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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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The Unec or Unica, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful streams in the entire Europe.

This 10 kilometers long karstic river is situated in central part of Slovenia just a few kilometers from the world-famous Postojna cave, the most visited Slovenian attraction. Due to the unique karstic region, it´s main characteristic is that rises, flows and disappears underground on the same field called  “Planinsko polje”. Other, but less known characteristic is, that is formed by the confluence of two rivers (Pivka and Rak) deep in the Planina cave.  Their merge represents the biggest European underground confluence.

After heavy rains the river floods entire field, which become one big lake, otherwise it flows with constant water level. It could be compared with some famous English chalk-streams like Lambourn or river Avon where world-famous fisherman Frank Sawyer was born and fished.

The river proves to be the best fishing ground of a conglomeration of brown trout and grayling which grows longer than 50 centimeters.

It could be divided in two parts. In the upper part (described in fishing licence), you can fish with all fly-fishing patterns, meanwhile in the lower part only dry-fly is allowed. Due to the river clearness the fisherman’s approach and gear must be adequate.

The most spectacular period of fishing season is middle to late spring, when huge number of mayflies rises from the water.

 

Peter

 

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