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About puromaniac

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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. 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.
  2. tarpon

    Beautiful giant herring!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Encuentros Partagas - Havana Trip, Nov 2017?????

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

    Also a Siglo VI, rumour has it?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Fly fishing Cuba

    No fishing to be had in Cuba folks. Just an illusion. Look the other way. Ignore El Pres.
  12. One of the best cigars I have smoked in Cuba in the past 2 years.
  13. Drool....and naturally as a Canadian I must now apologize.
  14. Nice study. Wish I had it back in 2012. This photo still haunts me for what I didn't buy.
  15. Am I the only moron....

    Sad to hear recently that the 5 second rule has been debunked. Bacteria get on dropped stuff immediately. I am NOT sure if that applies to mold (not plume).

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