Slovenia. Tenkara fishing on the way to…

by Oleg Stryapunin, CZ

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The great advantage of tenkara is gear minimalism. I always have the rigged rod, the fly box and the spool of tippet material in my luggage. It lets me stop my car near any creek I like and go fishing. In summertime the water is warm and footwear can me also minimalist, like swimming shoes .

At the end of August we drove to the Adriatic coast of Croatia for a week’s vacation. As the road led through Slovenia near Kokra river, I asked Jeremy Lucas where I could buy a fishing permit. He answered: “I can strongly recommend the Kokra and suggest you go to the Hotel Bor in Preddvor where you can buy tickets for both the upper and lower sections of that lovely river.”

The fishing regulations in Slovenia are very friendly to foreigners and do not require you to have a state rod license. We left Prague at 5 and by 10 I had already bought a one-day permit in the hotel Bor in Hrib, near the village of Preddvor for 29 EUR. If you follow my lead, please be careful: the turn for the hotel is not well visible from the main road.

Tenkara fishing Kokra river
Our search for the right place to fish did not take long, as the road runs alongside the river. We stopped at a scenic area above the small village of Kokrica. Jeremy had described the fishing perfectly and my expectations were fully confirmed. The water level was low for the summertime. I fished upstream with kebaries and killers and got trout strikes in almost every deep pool. Most of fish were WBT–less than 10”. In the deepest pools the specimens went up to 15”, and we also caught some rainbows.

After 4 hours of enjoyable fishing, we left Kokra with regret in order to reach Croatia for the night.

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