Article in www.rackelhanen.se by Dan Fallon Slovenia, last stronghold of fabled marble trout Rok Lustrik, Slovenian fly fishing guide lives the ideal fly fishers life in a place still relatively untouched because of it's semi remote mountainous position nestled between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea.
Ljubljana a small village in Slovenia, bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, it is a fertile land where rivers roar. This land is possibly one of the last areas sustaining healthy stocks of Marble Trout, this particular coloration as depicted in these photos reminds me of other isolated trout species such as the Alaskan Tiger or Leopard Trout. It must be obvious to others who chase fish around the world, trout if left isolated do develop their own special markings, colorings, spots. Other species like Greyling, Brookies, Brown, and Rainbow are also represented. Fly fishing by wading or from various craft depending on season and river changes are constant, those considering a trip will enjoy the topography and still wild wooded areas. Marble Trout are stocky good fighters though not easy to fool if one does not understand how to realistically move streamers along river stream edges as if they are real darting bait fish. It appears these technicolor wily fighters behave and live to older age (six years or older) like North American Brown Trout by their wild survival instincts not found in hatchery fish. Thanks to the European Nature Preserve law Marble Trout will be allowed to thrive almost unmolested in the Soca watershed. Fly fishers can work these protected waters with only one fly rod and single fly in restricted areas, one would be well served to contact Rok at www.lustrik.com or phone 00386-31-478-654. local hotels and bed & breakfast inns are high quality and numerous, local chefs are quite famous for their creative outdoorsy cuisine. The bird life and diversified indigenous animal population and many rushing rivers and streams create a sportsmens dream destination.This still almost untouched area with crystal clear water and no air pollution allows Rok to take clients on once in a life time wild trout trips where 20 fish mornings are the rule if you truly understand how to stay well out of the way and cast thin tippits and know your craft... Many of the same patterns used world wide and in the far west are used such as caddis, various hairwings, royal coachmens, pheasant tails, soft hackle wets and dries and the usual tiny emerger nymphs and gaudy attractors. Each river has its own secrets and methods like down stream fly presentations letting the line run fly first down current into feeding trout, very effective in crystal clear waters in Slovenia and wherever clear cold water runs. Slovenia may be one of the few remaining true wilderness fly fishing experiences available in an outdoor wonderland with great beauty and worldclass lodging make this a must see for all dedicated world fly fishers, give Rok a buzz baby, tell him Quill sent you! It will come as no surprise to world fly fishers remote and semi remote wild areas with clear clean water and few other humans are getting more rare by the moment. Deep in wild Alaska, Slovenia and a handful of other international countries still have clean wild rivers where expert fly fishers can easily wade into serious game fish. Guides like Rok are becoming even rarer like the vanishing wild rivers each year, thanks for keeping the fly fishing flame glowing in Slovenia Mr. Lustrik... Link: http://www.rackelhanen.se/eng/2col05.htm