River reports – San River Poland

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Archive for September, 2009

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.