All roads lead to Rome, as the saying goes, and if you follow the river Tiber, it will eventually bring you right into the Eternal city. With its source in the Apennines, the Tiber begins its journey through central Italy, crossing Tuscany, winding through Rome, before greeting the sea some 400 km from the mountains.
The Tiber is most famous for its huge population of Brown trout of all shapes and sizes. The biggest specimens are reported to be more than 100 cm long and can reach a weight of 10 kg.
Besides trout, graylings also represent a big part of the ecosystem and are a joy for all grayling lovers, since the fish can't be found in every river, at least not in such an abundance.
The season begins in April, leading to the first peak in August/September. With certain stretches of the river being exclusively meant for catch and release fly fishermen, Tiber is a perfect choice when visiting Italy.
Soča river is believed to be one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, offering probably the best fly fishing experience in Europe! Sourcing in Slovenian Alps, it runs through the Soča Valley, surrounded by mountains and untouched nature of the Julian Alps, crosses the border into Italy and concludes its 130-km-long journey in the Adriatic Sea.
Soča is home to a very special fish, which is endemic in this region. Marble trout is the reason why this river attracts hundreds of fishermen every year, all wanting to catch this alpine beauty. From being almost extinct a few decades ago, its population has been recovering ever since, and with care of fishing clubs operating the Soča, this special species is thriving yet again. The hard work was rewarded a few years ago when a record Marble trout was caught, measuring more than 120 cm and weighing over 22 kg!
Besides Marble trout, the river is home to Brown trout, Rainbow trout and even Grayling.
The season begins in April and depends on the amount of snow melting in the mountains. May is usually a great month for fishing. During September and October, the fishing season reaches its peak, and is most busy with fly fishermen.
River Traun is another beauty from a collection of Alpine rivers which certainly ranks high in the top fly fishing rivers in Europe. It sources in the Northern Alps, runs through the city of Traun and eventually ends its 150km long journey by connecting to the Danube river at the city of Linz.
The Traun river is home to Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Brook trout, Grayling and even some big specimens of Lake trout. With the most common catch being the Rainbow, it is not uncommon for a Grayling of over 50 cm to grab your fly.
The most productive part of the river is called Gmundner Traum, which is around 15 km long and where the season lasts from the beginning of April to the end of November.
River Wye is one of the most popular fly fishing destinations in the UK. A length of almost 250 km, it is one of the longest rivers on the Island, its source being in Wales and mouth in the Severn Estuary.
There are many places to wet a line along the Wye, since it's very clean and its fish population is plentiful.
Apart from the most wanted and recognisable fish in the river, Atlantic Salmon, it doesn't lack other fish species such as Chub, Trout and Barbel, the latter being most popular for using a ground bait technique.
Salmon is the main target for fly fishermen in the lower parts of the Wye Valley. The season lasts from 3 March to 17 October with its peak in spring when salmon migrate up the river. Nowadays, the biggest specimens caught can weigh up to 16 kg, but a long-standing record from the previous century stands at a staggering 27 kg!
Let's conclude the list of our best European fly fishing destinations with this beautiful lake in Germany. Hintersee is located in the German Alps, near the city of Marsau near the Berchtesgaden National Park.
It is around 20 hectares in size with shallow areas alternating with deep pools, making it one of the best and most attractive fly fishing lakes in Europe.
Hintersee is home to a dense population of Brown trout, with some beautiful Brook trout adding to the lake’s diverse mix. With a special stocking plan from the Fishing club, the fish are constantly growing in numbers. Today, with an abundance of natural food, the local trout are reaching lengths of over 80 cm.
The season starts in the beginning of May and lasts until October. Fishing is possible from the shore, or for those who want more peace, especially in the summer months, fishing from a boat is also a superb option.
Licenses for the 2021 season are already selling!
New rule on Lake Bled --> only 10 licenses per day available.
