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.
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...
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.
This year the longish white winter took a toll on alpine rivers water levels. Snow melt in Julian Alps affected river flows till mid-June. As soon as the flows stabilized we - a colleague of mine and yours truly – explored Slovenian lakes fishing. Although the lake wasn't in its best form – higher waters and lower part somewhat murky from the snow-melt, we couldn't wait any longer.