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22river ribnik, Bosnia & Herzegovina

23The temperature of this source is just as bewildering; the outside air temperature today is close to 30ºC with bright sunshine, yet the water peaks at 6-7ºC! Meaning thermal under wader wear is a must throughout the season, acting like your own personal air conditioning when fishing the summer - making fishing so much more comfortable. With seasonality very similar to that of the UK it is easy to judge the temperatures and most prolific times to visit. In late May/June fly hatches thicken the skies, as huge stonefly and mayfly are united with wader-blackening Caddis hatches. All of these insects are major contributors to the diet of the goliath-like Trout and Grayling in this river. Late September/October is an equally abundant time to visit as the Caddis and Stonefly return, to the delight of the fish and anglers respectively. Nonetheless, all year round you are able to fish dryfly, such is the richness of Bosnia, with daily hatches of Olive from late morning until darkness. The scenery of this exquisite land is difficult to define, thanks to its bio-diversity. Turn one corner and you could be forgiven for thinking you are in British Columbia with high tree-lined mountains and flowing rapids. Turn the next corner to discover a lagoon some 30 foot deep displaying colours that belong to an exotic saltwater destination.continued from page 15river ribnik, Bosnia & Herzegovina