Bolivar Royal Coronas


Well since we’re on the topic of Salmon fishing in the Vancouver area, I may as well continue on… The above picture shows that as I was tying a, still to be sculpted,  muddler minnow with a brass cone head to help the fly scream towards the bottom of the river where the fish like to stack up this time of year.  Yesterday, once again was Coho day ( Silvers for our American readers ), and I’m glad I stayed up a bit late the night before tying flies.  Coho like to be a bit aggressive and territorial so when one of these flies enters the fish’s neighborhood, they come out and attack.  This is the part of the day when your heart starts beating wildly.

Well, long story short, I caught them, bonked them, cleaned them, brought them home, filleted them and had a great meal with a lot of fresh fish left over to give friends and family.  OK, lets forget about the fish and address the picture for a minute and discuss the amazing cigar I lit up at around 9:30 that night.

Last summer I went to “The Vancouver Cigar Company” and picked up a few cigars from Trevor.  I’m not exactly sure what I selected that day since it WAS over a year ago but I DO remember getting a few Bolivar Royal Coronas.  For some reason I decided to leave one in the humidor and the other night I decided it was time to light it up.  I’m guessing that the Robusto was as least 3 years old and the time had come to taste one of my favorite cigars again.

After clipping off the cap, I found that the draw was perfect with a lot of air flow going through the cigar.  A bit of a tea and a dusty grassy flavor was revealed in the pre-light draw.  A bit of spice was present in the first few puffs but I knew this cigar would settle down once it burned for a few minutes.  I wasn’t disappointed in the least when it started to mellow and reveal the Bolivar flavors of cedar and coffee that I was expecting.  This particular 50 ring gauge, 4.8 inch Robusto was considerably more balanced than a lot of RC’s I’ve smoked in the past which is, I’m sure, because of the time I took letting it rest and mature.

I think my favorite age for cigars is the magic 3 year period.  I know that the tobacco matures for a few years before the cigars are rolled and after 3 more years in a humidor you get all those great flavors without the ammonia which we taste in a young cigar.  I’ve been looking under boxes in cigar stores lately for a purchase that has a touch of maturity and in the future I’ll be speaking more of this 3 year concept of mine.

Cuban Cigars And Coho Salmon


Yesterday was a day spent out in the Fraser Valley standing beside the Dewdney slough and it’s tributaries, the Coho salmon are pouring in and happy fishermen were everywhere.  The day was sunny but there was a bit of a cold wind and I knew that as I got all of my fishing gear together so I felt that there was no need to show up with a Behike just to see it get abused by wind.  The Quintero Breva in the picture was all I needed to keep my happy at the end of the day, when this picture was taken, but I would have been happier if I would have noticed the cigar ash on the fish.

We live in a fishing dream in Vancouver since there are opportunities for catching Salmon 12 months a year in our rivers.  What still has me surprised is the fact that there are times when I’m the only one out on the banks of  a river that is located only a few miles out of the city.  I’m not complaining but I feel that if people knew how easy and affordable it is to catch and eat these great fish, a lot more people would be doing it.  No matter, I have a few very close friends that join me and go out many times a year.. We have great days together..

This is Doug…


As you can see, this fish has an adipose fin close to the tail so this means that this “wild” Coho has to be released.  Young salmon smolts, raised in hatcheries will often have this fin removed which makes them easy to identify when they are adults.  This fish was caught on the fly, using a rolled Muddler Minnow.  There’s nothing like the excitement that can be gotten by hooking into a nice sized salmon with a fly rod,  Doug and I have been doing this for years.