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The angling club Rence which i am part of also manages a part of Vipava river, where only catch and release  is allowed. It´s about 1 kilometer long area inhabited by salmonids.

Our goal is to make no intrusion to aquatic habitat and let the nature do it´s work. I think this should be the practice on all running waters, but for now it´s only a dream.

After 1 year of break we decided to visit this part to see the conditions after two huge floods that striked last year.

My first impression is, that a lot of changes occurred, with a lot of new gravel accumulated on the bottom of the river. Because of less rain and snow the water is clear and low, so you can see the bottom several meters below the surface. The fishing approach must be subordinate to these conditions.

What impressed me most is the quantity of grayling  (after those floods i was skeptic about the quantity and quality of fishes living in the Vipava river). I estimate that the average size is about 25-30 centimeters and all the time we were fishing, they were very active on the surface. We tried to avoid them as much as possible, but for some of them we were not enough  watchful.

On the nymph we catched some smaller marble trout, which indicates that less intrusion of men is more productive in terms of quality and quantity of the water ecosystem.

Peter

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This lake is situated in western part of Slovenia, only a few kilometers from Italy. It was made for irrigation of many fields in Vipava valley, and it has an area of 82 hectares.

The lake is well-known for it´s very strong carp which attract more and more fishermen. Those carp are considered to be the strongest in this part of Europe. In combination with overgrown bottom of the lake, this is truly extreme fishing. Many line breaks are considered to be normal!

For those who like spinning, this lake also offer a lot of choices. Pike, zander, perch and largemouth bass can offer big time almost the whole year, but the best results can be achieved in late spring and autumn.

Peter

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