The COVID-19 situation has since mid-March put the lockdown on most activities in Slovenia, taking a toll on our daily rhythms. The confinement was put on a local communities’ levels, in this line of thought also fishing was considerably restricted.
Ever heard of a miniature country Slovenia offering gorgeous landscapes, from the snow-capped Alpine peaks, turquoise-green rivers, to Venetian-style coastline. Sure, it may not be easy to find on the map, but you’ll have a hard time finding a place so small offering so much. As a dedicated fly fisherman, chances are good Slovenia already came on your radar screen. We provide you with the glimpse into why it should get high on a bucket-list as your next fly-fishing destination.
This year we have seen unbelievable amount of rain filling the Slovenian Alps rivers in May, which translated into most of them running normal even through the hottest days of August. Nothing to complain - as in recent decades we are seeing the trend of green winters coming and going - healthy water levels in summer brings joy to us.
June to October we were regularly bringing clients to these sacred waters. From the newcomers to the sport, to the proficient fly fisherman, we enjoyed a perfect dry fly and nymph sport.
At the peak of the guiding season, had to test the fish activity zones at Slovenian Jurassic Lake before hitting it with the client the day after. A plan was formed as soon as the client expressed his will to try the wild fish lake – calling a friend and we were already eager to get into the next adventure the day after. Behind the fly tying bench to the midnight and then sleeping it over to be ready for a new big day.
Another day at Vipava... Ok, not so humble – another great day on Vipava River, would be more appropriate to tell the whole truth of it. Although I'll come to it by the end of this short report.
At the end of month June, it finally came up together, few days off guiding, were all I needed to make me start on a day fishing. The water levels have been coming down to the somewhat normal and calling a friend a day before the day D, he gave me all the info I needed: »Go for it, it is the day! « Who am I to argue about it – right? I hope, I'll never get enough of it!
A lot of planning went into this – second fishing session planned in the April. Changing weather conditions and work assignments have left me visualizing the magical Gacka, but all in all it just wasn't meant to be. Month May started full of work and no free time for a two-daily session...