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On second day of my trip to Bled I experienced same heavy grayling activity on the surface, but finding the right fly was very hard. They were feeding with small mayflies through the whole day so I didn´t take much attention to nymphs. In the evening they started to feed with bigger mayflies and then the pure drill begun. The biggest impression made when I caught a big grayling under heavy rain on dry fly. It was amazing!

 

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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This event is organised by Rence Fishing Association in middle of November every year, and that is why is called after St. Martin. This years rain really makes a lot of problems for fishing events and no difference was this time. Because of high water it was skipped two weeks successively.

Finally it was managed this sunday in beautiful autumn sunny weather. We were 27 competitors arranged in 9 teams. The water level was a little higher and a little turbid than usually…

We were distributed in 3 sectors composed of one fisherman per team. The competition started at 10 in the morning, we were there two hour before to prepare our equipment, groundbait, bait etc. We started to feed with groundbait and maggots 5 minutes before the start. And then it started…

I mainly used my 7 meters Daiwa pole, with some minutes with 5 meters Ignesti Magnum bolognese rod. I had a lot of bites and a lot of them ended with a catch.

The competition lasted 4 hours and it was extremely successful. My goal was to beat my record of 7 kilograms and I did it, with 8,880 kilograms of Common Nase. I reached 6 place in my sector. The thing that made me a little disappointed was that I mainly catched equal number or even more than the others, but the fishes were smaller despite of others who had bigger ones (the best result was 22 kilograms!!!). I still don´t have the answer to that, I hope that I will have it when I will analyze all more clearly.

Now I can only say that I hope that next year will be better and with more competitors. See you next year on St. Martin´s competition! Everyone invited.

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Last day I visited one of the most difficult rivers in Slovenia – Ucja river. This small river is difficult because of it´s almost unreachable position – the river runs through a deep canyon with lots of waterfalls and big stones on the path. The only reachable parts are 2: before it runs into the Soca river and at the border with Italy – we fished this part.

We were fishing upstream and for the whole time it rained moderately. We used nymphs, streamers and also dry flies. Most of the fishes were marble trouts with some hybrids and brown trouts. After some hours of rain the water level started to increase rapidly so we were forced to finish the fishing.

The beauty of this stream is it´s surroundings (you must be physically trained) and it´s inhabbitants with marble trout in forefront. On the opposite, the river is very dangerous, especially if it is raining. For example: we started fishing with a flow of 2 cubic meters per second and finished with 8! All in a few hours.

Suggestion for all who will visit this river: BE CAREFULL!!!

 

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After more than 3 months of lower water level, finally the Vipava river raised significantly. Water flushed all organic residues that were accumulating over the summer and gave rebirth of it´s inhabitants. Even the water level was high and the wather promised more rain I grabbed the opportunity and went fishing for a few hours.

It soon became clear that my optimism had good foundations. The fishes were very active on my streamers despite turbid water. I caught marble trout, rainbow trout, but the “winner” of the day was a beautiful brown trout. I had also more bites without a catch but it didn´t bothered me, because that´s fishing.

At the end the weather said that it had enough of waiting and sent a heavy rai so I didn´t have any option as to go home… But who cared at that time – I already had my fishing plan done.

 

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Hello everyone

In Slovenia 1. april means the start of fly fishing season on mostly all rivers. Like all years I spend this day on my Vipava river. This year I was skeptical about fishing quality because we didn´t have any considerate rain or snow and the water level was very low and the bottom was full of algae and moss. I started on sunrise and finished on midday. It was very windy and very cold and I was without a wind stopper (what a cold I have today)… Despite the cold weather I was warmed by fishes I caught. Rainbow, grayling, brown and marble trout were in my net in various number and were released as soon as possible. I tried to avoid to catch graylings, because they are now in spawning season.  I surprised some of them (one was longer than 45 cm) but I had one bite instead.

In one pool I had a fish of the day. A beautifull marble of 55 cm took my streamer and made my day complete. Full of adrenaline and memories I decided that was enough and went home.

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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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