Description and distribution
Marble trout (Salmo marmoratus; Cuvier 1817), endemic species, characterized by distinctive marbled color pattern, inhabits some rivers and streams flowing into the Adriatic Sea. In Slovenia has cached the name Soca trout. The large head is one of the characteristics (taking around one fourth of the body length) which is predominant in the species, while huge variation in size and color between the habitat types exist.
Personally, not appreciating the fishing pressure some Slovenian Rivers are facin’ in normal times and will therefore always be on a lookout for new fishing opportunities other could provide. For me, the quest starts with a chance on wild trout fishing. Guess, it comes with age, to refine your fishing goals and to return to some rivers that hold a special memory in your heart. Not willing to lose direction, but you all heard the old adage, coming upfront in fly fishing talks: »Remember a good fishing this river, or the other, provided ten, twenty years ago? What an abundance of fish, etc. “
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.