Smelt is a totally unique species of fish – not only in terms of taste- but, It is only known as a regional dish in just few places in Poland. Smelt which resembles sprat can only be caught in fishing nets in winter when it forms big shoals. Masurian fishermen have to wait till the lakes are covered in thick ice to safely drive a tractor which transports machines to pull the fishing nets onto the ice floes. Fishermen then catch this tasty fish that has the unique smell of fresh, green cucumber, soft bones after frying and a mild taste. Due to the fact that smelts live only in a few Masurian lakes where they prefer cold, clean and well-oxygenated water. They have acquired the status of a regional fish though they are practically an unknown delicacy for tourists. What is more, in addition to restaurants where you can try fresh smelt just in summer, Ryński Mill Inn offers smelt all year around and there you can get smelt in two different forms, as a crispy, fried Mill smelt or served with lettuce in a mayonnaise sauce on toast. It is a delicacy of an unusual and interesting taste that leaves a tasty memory from the region.