Jun 21st, 2019
The tiny nation of Slovenia showcases the grandeur of the Swiss Alps, the quaint charm of Tuscany’s wine country and crystal clear trout streams that rival New Zealand’s finest. Moreover, this small, exceedingly safe country of 2 million is among the most progressive, well-educated and greenest in the EU where the majority of the population speaks impeccable English. Slovenia is not only a mecca for fly fishers but also for foodies, wine enthusiast, cyclists, boaters, hikers, skiers and climbers.
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Top reasons to go.
1. Experience great fishing and family/couples friendly touring in a beautiful, safe, clean, outdoor oriented, and environmentally progressive county.
2. Sight fish on foot for large rainbow, brown, and marble tout in beautiful settings.
3. Enjoy world-class wine and cuisine paired with fine boutique accommodations.
4. Countless high-quality guided activities for companions that do not wish to fish.
5. Build your own custom trip, be it for just two or for larger parties. Focus on what your group is most interested in.
Where is the lodge?
Guests stay in a variety of boutique hotels throughout Slovenia. The majority of the angling and tours are based out of villages and major cities including Ljubljana, Bled, Bovec, and the Nova Gorica area.
How do I get there?
Guests will need to fly to Ljubljana (LJU) where they will be met by their Slovenian travel guide. Guests may also choose to travel through Trieste (TRS) or Venice (VCE), Italy, Vienna (VIE), Austria or Zagreb (ZAG), Croatia.
Do I need a Visa?
No. United States, Canadian and Japanese citizens do not need a visa to visit Slovenia.
When should I go?
There are five different fishing / touring seasons in Slovenia.
Pre-season: The pre-season runs from the beginning of April through the first few weeks of May. The fish are rested and the larger marble trout are aggressive. April typically is a bit unstable weather, but gets more stable in May. These months see heavy baetis and midge hatches and somewhat shorter fishing days due to daylight.
Main season: This season runs from mid-May to end of June. The weather tends to be stable and sunny with average highs around 70 degrees. This is the prime time for hatches of both mayflies and caddis. A variety of waters are open – alpine rivers, spring creeks, and limestones systems. The days are longer and there tends to be great evening fishing with rising fish.
Mid-Summer season: The mid-summer season run from early June to August. Freestone rivers and lake are all fishing well. Despite warm air temps, there is still plenty of cold water and the days are long.
Autumn season: This season runs from September 1 to the end of October. Aggressive pre-spawn trout and grayling can be caught on dry flies. The weather is cooler, but there is usually an Indian summer in Slovenia. Guest will experience amazing fall colors highlighted by larch trees.
Winter season: The winter season runs from the first heavy late fall snows to mid-February. For guests that want to fish for huchen (a kissing cousin to taimen) this is the time and fishing can be combined with downhill, nordic or off-piste skiing.
Where do they fish?
The classic Slovenian rivers are the Soca, Unica and Krka. Other options are the Sava Bohinjka, Tolminka and Idrijca. When we pushed our favorite guides as how many days it would take to fish all of their favorite water, they estimated 60, so there are lots of options in lots of regions.
Where do we stay?
Boutique hotels throughout the county.
Who is best suited to this destination?
These custom trips can accommodate and exceedingly wide range of traveler including couples, families, hardened anglers and outdoor enthusiast. Likewise, they can be tailored for all physical abilities. Anyone who likes and respects nature and the outdoors is going to fall in love with Slovenia.
What is a typical day like?
The typical day begins with a nice included breakfast at your hotel followed by your planned activity. Anglers will be met by their guide and whisked of to the stream, and the touring contingent will head out with your primary guide for the days activity and may meet up with more specialized guides depending on what is planned. Dinners tend to very nice with many courses and wine pairing.
What are the meals like?
Most breakfast tend be classic European buffet style featuring fresh breads, meats, cheese, yogurt and fruit and are served in your hotel. Lunches tend to be taken low-key local establishments and dinners tend to be taken out at nice restaurants, or at the hotel restaurants (which are of the highest quality). We consider this trip a great pick for foodies as Slovenia prides itself on cuisine and fresh locally grown organic meats and produce.
How would you describe the general vibe and atmosphere?
Safe, relaxed, clean, active, healthy, green.
Is there an on-site manager, owner or point person at the lodge?
Yes. There is always a tour guide with the group.
Is there internet and cell service?
Yes. Slovenia has very good internet and cell coverage. You may lose service when you are on hikes or in the more remote parts of the country.
How do they fish?
Guests will head out by car each day with guide and walk and wade fish. Much of the fishing is sight fishing. The guides use nymphs most often but there is also good dry fly fishing. Typically, one fly is allowed in Slovenia and on some systems indicators and weight are not allowed.
How many fish will I catch?
It depends on the angler and the system and the day, but a person might expect to catch 3 to 5 fish over 14 inches per day.
What are the guides like?
While they are all individuals with unique personalities, they are all responsive, patient, knowledgeable and they all speak excellent English. They are well versed on all of the rivers in Slovenia so there are lots of options for fishing depending on weather and river conditions.
Will we see other anglers?
During pre-season and the autumn season the rivers are not crowded. In the middle of the season you probably will see other anglers. The Soca can get crowded on summer weekends.
Is there wade fishing?
Yes. Most of the fishing in Slovenia is wade fishing. There can be some float tube fishing on lakes if guests want.
How far is it to the fishing grounds?
It depends on where the group is staying and what river they are fishing. The itineraries are drawn up to keep runs to the rivers and activities short. On average the run is 40 minutes. If a group chooses to stay in the Ljubljana area most fly fishing rivers are 1 hour or less away.
Does the outfitter provide equipment?
Yes. The outfitter provides all angling and activity equipment, but guests are welcome to bring their own.
Do the guides provide Flies?
Yes. The guides provide flies, but guests are welcome to bring their own.
What is your favorite rod(s) for the trip?
I prefer a fast action 9 foot 5-weight. The ideal rod would be a multi-application rod (nymphs, dry flies, and light streamers) that is good with line control, has a quick recovery rate and can keep the line speed fast.
What are the top flies?
Bead-head nymphs, CDC mayflies, deer hair caddis. Much the same as western U.S. rivers.
Are there other activities?
Yes-lots! Hiking, walking, mountain biking, road cycling, climbing, skiing, via ferrata climbing, history tours, art tours, culinary and wine tours. Slovenia has more to offer than you think!
What is the cost?
These tours are completely custom, but a good average is $850 – $1000 per person per day.
Are there hidden expenses?
Not really. Guide tips and the Hiša Franko dining experience if guests choose to eat there.
What is the cancellation policy?
61-90 days 25% of trip cost
31-60 days 50% of trip cost
0-30 days 100% of trip cost
Do I need trip insurance?
No, but we always recommend it. We recommend Global Rescue for trip insurance and evacuation insurance.
Does this trip combine well with other trips?
Absolutely. You can get to anywhere in Europe from Slovenia, but Croatia, Italy, Hungary and Austria are all very close.
Are there special skills required?
What are the physical demands?
The activities are all easy to moderately physically demanding.
Dangers and annoyances?
None really. Slovenia is a very safe and welcoming country.
All guests have a responsibility to disclose any health issues to their guide upon arrival in Slovenia.
1. In 2018 Slovenia was rated as one of the seven safest countries in the world.
2. Guests have the option to eat at Hiša Franko in Kobarid. The Chef, Ana Roš, was voted most talented chef in the world in 2016. The restaurant was voted one of the top 50 in the world in 2018 and she has appeared on the Netflix series Chef’s Table.
3. Slovenia is known for its dry macerated “orange” wines.