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.
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!
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.
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.