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Hello to all

Waiting for the new salmonid fishing season is now over. As on many rivers in Slovenia also on Vipava river the season starts on 1-st of April. Lack of snow on mountains caused lower water level as usual, but despite I am more into fly-fishing I decided to use a spinning rod. For this season a new regulation for salmonids started: only one single hook per lure/spinner; all to avoid greater damage in trouts mouth.

I started in early morning hoping to catch a big trout, but I wasn´t so lucky. I fished for no more than 4 hours and despite all I realized some catches and had a few bites. Some very nice trout also came back to my lure but didn´t attack it. After the fishing I met some colleagues and the fishing turn into some nice discussion about fishing experiences, lure modeling… I will have plenty of time to replace the “action” of the first day.

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Peter

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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.

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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