River reports – San River Poland

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fly fishing in Poland

Skippy's group

September 20th, 2010 at 6:08

Stuart “Snake” Crofts – one of the best guides I’ve ever met was hosting a group last week. Here’s his report of that week.

Greetings Earthilings, I come in peace.

It is just 12 months since I last took a group fishing to the San, how time flies.

We arrived on Sunday the 12 of September in warm sunshine but the river was a little high and coloured due to some resent rain and a generally wet summer (I think Wojtek now has webbed feet!)

However, we had a good week fishing with some large grayling (over 2lb (1kg)) taken almost everyday. These were mainly on the nymph as the blizzard hatches we had last year did not occur this time. This is probably as a result of the damaging floods of the summer. But, don’t worry the insects will bounce back – they always do on clean unpolluted rivers like the San. We did get some dry fly sport, this was courtesy of the beautiful wild brown trout (around 10 inches with the odd larger one), these were mainly on terrestrial type patterns with small ants often the fishes menu. There was the odd spinner fall but these tended to be short lived affairs simply due to the lack of duns emerging during the day. The caddis too were not quite as numerous as I have seen before but it was amazing how often a tricky fish would fall to a well presented caddis pattern – the fish know all about caddis on the San.

Richard (our driver and guide) was, as always, a star. Nothing is too much trouble for him and he also has a smile and plenty to talk about. Wojtek`s cooking was even better this year than last (and that was wonderful), the highlight of the week was “ribs”. It was like a scene from the Flintstones!

These trips are fantastic, all you have to do is get up and go fishing, everything else is taken care of. The river, scenery and wildlife are spectacular and there is always something happening. I have already booked again for next year.

Stuart (Skippy) Crofts