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October Fly Fishes well!

Hey there!! Getting into the second half of October month fly fishing in Slovenia – so far- so good! Weather cooperates, having the average temperatures around 18degrees ALL rivers in Slovenia fine to fly fish at.. Some have normal levels, other a bit low but in general safe to come and fish! If talking dry flies, emergers down to #18 will do fine..

Note No. 1:  UNICA RIVER hence October 1st dropping the price of the daily permit from regular Eur 99,00/day down to Eur 79,00/day. River fishing well during the day, take the oportunity while the weather lasts! Fishing permit available also in the Fauna fly shop Bled. Open daily at 08am

Note No. 2: during the working days of the week, the Institute part of the Sava Bohinjka can go white from time to time.. obviously the construction works at the bridge Log are not yet finish! See our previous news to find the map where this particularity might be happening..

Hack – this one just landed in the Sava Bohinjka yesterday;

brown-trout-sava1Rainbow trout fishing rolls on as well… but the larger ones are getting a bit selective in feeding.. If they become interested for the surface food, than you might be ending up with a midge “20! Well, if this is not quite your class of dry flies, than good old streamer will do the job well..

Weather wizzard for the next week

More or less seems to be safe… the only two days of the rain probably won`t rise the levels since at the moment most of the fly fishing rivers in Slovenia are considered to be low.

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Video from the river – Sava Bohnjka Bled fishing club

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Stormy Sunday July 28th

Another end of the week is here – fly fishing rolls with a normal pace but visiting fisherman should keep an eye on the coming Sunday July 28th when we expect some heavier T-storms in the nord -west and east parts of Slovenia.. (Soca, Sava Bohinjka, Savinja, Baca, Idrijca etc..) While today Friday 26th already heard some Thunders, rain still keeps away.. Very steamy air pushed the fly fishing into the earliest morning hours which can be the very best part of the day! Many fly fisherman are on the area with their families or wife, GF, BF etc along, so compromises needs to be taken.. (different nations, the same patterns of behaviour hahahha).. hitting the rivers at 5:30 am, returning to breakfast at 1000 and late afternoon till the 2100 – that works best! Sava Bohinjka, Soca, under the pressure of the regular folks but mostly during the day time.. mornings are quiet and fine..

Levels so far – normal for the time of the season and not yet too low.. Trout is picky and either hits on the midge or big Goddard caddis – sizes in between more or less do not get their interest.. Grayling hunters – early mornings try with some small klinks or red-tags down on #18-20.. few nice catches reported in during last few days – all using the mentioned flies..

Sava Dolinka not yet cooperating well, since the power station dam Moste uses a weird time-table for opening the turbines – during the night closed, opens at 800.. spoils the day nicely :-/ The rumours are out that this might come from the silent cooperation between the raft Companies and the Dam Co.. the following prefers to have higher levels during the day to perform the drifting boat tours easier.. hack – again fly fishermen pulling the shortest straw.. :-/

Stay in touch early next week, when we report back what has happened during the Sunday`s T-storm performance and with the latest river situation.. and have a great cold end of the week!

What flies to use at the moment

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Fly fishing news are back in July!

Dear all fly fishing fans, true – we kept you off the news for a few weeks – sorry for doing that! Nothing new in fact was going on by the Sava Bohinjka, weeks and weeks or steady fly fishing condition, trout were landed, grayling as well, hatches late evening-night almost during the day small nymphs or streamers – that is it what has been happening in the last 3 weeks.

Sava Bohinjka fishing July 2019 from Fly Fishing in Slovenia on Vimeo.

Hence onward we are getting into the real summer with the typical summer conditions – and here is where the Fauna fishing news steps in again;

  • Summer brought a lot of folks on the river banks doing all kind of different things out there.. Keep in mind that very early morning 06am till lets say 10-11am you will have all of the river for yourself, while from 11is till 18th better keep away or seek for remote corners or you will be embraced by the BBQ families, kids throwing stones, half nude woman (that we allow) and other distracting factors..
  • The upper areas of the Sava Bohinjka – namely fishing club Bohinj suffers a lot from the kayak, boat, sup etc river traffic while having also the lowest levels of all 3 fishing clubs.. not saying you should not go there to fly fish but if so – read the above line.
  • Institute part of the Sava Bohinjka doing well, levels fine and temperature of the river still cold enough to give the fish some fighting power.. positive feedback we receive on a daily basis!
  • Bled fishing part of the Sava Bohinjka – doing fine as well. Not many anglers on the river but during the day proximity of a tourist town Bled brings some international visitors in different forms and brain capacities – top-less females we tolerate. Again – 06am be on the river if possible..
  • Sava Dolinka finally getting in shape after all the spring she suffered snow melt or rain levels.. the one seeking a true robinson fishing – take the Sava Dolinka.
  • Big Sava river – getting more and more interesting target while the levels of the Bohinjka slowly dropping and the Sava Dolinka getting clearer.. keep your radar on that one too!
  • Krka river – low and grass growing up
  • Unica river – fine but early morning and late afternoon
  • Radovna river – great, with enough level, NO BOAT traffic, NO swimmers and few anglers/day only. Always fresh breeze in that valley – surely a place to be if you are a fly fisherman visiting in July..

