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Do you imagine the day where every thing is against you or goes wrong? This happened to me last sunday on Vipava river.

It was a cloudy afternoon and I went to “catch and release” part. The water was a little higher than normal, clean and cold. Fishes were active on the surface and on the bottom. I started with a big nymph and had at least 5 bites but without any realisation. Than I changed to smaller nymph and the story repeated. Again I changed the nymph to even smaller size and realized one brown trout. Than I tried with a CDC dry-fly to catch any graylings who were rising, and yet the same story: byte without realisation… Like I was a rookie!!!

Under one bush I had a big wild rainbow on but it break the line and the day went “even better”. At the end of the fishing I catched two graylings and went back home.

I didn´t count how many bites I had that day, but I am sure it was more than 20, with only 3 fishes in my net. Let´s hope I will improve my score next time…

 

 

 

 

Peter

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This winter wasn´t very rich with snow, and the same was in spring with rain. The result was very clean and low Vipava river. Heavy rain that came was a benefit for all. Fishermen were no exception. Most of them went to the lower part of Vipava river to fish wells catfish. Well, i decided to go upstream, till the beginning of our district (Kasovlje dam), because I got that feeling that something would happen there.

When i arrived i saw that the water was high and turbid, perfect for streamers. After an hour of fishing i made a cast to some stones and after a second i felt a big strike. I knew that i caught a marble trout, because  the fish tried to go to the bottom with some hard pushes. I was very nervous because i had a 0.16 tippet, but it all went good and my net lied a beautiful marble trout of 60 centimeters. After a quick picture it was released and all pleased decided that is time to move to another position. There i made some casts and again BUM. Another big marble strike my streamer but in this time luck was on her side. I must mention that after i catched a nice chub and a small brown trout and had also 2 other strikes that i didn´t realized…

“I got a feeling” made me very happy.

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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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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