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Mushroom feaver

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Autumn is usually the mushroom time over here. This year was great – we made our supplies for a long time with dried boletus and one of the most delicious – Saffron milk caps (lactarius deliciosus) Served with venison made our guests happy!

Autumn mushrooms

Stunning autumn

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The autumn is stunningly beautiful – from frosty nights beautiful days are born. Mountains start catching colours, and the fishing…..

Morning frost in the garden

Morning frost in the garden

Sunset at the garden of our lodge

Hatch of the year

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

We have experienced some totally insane hatch of olives today. Paul Procter was standing in the river laughing as a kid and kept on saying: it’s impossible!

Well, you could feed an army with what was on the surface..

crazy blue winged olive hatch on the San

Sir Lucas, I owe you a beer.

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

I remember Jeremy saying about his experience fishing the San one day, where he couldn’t get to grayling, cause trout were always faster onto his fly. So he said – I just fished all the trout out of the pool and that’s when grayling started to appear. Well – I must say I took it as any other fishing story, until yesterday, where I found myself in a lovely pool on Eldorado, where after fishing out about 20 trout I had some 10 cracking grayling, which were inaccessible at the start. Sir, I learn slowly, but I do :)


Friday, October 1st, 2010

Two best day fishing this year. Amazing hatches kept the fish on for all day. Some cracking fishing not compared to the rest of such a poor season. Will add some pictures soon.

JT's report

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Well, that was my sixth visit to the San River (John Tyzack speaking) and some of the hardest fishing I have ever experienced! We had glorious weather (for getting a sun tan) but not the best to encourage the San’s grayling to rise… Add to that the very low water and crystal clarity and you may begin to see why it was so difficult.

That said, my group and I all caught decent grayling in the 40cm+ range with Richie’s fish topping the group at 46cm. We also hooked and lost a good number of bigger fish, usually at last light and usually on the sherry spinner.

Richie's got one, picture stolen from Pointon's disgusting blog

Richie's got one, picture stolen from Pointon's disgusting blog

Hatches were unusual for the time of year. In 2009 we were ‘plagued’ with blizzards of BWO, but this year they just trickled off in dribs and drabs. Pale wateries put in more of an appearance and fish

could be tempted to rise to a well presented artificial…sometimes. A quick look under the stones revealed millions of sedge/caddis pupae still waiting to hatch off and these are very late indeed. I tend to agree with Skippy that the floods have had a lot to say on this score.

Despite the tricky fishing, we had an e

xcellent week, well looked after by Wojtek and Richard as always. The wildlife was incredible, sightings included: kingfishers, eagles, cranes, deer, snakes, lizzards and some of the scariest looking spiders I’ve seen! Already booked for 2011 and it will be almost exactly the same group of lads. (Sorry W, but yes, you’ll have to suffer the full on Pointon Treatment again!)


Sunday grayling

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Sneaked out in the afternoon for 2 hours fishing. Got 3 grayling about 40, two smaller ones, 4 trout. First good grayling on a sedge, the rest on size 18 black bead nymph. good fun, shame it started raining!!!!!!

Nice grayling on a nymph


Sunday, September 26th, 2010

JT working hard

John Tyzack, as every year, came with his group to win the who-can-drink-more-beer contest. Poor result of 116 litres of beer + 15 bottles of wine was as JT explained, caused by himself not feeling well and a visit to our friend’s cave where a wine tasting (swallowing would be a better word) evening was held.
Most beautiful weather all through the week  unfortunately didn’t cope with the results, although some glimpses of good fishing have occurred. I’ll get John to write a few words about their trip soon.

Skippy's group

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Stuart “Snake” Crofts – one of the best guides I’ve ever met was hosting a group last week. Here’s his report of that week.

Greetings Earthilings, I come in peace.

It is just 12 months since I last took a group fishing to the San, how time flies.

We arrived on Sunday the 12 of September in warm sunshine but the river was a little high and coloured due to some resent rain and a generally wet summer (I think Wojtek now has webbed feet!)

However, we had a good week fishing with some large grayling (over 2lb (1kg)) taken almost everyday. These were mainly on the nymph as the blizzard hatches we had last year did not occur this time. This is probably as a result of the damaging floods of the summer. But, don’t worry the insects will bounce back – they always do on clean unpolluted rivers like the San. We did get some dry fly sport, this was courtesy of the beautiful wild brown trout (around 10 inches with the odd larger one), these were mainly on terrestrial type patterns with small ants often the fishes menu. There was the odd spinner fall but these tended to be short lived affairs simply due to the lack of duns emerging during the day. The caddis too were not quite as numerous as I have seen before but it was amazing how often a tricky fish would fall to a well presented caddis pattern – the fish know all about caddis on the San.

Richard (our driver and guide) was, as always, a star. Nothing is too much trouble for him and he also has a smile and plenty to talk about. Wojtek`s cooking was even better this year than last (and that was wonderful), the highlight of the week was “ribs”. It was like a scene from the Flintstones!

These trips are fantastic, all you have to do is get up and go fishing, everything else is taken care of. The river, scenery and wildlife are spectacular and there is always something happening. I have already booked again for next year.

Stuart (Skippy) Crofts

Garden rediscovered

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I admit, I had nasty thoughts about the water in front of our lodge. Nothing happened there for weeks, all I could convince to bite were small trout. Now I’ll tell you about last two evenings I’ve spent there: yesterday desert at start. I insisted and finally in the currents… bum! several decent fish, all above 32 took my disgusting meaty sedge size 14! I was happy as never. Tonight with Kuba, my good friend, we sneaked out for two hours fishing. Not much happened at the beginning, then I hooked a lovely 37 grayling, then it got only better. Kuba had a 42 cm grayling as the biggest I didn’t cross the 37 mark, although I equalized it 4 times! the winner fly was a size 16 quill body emerger I tied few days ago, pictured below. Ouff, I’m a happy man…

Wojtek's quill dun

Just to add something – Skippy’s group didn’t catch huge numbers, but Andy’s 50 cm grayling made the day…