Fishing on Lake Bled is one of the most memorable experiences for every angler. We can surely say that in the last couple of years the lake became one of the most famous lakes in the carp fishing world, and with specimens of over 30 kg swimming in it and getting bigger each year, this lake still has an enormous potential.
Lake Bled is situated in the north-west part of Slovenia in Gorenjska region. Surrounded by Alps it is hidden in a Bled valley. It is 2 km in length and 1.5 km in width, with the famous island in the middle. It narrows towards the centre of Bled where all the hotels are and it's wider on the other side. The depth varies up to 31 meters and goes down steeply from the bank.
Carp in Lake Bled are some of the biggest in Slovenia. Once you have a take it will scarcely be under 10 kg, even a 15 kg mark is usually breached. As for the 20 kg fish, there are plenty as well and if you want to try and catch yourself a Slovenian 20+ fish, this is the place you should visit. Cream on the cake are fish over 30 kg, which are growing fast despite the relatively cold glacial lake.
During the season there are a few fish who could exceed the weight of 30 kg, but come autumn when the fish start feeding, even the upper 20 kg fish reach the 30 kg mark so you have plenty of chances to bag yourself a real leviathan. Official record is 32.5 kg, but divers report to have seen much bigger fish swimming in clear waters of the Lake Bled.
As for the shape and size, the most distinct are mirror carp, which are darker than elsewhere and tend to have a shape of a ball, short bodies with big bellies. But if you prefer the common carp, they are in the lake as well, powerful and long, with big fins. As a bonus, you can also catch a linear carp of over 20 kg and some scaly mirrors, who are real gems of the Lake Bled.
Carp fishing on Lake Bled is allowed from 1.4. until 31.12. There is no night fishing, so you have strict regulations when you are allowed to fish during the carp fishing season. You can start one hour before sunrise and your fishing session must end at 11 p.m., in some parts of the lake (Bled Island for example) you have to finish by 10 p.m.
Also you have some fish reserves along the lake which open on 15.6 and stay open throughout the season, so you must choose your spot wisely.
As for when in is the best time to go fishing, there are several factors you must take into account.
Spring months can be unpredictable, temperatures could be low and rain hammering down, but at the same time it can be a great forecast with lots of sun and just the right temperatures around 20 degrees. Summer is hot, but as long as you are in the shade, this won't bother you.
In Autumn, the weather usually stays nice until the middle of October, then the temperatures begin to drop.
Winter is also a special time, it's cold but if you are dressed well enough it's no problem. Snow is rare in recent years, so don't put your hopes up for a snowy carp picture.
In recent years, Bled has been very busy with tourists, so if you are a type of angler who likes peace, We can take you to the quiet spots, but nevertheless there are some very good fishing locations in the heart of tourist attractions, especially in the centre, so you have to take tourist into account when planning a relaxing fishing trip.
Spring is OK, there are some visitors especially on nice days and on the weekends, but it is not too much and you can fish places directly in the centre of the lake, if you don't mind a couple of people saying hi and ask a few questions.
In summer, the lake is really crowded with people, so if you are a guy that likes quiet, you will wait until autumn months or you can arrange with our guide to take you to places that are not easily accessible, but are therefore more peaceful.
Come autumn, tourists slowly disappear and only the brave ones stay so you don't have any problems except maybe on sunny weekend days.
In winter, when the best hours for fishing come in late afternoon and in the evening, there is only you on the lake with your two rods, waiting which one would go first.
Spring is a good time for 3-day carp fishing Bled option. Fish are awakening from the winter and are hungry, they have to be ready for spawning. Nights are long and you have a lot of time for fishing in the best hours of the day-when it's dark.
Summer the carp are active as well, the only thing is that bite time is shorter, but you still have enough darkness in the morning and in the evening to kick a couple more bites.
Autumn is in our opinion prime time for fishing, since carp are again feeding massively, days are colder so you have a chance to catch a fish during the day as well, and come evening, sun sets fast, so you have plenty of time for quality fishing.
