Douala to Garoua, Cameroon for Nile Perch

by | Mar 3, 2019 | africa

Garoua-CameroonWhile chilling at the Seamans Mission I learned that I have two friends on this Cameroon fishing trip (don’t ask how I didn’t know). Jako Lucas, fellow Yellow Dog Ambassador and photographer Nick Kelly.  They’re here to do some photography and make a short film likely for the 2020 Fly Fishing Film Tours.


flyfishing-cameroonThis morning was my first encounter with them and three other guests on the trip.  It was at the Douala airport catching our flight to Garoua.  Man was it hectic.  I arrived at the airport before them and was in line when they arrived.  They said hi then went to the back of the line.  Long story short, they were too far back in line and they were bumped off the flight.


CameroonI didn’t know they were bumped.  After I checked in, I was flushed to the gate leaving the guys behind.  I expected them to walk in the gate room at any second.  They never did and I took off to Garoua without them.  Lucky for me, in Garoua Tourette has, Maize, a Belgian that meets and greets.  It was he that told me the guys were too late.  Word is that they will arrive on a flight at 10 PM tonight.


Garoua-CameroonMaize took me to a great lunch in Garoua then we shopped for camp food for the week.  Garoua is the classic “off the grid” (an over used expression however this is legit use!) in the boonies African town and I loved the experience.


Garoua-CameroonI actually went to the airport with Maize tonight to wait for the guys to arrive but the plane is delayed.  Maize kindly just dropped me back at the hotel and I’m going to get some sleep.  The plan is to drive to camp at noon tomorrow.  This is the last entry until I come out of camp as there is no more internet, phones or any of that civilized addiction.


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!