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Hello everyone!

Yes, yes I am still breathing…

One year passes very quickly and here is the report of two days of fly-fishing in Bled.

Like always, with my friend Martin, the trip started on the upper part of Radovna river. The water level was lower than in the last two years, but we still had a great day. We fished upwards with different dry flies, but had most success with caddis flies tied with deer fur on hook 10-12#.

We had a curious situation when Martin accidentally caught a grass snake (Natrix natrix), but he managed to release her without harm.

In the afternoon we moved toward the vintgar gorge and finished before the sunset.

The beauty and the quietness of the Radovna valley impresses me every single year and I hope for many more.

 

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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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This small alpine river is situated on the western part of Slovenia and flows into Idrijca river. The river made it´s course through a small valley which is, in some parts, large only few meters. It´s 20 kilometers long stream could be divided into two parts. The lower part is wider and easier to fish. Fishes that lives it this part are marble trout, hybrids, grayling and rainbow trout. Because of it´s easier access this part is more frequented by fishermen despite the upper part.

The opposite of the lower is the upper part. This part is more time-consuming to reach and harder to fish, because the river is smaller and fishes more prudent and escape as soon they see intruders. But for those who like the challenge to fish with long casts and be hidden as possible in a small space, this part is ideal. The result will not fail to come, because the fishes are more interested into biting the flies!

On both parts only fly fishing is allowed.

Peter

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This river flows in Vipava valley, which is situated in western part of Slovenia. It´s a karstic river and it´s 44 kilometers long. It could be divided in two parts: the upper part is faster and shallower and appropriate for salmonids. The lower part is deeper and slower and is ideal for cyprinids. Now is turn to write something about the upper part.

The most celebrate salmonid which lives in this river is the indigenous marble trout. Other species that lives in this part are: brown trout, grayling, rainbow trout and hybrids (marble X brown). Despite the river size you can find marbles up to 15 kilograms (found one dead last year), browns up to  5 and graylings bigger than 50 centimeters. The rainbow trout was introduced in the last seventies and now represent a threat for habitat and food. In this part you can find also some cyprinids such as chub, common nase, common barbel and some smaller species.

Because of the majority salmonid population the principal fishing technique is fly fishing, but also spinning (in some areas) is allowed. The best time for fishing is in may and june when a large number of insects swarms (especially big caddisflies) and in september and october when fishes became more voracious because of the winter approaching. Especially graylings became very active on the surface and you can catch them easier than in other months.

For now is all. Down i put some pictures to make an idea of the river and its residents.


This marble trout was found dead last summer (15,60 kilograms).

(Source: Fishing association Rence)

Peter

 

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