El pescador de caña completo, o la diversión de un hombre contemplativo,the Izaak Walton´s book name in spanish, is the first modern book about angling.I´ve read it a lot of years ago.When he wrote it,fishing became art.Later, would be science.
The river Dove looks fantastic for trouts, but I think is not wide enough for salmons,but I, m talking from my experience and never fished in Great Britain,as I said.
You are quite correct concerning the river Dove and salmon. I never thought that Walton’s book would be so popular outside Britain, but it seems to have been translated into several languages. It seems that The Compleat Angler (1653), is one of the three most published books in English literature (the other two are the Bible and the Complete Works of Shakespeare). The Compleat Angler has run to more than 300 editions.
From the internet I have coppied a little below…
"What would a blind man give to see the pleasant rivers, and meadows, and flowers, and fountains, that we have met with since we met together?"
"And for the most of them, because they be so common, most men forget to pay their praises:
but let not us; because it is a sacrifice so pleasing to Him that made that sun and us, and still protects us, and gives us flowers, and showers, and stomachs, and meat, and content,
and leisure to go a-fishing. "
I will upload some of the photos of a walk we did around that area. Do you have rainbow trout in Spain?
Yes, we have rainbow trouts in Spain, introduced around 50 years ago, in the middle and low courses of the rivers, where browns can´t live and in lakes. It´s not a popular fish for anglers, because fishing them is too easy; usually are introduced year after year.
The Walton´s book is not very popular, but spanish anglers use to know it. I still remain my old little blue book in spanish.
I have uploaded some photos from a walk around the Dovedale area with more shots of the River Dove starting here
Walton also fished on the River Wye close to the Dove see here and here and here and here
In Spain do you fish for what we would term Coarse Fish, such as barbel, roach, tench and Chub?
Yes, but I don´t like. We fish barbels all over Spain,as carps and chub. Tenchs in southwest, in Extremadura mainly,it´s typical for eat,even the mud flavour. In Spain we have not roach, only in Catalonia, where has been lowly introduced.
We also have pike, black bass, but I don´t use to fish them. I like trout and salmon, but year after year are less and less, unfortunately.
Thank you for the photos.
Do you like fishig too?
I was fishing crazy for 40 years from a small boy, but 20 years ago we went for a walk and have carried on when possible! We now love to walk by these rivers.
I did not fish for Salmon or Trout, but for almost everything else. I have fished many rivers but the most would be on the River Severn which would hold all species and have many different swims. See here and here
The river Severn still has many salmon, but as in Spain numbers are reducing. I remember being at a weir on this river when the salmon were moving upstream to breed. The sight of them jumping the weir is unforgettable!
My uncle, who died about 10 years ago, was a passionate fly fisherman and I now have about 5 set of trout rods and a salmon rod. The workmanship in the split cane rods is absolutely beautiful, and one rod, I believe is worth a lot of money. I will see if I can find a picture to send, I am sure you would appreciate the craftsmanship.
Of course I´ll be glad to see a photo of your rods, and you´re unfortunately right about the number of spanish salmons.In some books from Middle Age, the monks of cloisters in northern Spain, asked for only two meals in the week of salmon, so crowded were the rivers and so esy was to fish them. Nowadays, you´re a lucky man if you can get one or two in the season. So, a lot of spanish anglers, have changed salmon and trout for bass.I used to fish bass in Portugal,in Alqueva, where is called Achigá.
Here is a rod for the brown trouts,
Allcocks "Tarquin" 8ft - 2pc split cane trout fly rod. It was purchaced about 1950, and the workmanship is more a work of art.
Suggest to me a river in Spain that is good for all round fishing so that I can follow using the internet.
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