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  1. #11
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    Maybe tihs is more for the other guys also keeping an eye on this thread. I fished Bosnia in August last year. Fished the Ribnik, Pliva and Una. I doubt if there would be much to do for your wife and daugther but from a fishing perspective it is excellent. I got 6 full days fishing all inclusive including transport, food, accomodation and a full time guide for little over 1100 euro(excluding flight to Zagreb).

    The Pliva were my favorite. Ribnik is also magical, full of fish mostly grayling with some massive wild browns swimming around. This is a river where you can catch a 5kg brown. The Una were my least favorite and wont bother going again. We fished close the the hatchery at the bridge and I caught 70 small trout that escaped from the hatchery in an hour.

    The Pliva and the Ribnik is a differet story altogether, very technical and I were glad I had a guide. 6x and 7x are the norm here. My guides had to teach me how to nymph, that alone was worth the entry price. I learnt more in that one week than in the last 10 years.

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    Hi, im from Spain so sorry for the writing.
    I ve been three times in Eslovenia. I would recommend going there without doubts.
    You can choose going to the Soca valley to fish the marmorata trout, rainbows in the Bled area, or the chalktreams in the South( maybe a bit late in summer).
    Soca valley is amazing, very nice. You wouldnt need a guide there.maybe the Idrijca river is a little bit tricky. The rest, Baca, Lepena, Soca...are easier.
    If you need more information feel free to send me a private message.

    Another option is coming to Spain and fishing in Pirenyees. Cheaper and two hours from the beach for the family.
    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by turco View Post
    Hi, im from Spain so sorry for the writing.
    I ve been three times in Eslovenia. I would recommend going there without doubts.
    You can choose going to the Soca valley to fish the marmorata trout, rainbows in the Bled area, or the chalktreams in the South( maybe a bit late in summer).
    Soca valley is amazing, very nice. You wouldnt need a guide there.maybe the Idrijca river is a little bit tricky. The rest, Baca, Lepena, Soca...are easier.
    If you need more information feel free to send me a private message.

    Another option is coming to Spain and fishing in Pirenyees. Cheaper and two hours from the beach for the family.
    Regards
    Hi

    Could I get some details of the rivers and accommodation you used in Slovenia ?

    I'm thinking of going over. Will need a guide as we are both ****.

    Really enjoy wading in and dry fly if possible.

    Thanks
    John

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    Mmm... Iceland is very, very high on my hit list, but that would be a hell of a sell to my wife
    For me... Slovenia with family would be the better option and do Iceland on your tod. Long, long days in Iceland, not sure as I disappeared out the door replying to-
    “how long will you be...”
    the answer of-
    “16 hrs....” would be overly appreciated

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    Been mulling over what I should do this year myself. Would love to do Iceland but the price is just way over the top in my opinion. I fished for salmon there in 2009 and paid £3000 for a weeks fishing including flights, transfers, guide, accommodation and five star grub. Had a belting week but now for the same fee you'd be lucky to get 3-days trout fishing and it certainly won't include flights! Greenland for Char is another I'd like to do but the few trips I've enquired about require a charter flight from Copenhagen which is around the 1000 euro mark on top of the rest of the trip. Tempted to go back to Austria, Slovenia or Bosnia, been to all 3 before and had good fishing but the licenses for Slovenia can be pricey and it's not an unknown fishing location (like Bosnia).

    Decisions, decisions....

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    Quote Originally Posted by boisker View Post
    Mmm... Iceland is very, very high on my hit list, but that would be a hell of a sell to my wife
    For me... Slovenia with family would be the better option and do Iceland on your tod. Long, long days in Iceland, not sure as I disappeared out the door replying to-
    “how long will you be...”
    the answer of-
    “16 hrs....” would be overly appreciated
    I took my wife with me on a trip to Iceland a few years ago.
    We spent 3 days in a fishing lodge. I let her use my rod and she learned how to cast from the guide. She actually hooked a salmon but unfortunately lost it. On other days she went white water rafting and horse riding, letting me fish. We both had a great time.
    We then spent a few days playing at tourists. We had a great time.

    On other trips when she joined me we did not have so much fun.

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    I am also a big fan of Slovenia. Have been there quite a few times now, both for specific fishing trips as well as for family holidays.

    The fishing is brilliant. So many different rivers to choose from. You can fish multiple rivers on a single day if you'd want. but there's no need cause just one of the rivers will keep you happy for a long time. The fishing is true sight fishing in clear water. Not always the easiest but I caught fish on all of my trips (have flyfished for over 10 years but only max 2 trips per year). In my experience the fishing in the smaller rivers is easier as you can more easily spot fish. Soca is most famous but its big and you need to know which spots to fish, especially with dry fly fishing. Start in the smaller rivers!

    If you need a good and trustworthy guide, try Lesly Jansen. He's Dutch but speaks English very well and knows the place. Like, truely knows it. https://www.slo-fly.com/

    The weather is great, the people are friendly and the nature is beautiful. I'm not a huge fan of the (simple) food but you Brits aren't the most culinary folks either haha ;-)

    Couldn't tell you anything about Iceland, other then that I'd love to go someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdenb View Post
    I am also a big fan of Slovenia. Have been there quite a few times now, both for specific fishing trips as well as for family holidays.

    The fishing is brilliant. So many different rivers to choose from. You can fish multiple rivers on a single day if you'd want. but there's no need cause just one of the rivers will keep you happy for a long time. The fishing is true sight fishing in clear water. Not always the easiest but I caught fish on all of my trips (have flyfished for over 10 years but only max 2 trips per year). In my experience the fishing in the smaller rivers is easier as you can more easily spot fish. Soca is most famous but its big and you need to know which spots to fish, especially with dry fly fishing. Start in the smaller rivers!

    If you need a good and trustworthy guide, try Lesly Jansen. He's Dutch but speaks English very well and knows the place. Like, truely knows it. https://www.slo-fly.com/

    The weather is great, the people are friendly and the nature is beautiful. I'm not a huge fan of the (simple) food but you Brits aren't the most culinary folks either haha ;-)

    Couldn't tell you anything about Iceland, other then that I'd love to go someday.
    That web site looks super.
    Where would you recommend staying if you fancied a few drinks in the evening ?

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    If you prefer to stay in a town, where there's some bars and restaurants, etc. then I would recommend Kobarid. It's not too big but not too small either and will suit you well if you'd want to go out for beers at night. It's very central and allows you to easily reach several rivers. There's a flyfishing shop there as well and it has several places to stay. Of a high standerd is Hotel Hvala & Restaurant Topli Val Hotel. If you are really in to gourmet cuisine, you should visit restaurant Hisa Franko. Although that's more of a place to take your wife for your anniversary then your fishing mates for a beer!

    Tolmin is also a good option. It's a bit bigger and closer to the Idrijca river for example. The guide I mentioned can help you out with places to stay as well, if you'd like.

    By the way, I am in no way affiliated with him. I am just a happy customer.

    If there's any more info I can help with, just let me know.

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    Weather better than where chinghis? The area Bongoch fished at my suggestion lies south of the Alps and therefore gets much the same weather as northern Italy and Slovenia. Last June I fished in 30 degree+ temperatures as we did in the previous September. Is that good enough?

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