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Slovenia 2014 – Sava Bohinjka

Posted 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.

The Sava Bohinjka upon arrival. Looks fishy!

The Sava Bohinjka upon arrival. Looks fishy!

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:

Pictures

Now, onto the pictures:

Nymphing on the Sava Bohinjka, near the club house of Bohinjska Bela

Nymphing on the Sava Bohinjka, near the club house of Bohinjska Bela

A welcome meal after our first fishing session

A welcome meal after our first fishing session

A nice little grayling

A nice little grayling on a dry fly

More nymphing

More nymphing

Philip changing flies

Philip changing flies

A stocky rainbow trout

A stocky rainbow trout

I think of worse places to spend a fishing trip

I think of worse places to spend a fishing trip

Another grayling

Another grayling

A beautiful little wild rainbow

A beautiful little wild rainbow

A nice little grayling caught by Philip on a tungsten nymph

A nice little grayling caught by Philip on a tungsten nymph

Lots of mayflies

Lots of mayflies

A mayfly hatch

A mayfly hatch

Incredible clear river

Incredible clear river

The "B52" nymph, not one, not two, not three, but four heavy 3.5mm tungsten beads on this fly. Sometimes you want to reach those difficult to catch fish in deep pools. One or two of these in your fly box can save your day!

The “B52” nymph, not one, not two, not three, but four heavy 3.5mm tungsten beads on this fly. Sometimes you want to reach those difficult to catch fish in deep pools. One or two of these in your fly box can save your day!

Another grayling on a dry fly

Another grayling on a dry fly

Lots of grayling, both on nymphs and on dries

Lots of grayling, both on nymphs and on dries

This looks fishy...

This looks fishy…

A wild rainbow trout

A wild rainbow trout

Another wild rainbow trout

Another wild rainbow trout

Close-up, caught on a heavy "river candy" nymph

Close-up, caught on a heavy “river candy” nymph

Most beautiful rainbow trout of our trip, caught by Philip on a dry fly

Most beautiful rainbow trout of our trip, caught by Philip on a dry fly

One of the better grayling of our trip, also on a dry fly

One of the better grayling of our trip, also on a dry fly

We didn't expect our dinner to be this crazy big. A bit too much, even for two very  hungry fishermen...

We didn’t expect our dinner to be this crazy big. A bit too much, even for two very hungry fishermen… 4 pieces of meat per person, french fries, rise and vegetables.

7 Responses to Slovenia 2014 – Sava Bohinjka

  1. on 6 May 2014 at 20:21 Arjan Maat said:

    Mooi mannen, goed gevist! En dan die schaal met vlees rijst groente etc. bij restaurant Batist in Bohinjska Bela 🙂

    Nog even wachten dan kan ik ook weer!

    TL Arjan Maat

    • on 6 May 2014 at 20:26 Vincent said:

      Thanks Arjan. Jep the big dinner was at Batist. Great restaurant 🙂 When are you going to Slovenia?

      • on 6 May 2014 at 20:41 Arjan Maat said:

        We will go to the other side, Soca valley around Tolmin. And there is so much fantastic water to fish with a dryfly 🙂

        • on 8 May 2014 at 12:33 Vincent said:

          I hope to visit the Soca valley this your too. Can’t wait to catch a marmorata on a dry!

  2. on 7 May 2014 at 20:39 Walter said:

    What a nice river to fish! Love the nymphing, adds an extra dimension : depth control….

    • on 8 May 2014 at 12:34 Vincent said:

      Indeed, with this style of nymphing you can control the depth perfectly.

  3. on 10 May 2014 at 23:11 Bert said:

    Hi Vincent,

    Then we were in the same period. I did fish the Sava Bohinjka, the Reka and the Soca / Lenepa. What a beautiful rivers / steams: Grayling, brown trout and marmorata. The Drau (Austria), the Tiroler Ache (and a small stream that comes in to it / Germany) and the Polka (Croatie) where to high / too much rain.
    Next time the trip / holiday should go to Montenegro. Who knows do we meet and drink a beer.

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