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How the time runs! Now it´s november and the fly fishing season 2014 is over. Now is the period for fish to regenerate their energy and focus for the spawn period.

My last day proved again that october is truly the best period for fly fishing. I fished only for few hours in the middle of the day when the sun was warmer. Huge amount of insects on the water surface looked like it was may and not october. Fishes were very active and even the water was very clear you could approach them to a few meters without scare them. To catch them I used a small brown nymph and an F fly. Rainbow trouts and graylings ended in my net and then again in the water when released…

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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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This year is really strange. It rains and rains and it doesn´t seem that it will stop. The average water level of Vipava river is twice as normal…

Last afternoon I decided to go fishing soon after a big storm ended. I went to Vipava catch&release part and had a really great time. The moisture was very high and I was quick all wet.  First I started with some nymph and had some bytes, but as it become darker the fishes started to rise very intensively. Small mayflies were the first to emerge, so I used F-fly. tied on hook #16. After this also caddis fly started to emerge so I tied some CDC elk tied on #14 hook, but the best was about to happen…  Huge number of big mayflies filled the air, the trees and the bushes all around the river. Fishes rose like crazy (even jumping out of the water) and it was like in a fairytale. I fished with big CDC mayflies on hook #10 and I caught almost all species that can be found in this salmonid part. Most of them were graylings.

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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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After a short night and delicious breakfast we went to Sava Bohinjka in the district managed by Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia. In the morning the weather was ideal for fly-fishing. Fishes were active on the surface and couldn´t resist our small cdc flies. There was a big swarm of red spinners but the fishes weren´t attracted to them. We caught graylings and rainbow trouts. In fact I was very surprised that the quantity of introduced rainbows was very low, and on the other side, the quantity of grayling much more than last year.

But like in all fairy tales, suddenly changed everything, because it started to rain and become windy. The surface activity ended and dry flies were replaced by nymphs. We decided to change position and also the rain was gone. On nymph I had at least 20 strikes, mostly of them were rainbow (all were about 20 centimeters), but also some grayling. I caught a big rainbow (it seemed natural) and as soon I had it in the net it started to rain again with more intensity. I waited under a bush till it ended and went to the others.

After that we went to the last position and had a chance to catch graylings on dry-fly and rainbows on nymph. And again it started to rain but this time we decided to finish our fly-fishing day and went back home.

I ´m fishing for several years now on Sava Bohinjka and I could say that the water is better now, because they don´t introduce rainbows anymore or is reduced to the minimum.

 

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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The angling club Rence which i am part of also manages a part of Vipava river, where only catch and release  is allowed. It´s about 1 kilometer long area inhabited by salmonids.

Our goal is to make no intrusion to aquatic habitat and let the nature do it´s work. I think this should be the practice on all running waters, but for now it´s only a dream.

After 1 year of break we decided to visit this part to see the conditions after two huge floods that striked last year.

My first impression is, that a lot of changes occurred, with a lot of new gravel accumulated on the bottom of the river. Because of less rain and snow the water is clear and low, so you can see the bottom several meters below the surface. The fishing approach must be subordinate to these conditions.

What impressed me most is the quantity of grayling  (after those floods i was skeptic about the quantity and quality of fishes living in the Vipava river). I estimate that the average size is about 25-30 centimeters and all the time we were fishing, they were very active on the surface. We tried to avoid them as much as possible, but for some of them we were not enough  watchful.

On the nymph we catched some smaller marble trout, which indicates that less intrusion of men is more productive in terms of quality and quantity of the water ecosystem.

Peter

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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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