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After a long period of time I decided to go to the middle part of lake Vogrscek. With my 5 meters long Bolognese rod and a can of sweet corn I fished there for a few hours. I used very light equipment with 3 gram floater and had a very nice afternoon. Mostly of the catches were bream, with some gardons and chubs.

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Peter

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This winter wasn´t very rich with snow, and the same was in spring with rain. The result was very clean and low Vipava river. Heavy rain that came was a benefit for all. Fishermen were no exception. Most of them went to the lower part of Vipava river to fish wells catfish. Well, i decided to go upstream, till the beginning of our district (Kasovlje dam), because I got that feeling that something would happen there.

When i arrived i saw that the water was high and turbid, perfect for streamers. After an hour of fishing i made a cast to some stones and after a second i felt a big strike. I knew that i caught a marble trout, because  the fish tried to go to the bottom with some hard pushes. I was very nervous because i had a 0.16 tippet, but it all went good and my net lied a beautiful marble trout of 60 centimeters. After a quick picture it was released and all pleased decided that is time to move to another position. There i made some casts and again BUM. Another big marble strike my streamer but in this time luck was on her side. I must mention that after i catched a nice chub and a small brown trout and had also 2 other strikes that i didn´t realized…

“I got a feeling” made me very happy.

Peter

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This river is situated in central western part os Slovenia and is 60 kilometers long. It has karstic characteristic and it flows through Idrijca valley. The biggest town in the valley is Idrija, which is known for it´s second biggest mercury mine in the world (now closed). After it´s journey it flows into Soca river.

The main characteristic of Idrijca river is it´s quick water level rising and declining and its very slippery stones caused by a variety of algae that are growing on them. For this river is remarkable also that it has the shortest river inflow called Jezernica, which is about 50 meters long. This short river is known for it´s spring called Divje jezero or “wild lake” in which the endemic Olm or Proteus (Proteus anguinus) was discovered.

The Idrijca river is also known for it´s other water inhabitants. Because of it´s connection with Soca river it has a big population of native marble trout with the same genotype, but with a different fenotype, as a result of different habitat. This difference doesn´t impact on it´s lenght and weight. Exemplars bigger than 10 kilograms are very common. So if you want catch them, heavy gear is advised. The main technique allowed is fly-fishing, spinning is allowed only to people older than 60 years, but only in a small district.

For dry-fly enthusiasts big graylings are good challenge, especially in the summer months when the water level is low, this could be the only option to catch them.

Other species that live in Idrijca are: brown trout, hybrids, rainbow trout, chub and barbel.

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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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Now is time to talk about the lower part of Vipava river.

The main difference between the upper part is that here the river is wider , slower and deeper. For this reasons the main fish population consists of cyprinid species. Here you can find chub, common barbel, common nase, pike, carp, tench, eel and  wels catfish. The Vipava river is known for it´s large population of common nase, but in particular for it´s huge wels catfish. This fish was introduced in the past sixties and displaced some indigenous species such as wild carp, eel, tench and chub. Because of it´s lenght and weight attracts more and more fishermen.  The Vipava river has a record of 220 centimeters and 76 kilograms. I can tell that some fishermen had bigger exemplars but they were powerless (broken rods, reels, hooks). The best technique is spinning with very heavy gear and big lures.

Not only wels catfish, but also fishing for carp is considered to be very attractive, because this carp is considered to be one of the most powerful fish in this region. A lot of fishermen told that here a fight with a 10 kilogram carp is like a carp of at least 15 kilograms in other rivers or lakes. If I add a fact that this part of the river is overgrown with a lot of underwater vegetation you can imagine the satisfaction of a catch. They are still fished in “old school” way (with corn, cornmeal and bread) with very good results.

Because of it´s underwater vegetation you can also catch beautiful pikes, especially in autumn.

The common nase is active during the whole year, with a peak in autumn.

This carp was fished with an 0,18 leader.

This wels catfish was caught this october (205 centimeters, 50 kilograms).

(Source: Goran Keber, member of Angling society Rence)

Peter

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This river flows in Vipava valley, which is situated in western part of Slovenia. It´s a karstic river and it´s 44 kilometers long. It could be divided in two parts: the upper part is faster and shallower and appropriate for salmonids. The lower part is deeper and slower and is ideal for cyprinids. Now is turn to write something about the upper part.

The most celebrate salmonid which lives in this river is the indigenous marble trout. Other species that lives in this part are: brown trout, grayling, rainbow trout and hybrids (marble X brown). Despite the river size you can find marbles up to 15 kilograms (found one dead last year), browns up to  5 and graylings bigger than 50 centimeters. The rainbow trout was introduced in the last seventies and now represent a threat for habitat and food. In this part you can find also some cyprinids such as chub, common nase, common barbel and some smaller species.

Because of the majority salmonid population the principal fishing technique is fly fishing, but also spinning (in some areas) is allowed. The best time for fishing is in may and june when a large number of insects swarms (especially big caddisflies) and in september and october when fishes became more voracious because of the winter approaching. Especially graylings became very active on the surface and you can catch them easier than in other months.

For now is all. Down i put some pictures to make an idea of the river and its residents.


This marble trout was found dead last summer (15,60 kilograms).

(Source: Fishing association Rence)

Peter

 

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