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Here in Slovenia the fishing season is more and more influenced by the weather. We have a catastrophic dry season, which also results in low river water levels. In this period most of the fishermen would be in shadow drinking a cold beer – not me! Now is ideal to go fishing if you want to be alone and not to be bothered by others. For this reason we made a choice and went to river Unec, which is well-known for it´s grayling and brown trout. In this part of season is particularly hard to fish – ideal for extremists. Usage of long flourcarbon tippet with small flies is a necessity, slow approach to the water and long casts without any splashes on the surface are only half of success. Maybe even less.

Despite all, we had a good day of fishing.  Just to be in such a beautiful nature means a lot…

Peter

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The polar cold in Europe didn´t spared Slovenia. With low temperatures we are also experiencing strong wind called “burja”. In the last 14 days it blows with more than 100 kilometers/hour with peaks of almost 200. This climatic conditions caused all streams and rivers to freeze. In my case, the Vipava river is covered with ice in the lower part, where the river flow is slower. The ice is thick, so it is possible to skate on it without any fear. This kind of situation was last experienced in 1985…

Peter

 

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For many fishermen the best period of the season is autumn. Most of the rivers in Slovenia are open till the end of october, some of them also in november. Mostly of them are an alpine tip of river with colder water, which is one of the parameters for fishes to begin the spawn. Maybe this is the reason why fly-fishing in october is more succesful. Fishes needs more energy to prepare the spawning time and are less careful to what they bite. Which fisherman don´t like the noon time when the sun is highest on the sky and graylings are most active on the surface? Pure romanticism! I had some experiences this october, that as soon as the sun shined the water, graylings started to rise.  As soon as they saw our flies, they have taken it immediately…

Now we are in november and my opinion is that the rivers should be closed from november on, but that don´t depend on me. The best thing that we can do is to give them peace… till the next season.

Peter

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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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This lake is situated in western part of Slovenia, only a few kilometers from Italy. It was made for irrigation of many fields in Vipava valley, and it has an area of 82 hectares.

The lake is well-known for it´s very strong carp which attract more and more fishermen. Those carp are considered to be the strongest in this part of Europe. In combination with overgrown bottom of the lake, this is truly extreme fishing. Many line breaks are considered to be normal!

For those who like spinning, this lake also offer a lot of choices. Pike, zander, perch and largemouth bass can offer big time almost the whole year, but the best results can be achieved in late spring and autumn.

Peter

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The Reka river (Reka in Slovene means river) is situated in south-western part of Slovenia. It is a 50 kilometers long river with karstic features. It´s main characteristic is that disappears underground and has the longest (30 kilometers) underground path of all Slovenian rivers. After that it springs as the river Timavo in Italy, near village Duino between Trieste and Monfalcone and outflows in the gulf of Trieste.

The main attraction for fishermen is the native marble trout and brown trout, which is represented in large number. In small quantity also the rainbow trout is represented.

The only allowed technique is fly-fishing. The season starts from 1.march till 31.October. The best period for fishing is in spring.

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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This river is situated in south-eastern part of Slovenia and represent a border between Slovenia and Croatia. It originates in Croatia and soon becomes a 117 kilometers long natural border between those two countries.

It is known as one of the cleanest and intact rivers in Slovenia. In summer becomes warm enough to swim and other water activities.

For fisherman´s is well-known for it´s big fish variety. In upper part it´s mostly salmonid river with huge grayling population which represent the biggest attraction during the season. In winter months the undiscussed king becomes the Danube salmon or huchen, which grows over 15 kilograms.

I would recommend to visit this river in spring and autumn, when you can fish in peace, with no one that bothers.

For those who like fly-fishing for grayling, this river really means one of the best choices. This is also meant for spinning for Danube salmon.

Peter

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This river is situated in central part of Slovenia. It is a small river with karstic characteristics. The main reason why i mention this river is it´s big grayling population. Here you can also find brown trout, rainbow trout and danube salmon. The river is relatively calm, with some rapids. Other characteristic of this river are red coloured stones, because of its specific chemical compounds.

Because of it´s size the best period for fishing is in spring with highier water level. Light gear, bamboo fly rods with small nymphs and dry flies are the best option for this river.

Peter

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This river (in Slovene Rižana) is situated in south-western part of Slovenia near the Slovenian Koper and Italian Trieste city. Despite it´s shortness of 14 kilometers, it is very attractive for fisherman’s. One of the reasons is it´s big population of native species, with Marble trout as a leader.  Because it is smaller, fishes are more cautious and harder to catch. It really demands a lot of  skills to track them, without spook them. In summer time it´s possible to see big number of gammarus or “scuds” (Gammarus fossarum) concentrating together in procreation process.

Fishing season starts 1 st. of March and ends on 30 November. The best period for fishing is in spring and autumn, when the water level is highier.  Only allowed technique is fly-fishing with barbless hooks.

Peter

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