Trout Fishing over Pointers (Without dogs of course!)

One awesome experience with Salvelinus team

The object of this letter is to thank each and every one of you who work for SALVELINUS. It has been a pleasure to meet you. I would like to underline the warm welcome that I received from: you, Iván, of course, Alberto, Ana, Óscar and Ramón.

Having booked accommodation and some days fishing, I arrived at the SALVELINUS Lodge in Santa Cília. I encountered a group of enthusiastic fly fishing anglers; it was just like a family I was greeted like a friend rather than a client. Not only that but between savouring local wines and imbibing several liqueurs I suddenly found that I had been infected with a most dangerous virus. A deadly virus that only a properly administered vaccine can cure, so long as you admit the presence of the source of contagion: a dry fly!

Up to then, for 45 years I had been a lure fisherman. Although I had dabbled with wet fly fishing I had always opted for spinners or fish like lures. I must have soaked quite few pairs of boots in many rivers of the Pyrenees, especially in Catalonia.

With this background and your help I made my debut in the world of fishing with a dry fly. Really, rather than “in” I suppose the best word is “against” Many thanks to the patient painstaking guidance of Alberto. I must have been far worse to advice than the clients at his law firm in Zaragoza.

I remember that during one of those late night chats we had in the lodge, the term “stalking” cropped up. The word was used to describe how an angler approaches a wary brown trout. I also enjoy shooting and now that we were using shooting terms I introduced an expression from rough shooting “shooting over pointers…” without the dogs of course. I´m sure Ramón will agree.

The sudden surge of a trout bent on snapping up a fly is akin to the leap into flight of our red legged friend when the hunter approaches for his crucial shot. In both cases you are so startled that an ill – timed reaction results in failure

Leaving these similarities aside. What sensations did I feel when dry fly fishing compared to angling with a spinner? Well apart from the obvious difference in casting and presentation. You feel the take when fishing with a spinner through the rod and the reel. The feeling is filtered by the equipment that intervenes between angler and quarry whereas it is the line itself that transmits the power and the movement. It makes the whole experience of catching our brave friend of spotted flanks much more intense.

Finally this entire experience happened where the untamed river cut through the deepest part of the valley and where I enjoyed fishing under the attentive gaze of a vulture that had just glided in from the surrounding peaks. It is a natural framework that you – admirable professionals that you are - help to conserve

My warmest regards,

Camil Queraltó Ventura

Vilanova, Barcelona, Spain

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