FRESHWATER   >   SLOVENIA
SOCA REGION

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The Soca river is one of the few locations in the world where you will find a unique species of Trout, the Marble Trout. This uniquely marked fish draws many anglers to this region with the hope of catching one. There is also excellent fly-fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout as well as Grayling.

The alpine nature of this region lends itself to stunning scenery and there is a great variety of accommodation including farmstays, small fishing hotels and luxury accommodation. A great place to visit for both anglers and families.

  • Season: April to mid-November
    (Danube Salmon fishing mid-November to mid-February)
  • Excellent dry-fly fishing
  • Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook and Grayling
  • Large variety of rivers and lakes
  • Gin-clear rivers in alpine setting
  • Ideal for fishing or family holidays
  • Average temperatures: down to 0℃ in winter, up to 20℃ in summer months

Vila Bled

Pristava Lapena is located in the Triglav National Park, surrounded by the Julian Alps. This a privately owned estate which combines the charm of traditional architecture with the comfort of contemporary living. The Trenta Valley with its crystal-clear alpine waters of the Soca River makes this a very special location to stay.

Hidden among the forest, Pristava Lapena Hotel Village offers accommodation in eight apartments and five rooms. Each cabin has its own entrance and a terrace that allows guests to enjoy privacy and relax while admiring the surrounding mountains. In addition, there is central-heating and a wood-burning stove in every cabin. The apartments and rooms are equipped with a refrigerator/mini bar, electric kettle for preparation of complimentary hot beverages, direct telephone line, CATV, wireless internet access, and safe box. Bathrooms are equipped with a shower cabin and a hairdryer.

While relaxing by the fireplace or enjoying magnificent mountain views from the open terrace, hotel guests and visitors can taste local and international dishes, accompanied by an excellent selection of Slovenian wines. Particular importance is given to healthy food products from the region and vegetarian dishes.

Pristava Lepena is ideal for families with children and there is a wide range of non-fishing, such as horse-riding, golf, kayaking, mountain-biking and hiking. There is also a sauna and a wellness centre at the hotel.

WIFI is available in the hotel

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 equipment—rods, reels, lines, waders and boots etc. De-barbed hooks are preferred and the fishing is all 'catch and release'.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

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Fly direct to Ljubjana and then take a one-hour (thirty-six kilometres) scenic drive to the river lodge/hotel.

Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing license.

Canadian, British, US, Australian and all EU citizens do not require a Visa to visit Slovenia.

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