Slovenia Fly Fishing
the jewel of European fly fishing
The fly fishing in Slovenia is an incredible experience with great versatility in terms of locations, species and even times of the year. Much like our own fishing in the UK, it is possible to fish all year round if one wants to target different species, and is willing to wrap up warm in the winter! The rivers are situated in breathtakingly beautiful valleys and serviced by a plethora of accommodation options.
Discover the Rivers and Streams of Slovenia
Whilst Slovenia is only a small country it is hugely diverse; from its bustling coastline to the impressive Julian Alps. It is these jagged snow capped mountains that divide the fishing between the Adriatic basin to the west and the Black Sea basin to the east. Each basin offering some fantastic fly fishing rivers.
The western side is probably the better known and is where you will find the mighty Soca River and its tributaries. This is possibly the most famous river system in Slovenia and is home to genetically pure marble trout (Salmo trutta marmoratus). These rivers also have Adriatic grayling, which although considered the same as other European grayling, is in fact quite different in its appearance and thought to be a different sub-species. The rivers are also home to non-native rainbow trout.
The Soca system, home to great rivers such as the Idrijca, Tolminka, Baca, Lapena, offers anglers one of the most picturesque fly fishing settings imaginable. Mountain peaks pierce the skyline on all sides, alpine forests sweep the valleys, and countless turquoise rivers and streams carve their way towards the sea.
The eastern side may not be as notorious, but it still offers some wonderful fly fishing and is in fact more diverse as the rugged mountain landscape flattens to lowland limestone meadows. The main river system here is the Sava along with its tributaries including the Sava Dolinka, Sava Bohinjka and Radovna. They offer fantastic grayling fishing as well the chance to target large rainbow trout and good sized brown trout. In the winter months there are also opportunities to catch the elusive Danubian salmon (hucho hucho).
The fishing in the Black Sea basin is not limited to the Sava though, and a little further south there is a wonderful selection of limestone karsts, rivers very similar to our English chalkstreams. Rivers such as the Unica and Kokra offer anglers the chance to target big grayling and native brown trout in crystal clear waters with prolific fly hatches.
The Slovenia fishing is mainly done using 3-5 weight fly rods, although 7-8 weights can be used when fishing streamer patterns for large marble trout. The dry fly fishing, when possible, can be spectacular, with the hatches even bringing up the smaller marble trout to feed off the surface. The majority of the time, fishing will be done using nymphs but due to the water clarity this can be as exciting as dry fly fishing.
A range of Accommodation
There is a range of accommodation available to anglers and non-fishers. We have hand selected various properties due to their proximity to the fishing venues. For non-fishing guests we have a fantastic range of accommodation options well placed for daily excursions, and many of which have onsite spa and wellness facilities.
Within easy reach of Ljubljana
Packages generally originate in Ljubljana making them very accessible for anglers from all over the world. The international airport has direct flights to several main European hubs including London Gatwick, Paris CDG, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt, as well as UAE hub Dubai.
Once in country the accommodation locations are within two hours’ drive.
2023/4 Season Rates (Bed & Breakfast)
7 night / 6 days (Sava & Soca combination):
£2,830 per person – Single Room / Single Guide
£1,760 per person – Single Room / Shared Guide
£1,430 per person – Shared room / Shared Guide
5 night / 4 days (Sava & Soca combination):
£1,970 per person – Single Room / Single Guide
£1,230 per person – Single Room / Shared Guide
£1,020 per person – Shared room / Shared Guide
4 night / 3 days (Sava only):
£1,430 per person – Single Room / Single Guide
£850 per person – Single Room / Shared Guide
£810 per person – Shared room / Shared Guide
4 night / 3 days (Soca only):
£1,560 per person – Single Room / Single Guide
£920 per person – Single Room / Shared Guide
£840 per person – Shared room / Shared Guide