|View from Tilnik Farm bedroom|
After a good night's sleep and breakfast we were met by our guide for the day, Blaz, who was going to show us 2 of the Idrijca's tributaries, Trebuscica and Tolminka. The former we fished first, a small, crystal clear stream, climbing into the mountains from the valley below. The surroundings were something special; high mountains, tree covered slopes, quaint buildings, all set off by a clear, deep blue sky. The Trebuscica here had stocked and wild rainbow trout, and native marble trout, but far more of the former. We saw a few decent marble trout but they remained elusive. We did have good numbers of rainbows from a series of pools, stocked and wild, on nymphs and dries, before moving to the Tolminka. On reflection we both felt that the Trebuscica needed more exploration in its higher reaches, where we feel it must hold only wild trout.
|Releasing a wild rainbow - Trebuscica|
|Andy on the Tolminka River|
|Andy fishes the Baca River|
Our last day was spent unguided on the Idrijca River, right below Tilnik Farm. We fished dries and nymphs and caught plenty of fish, especially Andy, who hit on 'the' method right from the start. Basically he was casting his weighted nymph into the slow water on the opposite side of river, letting it sink and dead drift a few feet, then holding so the fly would lift and swing. The fish would hit the fly as it started to lift.
And that was it, fishing over for this trip. The fishing had been enjoyable, challenging at times and varied, but we both felt we had only scratched the surface of the fishing available in the area. 3 more days would have been perfect and so we must return to finish, no continue, what we started. We are hoping to return later this year and/or next year, so if you are interested in joining us please do get in touch. A trip for 3 people, plus myself, costs from £450 full board at Tilnik Farm, which includes fishing permits. There would be a flight and hire car to add to this.
|A Baca Marble Trout|
Link to Tilnik Farm website: http://www.tilnikfarm.com
Links to fishing sites: Tolmin Angling Club, Idrija Fishing Association, Fly Fishing Point
|Early morning mist over the Idrijca Valley|
Flights available from East Midlands Airport to Triest in Italy with Ryanair; or with Easyjet from Stansted to Ljubljana. Both have approximately the same transfer time of about 1 hour 15 minutes to Tilnik Farm.