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John Tyzack's report

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

JT’s river report:

My autumn trip from 2008 was so good that I simply had to come back this year. The San river looked perfect as we arrived with low clear water and plenty of rising fish. My party agreed to wait until the morning before wetting a line. We must have albatross blood on our hands though, because some faceless chap in Warsaw decided to generate some electricity over night and by breakfast time the river was a foot higher and running like brown sludge! Wojtek assured us that we shouldn’t worry and that the river would clear very quickly. He was right. The influx of cold water didn’t help though and the fish were definitely off their grub to start with. The flies must have sensed this because they hatched with a ferocity I have never witnessed before in my life. Blue Winged Olives streamed off the surface as if there was going to be no tomorrow. Their spinners returned (also in massive numbers) throughout the late afternoons and have I mentioned the sedges yet? Awesome fishing. Dry fly reigned supreme for me, but some of the others opted for spiders and duo tactics. All methods were working and we caught plenty of grayling to 45cm plus a few bonus trout that didn’t realise they were out of season. We went home exhausted but ridiculously happy every night and I have already booked for next year! John Tyzack

JT reloaded

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

John Tyzack again emptied the San but we are slowly getting used to this. Beautiful colours around, but still nice weather for most of the time. Water level rose slightly making fishing better.

Friend's trip

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Our usual Friends group was as usually a success. This year’s one however was unusuall – I’ll let Jeremy Lucas speak about it: Absolutely the best ever trip I have had to the San. No more comments from my side…

Stuart Crofts' report

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

I last fished the San river in 2005 as part of the England Fly Fishing Team. We were there for the European Championships. Ever since that trip I have wanted to return. So I arrived on September 20th with a party of six anglers from the Grimsby Piscatorials.
They have fished with me many times on the River Ure in North Yorkshire (England), therefore, had some experience of river fly-fishing, but of course, nothing prepares you for the San river! During the week we had bright sunshine everyday and a low, clear river, far from ideal fishing conditions. However during the week everyone caught fish and some had fish of a lifetime. Some others lost what would have been fish of a lifetime! What I remember from the trip in 2005 was the fly hatches, well in 2009 they were just as good, in fact awesome is the only word that can come close to describing what we saw. Blue winded olives and caddis all making an appearance with the BWO spinners the stars of the shows each evening. However, I think what caused the greatest surprise was when a wild boar just came across the river right in front of one of our party. We fished mainly with “duo” during the day and single dries in the evening with the locally tied flies head and shoulders above ours! Wojtek and Richard were just amazing, nothing was too much trouble. What with great fishing, great company, great food and a wonderful river what more could you want? I have already booked for next year.

Stuart (“Skippy”) Crofts

Where's the end?

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Fishing got slightly better, still difficult. Even such a champion as Stuart Crofts with his group had trouble cracking the code. Yet much better than the week before, surprisingly we had all month of fantastic weather, very warm and full of sun. I am somehow convinced this is the reason of our problems.

Hard, hard, hard..

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Another week of very hard fishing. Low clear water, not much activity, no important hatches. Most fish caught are medium size trout, very active at this period of time – grayling seem still to be concentrated on very specific, tiny flies grabbed from just under the surface. Most of our top secret dry flies were useless. Nymph was the solution to catch anything reasonably sized.

Frustration

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Difficult week. Nice weather, probably too bright with fish in the transition mode between summer and autumn. Feeding on some tiny black midges, impossible to imitate, grayling tend to ignore any fly bigger than 24. Still few good fish were caught, but generally it was frustrating.

It works!

Friday, August 28th, 2009

After little holiday back to the river. Shocking first evening – little rain, huge hatch, 42 fish caught. oh yes! After fishing Slovenian rivers I started doubting I live on the bank of the best flyfishing river in the world. Now I ask Sir San for forgiveness – there is nothing better on the planet.

Polish Yanks

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Few good days fishing in good American company, followed by a little trip to the Dunajec, where for the first time I’ve seen fishing this hard, even the conditions looked perfect.

Good times

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Good week, proper fishing, but rather limited to the afternoon. Water level is low, very hot days and hatches rather towards the evenings.