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Hello everyone

Today I am writing about our fly-fishing day on Idrijca river.

Like always I was fishing with Martin, and that day we decided to visit the trophy part of Idrijca river, managed by Idrija Fishing Association.

The day was cloudy with some rain, but we managed to catch some very nice fish. We started using very small nymphs until the fishes started to rise, but instead of dry flies they were feeding with emergers. We watched their dorsal and caudal fins coming out of the water before we tied small emerger on our lines. The result was quick – beautiful browns, marbles and hybrids were soon on our lines and fighting for their freedom. Of course they were all released.

In the afternoon the activity wasn´t good as we expected but we also had some catches, with a big fat grayling of 51 cm on top of them. Martin spotted him on the bottom of a small pool and catched him with a small dry-fly. The battle was intense with some very high jumps out of the water. Like others it was released unharmed.

A trophy like that needed a toast… but that is off the record.

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Peter

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Like always, the month of October is the best period for fishing graylings and trouts. Beautiful coloration of the surrounding nature combined with big feeding activity of the fishes, makes every fishing day unique! Yesterday made no difference.

I was fly-fishing in our catch&release part the whole afternoon with my father. Most of the catches were graylings with some rainbow trouts. The fishes were active on the bottom and on the surface, so I alternately used a nymph and a dry fly. Because the water was very clear I used a 0,12 tippet.

I suggest to visit Vipava in this period. Vou will not be dissapointed.

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Peter

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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.

Peter

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