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Report at a Glance

General RegionSlovenia
Specific LocationKupa River
Time of DayFrom sunset to sundown and sometime even after
Fish CaughtMostly Grayling and a few brown trout
Conditions & HatchesReasonably low fresh water, very sunny with sometime as much as 18 different flies hatching at the same time.

Details and Discussion

SlocumJuly 5th, 2017, 11:37 pm
France

Posts: 6
Early june, we've travelled 18 hours from France to fish in the Kupa river, at the border of Slovenia and Croatia. A well preserved and beautiful fresh river in the middle of low mountains covered by conifers and boradleaf.

Here are some pictures of my trip, also including a bunch of reptiles & amphibians, as I'm very interested in them. Almost no brown trout pics, we caught just a few and we weren't able to take pics of them except one.

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Kupa river, with its beautiful surrounding :

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We fished mostly with dry fly but a few grayling were caught on nymph, like this one :

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A juvenile Natrix tessellata, a semi aquatic non venomous snake feeding on fish, tadpoles and small amphibians. The equivalent of your garter snake or your water snake.

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The day after we went to the source of the river, in the Risnjac National park in Croatia.

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Buying local flies :

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Natrix natrix persa shed :

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Back to Slovenia :

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Now the main reptiles/amphibians chapter.

Zootoca vivipara :

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Common toad, Bufo bufo :

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Lacerta agilis :

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Amplexus of Bombina variegata :

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Bufo bufo, again :

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Tadpoles feeding on dead toad. No waste in energy in the Wild :

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Juvenile Natrix tessellata :

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Bombina variegata again :

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An adult specimen of Natrix tessellata :

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Sorry for this little interlude. Back to the river and fly fishing :

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There were some Huchens too. Some of us did saw some following a grayling they catch, but to fish them at this time of year wasn't allowed and we didn't have the appropriate rod and line anyway.

Hope you liked that short report of a very good trip ! Go there if you can, it's beautiful.
TroutnutJuly 6th, 2017, 12:23 am
Administrator
Fairbanks, AK

Posts: 2409
Awesome report and pictures, thanks for posting! I love Slovenia and would highly recommend it to anyone. The whole country is a great experience, including the fishing.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
SlocumJuly 6th, 2017, 7:37 am
France

Posts: 6
Thanks Jason ! This is a great Country for sure. Awesome landscape, and a great variety of fauna and flora. I just regret that we weren't able to visit the Risnjac National park a whole day. My comrades wanted to fish, fish, fish...
Jmd123July 6th, 2017, 10:58 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2114
Beautiful! Love the reptiles and amphibians! Different species but pretty much the same things we see here, except here in Michigan lizards are rare. (The most common is the five-lined skink, the juveniles of which have lovely electric-blue tails.) But all lovely creatures...and spectacular scenery! Thanks for sharing.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
PartsmanJuly 6th, 2017, 3:24 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 116
Thanks for sharing your wonderful European flyfishing! Beautiful pictures, I love the rivers and mountains, and the cabin was very relaxing to look at. It looks like the kind of place I would love to visit and enjoy some good wine and food and fishing.
Mike.
MartinlfJuly 6th, 2017, 6:46 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2712
Fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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