Charles Ritz, of the Ritz hotel fortune, spent considerable time studying the art of fly fishing in the American West, England, and France.  His book, A Flyfisher’s Life, is one of the few books in the English language discussing fly fishing in France. In the 1930’s he became an authority on fly fishing in France and invented the parabolic fly rod, which is still used, and which was commercially produced by ABU Garcia.   Mr. Ritz was an advocate of the high speed – high line style of fly casting.

He founded the “Fario Club”, which was the most select fishing club in the world during the later part of the twentieth century and remains so today.  We enjoy regular gatherings in Paris and around the world, to enjoy the camaraderie of others similarly suited.

The Club’s website is presently being revamped, but it can be found at

The “Pays d’Auge” region is made up of the port towns two hours north of Paris, including Honfleur, Deauville and Trouville. It takes like two small hours to drive from Paris.  After driving through the lush fields where dairy cows are milked for production of Camembert, Pont-Lévèque & Livarot, and passing apple tree after apple tree, so it is no surprise that Calvados is offered at every turn in the countryside, we followed in Charles Ritz’s footsteps staying the same place he did at the mill of Aclou on the river Risle.  The “Aclou reach” is often mentioned as his favorite fishing spot, home to the brown trout.