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Grayling spawning

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

The grayling spawns. Everywhere. Millions of them. It is now that you realise how enormous numbers of these fish is present in the San.
Seeing 200 fish in 15 minutes is not a problem.

Dancing with the Huchen

Friday, April 6th, 2007

This will be a day to remember. I have no proofs, no pictures, no witness… I was alone on the no-kill on a lazy Easter afternoon fishing streamers, luckily on a 7-8 wt. powerfull Orvis Advantage rod. After around 20 good, but not breathtaking trout in about 2.5 hours, I was already heading to the car when I had the fiftieth snag this day. Unlikely the 49 before this one after a moment of hesitation started to swim upstream with a force of a submarine. It took 25 minutes of arguing between my reel drag, my waisted hand and the fish before I managed to bring the torpedo close to me. Than I discovered that my ridiculous small landing net was not made to land logs. This one was a log, a gorgeous, easily one meter huchen, in its incredible spawning purple colours… I let it loose at my feet realising that it is impossible to land it, especially beeing alone in the middle of an 80 meters large river with water up to my chest. By the way – I discovered the fact of beeing all wet well after returning home – I must have stepped to deep when dancing with the salmon…

You can sense the spring coming

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Winter is almost over – even on the highest peaks snow is almost gone, only northern slopes covered with forests are still painted in white. The water level dropped so water gets slightly warmer. Fishing is good and first fish on dries were reported. Grayling and huchen started spawning so we try to avoid wading in “suspicious” places.
Let’s give it a few more days and the show will begin.


Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

River stays high and cold and last week was probably the most windy this year, so we didn’t fish at all. Snow melts allover the mountains and spring is visible on every step. Soon, very soon we will fish each and every day !

Smallest huchen

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Another good day of fishing, however afternoon strong wind appeared and made casting unpleasant. We caught less fish than yesterday in the average size of 35-40. The interesting catch was Sylvain’s 45 cm huchen (picture on the right). Well that was good training before the 1meter one he is planning to catch soon. The colours and the condition of every single trout are incredibly good.

Streamer fishing

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Enjoying the beautifull weather we went to fish the no-kill sector of the San. As grayling will spawn very soon we avoided nymphs. So it was all about streamers. We landed 15 fish in few hours each but lost two times that much!!! Next time we promise to tie flies on hooks :) Great fishing however water level is still high. Spring leaves a new trace every day on the bank

Beginners – don't read this!

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Peter – the president of the Angling Association and Polish flyfishing champion gave a try in these difficult conditions on the no-kill sector (comparing to yesterday the water has significantly cleared) – his results: 45 minutes 12 trout between 27-40 cm, about 10 other lost – all these on streamers. The curiosity was a 40 cm grayling caught on a lure! He tried nymphs also but as grayling, which are protected now as they spawn, kept on attacking, he instantly stopped. The only explanation needed is that few people in the world would compete with him and probably noone reading these words will ever be able to fish like he does…


Saturday, March 10th, 2007

As the sun keeps on shining the snow melts and the river got almost unfishable. However this will not last long as the snow lies only over the top of the highest mountains. As you can see on pictures – only the upper San is high, while Wetlinka and Solinka stay rather clear. Within a week the fishing should be good.


Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Spring, spring, spring !!! Warm, around 10 degrees, sunshine, lovely weather! Only a very strong wind is an excuse not to go fishing. Water stays high.

White streamers?

Monday, February 26th, 2007

After few days down to minus 10, the temperature has risen above zero and fishing is possible. River is still high, but even clearer than a few days ago.¬† Strangely, while just last week black tadpoles, leeches and zonker streamers were scoring, white streamers are today’s hit.¬†There is still some snow in the mountains