River reports – San River Poland


fly fishing in Poland

Beware of big brown trout!

June 21st, 2007

More big trout, and still few grayling. A day without 2-4 big over 50 cm trout didn’t happen last week! Grayling seem to ignore our flies during the day, giving us 30 minutes of joy in the evening, just before you can’t see a thing. The River needs some fresh water, we didn’t have high water level since March!!! I think this is the reason of strange fish behaviour and lack of activity.

June till now

June 18th, 2007

Mixed thundery weather and hot days have produced strange conditions on the San in June.  Coloured, swollen waters one day, and low, clear flow the next, and high temperatures.  In June the grayling have been increasingly difficult to catch, while the trout fishing has been excellent.  Very big trout have been caught, throughout the river.  Some days have seen us with several 60cm plus trout. Huchen are beginning to make an appearance (82 cm one pictured) making a lot of noise when hunting.

Grayling on strike

June 14th, 2007

Strange. Conditions are perfect; water clear, though fishing is challenging! We had one day with 50 fish each until 1-2 PM, then not a single one till the evening. Grayling are so hard to catch! They do rise and take some tiny flies just from below the surface, but ignore every single dry or nymph. We had some nice trout as reward.

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June 11th, 2007

Sunshine before the storm

June 10th, 2007

Wonderfull morning – each of our guests had lots of fish caught, among them quite a few grayling well over 40 cm. But around noon… the picture tells all – this gray-violet sky has fallen on our heads. Well tomorrow is another day, but we rather expect the river to be hardly fishable.

Good fishing!

June 9th, 2007

There it goes again – yesterday the river revived – fish rising, flies, takes! Richard caught a 50 cm grayling, other guests have done very well too, especially in the evening. For last few days the fish didn’t want to cooperate, but even though, when wading you could see enormous quantity of spooked grayling. The river is still low and clear, temperatures still around 30 during the day.

Rain brings colour

June 3rd, 2007

First serious rain this season has spoiled the fishing for 2 days – water got coloured, but didn’t significantly rise. Fish are not active and accessible only with nymphs/streamers. When saying the fishing was not good I don’t mean no fish were caught – we can’t miss a 50 cm grayling and a 55 cm trout caught in these difficult conditions…


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

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

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.