(3/3) Due to the previous happenings in Bozen IT and Kötschach-Mauthen AU, I was sceptical whether my decision to take fly fishing gear with me on the history excursion was right or wrong.
It was early afternoon when I decided to give my guide from Soca Fly a call. Having previously informed them about the unpredictable time of arrival because of traffic and the itinerary of the excursion, I was glad that Soca Fly was very flexible. The following 3 hours of driving and visiting more remnants of the First World War were a torture because every other monument which we visited delayed my guided time which costs €90 for a half day.
As we finally arrived, I just jumped out of the bus and into the car of my guide. His name was Blaž (say: plaash). Another €60 were due for the license and I earned an astonished look from the receptionist that I wanted the license for the very same day although it was already 1830.
At 1900 my mind was blown away by the beauty of the backcountry of Slovenia. I found myself standing in an emerald green, gin clear river which flows in a gorge which is up to 100m tall. The lush green surrounding reminded me of New Zealand and when I told Blaze about the resemblance he replied that everyone who had been there makes this comparison. I laughed.
While standing on the alabaster white stone, casting for these elusive marble trout who is an endemic species, I realised once more how amazing the places are that trout in general inhabit. There's a truth in the saying that fly fishing is not about the fish, but rather about exploring the stunning places where they live.
However, it was only at the second pool that an aggressive splash made my dry fly disappear. Seconds later the fish released itself earlier than I wanted to. The excitement was huge and the comment from Blaž that it was my target fish - the marble - didn't help to stay calm at all.
Nevertheless, I managed to land the next fish who bit as well on the dry and after a quick look at the fish I realised: it was a marble.
Although the marble could have been larger, it was absolutely impossible to get any better.
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