I picked him up at home...He put his gear in the boot and got into the car wearing his checked slippers I haven't got any pic of him but I wrote a short story about an amazing anecdote which happened to us for a french magazine and here is how the illustrator imagined himHe died a few days after the trout opening a year later.

Jeannot was a very inventive fisherman he created many fly patterns and ultralight lures...he could cast nymphs with his special spinning rod and always fished with light gear,I remember how delicated his presentation was with his 1wt line.We spent a lot of time on the river together and we laughed a lot he was always joyful.When he fell ill it was a great shock for me.On a sunday I went to visit him at hospital ,he knew the end was near and told me :JP I think it's the last time you see me alive and unfortunately he was right.
Here's a pic I took, Jeannot had caught this beautiful sander on a 5X tippet


  1. mcnerney's Avatar
    JP: Thanks for posting a great story of your old friends!

  2. Ard's Avatar
    You are indeed a thoughtful person JP. As I myself grow older I sometimes have wondered at who would remember me and if at all, for how long. Not only do you remember your friends who have passed to the other side but you have taken the time to let people all over the world know how special these men were.

  3. jpbfly's Avatar
    Thanks Larry&ArdI've always been lucky to have great fishing buddies
  4. Ard's Avatar

    I'm waiting for the Austria entries...........
  5. jpbfly's Avatar
    good idea Ard...will try to do that soon
    Updated 08-04-2012 at 10:39 AM by jpbfly