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Family, fishing in Italy, Part IV

Luca Castellani, who specializes in guiding fly-fishers in Tuscany and Umbria, parked his car next to an interesting looking restaurant in the village of Borgo Cerreto in the narrow canyon through which the Nera River flows.

It was just a short walk across a field to the tree-shaded stream that was no bigger than Sonoma Creek; although unlike Sonoma Creek, the Nera runs cool and clear all year long, providing a safe, natural habitat for the German brown trout that thrive in its waters.

Bugs skimmed over the water with trout in eager pursuit. Most of the rising fish were in the 8-to-12-inch range, but below them in the slightly deeper water, I could see much larger fish. Some looked to be more than two-feet long.

Luca was most interested in finding a place where I might hook one of the bigger ones, while I was eager to just wade in and start casting to the ones I saw rising.

(Side note: I didn’t want to pack my waders, boots, rods, etc., but Luca provides them as part of his service at no extra charge.)

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