So I've been day dreaming, thinking about the fishing I did last year. May and June were largely write-offs, as I was living and studying in L'viv, Ukraine for most of those months. Eventually though, I finished the course, Kristy flew out, and we found ourselves in Croatia.
Well, we'd actually planned to go, but nevertheless...
Otocac. (Pronounced like O-toe-chats). Big spring creek named the Gacka. Native brown trout. Introduced rainbows. Some grayling. Trout to 10lb+. Sight Fishing. Sold.
We had planned to do some fishing. (I was carrying a 5wt rod, reel, some necessities, and 3 condenced boxes of flies for the last two months). One other spot wouldn't work for us. We found Otocac. A quick email to Denis at Gacka River Apartments. Luckily, the nights we needed, he had no other guests. Perfect. Good fortune.
|Playing a trout on the Gacka River, Croatia|
|My first Gacka rainbow in hand|
Yes, it was tough. But what do you do on a river that you don't have a clue how to fish? You fish like you do at home, and hope to at least get a few so you don't go home busted.
5wt rod. 14-foot leader. Single foam and rubber terrestrial. Favourite terrestrial in Alberta, too. Result? 3 rainbows from 14-17 or so inches. Thanks for loaning us the net, Denis. Missed a lot of takes too, because of cross-stream casts.
|Another Gacka trout could't resist the foam and rubber|
|A healthy male trout|
In the evening. A bike ride to a nearby section of river (about 1 mile). Kristy -a 9" native brown trout on a #20 CDC caddis. Nick -a small 6" native brown on a #16 CDC mayfly emerger. A bottle of Croatian red.
|The beautiful Gacka River Apartment can comfortably house a few anglers, and is located only a minute's walk from the Gacka River.|