I'm not sure whether Hungarian flyfishing tradition was almost lost because they lost their trout and grayling waters following WW2, when their borders were shifted, or if it's because flyfishing was seen as a "noble thing" when it was part of the Soviet Union, and you really didn't want to be a noble back then because you'd get landed with the job of breaking rocks in Serbia. Either way I suspect that there are still more traditional Hungarian netsmen than fly anglers. But that will change! Hungary is a very interesting place and I'll have to get something written down properly and not just in a few PODs, for one thing they have a completely different language because they're really a tribe of peoples who arrived here in Central Europe when no one was looking - in fact I've asked Adam for a history lesson, but Adam is almost as busy as I am - so you'll just have to take my word on it. I'm still not much further into my education of this very important language than when I first arrived, and I don't think it's all my fault.
I've written before that there's only around 400 fly anglers here, and most of them are, well, my age, or thereabouts, meaning young. And of course like flyfishers everywhere they're the best guys you could hope to meet and part of that Great Angling Brother & Sisterhood. They also, just might, have some of the best flyfishing in Europe. I'm talking Asp. I sure hope so, because I'm not going to get excited about chub - sorry guys; I'd rather fish for socks. But Asp, well, they're sex with fins. Just wait until I move to Balaton next summer.
Anyway, this week they made me an Honorary President of their Hungarian flyfishing club... I always knew I was going to make President! Thanks!!!