September 2016


Flyfishing In Slovenia - An Escorted Trip from Stuart Minnikin on Vimeo.

2016 will be the fifth consecutive year that I have escorted a small group of anglers to Slovenia. We stay at Tilnik Farm in the beautiful Idrijca Valley as guests of Kate and Brett Bedford. Full board is included and the trip is for a maximum of 3 anglers fishing for Brown Trout, Marble Trout, Rainbow Trout and Grayling. The majority of the areas we fish contain only wild fish, though some areas have stocked rainbow trout.

Escorted by myself and transported by Brett, we have access to fishing the Idrijca, Soča, Bača, Tolminka and Trebuščica rivers and their many tributaries. Recent trip have seen us venture further to fish other rivers.

Fly Fishing in SloveniaThe flight from the UK is short, typically under 2 hours. We will be met by our hosts and transported to Tilnik Farm, a journey of just one to two hours (depending on airport used) through magnificent mountains. Once at the farm we can unpack and unwind with locally produced wine, beer and nibbles, and of course plenty of fishy chat, before dinner.

We then spend the following days fly fishing on the local rivers before heading back to the airport on the final day. The return trip usually (depending on flight times) gives us plenty of time to visit and stroll around some old Slovenian towns and have lunch en-route.

The whole area is stunningly beautiful with some excellent fishing, the indigenous Marble Trout add greatly to the interest. There is a vast amount of fishing to explore in what is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

Fly fishing on a Slovenian riverFlyfishing in Slovenia is with single fly only (national rule) with a mix of dry fly and nymph fishing. Streamer fishing can also be very effective in some of the deeper pools. If you haven't tried this style of fishing before I would urge you to have a go because it can be very exciting with thumping takes and the chance of a big Marble Trout! There are also opportunities to try out tenkara fishing and to fine tune your techniques.

2016 Trip Dates:

17th to 24th September (7 nts) - fully booked*

24th to 30th September (6 nts) - fully booked*

*Other dates still available - book direct with Kate & Brett



Slovenia 2016 Costs

Accommodation with full board* and transport, including airport transfers £134
Fishing permits: 60€ per day (2015 prices) £40

*We usually eat out at a local restaurant on the 4th evening, this will need to be paid for separately.

Wine is included with evening meals as is tea, coffee, soft drinks, etc. Other drinks will need to be paid for individually but we normally stop at a supermarket en-route so you can buy your own 'tipple'.

Lunch will either be a packed lunch (provided) or a restaurant stop which is payable by the individual.

To keep the costs down we will be guided by Brett, our host from Tilnik Farm. Brett isn't a professional guide but he knows the rivers and fishing spots well. He will be there to transport us to the fishing daily, offer advice and act as a translator when talking to locals. I will be fishing myself but there to advise and help as much as required. Using a local professional guide would make the trip too expensive to be viable, though you could hire a guide personally if you wanted to at 160€ per day.


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Further Reading & Downloads:

Read articles I wrote for
Hardy and Greys
Fin & Fly Magazine

Read an article in Hardy and Greys Fin & Fly Magazine - December 2013
December 2013 Article

Read an article in Hardy and Greys Fin & Fly Magazine - January 2014
January 2014 Article

Read an article in Hardy and Greys Fin & Fly Magazine - February 2014
February 2014 Article

Read about my 2012 trip on my blog here:

Read about my 2012 trip on my Blog

Read an article about the 2012 trip I wrote for Hardy Greys Fin & Fly
Magazine here:

Read an article about the 2012 trip I wrote for Hardy Greys Fin & Fly Magazine

Read an article by Andy Smith that was featured in Total Flyfisher Magazine here: 

Total Flyfisher Magazine article by Andy Smith


If you need any further information please contact me.

Flyfishing in Slovenia

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