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This year, our fly fishing trip to Bled, took place in the mid June, because we wanted to fish on higher water level. The choice was right!

This year I was fishing with Martin and my father and we had a great day on Radovna river. We mostly fished on the upper part which is situated in Triglav national park. Pure wilderness with marvelous native brown trouts. We started and finished with dry fly tied on our lines. Most of the success was with mayflies tied on hooks #14 and caddis flies tied on #12.

I really suggest to visit Radovna in June when the water level is little higher. It is 100% success.

Peter

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The last visit on Sava Bohinjka has left a lot of positive thoughts how the fishing would be in autumn. Well our expectations couldn´t be more different from reality…

Water level was higher than in summer and for that reason we thought that the fishing day would be perfect. Combined with sunny weather…

The point of the day was that we really struggle to catch graylings (we focused our fishing to them), who weren´t even a little interested to take our flies. They were lying on the bed of the river, like they were glued to it. The gear we used was very long leader, with very thin tippet (we used 0,10 and also 0,10 fluorocarbon line) and flies tied on hooks #20, #22. We changed more than 20 flies and not even one fly didn´t catch more than 1 grayling (of those who were actually interested to take them).

I hope it will be easier next time.

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Peter

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Season is running fast but I didn´t have much time for fishing. I still had some nice time with water inhabitants. Hope I will have some more time in the summer.

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New fishing season is here!

This winter was very long and the water is still high and snowy . I couldn´t wait  for water to decrease so i went to my first trout fishing day of the year. I went into the upper part of Vipava river and had a beautiful afternoon in good company. Let the photos talk!

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Peter

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Years ago it would be unthinkable not to start the fly-fishing season right on 1.april. But times are different and my first fly-fishing day was only on 9 of april.

I was waiting for this day since the middle of november for one reason only – testing my new bamboo fly-fishing rod. It´s a  line 4 rod which i made for small streams using light nymphs and dry flies. The d-day was planned to be on my river – Vipava.

The initial casts were lighter, just to feel the action and see the response. After the initial learning i started to improve the casts with more and more energy, till i reached my maximum power. I could say that i was surprised about the medium-fast action. Even if it´s not graphite i easily launched the line 20 meters and more.

First i used some nymphs on 10 an 12, after i tied some dry-flies because the fishes were rising. I caught some rainbows, and found a nice grayling (about 45 centimeters) dead on the bottom of the river.

In conclusion i was very excited about the results of my new bamboo rod, the fishes were not my primary goal.

Peter

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After the Soca river this is the second most visited river in Slovenia. It flows in north – western part of  Slovenia in beautiful countryside. It is an alpine river which can be divided in 3 parts. Already the spring takes a breath away with an 78 meters Savica waterfall which bring a lot of tourist´s. After a few kilometers of fast rapids it flows into Bohinj lake which is also very crowded by tourist´s. After the lake the river became slower and wider. Toward the end of the course it flows in an very beautiful and hard reaching canyon. After it flows near by another well-known town and lake – Bled. Near the Village Radovljica it meet´s Sava Dolinka river and together flow on as Sava river.

For fishing it is interesting almost the whole year. In spring, summer and autumn it is possible to catch trout´s (rainbow, brown trout) and grayling´s in the Bohinj lake also arctic char and  lake trout – Salmo truta lacustris. In the winter the absolute king and the only fish opened for fishing is the huchen or Danube salmon – Hucho hucho. It grows more than a meter in length and 20 kilograms in weight.

Because of the water clearance is very easy to locate the fish, but on the other hand harder to catch it.

The Savica waterfall.

The upper part, before the Bohinj lake.

Bohinj lake.

The middle part (ex trophy part).

Peter

 

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The Soca river (in slovene Soča; in italian Isonzo; in german Sontig) is an alpine river and is considered to be one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. This consideration is supported by the fact that is also called “emerald beauty” (because of its color) and because of it´s astonishing surroundings, formed by Julian Alps. It is situated in the western part of Slovenia, the lower part of it flows also in Italy where it enters in the Adriatic sea. It´s total length is 137 kilometers.

From the history is known as the theater of fights between Italy and Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in the First World War between 1915-1917 (also known as the Isonzo Front by historians). This battle is till now considered to be the biggest mountain battlefield of all times.

Nowadays is also known as one of the best fishing rivers in Slovenia and in Europe. Many slovenian, italian, french, english, eastern country…, fisherman´s come to enjoy the nature outside and inside the water. The most claimed fish is the native marble trout (Salmo marmoratus) or. “trota marmorata” in italian. In slovenian language is called “Soška postrv” which means “trout from Soca”. This river is ideal for it´s habitat, because is large with deep pools. It also has medium and fast rapids which are ideal for another native species – the adriatic grayling (Thymallus thymallus). The main difference between this grayling and Danube grayling is in it´s absence of black spots in the front part of the body and it´s greyish coloration.

Other species that lives in Soca river are: brown trout, hybrids (marble trout x brown trout), rainbow trout and chub.

This river can be divided in 3 parts which represent 3 different associations that manage it. On the most part of the river only fly fishing technique is allowed, with an exception on the lower part, where also spinning is allowed.

The upper part.

The middle part.

The biggest marble trout caught in Soca river (120cm, 22,5 kilograms)!

(Source: Angling club of Tolmin)

This one was caught in july on dry-fly.

This one was caught on nymph in september.

Peter

 

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