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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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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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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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Do you imagine the day where every thing is against you or goes wrong? This happened to me last sunday on Vipava river.

It was a cloudy afternoon and I went to “catch and release” part. The water was a little higher than normal, clean and cold. Fishes were active on the surface and on the bottom. I started with a big nymph and had at least 5 bites but without any realisation. Than I changed to smaller nymph and the story repeated. Again I changed the nymph to even smaller size and realized one brown trout. Than I tried with a CDC dry-fly to catch any graylings who were rising, and yet the same story: byte without realisation… Like I was a rookie!!!

Under one bush I had a big wild rainbow on but it break the line and the day went “even better”. At the end of the fishing I catched two graylings and went back home.

I didn´t count how many bites I had that day, but I am sure it was more than 20, with only 3 fishes in my net. Let´s hope I will improve my score next time…

 

 

 

 

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Autumn has arrived also here. The nature started to color itself in many different shades before go to sleep. This is ideal time to go fishing graylings with dry-flies. Shorter days and lower temperatures are reasons for bigger surface activity. It´s “only” a matter of exact dry-fly and right presentation… Yes, it is true that Slovenian graylings are considered to be very suspicious and harder to catch. On Vipava river I had some nice hours with them.

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Yesterday was my first 2011 visit to river Idrijca.

It was very hot and the water level was low.  You could see the fishes from a long distance, but  they were very cautious, and soon when you tried to approached them they run away.

I was not alone. I was with my friend Martin, who has a nose for fishing in this kind of situation. Most of the fishes were caught in the rapids. Grayling was caught on small dry fly, meanwhile trout on nymph and streamer.

It still would be a great fishing day, if the fish on the last two pictures would not strike at the end of the day. It sure made our fishing day unforgettable!

One thing is sure – Idrijca never disappoints!

I think this is enough speaking, let the pictures talk.

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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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