In the winter you have all the time you want because fish can bite during all times.
Fishing permit can be purchased through a website of a Fishing Club Bled you can only buy a daily permit. There is a limitation though, because only 1 license per day can be sold. That’s why we strongly advise you that you book your trip very early, possibly even before the year you want to fish.
Majority of tickets are sold by march for the end of the year, in April you must be very lucky to get any free ticket. In previous years it was possible to fish for carp on 1 rod for predators, but such a thing is no longer possible, once the tickets are sold, they are gone.
On a fishing permit you can fish for carp, the lake hasn’t yet got a catch and release policy, 1 carp is allowed to be taken up to 7 kg, but we strongly advise you not to kill any fish on the shores of the lake.
The price of the daily carp fishing permit is 57 €.
There are strict rules for fishing on Lake Bled, since it’s such an important location with many people around and In order for anglers and tourists to coexist, one must obey the rules. Here is a list of rules for carp fishing from the Fishing Club Bled.
That is completely up to you. If you want, you can rent all the equipment on our website and just take your clothes and underwear 😉 In case you want to bring everything with you, then it's okay too.
You need standard gear, but have to be careful that you don't bring a cooker with you, since it’s not allowed; also you won't need brolly, in case of rain however, you are allowed to have an umbrella. You will also need antiseptic, your landing net must be wider than 90 cm and it's mandatory to have a big unhooking mat.
Lake Bled is only half an hour drive from Ljubljana, if you are flying from somewhere, the airport is even closer. If you go by car, don't forget to buy a vignette. At the lake itself, you have plenty of parking spots, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to park your car.
Of course, we have an option to pick you up from the airport or Ljubljana and drive you to your accommodation. For additional info send inquiry or call Fishing Guides Slovenia team.
We can’t tell you everything, since we would be out of business very soon and you won't need our guides 😉 However, let us give you a taste:
The most common mistake many anglers make is they leave too early. It's very important that you are on the lake as soon as possible, way before the first light, and that you stay until 11 p.m. since the bite time is usually when the sun goes down.
Slovenia is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. This is also reflected in the wonderful sport of fishing. Our country is home to some of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, pristine natural lakes and the calm part of the Adriatic Sea. Due to a favourable climate, fish species flourish in Slovenian waters and grow exceptionally fast. No wonder the average size of fish is bigger here than in other European countries. In addition, we have a few indigenous species, the most notable among them being the Marble trout and the Huchen.
The most popular type of fishing in Slovenia is undoubtedly fly fishing. The numerous predators swimming in Slovenia’s rivers and lakes pose a considerable challenge for local as well as foreign fly fishermen. And that’s why they love it! Visitors flock to Slovenia to catch the famous Marble trout or ‘the fish of a thousand casts’, the Huchen. High on the list of prized catches are also the Grayling and various types of Trout, like Brown trout, Rainbow trout and even Lake trout.
The tradition of fly fishing might not be as longstanding in Slovenia compared to other countries, but it certainly is a rich one. This is, as mentioned above, thanks to the country’s unique geographical location and, consequently, lush fish population with excellent specimens. It is precisely why Slovenia has been put on the fly-fishing map as a country that fishermen from around the world are very fond of and where many fishing matches and championships have been held recently.
A special feature of Slovenia’s waters is that the country’s river basins are divided into two main watersheds – the Adriatic and the Danube watershed. In the former, which is smaller, the rivers flow into the Adriatic Sea. Reigning over these is the famous Soča River with its amazing Marble trout. Rivers belonging to the Danube or Black Sea watershed flow into the Danube. This is the realm of the mighty Huchen.
Carp fishing has been part of the Slovenian fishing tradition for a long time. Our country has successfully kept up to speed with modern Carp fishing, offering a few spectacular Carp fishing destinations which attract foreign fishermen who never leave disappointed. Trophy sized specimens are far from scarce in Slovenia and with certain lakes designated primarily for Carp fishing, Slovenia has a great deal to offer in this particular line of fishing.
