The Sava River of Slovenia

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June 4, 2013


blog-June-4-2013-1-train-ride-for-carAn unusual start to a day, at 7 AM sharp we drove Vladi’s car ON to a train at the Slovenian train station of Most Na Soči.  Yes, I, Vladi (his foot feels much better) and his car drove up a platform and on a flatbed train car and at 7:30 the train headed through some fantastic countryside, through some short tunnels and then a long six km tunnel through a mountain.  We popped out in the village of Bohinjska Bistrica, right on Slovenia’s famous Sava Bohinjka River.


blog-June-4-2013-2-Sava-River-SloveniaI’m not much for short tunnels when I’m driving my own rig through the Rockies.  Sitting in the front seat of a car that’s not running through tunnels on the flatbed of a train in the boonies of Europe had me very uneasy.  The dust and smell of the train engine when deep underground was unnerving.  I was thrilled when we poked back out into daylight.  The trip took exactly one hour.  Had we drove around without using the train it would have taken three hours – I guess it was worth it.


blog-June-4-2013-3-Fly-Shop-Bohinjka-Bistrica-SloveniaThe Sava Bohinjka is yet another beautiful river of Slovenia.  There are no marble trout here but the crystal clear river is full of grayling, rainbow and also the occasional nonnative huchen.  We got licenses at a local fly shop where Vladi knew the owner and we were on our way.


blog-June-4-2013-4-Vladi-Trzebunia-in-SloveniaWe were on the water before 10 AM.  It was a wide flat stretch of river with the occasional rise in every direction.  Just enough that you couldn’t decide which way to go.  Of course it started raining as we started and didn’t stop again.  It’s officially rained at least some every day I’ve been in Europe.  We heard that some parts of Europe are flooding to the north.


blog-June-4-2013-5-Slovenia-graylingThe fishing was tremendous.  At our first spot Vladi and I crushed nice grayling on dry flies.  I was sight fishing to most of them and landed a heap 11” to 14”.  They are beautifully yellow colored grayling with a scattering of spots up front.  If you cast tight to the bank anywhere that trees dipped into the water you were sure to catch a par marked rainbow.


blog-June-4-2013-Sava-River-rainbowWe had to catch the train back to our side of the mountains at 5:30 PM.  Unfortunately the hatch was accelerating about when we had to leave.  I wished we could’ve spent the night over there to check it out more but at the same time, today was my sixth fishing day in a row.  Instead we had an early night and I believe tonight I’ll get some extra needed rest.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Erik Moncada

    Cool train ride, you had the best seats in the house.

  2. Jeff

    Very cool., Everything about this trip has been cool Two days left. Tomorrow is probably my last fishing day. 11 straight!

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!