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Levels jumped up :-(

As we kind-a hope not to happen, Sunday 8th sept. the rain hit down hard and had pushed several rivers up during one night! This morning the situation in the north-west Slovenia – around Bled town if to be precise is a bit murky – still drizzling and with the levels of the Sava Bohinjk, Dolinka, Sava, Radovna all up..

Good news is that the rain is about to stop in a couple of hours and hence onward there will be sun on the sky till the end of the week.. Sava will need a day or two to recover the levels, the Radovna will be probably clear already tomorrow, September 10th. Unica river and also the Krka river which are in the inland areas of the Slovenia are fine to fly fish. Fauna fly shop provides also the permits, maps, navi data, flies etc.. a good hide out for the next two days till the Sava drops down the levels..

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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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Wind is the biggest fishing issue right now

What a strange fly fishing season in Slovenia we fall into? Harsh weather conditions just don`t want to end! But humans – we adapt.. history proves that! Fly fisherman which already came to visit (and also the locals) are fly fishing regardless the windy weather and cold temperatures.. after all – rivers are clear.. as a strongest surprise in the last few days was a dry fly activity in the conditions nobody expected to happen – wind and low temperatures! Ephemears hatched well, but the trout and grayling refuse to take them.. at the end blue duns, bwo-s or even mosquito of a lighter coloures were the right choice! How you were able to present them in the wind is another story, but the fact is – dry fly worked well in the last days..

Fishing news 14th May 2019 from Fly Fishing in Slovenia on Vimeo.

Well working fly patterns in the last couple of days – Sava Bohinjka river upper areas

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Few images from the Sava Bohinjka, two days ago – upper areas

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Drizzling down but rivers hold on well

Today, May 9th should be the most wet day of the week.. As for now, drizzling down a bit, not really messing up with the levels.. As we thought to go making a Fly fishing conditions movie this morning, I had changed my minds and only toke one image from the wooden bridge of Log – Institute part of the Sava Bohinjka. Why? Because we do not know what will happen over the night and we shall roll the camera rather tomorrow – confirming the upcoming weekend fishable or not. But at the moment all seems to be fine and we have a 90% GO..

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The Fly fishing day before May 1st

Dear Fly fishing friends, surely several of you and us consider May 1st – 2nd will be a fly fishing opportunity! And in fact – it is, but not a perfect one we could say.. Considering that the north-west Slovenia is still in the rainy/cloudy atmosphere, this fishing news after all can be considered as “not bad” one..

For all who still hesitate or are unsure about the levels of the Sava Bohinjka, here are the latest:

Slovenia Fishing news Sava Bohinjka April 30th 7.30am from Fly Fishing in Slovenia on Vimeo.

Radovna river today is already totally clear and the currents are let us say.. some 5cm above the normal ones. See our previous post from yesterday for the video.

MAY 1st and 2nd are Holidays in Slovenia – Fauna fly shop opens 8:00 – 10:00 am only. On both of the dates – May 1st AND 2nd. Welcome to visit!

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Fly Fishing activity slowly increasing, but the weather..

Moody April with it`s showers and colder wind periods keeping down the stronger activities of the fly fisherman & women :-) But there might be a problem if we only look and follow the weather forecast pages – they might show rain or drizzle, but in the real-life rivers can be nicely fishable! As an example, the video showing Sava Bohinjka river in her middle and lower areas – perfectly fishable.. weather forecast for today was showing 2/3 rain drops – nothing happened.. at least 2 fly fishing groups post-pone the visit due to rainy forecast.. at the end they should not have to.. BUT behold – tomorrow Thursday 11th will decide about end of the week being fishable or not: larger shipment of the rain on the way this evening-tomorrow if to believe the weather Man..

Stay in touch, if the levels will go up, we will be posting here on Friday Morning to update you for the last fishing plans modification.. Below also a lovely image of a visiting couple from the USA catching the “window of the opportunity” at the Sava a few days ago! See you the next year!

Early April 2019
Early April 2019

Today`s water level of the Sava Bohinjka river:

There are also some signs of fish being interest for the surface feeding! Smaller Trout and Graylin can already be tricked with some Dry Fly Flies while the bigger boys still nosing down the bottom more or less. Few more degrees in the water and bigger Trout will be up too!

Dry-fly-early from Fly Fishing in Slovenia on Vimeo.

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Fly fishing early April – rainy

Well, Fly fishing in Slovenia is April – like: showers and sun, while the levels of most larger rivers staying above their optimal levels.. Most of the visiting and local fly fisherman focusing either to the upper areas of the larger rivers (Sava Bohinjka, Soca, Krka etc) or their tributaries, where better levels can be found.. Also Radovna river nearby Bled can be a good hide-out from… Posting this on April 6th, conditions should stay as such till the midst of the next week.. more or less.. Fauna Fly shop & Guiding Bled opens every morning at 08:00 feel free to ring or pop-in if you need some advise 1st hand type, fishing permit, heavy nymphs etc.. or just a chat :-)

Sava Bohinjka levels April 6th from Fly Fishing in Slovenia on Vimeo.

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Fly Fishing Slovenia, March 2019

As the main fly fishing season in Slovenia kicks-in now, with April 1st, impatient ones already roaming the river Sava in March! Regardless colder water there are signs for action! Except larger Trout which is still in the spawning mood – ignoring the food that passes by, medium sized Trout already feeds nicely! Mostly on nymphs and bottom food, hatch still week or none.. This winter Slovenia has been poor with snow – meaning that the snow-run waters will be lasting only a short while.. weather seems to be fine, pack the rods and plan your fly fishing trip! Early season – less anglers and less careful fish!

First visiting Fly Fisherman arriving to Bled, Guided trip below was a success, more than handful Trout landed during the fly fishing day and in the afternoon a crown jewel Grayling of a massive weight grab the nymph – a perfect day we might call it!

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August arrived – Fly fishing challenging!

With the specifics of hot months like August, fly fishing needs to adapt in some way.. early morning waking up is a must if you want to land sth. larger either Trout or Brownie! they are out early in the morning when the levels are still fresh and the sun not out yet. Fauna fly shop will be advising you about the river choice and areas of the river which will enable you some better chances either if you fish dry fly only or both – dry and nymphs. feel free to contact us any time!

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