The Soca River is surrounded by the peaks of the Julian Alps. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful rivers but it is easily the most beautiful and productive river in Slovenia. The Brown and Rainbow trout-fishing in this river is truly something special, with prolific fly hatches. Those who enjoy dry fly-fishing will love this river as will those who contrastingly enjoy Czech nymphing.
The character of the Soca River changes from swift mountain stream to a mighty and strong river, with many deeps, its blue-green colouring cutting through spectacular gorges and wide moon-like shingle beds. Here lies the Marbled Trout, growing to reach Trophy sizes. Under the incredible strong current, Marble Trout (Salmo Trutta Marmoratus) survive to hunt the Grayling and small Trout as well as almost any small creature that might swim in the river. In many ways, they are more like a Pike than a Trout and it is wonderful to think they’ve survived in such profusion. In the summer, the massive predators start to hunt and, ferocious by their nature, chase down their prey and then return to sulk under a rock or in the shadows. The illusive Marble Trout grows to a healthy size, with the world record trout reaching a monstrous 120.7 centimetres and weighing twenty-five kilogrammes. Don't expect them to jump on your fly too quickly but they're a big draw to any keen fly-fisherman. This is a place that time forgot.
Slovenia's rivers are alpine and tree-lined in nature, therefore the ability to wade is usually required. This doesn't necessarily mean deep wading, but there is usually wading of some sort on any given fishing day in order to reach the fish.
For the Rainbow and Brown Trout a #5 weight rod, 9ft - 9ft 6 covers most situations, though it can be useful to have a lighter 8ft setup, and a heavier 9ft 6 setup as well. Floating line - Dry fly-fishing is popular, but Czech nymphing works well on some of the very swift pools. It is also important to carry heavy lures and streamers, and a sinking line [Deep 7] or similar, for flood conditions.
For the Marble Trout, and especially the larger specimens, you will need to step up your gear to a 9ft 8# outfit with both floating and sinking line options. Large streamers and bait patterns will work.
We would advise all anglers to take their own equipmentrods, reels, lines, waders and boots etc. De-barbed hooks are preferred and the fishing is all 'catch and release'.