Category Archives: Rivers

Fly Fishing On Drina River In Serbia/Bosnia

Drina is the largest cold/clear/mountain river in the Balkans. Most flyfishers of the Balkans consider Drina as the #1 river for fly fishing for big wild grayling. This big river is well known for trophy fish.

The best part of the river is tailwater, between the artificial lakes Perućac and Zvornik on the Serbia and Bosnia (Republic Srpska) border.  Water is apsolutely clear and clean, with constant temperature about 12°C throughout the year. Length od this amazing part is about 100km. Average width of the river is about 80m, with lot of wadeable shallows and quiet deep pools. Water level varies almost every day, so very important is to be at the right position in the right time.

When encountering a wave of high water levels, a fisherman just go out of the water and moves several miles downstream. That way, it is possible to fish in perfect conditions all day. Convenience is also the fact that the highway follows the Drina whole course, so it’s very easy to move.

Grayling is the target-fish for most flyfishers on Drina. They are very active on the surface almost all the time when water-level is low. The river is big, so good casting skills are highly recommended.

Fly Fishing for big trout or huchen is not so popular, although Drina is ultimate water for this. Spinnfishers know that very well.

Because Drina is favourite river for many fishers from the Balkans, there are many fishing-friendly-hotels next to her. Accommodation is very good, restorants are good and prices are affordable for everyone.

 

Fly Fishing For Grayling – Lim River, Plav – Montenegro

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This is a great “FLY ONLY” strech for grayling lovers! You’ve probably heard about famous Balkans graylings and beautiful rivers. Well, that’s it – First few kilometers of natural tailwater river of Lim is #1 in Montenegro and one of the best in the Balkans!

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The river is almost always clear in this part, because it comes from natural trout-lake.  So, the risk of non-fishable-muddy-water is at the minimum! It is FLY ONLY NO KILL area with  numerous of quiet pools, shallow riffles and so many grayling-spots and big, strong and fat fish.

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It is very important to know that this strech is excellent for dry fly enthusisats, but also perfect fot nymphists!

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River is highly approachable to every single spot and banks are just flat meadows with lot of paths.

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In other words – GRAYLING PARADISE with every single summer day very good for fly fishing!

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Just a pleasure to be a guide or flyfisher an the river Lim, in Plav!

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Also, you will enjoy very good accommodation and restaurants with extremely good prices/quality ratio!

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So, if you love ff for grayling, contact me on crnabambula@gmail.com  for more information. I guarantee a good time!

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Fly Fishing River Djetinja

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This is the river in Western Serbia, near the town of Užice. Upper part of the river, just few kilometers from the town, is very clean and clear, so the present fish-specieas are Grayling, Brown trout and Huchen.img_2506

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Djetinja runs through a gorge, but very approachable. The small road goes along the river.

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Along the road you will find benches, garbage cans and sources of drinking water. In that, this is one of the best flyfishing stretch in Serbia.

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Djetinja is very suitable for fly fishing. It is easy wadeable, with plenty of diverse positions and conditions to cast a fly. There are lot of quiet pools, but also rapids. Average depth of the river is about 70cm and width is maximum 15m. Deepest pools are up to 3m deep.

 

 

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Djetinja is excellent for dry fly fishing, but also for nymphing and streamers.

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Brown trout is the oldest fish here, but huchen and grayling are introduced several years ago. Graylings already reach the trophy size and huchens are present in every pool. They are not so big, because the river is too small for that big predator, but specimens about 80cm are not rare.

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River Tara, Fly Fishing In The Deepest Canyon In Europe

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Long, deep and beautiful

The famous Montenegrin river Tara dug the second-deepest canyon in the world, 80 km long and 1333 m deep. Besides, this river is not famous just by huge rocks around but also by the gin-clear water. Due to the incredible beauty, river Tara and this canyon are protected by law and UNESCO.

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Location

The Tara Canyon is in middle to lower part of the river Tara in northern Montenegro. It is part of the Durmitor National Park.

The River

Tara is medium-size freestone river with an average width of 30 m. During the summer, at lowest water level, it is suitable for wading in many places.  Besides to the deep pools there are many shallows, and nearby fast riffles there is always some quiet part of the stream.

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Fish & Fly Fishing

Tara is populated almost exclusively with wild Salmonids, brown trout, grayling and huchen.   Fly fishing in this clear and cold river is sometimes easy, but not always. Let’s say that Tara Canyon is not a rich fishery for newborn flyfishers, but the place for experienced adventurers and anglers.

Precisely balanced tackle, light tippets (0.10 – 0.14mm) and small tiny flies (#14-20) are recommended, especially for Tara’s grayling.

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Brown trout is here also highly selective and wary too, but size of the fly can be a little bit bigger (#10-16).

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Nymphists can enjoy lot of styles, but also very interesting and exciting nymphing-on-sight. Simply, nymphist can see his prey in incredibly clear water and lead the nymph to it, watching fish reaction.

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Of course, there is opportunity of streamer fishing. Besides the popular brown trout, there is a mighty Danube-taimen, the huchen. In this canyon they are not so big as in Mongolia, but in almost every pool can be found a specimen of 5-10 kg.

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