I live in the Lake District of England. I am a qualified casting instructor with the Game Angling Instructors Association and have fished my entire life. In February, my husband and I went to the British Fly Fair in England and met a Czech fishing guide named Petre Axamit, who showed a film of the fabulous fishing for wild trout and grayling in the mountainous region of the Czech Republic. He appeared very honest and spoke excellent English, so we asked him for the best time of year to visit his country and hastily made arrangements to fly out and fish with him for a week.

We booked flights to Prague for June and eagerly wished the weeks away until our trip. Prague, by the way, is a very popular destination for stag and hen weekends, so we were lucky to get a flight out. We already had 9’, 4wt rods, reels and lines, so not a lot of extra kit to buy; we replenished the fly boxes, packed our hip bags with sundries and dusted off the chest waders and boots.

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We were off, but not to a good start. The plane was delayed leaving Manchester and by the time we arrived in Prague, it was very late evening. Petre picked us up and drove us on the very twisty, mountainous roads for a couple of hours … in fact I don’t think we met a vehicle or saw another person on the journey: not exactly a welcome party. We eventually arrived in Vrchlabi and unpacked the car. We were shown to our accommodation, which was a spotless B & B in the village and we slept very well, dreaming of what we hoped the trip would bring; trout and grayling grabbing our flies.

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