For those who don't know Janko, please read his bio and a story about his Rio Gallegos guiding experience.
|Janko Bartolec and his personal best streamer caught pike|
Have no idea if season closing for fly fisherman is still and where happening on Stephen`s day (used to be on Gacka or Klokot) but this year decision for my fly fishing buddies was to make our own version of it on Ješkovo. Nearby lake (old meander of Drava river that is couple of hundred meter away) near Gola village, just on the Hungarian border. Following outstanding autumn/winter fly fishing season for pike there were no other options around. Warm December no snow but Sun on forecast. Perfect!
As it all depends on weather conditions, fishing was rather slow that day with couple of small pikes caught among us. Sometimes they are blasting all over the place, sometimes not, some action is guaranteed for sure. But in the end day was just perfect for me. Nice, healthy, fat, pre-spawn fish made my day.
Not enough room is just no excuse not to go fly fishing there since there can be two of you without problem, if you know what you are doing. Light weight fun for sure. They did not believe it`s possible until they tried.
Main reason for such a healthy population of fish are C&R regulations that allow artificial bait only. Such a regime isn`t much popular among local fisherman but to contradict them guys from ŠRK Ješkovo together with regular ranger controls managed to turn devastated water into a true jewel.
Lovely, barely touched lake scenery fades away as Sun is setting below horizon. This year is almost gone so is the fishing till April unless it gets warm enough during January so the ice melts off.
|Main reason for such a healthy population of fish are C&R regulations that allow artificial bait only.|
As the weather can be strange mistress in this time of the year so was the day after. Clear night with severe temperature drop surprised fellow fisherman that arrived all the way from Zagreb with not so thick but enough ice on water surface to prevent them from fishing until late afternoon.
|the day after - ice on water surface|