Back in June a few of us got together to do a little trout fishing in Jaen over a weekend and one of the aficionados attending that event was Mariano Alcaide. Mariano has an apartment in Fuengirola which he uses in August and, since he was just down the road we decided it might be fun to wet a line on the Guadalhorce.

On Thursday we arranged to meet on the old iron bridge at Estación de Cártama and we fished a little way upstream of the picnic area, before checking out another zone a short car journey further upstream.

The fishing is tough in August and neither of us has much luck. Mariano had a couple of touches registered on his indicator but didn´t manage to connect and all I could manage was a couple of very small barbel. Unfortunately he had to head back to Fuengirola before we could fish the third stretch I wanted to show him but he followed me to it so that, at least, he could get there in the future if he wanted to. After we said our goodbyes and Mariano was en route home, I crossed the river and did a little fishing by myself and I managed to take a couple of nice barbel and a pretty substantial carp in the next hour or so.

Mariano is a very accomplished fly tier and I will put together a little post about his flies shortly, and, while I´m at it I might say something about the carp that I caught which was one of those memorable fish that we are all fortunate to come across from time to time.


Mariano Alcaide.


We showed the fish a few flies – it was close but no cigar.

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Here are a few of Mariano´s flies.


After a couple of tiddlers it was nice to meet up with something a little more substantial.