I've been asked about my trip to Romania, how was fishing there. The truth is, I went there with great expectations and returned disappointed. Overall I found the rivers in a much worse shape then two years ago. Nothing was done, no stocking, no guarding, logging industry is killing the last corners of untouched nature, destroying the little streams where trout used to spawn. The chaos is ruling the legislation, nobody knows who's taking care of the waters and illegal fishing and poaching are at their peaks. Less and smaller fish, on rivers with great potential, but ignored, over fished and with their flow reduced by drought and human interference in the ecosystem. It's a dark, but real picture of what's happening in Romania right now and the future doesn't look brighter at all. The legislators are not doing anything but creating confusion, with inapplicable laws that change a few times a year and only voluntary work done by a handful of wonderful people that still care is helping some rivers survive. But the law doesn't even protect their work.
I'm never sad when fishing but this time it was hurting to see the wild browns and graylings continuing to fight for their survival with less and less chances to make it to the next year. Don't ask me why, but that little graylig meant more to me than a 4 pounds broodstock salmon on the Pemi.