Slovenia 2014 – Sava BohinjkaPosted on 6 May 2014 by Vincent
Last week I went for a short trip to Slovenia with my buddy Philip. We almost cancelled our trip because of the predicted rain. I had some unpleasant memories from my last trip when it comes to rain. But when the weather forecast changed for the better, we decided to go anyway.
After a 10 hour drive we arrived in Bohinjska Bela, near Bled. We immediately checked the river, to see in what condition it currently is. The water was looking good! We even saw some rising fish.
We were planning to do a 3 day trip on the Sava Bohinjka. Back to bled, pick up our license and get some last minute info. The Fauna Fly Fishing store in bled is a great place to start your fishing trip in the Bled region. We fished the section of the Bled fishing club.
Fishing on the Sava Bohinjka
I will not bore you with a day-to-day report, I think the pictures speak for themselves. Long story short: We caught massive amounts of fish. Both on dries and on nymphs. Nymphing is usually the most productive way of fishing. But on some moments, dry flies proved to be very effective as well. We encountered large hatches of different species of mayflies during our 3-day stay.
I made a little video impression of some of our nymph fishing. You can check it out here:
Something you hear regularly about Slovenia, is the fact that a lot of fish are stocked rainbow trout. The beautiful thing about the Sava Bohinjka is that the stocked rainbow trout reproduce themselves on the river. Therefore you also encounter a lot of “wild” rainbow trout. Although the rainbow trout originally comes from North America, they seem to do very well on the Sava Bohinjka.
Most new fish are stocked on easily accessible fishing spots, near bridges etc. So, if you don’t want to catch freshly stocked rainbow trout, just avoid these places and you’ll find lots of wild fish, both grayling and rainbow trout.
In recent trips to the Sava Bohinjka we also caught brown trout. Somehow the brown trout didn’t do very well on the Sava Bohinjka. They still haven’t figured out what the exact problem was, but they all disappeared. Now they are trying to restock the river with a different breed of brown trout, that are native to the area.
If you ever want to visit this river, I can highly recommend these places to stay:
Now, onto the pictures: