Fly Odyssey run hosted trips to Bosnia during the season lead by renowned fly-fishermen, Paul Procter and Jonathon Tomlinson.
With arguably the most prolific Grayling fishing in the world and well-conditioned Brown Trout, the numbers of fish in these rivers is truly staggering with huge hatches in gin-clear water.
We offer a range of accommodation options from rural farmhouses to specialty fly fishing lodges and can tailor itineraries during June and September which are the premier dry fly fishing months or from June to February to target the Danube Salmon.
There is so much to discover in Bosnia – beautiful scenery, mighty waterways and history – you will be sure to return.
We can arrange a variety of accommodation options in Bosnia. The lodging we use is always located right on the banks of the Pliva or Ribnik, ensuring you have easy access to the evening rise, which can be prolific. Your hosts will provide exceptional local cuisine and comfortable accommodation with a unique insight into the Bosnian way of life.
The guides are professional and attentive and will always ensure you a day to remember on the water.
WIFI connection is available in the lodges but bring your own laptop or tablet.
Both rivers offer freshwater fly fishing like no other place in Europe. Chalkstream and Limestone rivers offer a truly spectacular location and sight fishing opportunities. Whether dry fly or nymph fishing, there are plenty of challenges to test both your knowledge and tackle. Epic hatches of up-wing Mayflies, Caddis and Stonefly produce plump Trout and extra-large Grayling. Twenty-inch Wild Brown Trout and Grayling dominate these river systems.
The evening rise will drag you into the wee hours before retreating to a luxurious riverside lodge. Both rivers offer great dry fly and nymph fishing opportunities for large Brown Trout and Grayling. Some rivers, like the upper Ribnik, have introduced Rainbow Trout into their trophy sections.
The season starts in April when there can still be snow on the ground with wintery conditions and cold snow-melt river water. Fishing can be very good; however, conditions can be challenging. The season really gets underway from mid-May and June with the fish searching intensively and aggressively for food when Mayflies, Stoneflies and Caddis all start hatching in abundance. Dry fly fishing at this time can be really exciting with hard fighting Browns not been too selective on their food choice.
As the season progresses, the water level stabilises, clears and drops especially during the warmer summer months. Along with a slight increase in the water temperature, the fly hatching activity really increases. Site fishing in crystal clear water and as you would expect at this time the Trout and Grayling start to become more selective and fly size needs to be reduced to tempt them.
From September into October with fly hatching activity above and below the surface, very active nymphing can be a very productive technique, especially during the cooler mornings.
We would advise all anglers to bring all the equipment they need for fishing, from waders to rods, reels, lines, leaders and tippet material. Also, put some thermals in to wear under your waders as the water temperature remains cool to cold throughout the season.
Fly direct to Sarajevo and then take a scenic drive to the river lodge that takes about three hours.
Let us do the groundwork for you.
Our tailored fly fishing and accommodation itineraries are designed with you in mind to suit your preferences. They are also quoted in your local currency with very favourable exchange rates.
Fly Odyssey has access to the best guiding and lodging rates, suitable tides and updated availability to this destination which can vary throughout the season.
This includes flight bookings, transit accommodation, transfers and a host of non-angling activities and experiences.
We specialise in group stays to the region, and our long involvement with our partners on the ground in Bosnia will ensure you are well looked after both on and off the water.
This includes extended stays in Bosnia, the Balkans and throughout Europe.
Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers.
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