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    Tempting summer steelhead with skated dries, flinging toads to silvery sabalos on Cuban flats, savouring oily Cubans with deserving amigos

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  1. puromaniac

    Toy of the week: Lighter

    Bright...shiny...bright...shiny...functional to boot...but at this price easier than normal to look away.
  2. puromaniac

    Happy Victoria Day!

    Eh? No responses. Everyone must be stressed out by technical glitches at the 24:24. Thankfully I grabbed some El Príncipe yesterday before the troubles started and have been enjoying the holiday Monday with some good smokes. Go Canada
  3. Rob, you are a lover of fishing and water, and I advise you to pick up a copy of Wallace Nichols' book, Blue Mind. It has the best sub-title of all time: The surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do: http://wallacejnichols.org/122/bluemind.html It is akin to the rapidly growing pursuit of "nature therapy." One of my favorite pastimes. Basically, time spent in nature or around water "frees you from the tyranny of the pre-frontal cortex," the part of our brain that houses our exhausting executive functions (like how much time I need to spend in the warehouse and what I need to review and post, etc.). Simply put, the sights, sounds and smells of nature allow other parts of our brains to start working, ones associated with wonder, empathy, and pleasure, lowering stress, heart rate, and improving general well-being. Similar to the benefits provided by yoga and mindful meditation.
  4. puromaniac

    Cigar shops in Canada

    You can pair a RE Cuban at Cigar Connoisseurs in Gastown with some excellent sushi by just walking across the street to Momos. Just be sure to order wild sockeye not farmed Atlantic salmon!
  5. Arghhhh. My La Fuerza TOS DIC 15 are smoking so brilliantly my only complaint is that the burn is hampered by my uncontrollable drool of delight. I was wondering how I can replace them and this review brings tears to my eyes.
  6. What a beautiful spider. Fabulous markings. We do need to do more appreciating nature and less dreaming of ways to dispatch it. Arachnids are amazing creatures. We have lycosids and geolycosids here in the Pacific NW. Their eyes glow in the dark when you shine a flashlight. Some say creepy, others just another smoking buddy that accepts you for whatever you choose to smoke.
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    Beautiful giant herring!
  8. puromaniac

    bananas on a boat

    I've seen a lot of rigid adherence to this superstition, and just as much indifference. Lots of salmon fishermen I know are near dictators in the "no banana" regime, while many of the Cubans I've fished with are more, "meh," maybe because they are so confident in their abilities. And considering those tasty little Cuban bananas, it's near impossible to police smuggling. I'm not too superstitious but still hedge my bets. I like an occasional banana or two with me when I fish; when I beat the "odds" and do well, I laugh in the face of the superstitious, and when you don't do too well, blame the bananas. Fishermen and excuses are like FOH members and cigars--they are happily joined at the hip.
  9. It is generally quite informative and regularly updated. But as the feedback shows there may be some errors or incomplete coverage. Still worth a read.
  10. Intense Rains in Cuba Force Delay in Tobacco Sowing to February With around 65% of the country’s production, the Vueltabajo area, in the province of Pinar del Río, is the largest supplier of the leaf. (DC) EFE / via 14ymedio, Havana, 18 January 2018 — The intense rains in Cuba in recent months have forced the island’s farmers to extend until February the sowing of tobacco for the 2017-2018 season. During the season, they plan to sow over 73,000 acres in tobacco, the raw material of the famous Havana cigars. Rainfall damaged nearly 1,500 acres already planted and several areas used as seedbeds, causing delays that have led to the extension of the plan’s target dates, according to the head of the state group Tabacuba, Gonzalo Rodríguez, speaking to the official news agency Prensa Latina. Rodríguez insisted, however, that the “situation is encouraging and the producers are optimistic,” having already planted more than 64,000 acres. The current season’s sowing of the leaf began last October. Tobacco is the fourth largest contributor to the country’s gross domestic product; it accounted for some 445 million dollars in 2016 from the sales of the Cuban-Spanish joint venture, Habanos.
  11. puromaniac

    Casa Particular recommendation- budget friendly

    A little further from the Nacional (about 15 minute walk) at Paseo y Calle 17, clean, modern, inexpensive, and (full disclosure) run by friends I met many years ago. Super couple with nice boy. https://es.airbnb.com/rooms/21090243?s=51
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    Encuentros Partagas - Havana Trip, Nov 2017?????

    Blasphemous indeed...almost as bad as how quickly the Cohiba rum vanished.
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    Encuentros Partagas - Havana Trip, Nov 2017?????

    Also a Siglo VI, rumour has it?
  14. puromaniac

    what fish is this?

    I know that fish. It's called "the one that got away." Very common but usually quite memorable. Good on you.
  15. puromaniac

    Encuentros Partagas - Havana Trip, Nov 2017?????

    I know there will be a couple of us going from Vancouver. I had a blast last year and took in all but one event, but will be down with my Wife and more focussed on visiting Cuban friends and sightseeing, so only plan for sure on taking in the opening night dinner. For me it was the best event.

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