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.

Quintero Brevas With Good Friends


Perched atop a glass of Merlot, above in the picture,  is a Quintero Brevas.  This cigar may not be the most expensive Cuban you will find nor will it be the most complex but it is in a class with Jose L. Piedra as being a cigar that will give you more than you might expect for the money you’ll spend.  We are entering into the winter months and just beginning a time when you may not want to light up a cohiba or Trinidad on a cold day outdoors.

With 5 1/2 inches long and a 40 ring gauge, you’ll get over an hour of smoking time from this moderately priced cigar and it will give you clouds of smoke, an easy draw and an even burn.  Not bad for a machine made cigar but miles ahead of Non-Cuban brands at the same price.  This is, once again, something that amazes me about Cuban cigars.  Its the soil, the sun and the age old tradition of making cigars without any additives that gives us this kind of flavor.

There is a bit of power in this small cigar.  Like I mentioned before, complexity is what you WON’T find but you’ll get loads of cedar, a bit of leather and a moist earthy finish that lasts for some time on your palate.  The cigar does NOT evolve as it burns down but DOES stay very pleasant as long as you don’t smoke it very hot.

I’m not sure that pairing a cigar with any kind of wine is good for me since I’m really a Scotch guy, but I had no problem with these two vices I cling to.  The evening spent with friends, cigars and wine was more than worth while and I’d do it again in a heart beat.