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Another long waiting for new flyfishing season is over. After months of rust in my elbow I finally stretched my flyfishing line. Like other years I went on river Rizana which opened on 1.st March and like most of fishing days I fished with my friend Martin. In comparison with last year opening this year the water level was perfect and gin clear.

Maybe we are starting to be “older” because we didn´t have that need to be in the water as soon as possible like we did have 10-15 years ago. After a good dose of talking and exchanging opinions about fishing we started to fish. We started under the spring and already the first fish was a pure beauty. After a quick release of a 45 cm long hybrid I started to think “how spectacular season would be if all the fishes would be like this first one”. And what followed? The second fish was a beautiful brown trout… My first thoughts took even more consideration.

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Our Austrian friend Peter invited us to come fishing on river Gail and Gailitz near village Arnoldstein. The plan was to fish for danube salmon (Hucho hucho) with spinning and flyfishing for grayling. I must say that this was my first fishing experience in Austria so I was quite optimistic.

The part we fished is closed for tourists, so the only option for fishing is that you get invited from local fishermen.

The river Gail is like our Sava Bohinjka and the Gailitz (runs into Gail) like Baca on the lower part.

On the Gail we started with spinning and soon my optimism was paid off. I had a bite under one bridge and soon my first Danube salmon was in my hands. The measure showed 78 cm. It wasn´t a trophy but still very nice and like they say: “The first one you will never forget”.

As the hours passed by we didn´t have anymore bites, so we decided to go on Gailitz for some grayling. There we had some nice graylings that were caught on dry fly. Before it went dark we returned to Gail for some more spinning, but we didn´t catch nothing more.

I´ve caught my first danube salmon, so now I can focus to catch a bigger one…

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Last day I visited one of the most difficult rivers in Slovenia – Ucja river. This small river is difficult because of it´s almost unreachable position – the river runs through a deep canyon with lots of waterfalls and big stones on the path. The only reachable parts are 2: before it runs into the Soca river and at the border with Italy – we fished this part.

We were fishing upstream and for the whole time it rained moderately. We used nymphs, streamers and also dry flies. Most of the fishes were marble trouts with some hybrids and brown trouts. After some hours of rain the water level started to increase rapidly so we were forced to finish the fishing.

The beauty of this stream is it´s surroundings (you must be physically trained) and it´s inhabbitants with marble trout in forefront. On the opposite, the river is very dangerous, especially if it is raining. For example: we started fishing with a flow of 2 cubic meters per second and finished with 8! All in a few hours.

Suggestion for all who will visit this river: BE CAREFULL!!!

 

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Like always the second day of our Bled fly-fishing trip belong to Sava Bohinjka

The water level was extremely high for fly-fishing, but despite all the fishes managed that we had a really great day. Most of the day I used dry-flies tied with CDC. Until midday the sky was clear, but soon after it become cloudy and started to rain. It rained untill the night, but didn´t influenced the fish activity. It also become very cold so it was like in spring.

As the day went along the flies hatch changed almost every hour but we still managed to have the appropriate flies. As the night approached (with us being all wet) we decided that it was enough for that day…

P.S. We had a funny experience that day. We met a group of very peculiar italian fishermen (with the best equipment), have a few words. After that we sat on a river bank and had a break with Guerila wine and watched them being envious. What a laugh…

 

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This weekend i went to my “traditional” two fly-fishing day trip to Bled. With my friend Martin decided that this year will go sooner than other years, just to see how is the fish activity with highier water level. A few days before the trip I was a little sceptic because of so much rain that has fallen… My scepticism was soon forgotten.

Like always we started on Radovna river. At first sight we saw that it was at least 10 centimeters higher than last year, so we decided to go fishing almost on the beginning of the fishing area. Fishes were extremely active on the surface, and we soon achieved that big caddis dry flies were the best choice. We spent almost the whole day on the upper part, catching only native brown trouts and I can easily say that I had the best fishing day on Radovna. This really is a Slovenian pearl, and I hope that it will remain forever. I recomend this river to anybody who will or want to fish in Slovenia. It is true that there are not big fish, but the pictures below don´t need a comment.

