It doesn't matter if you are looking for a family holiday combining a few days fishing with other activities or are planning a fishing trip individually or with a group of friends Tilnik farm makes the perfect base.
Tilnik Farm is located in the heart of nearly 200km of Marble trout fishing. We are just 5 mins walk from the river Idrica, the largest tributary of the Soča, with a great veiw of the river valley and a deep pool called Medvedea (bears place). Brett is a member of Idrija fishing club but also fishes the Tolmin waters. He is happy to help you plan a great fishing adventure whatever your preferrences or budget and offer advice when you are here. We have good contacts with accomodation in the local area so even if we are full at Tilnik we can still arrange a great trip for you.
We offer a range of accomodation to suit families and small groups either at Tilnik or Reka farmhouse. We offer several options for meals and food, so you can mix great farmhouse cooking at Tilnik with lunchs or dinners sampling local food and wine. We sell fishing liceces for Idrija and Tolmin fishing clubs and can arrange local guides and flies (see below). We can also arrange transport including airport transfers and daily to the river.
The rivers boast 5 species of fish for the fly fisher. The king of the river is the mighty Marble trout that reach 20kg and over a metre in length. Brown trout were introduced into the rivers over 100 years ago and have thrived in these pristine rivers; they have mixed with the marble trout producing Marble X Brown hybrids that can still weigh in at over 15kgs. The rivers have a healthy population of wild rainbow trout and are stocked with rainbow trout at the beginning of the season, so although not wild they soon become wily. The Adriatic grayling also haunt these rivers and can reach 2kg and 60cm.
These crystal clear waters are set in a stunning landscape where forested slopes plunge into the water and hay meadows cover the valley floor. Insect life abounds in all wonder of shapes and sizes, in and out of the water, Mediterranean meets alpine. Along the river there are deep swimming holes of up to 8m deep, where monsters live. Runs of 3-5 m deep flow for up to 150m, often scouring the cliff of one bank whilst leaving a gentle gravel slope on the other bank. Runs give way to riffles which offer crossing points when wading but also pocket waters and mini runs around boulders and obstacles. The Soca is a cold water river, never rising much above 10 degrees as its headwaters gather at over 2500m and is fed by snowmelt well into the summer. The river Idrica and other smaller tributaries are generally warmer reaching up to 20 degrees during the summer. The rivers can rise and fall quickly due to localised thunderstorms, 24 hours can see the river rise 3m, scour the river bottom, and return to crystal clear water.
There are 2 clubs which offer fishing in the area. Idrija fishing club offers fishing on 40km of the Idrica river and tributaries along with a trophy section. Tolmin fishing club offers 140km of fishing on the soca and 7 tributaries, including the lake where the Idrica and Soca rivers meet. The fishing here is not easy and can be physically demanding as the terrain and access to the water can be diffucult. However the rewards of wild fish from pristine waters are well worth it.
These rivers are particularly suited to modern technical nymphing techniques but nothing beats the dry fly when the water around you literally boils with fish. Streamer fishing can also give some great sport, not just in flood conditions. There are also plenty of opportunities for Tenkara fishing on the tributaries. Children under 15 fish for free making it a great place to teach.
The fishing season is from 1st April until 31st October. Spring is usually well under way by the beginning of April and already fish are rising to the dry fly. The best fishing is during May, June and September. July and August are usually too hot with the water reaching 20C and air 30C but dawn and dust can be extremely rewarding. October can still offer great days fishing as the fish feed hard before winter and any hint of sunshine will bring on a hatch.
Hosted Fly-fishing Weekends
This year we hosting 2 all inclusive fishing weekends. These trips give you the opportunity to join a small group of anglers fishing for marble trout and adriatic grayling. We will be hosting a 4 days fishing trip from 10th to 15th October 2014 and a chance for the last trout of the season between 24th and 27th October.
Links and Downloads
To see more photos of fish, rivers, bugs and flies please go to my flickr page
Fishing licence prices and professional guiding
Novak Fly fishing Slovenia
Stuart Minnikin Yorkshire dales fly-fishing
Gasper Konkolic Fishing Guide
Tolmin Fishing Club // Idrija Fishing Club //
Please contact us for further information
Email: email@example.com Tel: 00386 (0)40 122 925
Further Reading, Downloads and Galleries:
Read articles about Stuart Minnikins 2013 trip, staying at Tilnik farm, written for Hardy and Greys Fin & Fly Magazine here
Read about Stuarts 2012 trip on his blog here:
Read an article by Andy Smith that was featured in Total Flyfisher Magazine Nov 2012 here: