Do I have your attention? Undoubtedly two of the finest things in life for many a devoted FlyLife reader, and two very good reasons for an overseas trip. After more than 20 years of dedication to this publication, the Sloanes were overdue for long service leave and a week’s planned fly fishing in northern Spain quickly expanded to a three-week cultural odyssey, from San Sebastian on the Atlantic Coast, across the foothills of the Pyrenees to Collioure on the Mediterranean in the far south of France.
But the focus of our trip of course was fly fishing, having been invited back to Spain by Ivan Tarin (Salvelinus). His suggestion of a combined wine and fly fishing tour had been readily accepted. Having recently established a small vineyard at home in Tasmania’s Coal River Valley and begun dabbling in our own small-scale wine production, the chance to visit vineyards and sample wine along the way was an added incentive.