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For many fishermen the best period of the season is autumn. Most of the rivers in Slovenia are open till the end of october, some of them also in november. Mostly of them are an alpine tip of river with colder water, which is one of the parameters for fishes to begin the spawn. Maybe this is the reason why fly-fishing in october is more succesful. Fishes needs more energy to prepare the spawning time and are less careful to what they bite. Which fisherman don´t like the noon time when the sun is highest on the sky and graylings are most active on the surface? Pure romanticism! I had some experiences this october, that as soon as the sun shined the water, graylings started to rise.  As soon as they saw our flies, they have taken it immediately…

Now we are in november and my opinion is that the rivers should be closed from november on, but that don´t depend on me. The best thing that we can do is to give them peace… till the next season.

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One thing is certain. Fly fishing is not only catching the fish. Yes, the feeling when a fish strikes a fly is unbelievable, but there is more, much more…

Maybe “more” is the reason why some foreign fisherman that come to fish in Slovenia stay astonished. One word: surroundings!

For those that lives in such places is more difficult to appreciate the nature the same as for those that come from abroad.

This happened in august when I took a foreign fisherman with me to enjoy one fishing day on Soca river. Despite the fishes weren´t so active we had a great day, and like he told me, the quantity is not important when fishing in such place. I agree with him.

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After a short night and delicious breakfast we went to Sava Bohinjka in the district managed by Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia. In the morning the weather was ideal for fly-fishing. Fishes were active on the surface and couldn´t resist our small cdc flies. There was a big swarm of red spinners but the fishes weren´t attracted to them. We caught graylings and rainbow trouts. In fact I was very surprised that the quantity of introduced rainbows was very low, and on the other side, the quantity of grayling much more than last year.

But like in all fairy tales, suddenly changed everything, because it started to rain and become windy. The surface activity ended and dry flies were replaced by nymphs. We decided to change position and also the rain was gone. On nymph I had at least 20 strikes, mostly of them were rainbow (all were about 20 centimeters), but also some grayling. I caught a big rainbow (it seemed natural) and as soon I had it in the net it started to rain again with more intensity. I waited under a bush till it ended and went to the others.

After that we went to the last position and had a chance to catch graylings on dry-fly and rainbows on nymph. And again it started to rain but this time we decided to finish our fly-fishing day and went back home.

I ´m fishing for several years now on Sava Bohinjka and I could say that the water is better now, because they don´t introduce rainbows anymore or is reduced to the minimum.

 

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It all started in 2008, when I decided to go to Bled to have two-day fishing holidays (first day on Radovna and second on Sava Bohinjka). Of course it was a complete success.

Every year it happened the first weekend of August. No exception was this year. The only thing that changed since the first time was the number of colleagues that have gone with me. This year we were in seven! Maybe a little too much for a small stream like Radovna, but still manageable. Everybody had enough space to fish on every location we stopped.

We started at the beginning of the district. The water level was lower, crystal clear and cold (9 degrees centigrade). We saw a lot of trees in the riverbed (last autumn flood consequence) and less fishes as usual. But more we went downstream more were the catches. Small brownies were becoming more and more frequent on our nymphs.

With midday we changed position and with brownies we have caught also rainbows. Fishes became active on the surface, so nymphs were changed with dry-flies. Some cdc flies were irresistible to more and more fishes.

Hours run quickly and before night we moved to another position. The picture didn´t change, fishes were attacking our flies with  eagerness till we reached the end of the fishing district.

In conclusion I could say that in my point of view the river is 100% pure mind relax, with a lot of fishes and astonishing surroundings. What can a fisherman demand more?

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Here we are in june and the fishing season is opened for almost all of the salmonids (except the Danube salmon). The last one to open was the grayling (Thymallus thymallus). Some rivers are more abundant with grayling, and one of those is certainly Soca (Isonzo). Despite many other rivers who have less water the Soca river is still now higher and more turbid than normal. The main reason is the snow that is melting on the Julian Alps.

I decided to visit it to see if the fishes became active in this period. I started fishing upper the village Kobarid (Caporetto) near the confluence of river Boka and Soca. Here the water was very clear and you could see it´s inhabitants very far away. I tried under some rapids and caught some graylings with heavy nymphs. I also tried some streamers and dry-flies, but without success.

In the afternoon I moved to the “No kill” part, which was very crowded with fishermen. Here the water was turbid and higher and so was the fish activity. They were lying on the bottom and disinterested for the flies. I saw only 1 fish rising, and caught it with a dry-fly.

In my opinion I would recommend to visit the upper part of Soca river, because in lower part the fishes are not so active on the surface and in the mid-level. For those who prefer fishing with streamers the lower part would also be an option.

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