River reports – San River Poland


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Archive for October, 2010


Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

We made a little trip to the mountains and came back filled with confidence, that this is one of the most fantastic places on earth that we live in. I would give everything to be there ever day…

Autumn in the Bieszczady mountains

Solinka river

Rainbow over the Otryt

Solina lake in Wolkowyja

Incredible coulours of the mixed forest

Friend's group – Jeremy's report

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

You know, words begin to fail me when I describe the fishing on the San River in the autumn.  We had a magnificent trip, a special, stolen week with great companionship among close friends, right at season’s end among the fire and blaze of the forest under the sun, and the foam laden river.

Old man and his stick aka Tremendously Experienced Angler, appearing regularly in fishing magazines and books, Carefully Studies the Water

Low, clear water throughout our trip, and every day trickle hatches of BWOs, and huge caddis numbers (these ignored by the fish), and rising trout…  Among them the gold of the San, the grayling, the best grayling in Europe. I managed a 45 cm specimen (somewhere around two and a half pounds in weight), and four other 40cm+ fish.  Paul Fear caught about the same, along with huge numbers of trout on a mixture of French nymphing and dry fly.  I fished most days exclusively dry (19 and 21 plume tips), though had two morning sessions with duo (Oppo and PTN size 18) and averaged 15 ‘measurers’ each day.

Autumn on the San

Lawrence Greasley claimed to be right at the limit of his ability, but I observed him fishing carefully and with some success.  He caught trout consistently well and also grayling when he committed to the plume tip and ignored the dreadful deer hair abomination in which he has so much faith.  There was a moment, actually on our first afternoon, fishing in the river by our garden, when I found a long line of grayling (where they always are).  I caught three of them (all 35cm plus) before calling over Lawrence to get on the drift line: who then enjoyed this special moment with this, the ultimate prize among single handed fly rod exponents.

Pat Stevens – probably the finest fly dresser in England – had already hosted a group on the San the week before our trip, so he was now relaxed and determined to fish dry.  Of course, this paid off and I witnessed two special moments when Pat singled out big grayling rising to BWO duns.  Lovely fish and a smiling Pat.

Nice grayling returned

There, in the Blitzkrieg dazzle of autumn leaves, and the steady, reliable hatches of BWO, we suffered.  We endured.  Wojtek’s dreadful cooking (we all put on a few pounds during the week); the dismal absence of fly hatches (every day – more than you will ever see in agriculturally destroyed Britain) and huge grayling (a 60 cm grayling was caught by Lechu, and photographed, during this week), the lack of enormous numbers of brown trout (Paul nudged into the twenties most days) – well, if the place wasn’t so ugly it would be ok.  You get the message.  If you want the best that trout and grayling fishing can possibly provide, there is only one place in Europe where you can find it.  Take it from me, who has fished throughout Europe.  San River is the worst place on the continent.  Stay away, please.

Friend's group

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Usual season’s closing ceremony is celebrate with the friends group. Relaxed fishing, table soccer evenings, some wine swimming – simply the best week in the year. Shame John and Barry couldn’t make it – hope they will be here next year! Jeremy will write few words about this week.

Paul's and his pipe - look how hard life is ...

Pat's report

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

7 keen anglers, lifted buy Paul’s report of incredible hatches, arrived t0 find the water level low, weather bright but cold and fish rising occasionally in a limited number of spots.

During the week all beats on the No Kill section of the river were thoroughly explored with the top and islands beats being the most productive – Martin Glennie finding fish watching fascinating and success in taking 45cm+ grayling by dapp

ing a size 18 dry in a swirling breeze.  The Bowland trio of Chris Hosker, Alan Davies and Keith Owen worked hardest covering the water without the results due although all 3 caught some nice fish.  Just as Alan got stuck into a pod of big grayling 12 inches of dirty water was released in to the river which put paid to his afternoon.

Arek got to some decent grayling

Watching the river flow collapse and then rise 3 feet in the space of 15 minutes the following afternoon again killed the fishing for the day and gave cause for some interesting exit strategies from the river.  Bill Beddows had success on the nymph and dry, particularly by inducing an apparent hatch of sedge one evening.  Matt Stevens had a great trip and caught everyday, not bad for one with limited experience.  It was a great shame that the cameraman was not functioning when his 45cm grayling came to hand.

Generally the week was interesting with all catching some fish every day.  The potential of the river was obvious but not realised this week, conditions did seem to be a bit against us.  Accommodation, tying facilities and Richard’s guiding were all great as was the wild life (otters, red and roe deer, foxes, eagles, and kingfishers to name a few species seen).  I am sure we will be back with more knowledge and success next time.


Paul's report

Monday, October 11th, 2010

With reports of difficult fishing, our annual pilgrimage to the San river began as a nerve wracking journey.  Many nights sleep had been lost, worrying if the San’s invertebrate population had survived raging floods earlier this year.

Paul Procter's grayling

However, our arrival coincided with prefect river levels and some pretty special fly hatches.  Better still, a layer of dense cloud dominated the initial days, so, with 2 weeks panning out in front of me there would be plenty of scope to experiment, using new flies and techniques.

As each day passed, hatches of Blue Winged Olives increased and quick to join them were flurries of Pale Wateries-does it get any better?   Naturally, dry flies featured for several days with slim CdC dressings and parachute patterns coming up trumps.  The climax came after several days when a hatch of BWOs reached unprecedented proportions, even the fish failed to cope with so much fly.  I well remember just climbing out of the water to enjoy such a spectacle with Wojtek remarking he’d only ever seen fly in such numbers once before.

Paul's trout

Cold temperatures with clear skies replaced cloud for the second week and once the fish had acclimatised to harsh sunlight, it was business as usual.  Both my parties did me proud by connecting with several notable fish.  Some of them preferred nymphs, others dry flies and a few guys fished the fabled North Country Spiders.  In all, it seemed most methods worked though the emphasis was definitely on dry fly.  This years experience will remain with me for a long time to come as dense fly hatches, good company and a cool beer by the river take some beating

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.