Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw

I'd posted this on the Classic Rod Forum, thought I'd post it here too.


Saturday, last day of May.

I was on a small and pretty stream somewhere in the hills of Central Italy. The bright vermilion-marked fish were small but plentiful. Ecdyonurus venosus, AKA the False March Brown was rising off the water and the speckled dace were happily making a meal of them. So I tied on a #14 peacock EHC, just to make Troth's case. And he didn't disappoint me.

Mid-morning. 50th log jam? Or was it the 60th? No matter, just another fly-eating, cast hindering obstacle that had made the day very interesting, to put it mildly. But wait...

Just another log-jam?

Fish out of water

A good river is nature's life work in song, soothing the fevered brow

Tasting his terror on my hands

BTW, the predator is a Grass Snake (Natrix natrix lanzai).

Thanks for reading,
Thanks for the kind comments, guys. The thing about this creek, it's a lot bigger upstream, maybe the 2 dams above have something to do with that ;).

Above the dams, the river is quite heavily stocked, so most people fish there. Down where I was, you will hardly see a stocked fish, although I'm sure some do wash down when the dams are open every so often.

In any case I much prefer bashing through the brush and catching pretty, wild fish. Every so often you will get the surprise lunker, relatively speaking -- last year I pulled one out that went almost 18".