Writer Dave Karczynski grew up in a Polish-American home in a Polish suburb of the very Polish city of Chicago. Growing up, aunts, uncles, grandparents all spoke to Karczynski of this mysterious, strange, faraway place. When Karczynski finds himself in his ancestral homeland, he determined to discover Poland and fish as many of the countries streams as he can. Amid the leftovers of the Soviet era, Karczynski finds a land of ancient wilderness, arcane regulations, plentiful food and honest-to-goodness native brown trout.

Words: Dave Karczynski

With each new course, we lose a hitchhiker. Tripe soup with marjoram petals sees a young man in a ratty track suit off into an orange Fiat. Schab bosmanski—a.k.Subscribe to start your collection of the world’s best flyfishing publication.


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