Fly Fishing Plav Region – Montenegro

grayling plav

If you are looking for a great location for fly fishing in the Balkans, the region of Plav in Montenegro is certainly a ultimate choice. Two beautiful rivers, Lim and Ljuca, with fly-only-no-kill fishing regulation and the turquoise Lake of Plav are the great places for FF adventure.

Lim


The most popular part of this region is the river Lim. It springs from the lake, and first several kilometers of the river are always clear, rich in insects and very attractive with plenty of grayling and brown trout.

grayling jump

In this part, the river Lim is about 30m wide and suitable for relaxed wading. It flows through the plateau, surrounded with meadows and bushes. Fish are very often feeding on the surface, attracted by massive hatches.


Ljuca

The river Ljuca is fantastic spring creek feed by gin-clear and ice-cold Ali Pasha Springs at the foot of the high and rocky Prokletije mountain.  It is famous by large grayling.


Ljuca is quite slow and deep tributary to the lake. It flows through the meadows and makes many meandres before it reaches the lake.

Fish of Ljuca are little harder to catch then in Lim. Hatches are not so massive and frequent, so most of the day the best way to catch larger fish is on the nymph.

ljucki lipljen

Lake

The Lake of Plav is natural lake with endemic lake trout, grayling, huchen (danube taimen) and pike.

plavsko

The lake has elliptical shape, with diameter of 1-2 kilometers.  The maximum depth is about 9m.  For fishing the lake is best to use a boat, that can be easily rented.

blatnjacaaLake Trout

 

Fly fishing for endemic lake trout is  extraordinarily experience. Almost every summer evening you can see 2-5 kg rising fish on large sedges.  Also, mayfly time is not good to miss.

blatnjacaLake Trout in Mayfly Time

And, if you love streamer fishing for pike or huchen, this is a place to be. Big-gamers can found large pike cruising clear-water surface near the bank and weed, and you can easily hear the stories about world-largest huchen of Plav.

Hucho huchoHuchen (Danube Taimen)

Briefly and clearly, in this place you have the best full-time variety of fly fishing that can be imagined. 

pike plav

Ivan Randjelovic IFFF Guide Association member & IFFF Fly Casting Instructor,  Contact: crnabambula@gmail.com

Gaga-Flies

dry fly

 

“Gaga Flies”  is a company that produces and sells premium fishing flies. It is located in Serbia in the city of Vranje.

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They create and tie the flies for 25 years.  So far, they have sold more than 200,000 flies around the world.

Tungs nymph

They invest a lot of effort in every fly to have exactly the same ultimate quality.

wetfly

All Gaga-Flies are tied with original fly tying materials, from well-known companies such as Wapsi, Hareline, Spirit River…

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All Gaga-flies are tied on hooks of reputable manufacturers such as Tiemco, Daiichi, Gamakatsu…and tested on many rivers and lakes in Europe.

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As a fly fishing guide and instructor, I highly recommend the Gaga-Flies.

Ecdyonurus torrentis (Large Brook Dun/Spinner)

This large and widespread European upwinged fly is inhabitant of the stony rivers. Nymphs are stone clingers.

Ecdyonurus nymph

It is not sensitive to moderate pollution and temperature oscillations.

Large Brook Dun can be found near the bank,  on the bushes, rocks and often on the water surface.

Ecdyonurus torrentis subimago

 

After final  transformation in the adult insect, smaller groups of males and females swarms above the water.

ecdyon

Interestingly, the same species can be found in brownish and reddish color.

ecdyonurus imagos

Flight period: april – june

Length: about 2 cm

February Red Stonefly (Brachyptera risi & Taeniopteryx nebulosa))

There are two widespread species of february red stoneflies. First is Taeniopteryx nebulosa, which is inhabitant of slow and weedy trout rivers. Second is Brachyptera risi , which prefers stony and fast rivers.

februaryred

This insect is one of the first in trout season. Hatches occurs from february till april. In some days trout can be ocupied by feeding with this juicy middle-sized stonefly.

Length: 1-2 cm

Body Color: Reddish-Brown

Wings color: Mottled Brown

 

Yellow Sally (Isoperla grammatica)

In the late spring and early summer this is one of the most important stoneflies. It is widespread and abundant in most of the clear and cold rivers of Europe.

isoperla

Adult female  of Yellow Sally is often in the trout’s diet,  because it swarms above the riffles and dips abdomen into the water to lay  eggs.

It’s middle-sized stonefly with body length about 1 cm.

isoperlagrammaticanymph

 

 

 

Early Brown Stonefly (Protonemura meyeri)

This is abundant and widespread stonefly in high-altitude European rivers.  It’s always in the same habitat as trout and grayling. It prefers cold and clean running water.

Protonemura meyeri

Flight period is from march to may. Although it hatches on the banks and submerged objects, it is often on the water surface, so it is one of the most interesting stoneflies to imitate with artificial dry fly.

Body length is 5 – 9 mm.

Grannom Sedge (Brachycentrus sp.)

 

Grannom mating pair

This is widespread and abundant spring-time sedge from running waters. It hatches on the open water. Huge swarms can be seen above the high and mid altitude rivers. Waterside bushes and bridges can be buried with grannoms.

Grannom swarm

Length of the wings can vary between 6 to 11 millimeters.  The body is grayish with green or brown tone.  Characteristically, the female has a pouch with green eggs on the abdomen, which will lay walking under water.

Grannom down