Fly Fishing Guide & Instructor, Ivan Randjelovic

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.


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