Flies to use during this period….

going dry fly than midge is a must during the day, small gnats, micro red-tags grizzly colored etc… Streamer works as well.. olive, white are dominant colours these days… nymphs no larger than #16 reducing the shine to minimum if possible. Fluorocarbon 6X even 7X is a must. Load it in the Fauna fly shop – we always keep a fresh stock!

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Weather fishing wizard saying

July is quite fresh comparing with the previous years – good for fishing we must say! More active fish and a bit less swimmers in the river.. But the storms are behind every corner if we may say so – light rain shelter jacked must be close all the time. Overall the weather is supportive for the fly fishing purposes and tours. Easily you can plan a day or two if you want..

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Storm and opaq water colors Sava Bohinjka

Huuh.. yesterday Tuesday afternoon we have had a propper shower in the nord-west Slovenia! Several rivers jumped up and turned into a hot chocolate! But today, Wednesday morning, drama is over and the situation is getting back to normal.. Sava Bohinjka in the Bled and Institute part will be semi-clear during today, while up in the Bohinj area will turn normal colored already during the day.. Consider that this shower did not add to lowering the levels of the Sava Bohinjka which will keep the strong currents trend that is lasting since the early June when the sun triggered a bit of the snow melt.. But overall – fishing conditons can be declared NORMAL from tomorrow onward. Weather till Sunday seems jolly good!! Radovna river – fine, clear just stronger current. Idrijca river – fine, Soca a bit opaque due to yesterdays storm.. we will be in touch later today or tomorrow morning with more video of the upper areas…

Fishing news June 12th from Fly Fishing in Slovenia on Vimeo.

One of the more effective ways of the fly fishing in the latest weeks;

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Intense hatch of a Fly Fisherman!

Hi back fellow fly fisherman! Sorry for not being able to post the news sooner, but the Fauna Fly Shop is in these days under an immense pressure of the “hatching anglers” if I may call many different visiting groups in that way :-)

It has become very obvious now, how the super wet and cold May month was keeping down many fly fisherman seeking for some spring time fly fishing.. and now, when the green lights “go fly fishing” are finally turning on – everybody wants to be the 1st one to arrive on the spots! Well, there is enough of space on those many Slovenian rivers, but meeting some other anglers will be a daily must in the weeks to follow..

My ears in the Fauna fly shop are widely open, and regardless the fact that I can not (saaaadly) go on the fly fishing every day, this is what I had learn from the fellow fishing visitors:

Short comments and fly fishing gossips:

