River reports – San River Poland

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fly fishing in Poland

Paul's report

October 11th, 2010 at 14:53

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