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I've recently returned from a short fishing trip to Slovenia on the rivers Lipnica and Sava Bohinjka. The scenery was amazing, the weather was good, our accommodation comfortable and the food very good. Most things are reasonably priced, including the rates for a guide, but the fishing permits were quite expensive at €40 - €60 per day and double that for the 'Trophy Waters'.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed myself with a few days of excellent fishing. However the vast majority of fish caught were naturalised rainbow trout (introduced several years ago and allowed to breed) and these were caught by the barrel load! The rainbows were perfectly, and beautifully, coloured to blend in with the bleached white riverbed and gin clear waters. They were fighting fit and excellent sport. The disappointment was the almost complete lack of grayling and brown trout. I caught just 2 fingerling grayling and one small brownie.
Our guide said that a severe flood a few years ago washed most of the grayling out of the system and are struggling to re-establish themselves. I suspect the large numbers of predatory rainbows are a more significant factor.
There are also large rainbows stocked in the Sava Bohinjka , 600mm and over, and these seemed to be the fish that several anglers wanted to target. I was happy to let them get on with it preferring the smaller wild fish.
After a very successful day on the river catching several grayling and brownies, Molly, visiting from America wanted to finish off trying her hand at catching a rainbow or two as these are what she fishes for back home.
I had the pleasure of fishing with the East Midlands Trout Fishing Association at Grafham Water last weekend.
Grafham is a huge reservoir (about 10 miles circumference) in Cambridgeshire that is renowned for it's rainbow trout fishing.
As the intrepid members of the EMTFA were getting suited and booted and taking to the boats the talk was around tactics and locations. Flies were exchanged, along with a few tales of the one that got away!
Now some may tell you that fishing a stillwater is easy, and it can be, but there are many occasions when it can be exceptionally tough and frustrating! Last Sunday was such a day, the weather was perfect, dry, overcast with a little sun and a pleasant breeze. There was plenty of insects hatching and fish were topping regularly, but could we catch 'em!!!!
Lunchtime saw us back on dry land for a BBQ and more talk and plenty of head scratching as we talked tactics for the afternoon session.
The day ended at 18:00 with all the club members gathered around the weighing room to talk about the catch.
My thanks to Bill Knight and all the members of the EMTFA for making me feel welcome. I look forward to meeting up with the very pleasant and hospitable members of this club again in the future.
Without doubt the sedge patterns stole the show for me this year catching consistently well up to the last day of the brown trout season. The daddy hatches this year were astonishingly good after the terrible weather at the start of the season and are always a good pattern in all its guises.
Royston was not only blown away by the scenery and location but couldn't believe the battle the rainbows put up.
This once snatched an Ace of Spades of the top the moment it touched the water. Safely returned this one will live to fight another day.
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