Pomerania is a part of Poland featuring a natural upland landscape abounding in forests and water reservoirs. Due to high slopes, combined with the presence of peat and marsh, the rivers crossing Pomerania run cold and swift waters that offer perfect conditions to brown trout, sea trout and grayling. Majority of our rivers have retained their natural character, and their most valuable parts are oftentimes protected areas – some belong to landscape parks, others are included in Natura 2000 program, or form a part of the Słowiński National Park. The vast area of forests and meadows where our Pomeranian rivers run, makes it possible for the anglers to enjoy trout and grayling fishing in solitude. Picturesque landscapes and clean, fast flowing rivers, full of trout and grayling may easily bring a successful day with a rod in hand. The most important rivers of our region that hold trout and grayling are Łeba, Łupawa, Słupia, Wieprza, Brda and Czernica. The northernmost stretches of those rivers home seatrout and salmon.
End of May and early June provide best fly fishing for trout. For grayling there is no better time than October when first frost turns leaves on trees into gold.
River Łupawa - a truly natural river in the heart of Europe.
The Wild Łupawa...... some think it to be the most beautiful of Poland’s rivers.
Łupawa starts at Lake Jasień and meets the sea at the village Rowy. Throughout its entire length Łupawa resembles a mountain stream retaining its virgin-like character. Its natural qualities and landscape have been decisive in including Łupawa and its surroundings in Słowiński National Park and Natura 2000 Program.
Trout and grayling are virtually the only fish inhabiting Łupawa, accompanied only by alpine bullhead and brook lamprey, endemic to this area.
Łupawa’s most fabulous 7 km stretch between villages Łebień and Damno is a fishery managed by PZW „Trzy Rzeki” Fishing Club of Słupsk, their protective activities greatly supported by Wojewódzki Fundusz Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej in Gdańsk.
Very diversified there, the river interweaves narrow rapids with wide shallows, occasionally forming slow meanders that make deep pools, but you can wade at ease on the hard river bed. The currents hold large rocks that give shelter to fish. Forests and natural meadows follow the river all of the time. Half way down the stretch a road bridge crosses the river and going further down the road you will reach a PZW fish hatchery, as well as a fishing lodge that provides accommodation to our visitors.
Its natural banks, unspoiled by land development,
a limited number of fishermen, and the river abounding in fish - they all make it a venue where an experienced flyfisherman should have no problem catching a trophy trout or grayling alike of 40+ cm.
Species and Methods
The fishery is open all the year round. Some good trout fishing starts in April. This is when streamers prove most effective, although last two weeks you can also try a dry fly. May is another great month, and any method can be successful when trout fishing. Come June flyfishermen’s festivity begins on Łupawa: mayflies hatch begins and that’s when the largest of trout can be caught on a dry mayfly. Also the grayling, having finished their spawning, begin active feeding and fooling them on a nymph is not that difficult. In July nymphing for grayling continues but in the evenings you need to try trout on a dry fly. Fish may be capricious at this time of the year though. In August trout begin feeding at their best again and nymphing up the stream usually proves successful. Nights, colder then, also incite grayling into feeding, but it is the Fall that makes it best time for grayling. It is the grayling that ads to Łupawa’s glory, and specimens of 40 – 50 are not rare in this tiny river. For a number of years Poland’s record grayling was the one coming from Łupawa. Catching trophy grayling, referred to as ‘cardinals’ by Polish fishermen in the golden Fall scenery is so exciting. Various scud [gammarus] patterns in gray, pink and orange, as well as hydropsyche, and the whole array of pheasant tail nymphs ornamented with a colorful accent and a gold bead can make your day.
Fishery Rules & Regulations
The 7km stretch between Łebień and the old weir in Damno is regulated by a set of special rules: fishing permitted upon obtaining of a licence, which also serves to record all fish caught. Even though keeping one trout or one grayling of over 38cm is permitted, as a generally accepted practice, fishermen release the fish irrespective of their size.
Flyfishing is permitted at all times within the limits of the fishery. Spinning is permitted only from Fish Hatchery in Damnica down the river up to the old water mill in Damno. Barbless hooks only allowed on artificial flies and spinning lures.
Our fishery has a fishing lodge with four beds, kitchenette, fridge, hot water, WC, shower and wader drying area. Its terrace is located next to the river, and you can admire the river from the lodge’s window. The lodge is equipped with anti theft alarm system which allows you to leave it unattended when fishing. The lodge is heated and has a radio, barbecue, pots and pans. Visitors are encouraged to bring their linen and towels, and are expected to always leave the place clean. Licence holders have priority when reserving the lodge.
Additional information available at: www.lupawa.trzyrzeki.pl