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A very nice and exclusive visit happened last week.. on a nice September`s day, the Ambassador of the United States of America, her Excellency Ms. Lynda Blanchard decided trying her skills as a Fly Fisher! Choosing us, to give her a bit of the support out there on the Sava Bohinjka river! Sure, happy to do that!
The day was like perfect and regardless some wind, the Ambassador managed to land some Trout! Showed a good deal of the passion and pristine interest for the Fly fishing, we were getting a strong feedback to keep on doing what we do for the last 30 years – support everybody who want to meet the Slovenian rivers and fish that live in them – responsibly and with a fly rod in their hands! Ambassador Blanchard – Looking forward meeting you again!
As you can see on the video below – weather a bit rainy this morning September 7th.. but remarkably the levels still down and almost on perfect! If to believe the weather forecast, the rain shall stop around noon time and the rest of the week should be NICE for the fly fishing activities!
Weather forcast for the rest of the week – BLED and the north-west part of the Slovenia.. (Soca, Radovna, Sava river fishing basin)
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What a hectic weather we have had in the recent few days – October like one could say! Massive storms chilled down the summer heat and pushed the levels of the north-west rivers of Slovenia high and white! Well, the good news is, that the drama is over, and hence onward the weather should go back to “normal”, touching 30 degrees during Saturday and Sunday August 8,9.
We expect that first attempts of some reasonable fly fishing will be happening tomorrow, August 6th on the very upper areas of the Sava Bohinjka (Bohinj fishing club) and maybe on the Radovna river – for the fly fisherman who can handle the stronger river currents of the Radovna..
Unica river could be a good target too, since the last week super low levels did not enable some active fly fishing down there.. the river now went up to the perfect levels in will probably be a good hide out for Thursday and Friday respectively. But keep an eye on the Unica, since she has different characteristic of rising the levels than other rivers: since sourcing from the underground cave systems, levels arrive a day or two after the rain has stopped.. Makes sense to call us to the Faunaflyshop for latest info if you would be heading down there..
Good news and bad news! Which one you want to read first!?
Good one is, that the borders with Austria and Italy are letting fly fisherman in Slovenia with no problems. We issue to our guests a confirmation of having a booking at the Fauna Lodge or a Tour booked with our Guides – just to keep them more calm when meeting the border officers.. situation is expected to relax in the next week, towards the June 15th when overall life could return back to normal and travelling will see no more restrictions what so ever..
Fishing situation in Slovenia overall is ready to accept visiting fly fisherman – rivers haven`t been fished, June is proverbial the best dry fly fishing month and the weather should be optimal for a full day long fly fishing.
Speaking about the weather, the coming end of the week June 5-6 will not be optimal, with storms and showers more or less all over the country. With some luck, the levels will recover soon, getting back to optimal towards the 15th..
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..
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:
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!
Video of the Sava Bohinjka June 5th
Video of the Radovna river June 3rd
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..
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..
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:
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!