  • Sava Bohinjka, the very upper area of the fishing club Bohinj, these days hosting many anglers, mostly German, Belgium and French fisherman.. why? the spring-like levels of the river are still strong in currents despite being crystal clear.. and the more up the river you go (Sava Bohinjka) the less currents you gonna be experience! This is the basic fact that the area is very populated in the last days.. and you can catch also some fine large Trout – so we heard.. Most of the larger fish is still down deep and mostly feeds on the nymph.. Dry will bring you enough catch, but will be smaller in size. Try to avoid the bridge in Brod and Savica – several French anglers literary occupied the area and is hard to get a free slot in between of them.
  • Sava Bohinjka – Institute (middle part) – Increasing traffic of Italian anglers forecast for the ends of this week, arriving with the dry fly action attempts.. The hatch today was happening strongest in the morning, 8:30 – 11ish, than the sun put the heat down and the fish went back down.. small but heavy nymph was the best reply to offer.. Larger trout also strikes hard on some smaller streamer imitation mostly of the white colour, presented close to the bottom.. (sink tips are a welcome gear to have). Wider configuration of the river bed in the Institute makes the currents feel a bit less strong than on the other areas.. Saturday and Sunday June 8,9 stronger pressure of the Italian anglers is to be expected – of course welcoming them, since we only saw a hand full of them in the May month 😉
  • Sava Bohinjka Bled area (lowest of all 3 clubs: BLED TROPHY part is almost sold out for the end of the week, with only few more rods left on the Saturday.. any intention to be one of them – do not hesitate to contact us via ph. or e-mail to book you in! Other areas out of the trophy are not really under the pressure since the currents are still strong and every body is thinking that in the upper fishing clubs will be a better fishing due to less current – eeeee… wrong! Bled regular parts are a good hide out away from the FF masses and the fish are as active than everywhere else… the one who has eyes – let him read!
  • Radovna river: almost neglected since the masses of Fly fisherman attached the Sava Bohinjka. But those few who went on the Radovna lately reported back a very positive news, fish not big but very active and almost nobody on the whole river length – not to mention a drop-dead gorgeous spring surrounding nature of the Radovna valley. You want to roam alone on your fly fishing day? Go to the Radovna river!
  • Savinja river: so we heard that the permits for the Trophy areas (30/day) are also sold out till Monday next week! Better make a call to their fishing club before staring your journey via Savinja! So you do not stay empty permit handed once arriving! Fishing should be ok if the river is sold-out!
  • Krka river: this is a area to consider! In the next day she will be reaching her optimal levels! And since the big eye of the FF is not looking at her – this might be a place to be! Fishing season on the Krka river is like 3 weeks ahead of the Alpine rivers area – hatches are stronger! We can provide the fishing permits, but they go for Eur 70,00/day. If you hit the right day – investment can be well rewarded by brownies feeding on the surface more than on the nymphs!
  • Unica river – still in the process of dropping down the levels to reasonable, not yet perfect.. have patient, once the levels drop – fishing will be exploading!
  • Idrijca – levels perfect but fishing demanding due to the low temperature of the river. Fish feeds quite selectively and if you want to be sure you gonna make a good quota – take the Trophy part permit.. on the regular one you might be suffering..
  • Soca river – getting back to normal, but suffering snow melt.. streamer and nymph ok – dry still not on the maximum.. but if you are on the area, go fishing – later weeks and lower levels will be bringing dozens and dozens of the anglers!
  • Lepena (tributary to the Soca river) – jam packed with the anglers – try to find some alternative, since the poor little stream can not take any more human inside..
  • Big Sava river – in short words – she is big. too big and too white since the Sava Dolinka is bringing white colour due to the snow melt and rain supplies gathered in the month May..
  • Sava Dolinka: where in the current is mostly white and not yet mature for some nice fly fishing.
  • Sava Dolinka Power station lake: belly boat area – reporting very good fish activity! Whater is white with some brown alga patches here and there – but you might score up to 20 good size trout/day! Green lights for the lake belly boaters shinning bright!
  • Sora – all fine, fishing fine..

Well, you see what can a man learn by working in the fly shop! Surely the above is valid for a few days only, than everything might be changing, but in general I believe the actual situation is well described!

Weather fishing Wizard saying: up to the balls you will be freezing, above the belt you will be boiling! And that is true, water temperature very low, while the Sun will be reaching up to the hey- 34! degrees on Tuesday next week!

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Video of the Sava Bohinjka June 5th

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Video of the Radovna river June 3rd

 

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JUNE IS HERE! Fly Fishing finally see some sun!

May declared as the most wet and cold  since 1991 – IS GONE! June started lovely, sun and levels in the process of dropping down! Early days of June will still be seeing some showers and T-storms locally but they should not be messing with the levels of the main rivers.. Let us hope this will become true! So far – so good! Today Saturday 1st we have already have lots of action on the smaller rivers and the tributaries, while main rivers (Sava Bohinjka, Soca, Idrijca, Krka(very high) will be dropping in the next days.. Today all main rivers were already clear, except the Sava Dolinka and the big Sava river, but having strong spring-like currents. Also the temperature of the water remaining low – around 10 degrees.. (the Radovna river 6 degrees haha).

Bottom line – GO! we had wait long enough.. hatches are already there, but because of the stronger currents dry fly fishing still a bit down.. should be improving in the next week.. stay tuned!

Fly-fishing-news-Slovenia-June1 from Fly Fishing in Slovenia on Vimeo.

