Let’s not start complaining of just another Easter lockdown at Slovenian Rivers… But here comes another Spring, where fly fishing normally lifts off, and here we were - stuck again in space and time. Also, this year’s guiding log looks pretty empty. One reason more, we want to use the spare time at our waters. Guess, that is why the first fishing day at Vipava, a day after lockdown, was so anticipated.
In last post we shed some light on basic characteristics of marble trout (Salmo trutta marmoratus), from its distribution areal, to general description of the species, co-existence with other trout and specifics unique to the species. If you haven’t done so, it could be a good read, before you move to this sequel. The focus of this post is to provide you with directions to fly fishing for marble trout in Slovenia.
Description and distribution
Marble trout (Salmo marmoratus; Cuvier 1817), endemic species, characterized by distinctive marbled color pattern. In Slovenia has catched the name Soca trout. The large head is one of the characteristics predominant in the species, while huge variation in size and color between the habitat types exist.
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.