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.
Upper Soca River was generous to us! The story started with a query of guest from States, willing to explore famous Slovenian River Soca - in a quest for elusive marble trout. We approached him with the information to not lose the marbles before the trip and prepare for unexpected.
After the harsh winter the water levels have settled by the end of May and the real fishing season in Slovenia had begun. Great hatch activity brought fish into feeding frenzy and most rivers went in the productive phase.
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.
We hit the Idrijca Valley mid-week with our colleague David from States. Starting with a bluebird sky and drifting dry flies on upper part of Idrijca River. We could have moved volume of fish, as they were on the move in the lower water column, but the preferences were clear, dry fly sport the preferred technique. Few bow's and a brown trout were exchanging hands and freed to thrive in the rive.