Leading the way in Carp fishing in Slovenia are definitely Lake Bled and Šmartinsko Lake. Carp Fishing on Lake Bled has been location of superb catches over the years, with several specimens passing the magical mark of 30 kg. The Šmartinsko Lake even holds the Slovenian record of a whacking 34 kg Carp.
In addition to these two lakes, there are other, very appealing lakes that are also rich in fish, like Slivnica Lake, Rudniško Lake, Cerknica Lake, Mola Lake, Vogršček Lake and others.
As for the fish that you can groundfish for, the most common in this country is as mentioned above, a Carp. The weight of these can reach over 30 kg, but the most commonly caught are between 10 and 20 kg. That said, it is not unlikely for an over 20 kg beast to appear in your net. In addition to Carp, amur or the grass carp can also be found swimming in Slovenian lakes.
Although not as common, specimens of enviable size of the latter can be caught. Catfish, a very desirable fish for some and a headache for others, can also bite in our waters. In fact, our catfish can grow more than 2 m in length and weigh over 100 kg.
As the preservation of our waters receives more and more attention and ‘catch and release’ is becoming increasingly widespread in Slovenia’s lakes, Carp fishing has a very bright future in this country, with the number of trophy sized fish bound to grow.
Due to a large number of elusive predators that can be caught with artificial baits, spin fishing is one of the most popular techniques among local fishermen in Slovenia.
The list of fish caught by spin fishing in Slovenia is long. The undisputed king is of course the Huchen. Catching one of these monsters is every fisherman’s dream. This fish can’t be found just anywhere and Huchen fishing is forbidden during certain months of the year, making catching one even more special. Besides the Danube salmon, fishing for Pike is very popular. The largest Pike caught in Slovenian waters came at a length of 134 cm. The record Wels Catfish was measured at a staggering 266 cm and weighed 99 kg. Then there’s Bolen or Asp and the lake-dwelling Zander and Lake trout.
One of the main advantages of spin fishing in Slovenia is that the season is open all-year-round. Only the types of fish are limited to particular months. During autumn and winter, it’s Huchen time, from May to February is Pike season, and all the other predators are up for grabs any time in between. Fishing enthusiasts have the entire year to catch one of these freshwater monsters.
The main go-to fishing area remains the famous Lake Bled where most of the aforementioned fish can be caught. The rivers Sava, Ljubljanica, Krka, Kolpa and the Reško Lake are Huchen and Pike territory, while the Vipava River is home to the Catfish.
Although the coastline of Slovenia is less than 50 km long, sea fishing in Slovenia is still very popular. According to many experienced fishermen, the Adriatic Sea is the best fishing area in the world.
Many different types of fish can be caught in the Adriatic and done so in many different ways. Among the most popular fishing techniques are drifting, bottom fishing, trolling, and fly fishing is also possible. In terms of bait, dead baits, worms, sardines, artificial baits, flies and others are used.
We do not need a fishing permit to fish from the shore in Slovenia, but fishing from a boat requires a fishing permit, but it’s far from expensive.
The Adriatic Sea is home to larger Tuna fish that can weigh up to 200 kg, dentex, the Mahi-Mahi, etc. Slightly smaller, but no less fierce fish are the sea bass, gilthead, scorpionfish, eel, etc. The small fish that are caught closer to the coastline are Sea Bass, Salp, Ribbonfish, Mackerel and others.
The season is also on during winter months, when the fishermen’s main target are calamari and cuttlefish.
Fishing Guides Slovenia offer includes big game fishing and other sea fishing trips. Big game fishing is done in Croatia, right on the Slovenian border. Our target is tuna, though many larger fish can also be caught.
A half-day sea fishing trip is a relaxing fishing experience. It involves fishing down the Slovenian coastline and is a great way of livening up your seaside holiday.