River reports – San River Poland


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Archive for May, 2007


Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Some fresh water is now coming form the lakes which has cooled the river a little. Also there have been some thunderstorms and after some excessive heat we have a ‘normal’ May time. Fishing away from the “No-Kill” is exacting but very rewarding with size 18 nymphs and dry flies. Trout are now even more active than the grayling. The latter are now in excellent condition after spawning.

John Bailey and Jeremy Lucas

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Jeremy Lucas accompanied John Bailey on the No Kill sector last week. Increasingly hot days, with intermittent thunder storms, have not put off the fish.  Hatches are trickles rather than blizzards and the trout are not overwhelmed by blankets of flies.  They easily pick out the angler’s fly.  Grayling have rapidly returned to excellent condition (the San River feed is so immense at this time of year).  Even though they are still technically out of season until next month you cannot avoid contacting the enormous shoals while trout fishing. The weather forecast is for temperatures up to 33 Celcius, and the necessity of thunder storms, which will drive the fishing into the mornings and evenings.

Lunch Machine

Friday, May 18th, 2007

With some friends from England, New Zealand and Ireland we had some fantastic fishing on the no-kill sector for few days. The amount of fish caught in not very good conditions surprised all our guests. We also surprised them with our new “lunch machine” – a WWII field kitchen towed by only a bit recent military Land Rover. The picture shows Richard with the set on the San river bank just before serving a fantastic hot soup.

Sedges strike back.

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Earlier than last year sedges appeared. It started one night when small black winged caddies invaded our village – at every spot of light there were milion flies. Seeing this I went on the river bank – the river was alive – thousands of splashes all over the river “spoiled” the silence of this warm night. Incredible how rich this ecosystem is!

Evening sessions

Monday, May 7th, 2007

River is still low and clear. We had some rain for past two days, but it didn’t influence very much the river. Fishing is still limited to these few spots where grayling didn’t spawn. Evening sessions are definately the best, as first sedges begin to hatch. Due to this absolute cristal water there is not much visual activity during the day – but after sunset when approaching the river bank you can hear milions of splashes.

Wet flies in spring

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Weather is beautiful except for some very cold nights. San is low and crystal clear. We limit fishing so as not to destroy grayling nests which are almost all over the river!!. However, fishing days have confirmed that at this time of year wet flies work best – partridge and yellow and black spiders do the job perfectly tempting trout, but also hungry grayling – that’s another reason not to fish, allowing these fabulous fish to recover after spawning.