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Hot summer day with Idrijca river low took from me the maximum effort to catch some fishes. Most of them were graylings, whose population is much bigger than in spring. I don´t know where they came from, but I can say that everyone who want to catch monsters Idrijca is the right river to choose.

Best results were made with small dry mayflies on hook 18# before the dark. My biggest graylings were long 47, 48 and 49 cm. I hope that next time I will have the fortune to catch one with the magic length of 50.

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Peter

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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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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.

Peter

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This small alpine river is situated on the western part of Slovenia and flows into Idrijca river. The river made it´s course through a small valley which is, in some parts, large only few meters. It´s 20 kilometers long stream could be divided into two parts. The lower part is wider and easier to fish. Fishes that lives it this part are marble trout, hybrids, grayling and rainbow trout. Because of it´s easier access this part is more frequented by fishermen despite the upper part.

The opposite of the lower is the upper part. This part is more time-consuming to reach and harder to fish, because the river is smaller and fishes more prudent and escape as soon they see intruders. But for those who like the challenge to fish with long casts and be hidden as possible in a small space, this part is ideal. The result will not fail to come, because the fishes are more interested into biting the flies!

On both parts only fly fishing is allowed.

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.

Peter

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