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I spent a day on the upper Soca river…

Streamers for rainbow and marble trouts, dry flies for graylings.

 

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Peter

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One thing is certain. Fly fishing is not only catching the fish. Yes, the feeling when a fish strikes a fly is unbelievable, but there is more, much more…

Maybe “more” is the reason why some foreign fisherman that come to fish in Slovenia stay astonished. One word: surroundings!

For those that lives in such places is more difficult to appreciate the nature the same as for those that come from abroad.

This happened in august when I took a foreign fisherman with me to enjoy one fishing day on Soca river. Despite the fishes weren´t so active we had a great day, and like he told me, the quantity is not important when fishing in such place. I agree with him.

Peter

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Here we are in june and the fishing season is opened for almost all of the salmonids (except the Danube salmon). The last one to open was the grayling (Thymallus thymallus). Some rivers are more abundant with grayling, and one of those is certainly Soca (Isonzo). Despite many other rivers who have less water the Soca river is still now higher and more turbid than normal. The main reason is the snow that is melting on the Julian Alps.

I decided to visit it to see if the fishes became active in this period. I started fishing upper the village Kobarid (Caporetto) near the confluence of river Boka and Soca. Here the water was very clear and you could see it´s inhabitants very far away. I tried under some rapids and caught some graylings with heavy nymphs. I also tried some streamers and dry-flies, but without success.

In the afternoon I moved to the “No kill” part, which was very crowded with fishermen. Here the water was turbid and higher and so was the fish activity. They were lying on the bottom and disinterested for the flies. I saw only 1 fish rising, and caught it with a dry-fly.

In my opinion I would recommend to visit the upper part of Soca river, because in lower part the fishes are not so active on the surface and in the mid-level. For those who prefer fishing with streamers the lower part would also be an option.

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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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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