In 2016 I am still having sessions on the Eden in Cumbria and trips to the chalk streams of northern France. I am also arranging a few weeks on the San (Poland) with my friend Wojtek Gibinski, of Polishquills. This is the premier mixed trout and grayling fishery in Europe, on a colossal scale, and it really must be fished in late September and October, at the height of the pale watery and blue winged olive hatches, in low water.
The trips and courses on the river Eden and in northern France, are about exploring the modern approach, with leader and light line techniques, with nymph and, particularly, dry fly. They are therefore aimed at fly anglers who have the fundamental skills and some river experience. They are also all about absorbing the lovely nature and tranquility of this area. Trips to the Seven Valleys area of the Artois region are limited to three fishing guests.
Full board accommodation is provided, with fishing on a variety of the Category One (containing salmonids) streams of this beautiful region, including the Ternoise, Lys, Aa, Canche, Planquette and Créquoise. Travel to the house is just an hour from the Channel Tunnel. The trips can be from three days to one week in duration. The fishing on these rivers ranges from the extremely technical and demanding to that experienced on the chalk streams of southern Britain. Target species are wild brown trout and grayling.
The grayling (les ombres) are revered in northern France, more so than even wild brown trout (la truite fario sauvage), with a strict catch and release policy.
Please contact me, preferably soon, for further information about any of the above for 2016. For trips to Czech and the San in Poland, you can also contact Wojtek Gibinski directly on Wojtek@fish.pl. If you are specifically interested in genuinely wild trout fly fishing, the site Go Active Travel is highly recommended.