The Hottest Wader Day of My Life

by | Jul 16, 2022 | fly fishing in Italy

heat-waveToday was team practice on the feared Noce River.  I say feared because our Italian guide Stefano thinks this river will blank many contestants in the World Master’s Fly Fishing Championships next week.  A blank and your team is in trouble.  With that in mind, we all had to catch at least a fish today on this beautiful wild trout and grayling inhabited river.


Noce-RiverThere’s and Upper and Lower Noce River section in this competition.  Pete and I practiced near the Upper a few days ago so today we went below the Lower section.  A brutal call knowing it’s a jungle of bushes, trees, swamp, blackberry prickers and etc., but we knew if we caught some fish it would be the ultimate confidence builder.


ItalyWe had a more serious hurdle beyond fighting our way through the hostile landscape to the water however.  Further downstream means lower elevation and its actually where the Noce breaks out of the mountains in to the open valley.  The temperature was 38°C which in turn is almost 101°F.  A wonderful day to wader up and go trout fishing!  And so you know, if I don’t know the water, I always wader up.


Pete-EricksonPete and I picked the most tree covered part of the Noce for maximum shade.  It was a mess for casting.  Beyond that just getting to the water was hell busting through acres of blackberry bushes.  But we both picked this interesting water apart.  I worked the edges with short casts and dry flies and lo and behold, caught six browns.  Only three would have been big enough to count but as Stefano says, catch just one fish and your score should be excellent.


Pete didn’t have such luck.  He had a frustrating practice today.  He spent most his time with a streamer and had numerous grabs but couldn’t connect.  My theory is its great to have at least one frustrating practice day.  For me its kind of like – get such a day out of the way.  But everyone on this team is a fighter and Pete insisted on staying till he got a fish.  Way to go!  He ended up with this nice marble to end our day.


Team-USAWe met the guys around 3 PM for a superb lunch.  Jerry, Stefano, Pete and I ate here last practice trip to the Noce and what I remembered most was the cold beer.  We made sure to enjoy some more today!  Better yet, all the guys caught at least once fish!


Noce-ItalyAfter lunch the guys walked some of the actual Lower Noce beats that will be used in competition next week.  Pete and I did this last trip here so we opted to return to Madonna di Campiglio to catch up on life.  We’ve been here over a week already.  Wow.  I love this place!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!