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Pesca alla Valsesiana

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 4:25 am
by Wupperfischer
Flyfishing with a fixed line has in Europe a long tradition. In Italy is a region where the people still fish in this way. It is called “Pesca alla Valsesiana”. The interesting thing is, that they use tapered horsehair lines and wetflies with reversed hackles. I think this is quiet similar to the japanese tenkara style.

Here are two links. Unfortunately there isn´t much in the net about “Pesca alla Valsesiana”
http://www.svps.it/pesca/link3.html
http://www.flyfishinghistory.com/valsesia.htm#
I found a book which I haven´t read. I think i have to learn italien:

Dionigi, Renzo; Storti Storchi, Claudia
La pesca alla valsesiana: tracce di storia della pesca nella tradizione scritta e orale della Valsesia
Pavia, Cardano, 2002

Ronald

Re: Pesca alla Valsesiana

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:26 pm
by rsetina
Apparently simplicity is key in many places around the world.

Re: Pesca alla Valsesiana

PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:21 am
by Wupperfischer
I found an other article about old italien flyfishing technic:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1356&dat=20011115&id=gPkjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yggEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3741,8271135

And another link to traditional italien flies which are very simular to tenkara-flies:
http://www.dtnicolson.dial.pipex.com/page43.html

Re: Pesca alla Valsesiana

PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:13 am
by Wupperfischer

Re: Pesca alla Valsesiana

PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:16 am
by LMarshall
Neat stuff!

Those flies look really easy to tie, I'll have to give them a shot!

Re: Pesca alla Valsesiana

PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:19 pm
by CM_Stewart
Babelfish translation of an Italian forum post about tenkara:

Fascinating technique the Japanese Tenkara. Much similar one to our Valsesiana, boasts also he ancient origins. And ' state used for centuries from fishermen professionals, while to the days ours are a method of indeed effective peach for Japanese waters. It is taken advantage of the long, lightest and flessuose canes much. An obtained tail from horse horsehair now constitutes the lenza (also in fluorine of the 0,33) and a end of approximately a meter in nylon, the tippet. It crafts them, a solo for the precision, are much similar to of the spider, with the hackles but, turned in ahead. Also in Italy we have the cultori of this technique. My friend Ryuta Okano is between these and hopes to see it all' opening to volteggiare in our rivers.

Trying to get information about pesca alla Valsesiana is almost exactly like it was here two years ago trying to get information about tenkara. Almost all the information is in a foreign language, and computerized translation is just this side of useless. You end up sifting through an awful lot of chaff to find just a few kernels of information.
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Blog of a Japanese tenkara angler living in Italy: http://translate.google.com/translate?h ... start%3D30

Re: Pesca alla Valsesiana

PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:29 pm
by wrknapp
Great posts, great looking flies.

Randy

Re: Pesca alla Valsesiana

PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:26 am
by Wupperfischer

Re: Pesca alla Valsesiana

PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:02 am
by Anthony
This is so cool. I find the info on this thread just fascinating, as a budding Tenkara Enthusiast and as someone with Italian Heritage (my last name is Naples, surprisingly it is Italian, - however I'm really only 1/8 Italian).

Thanks for sharing

Re: Pesca alla Valsesiana

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:38 pm
by Morgan
It really is remarkable how similar tenkara and valsesiana are. Could they have really developed independently, right down to the 12-14 foot telescoping rod and reversed hackles?