So my 2 days in Early February came after a record setting winter storm of multiple feet of snow followed by inches of ice. Large sections of the country were without power, roads blocked, just general bad stuff. This also severely limited the locations on the river where we could access and many roads and access were plowed/snowed in, and with so much snow in rugged terrain hiking in was dangerous to impossible. But Emil and I made the best of it.
I had a long drive from Austria to Slovenia through some amazing scenery of small ski villages in the Alps.
Coming from the USA, I was amazed and the length of some of the tunnels, especially the Karawanks Tunnel which was close to 5 miles
I arrived early in the morning and stuck up 2 rods, met Emil, and we were off.
We accessed the river where we could, and I was amazed but the brilliant color of the water contrasting with the deep and exhausting snow.
Navigating knee to waist deep snow was interesting, and the lingering effects of the storm were still very visible.
Emil was a first class guide on the water and around the area.
He took we well upstream to show me the headwaters of the river and the trout and grayling that call it home.
In the end, one ~60cm fish to hand and a few follows that showed the awesome speed and power of the fish.
I was a long cold drive back north through the night.