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...
Each year the memory of Idrijca is haunting me through the darkish winter days. The pictures of Idrijca are deeply pressed into my DNA and to be honest here, it is one of the waters, that taxes me the most. The fishing pressure is relatively high, fish is relying on a constant food supply, you cannot go on the lookout without spotting the fish. But, that is only one part of the Rubicon cube.
Not willing to step in last year’s shoes, have decided to kick into a new season at one of the mythical waters of Balkan Peninsula – River Gacka. The Chalk stream of dreams - has seen mayor transformation in latest decades - from the holly water for fly fishing addicts throughout Europe, where big names of European fly fishing scene have honed their skills in the seventies and eighties on the notoriously selective big brown trout of Gacka phenotype.
By the end of October, the fishing season in Slovenia is slowly unwinding, mother nature puts the autumn clothes - in specter of vivid brownish to red brownish colors - on. Here an then we get a spell of splendid weather, where sun baths in the crystal-clear waters and fish go into feeding frenzy – classic case of Indian Summer, at least in my books. The fishing gets as good as it goes, but for guys and gals out there, please respect the brown trout, as they are preparing for the spawning season. There is great sport to be had with the dry fly on graylings and some nymphing on rainbows.
This year we have seen a solid trend of ladies and younger gal's willing to explore, what's the fuss with this thing called Fly fishing. Even though die-hard fly-fishing aficionados sometimes approach fishing ladies with a notion, what have they lost at the stream, most of us are pretty stoked with this trend. Coming from the guiding background, there are few distinctive advantages provided with most female fly-anglers - guests.
Most of fly fisherman we encounter are in love with running waters, in touch with pristine nature and awed by picturesque surroundings. Nothing wrong with that. But, there is a challenge that the vast area of Slovenian lakes puts in front of the angler. One of the allures of Stillwater fly fishing is the relative novelty of the game, at least in Slovenia, and in addition to this, the fact that most of the lakes are populated only by the wild trout – rising the game to the top.