Weather wizard looks really happy

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Up and down we go fly fishing.. and up and down again…

Hey duudes… curious for getting some new exciting news regarding the levels and fly fishing condition becoming perfect!? Nope, no such news to post yet… similar to all the news in the last month – weather remaining colder than usual and showers are often.. the last shower yesterday rise the level of the Sava Bohinjka a bit while the smaller rivers remain down at normal.. The hatch is happening every day, but you must be on the river as much as possible, since the hatch hours are random and can happen either at 1400 or 20:00 or anything in the between! In the next two days, the upper parts of the Sava Bohinjka will be more under the fishing pressure, since they offer a bit less current..

River-levels-May-22nd from Fly Fishing in Slovenia on Vimeo.

A short video about a fly fishing moment of yesterday… as said – the fish is active and feeding.. if you know to find them, mixing weather and some showers are of no importance  😆

Weather wizard saying for the next few days – not too bad!;

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What fly to use? Hmm… this below is ready to go to Chamonix – France.. for the local area – just visit us in the Fauna Fly Shop and we will be glad to advise haha :-)

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Unpredictable – but fishable week ahead!?

As promised, Fly fishing news Slovenia back with this morning`s fresh visit on the Sava Bohinjka river – Bled fishing club waters.. While the video can only show you one river, also the rest of them in the north-west Slovenia have the same characteristics – clear but stronger than usual. But now – let us forget this “stronger than usual” issue; we have had like 4 groups fly fishing on the river yesterday and the weather conditions were mix – again.. shower, little sun, wind, sun etc… THEY HAD ALL REPORTED BACK GOOD DRY FLY ACTION!

It seems like 2016 is happening all over again – Mixed weather kept major of the Fly fishing population off the rivers till the end of May month. And than, when we and the weather pages declared – sunny week – 250 anglers were on the river the next days! So, read the lines here: yes, you need to have a light rain jacket handy all the time. But while the rain is not poring down – fishing is great! And there are hand-full anglers on the rivers only! Many seat at home and wait that they get a solid and reliable GO! for the sunny weather.. but when that happens, the sun will be hammering down with 25+ degrees, triggering some snow melt for sure. Now it stays on up to 18 Celsius maximum, which is not really causing any snow melt yet or just a week one, hardly noticeable..

Sava Bohinjka levels 20.5.2019 from Fly Fishing in Slovenia on Vimeo.

This is the best and the closest data and forecast we can give you at the moment.. all the rest is a mixture of all kind of the weather possibilities..  feel free to call us in the Fauna fly shop if you want some detailed question to be answered, or leave your comment in the comment box below the news.. we shall keep up with the situation on the river also during the week, stay tuned..

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HEY! Fly Fishing approaching – if we go well threw Sunday 19th!

18.5.2019 UPDATE TO THIS RELEASE: Sunday 19th May will be a bit or bit rainy again – so lets take some reserve to the below news.. Monday Morning we are back with the video of the latest happening on the Sava Bohinjka. Welcome to check.. have a nice end of the week!

17.5.2019 Finally some optimism for our dear Fly Fishing visitors, local followers and guests – weather seems to slowly but steadily coming back to “normal”! While tomorrow`s Saturday might still see some shower, onward seems to be ok! River levels at the moment of this update are in general fine – except Unica staying higher than normal, Big Sava river still strong in current and the Sava Dolinka still being white.. none of the rest fly fishing rivers can be called low – but we can say normal or close to normal and in general – clear which is the most important. Fish are active and the hatches are growing daily! Cmon now guys – half of May was lost already – let us wet the lines now what say ya!!!?

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Weather fishing wizard saying:

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What was flies were baiting well during the last couple of days;

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Windy weather but is getting better!

Turbulent Fly Fishing week in Slovenia it was, with a snow-like temperatures during the weekend of May 4-5th! Today, Monday 6th the air remains chilly, but the sun is out! Most of the north-west rivers are a bit above normal levels except the Sava Dolinka is also white in colour. Soca clear, Idrijca clear, Sava Bohinjka clear but strong in current at least in the Bled fishing part. Radovna clear, strong current but dropping fast. Krka – good levels, contact us for more news, permits, area maps, guides etc..

News Fishing Slovenia May 6th 2019 from Fly Fishing in Slovenia on Vimeo.

Fishing foretell for the coming week – Levels improving day by day while the air remains cold and windy. Thursday should be the worst, but not more than a shower or two.. other days seem to be pretty safely dry.

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Pssst-don`t tell your fishing buddies: regardless the cold air and winds, as soon as the wind calms down and the sun heats the air just for a few degrees – hatches are triggered! Soca, Sava Bohinjka, Radovna will have more or less ephemeras and smaller may flies out, while inland rivers like Unica and Krka already see some sedge hatches in progress!

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