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Fly Fishing trips to Bulgaria

Mankov fly fishing offers guided trout fly fishing trips in Bulgaria on freestone, chalk streams, high mountain creeks and lakes. The length of your stay and the way you want to fish is up to you, having in mind what we offer. Lake and river fishing may be combined. We accept groups of up to five persons. More information about trout fishing in Bulgaria you can read here.

Guided Fishing on rivers, high mountain creeks and chalk streams :

In Bulgaria there are tenths of mid-sized rivers, three chalk streams and hundreds of mountain creeks populated with brown trout, rainbow trout and char. We offer guided fishing trips to any of those places depending on where the fish is most active at a given time. The chalk streams included on our list are the Iskrecka and the Golden Panega rivers. The freestone rivers include – Iskar, Struma, Tundja,Eleshnica,Rilska,Mesta,Rosica,Vit,Chaia,Vucha,Devinska and many more. The high mountain creeks and rivers are hundreds and are situated in the four highest mountains of Bulgaria – Rila, Pirin, Rodopi and the Balkan.

Guided fishing on high mountain lakes :

In the Rila and Pirin mountains there are over 150 high mountain glacier lakes that are suitable for brown trout, rainbow trout and char fishing. According to which lakes are allowed and where the fish is most active we will pick the best possible place to accommodate your needs and bring you the satisfaction you are looking for.

Fishing methods :

The fishing methods depend on the weather conditions and the level of the water in the rivers. In May and June the most fish is caught on a nymph. July, August and September are the best months for dry and wet fly fishing. The rods most used are between 8 or 9 footers and the classes range from 3 to 5. We have all the tackle you might need and if you request we can arrange all you will need for your stay in Bulgaria.

On the lakes most common is the dry flyfishing. Rods are 5-7 weight and length is 9-10 foot. Best time to go lake fishing is 15 July – 15 September.

Fish and Facts :

The fish most commonly flyfished for in Bulgaria is the brown trout. Most of them are wild – spawned and raised in the lake or river where they are found. In the chalk streams there is also rainbow trout. There are a few other rivers in the country where you can find rainbow trout. In a few places there is also char.

The average size of the fish caught is 20 to 30 centimeters. In the chalk streams its 25 to 35 centimeters. In every one of the above mentioned rivers there are fish above 50 cm. There are record fish of over 70cm being caught every year in the chalk streams. The average number of fish caught per day per person varies usually between 8 and 15. That depends on weather conditions, the river being fish and the skills of the person fishing it.

Average size of fish caught on the lakes varies between 25 and 30 cm. Some lakes in the Rila mountain have 30-35 cm average fish size with brown trout upwards from 40cm not being a rarity. Char and rainbow trout too but not so often. There are record sized fish of over 80 cm. Fish in the lakes are easily frightened however due to the clarity of the water.

Dates :

River, mountain creek and chalk streams fishing we offer from May 1st until September 1st. Every date reserved by a client will be announced on the website.

The dates for the lakes are 15th July to 15th of September.

Transport :

The client will be met on his point of arrival in the country (airport, train station, bus station etc.). Transport for their whole stay in the country will be provided as well as a return to the place where they are leaving the country from.

Accommodation & Food :

Accommodation varies depending on the whereabouts the fishing takes place. In the most cases it will be in bungalows or guest houses in proximity of the rivers. The high mountain lakes accommodation will be in huts, sheds and tents.

Food and non-alcoholic drinks are included in the cost of the journey on the all-inclusive principle in establishments and restaurants on the way or near the place of fishing. You will be able to enjoy traditional Bulgarian cuisine. It`s delicious.

Guiding and Licensing :

All necessary documents to fish in Bulgaria legally will be arranged by us, for which your picture and passport details will be needed. Your guide will be Stanislav Mankov. More about him you can read – here.

Prices :

Prices depends on number of people, duration of stay, and chosen destination. Do not hesitate to contact us for any requests and questions. Contacts.



  1. Hi Stan,

    Nice to see, you hold your word and you are willing to present your beautiful country’s pristine fishing to other people too.

    Thank you very much for your guiding, we will be back next summer for sure. We will though plan more time, so we can spend a couple of days on the best rivers, and also come up to those fantastic remote lakes. There is so much interest for the trip, we soon have to close the booking for the group 🙂

    No wonder people are interested. Bulgaria has fantastic fly fishing places and possibilities, mountains like in Switzerland, and prices like in Bulgaria 🙂 Everybody knows, there is no change to explore a little part of it, without a good local guide. And if he is also a true fly fishing and casting instructor, do speak English, ties flies… So we are looking forward to.

    By the way, we have also written about our trip, here in our online magazine:

    By the way II. – your flies are also attracting trouts and graylings here.

    Thanks again for a fantastic fishing holiday,

    Zsigmond Kovаcs

    Association of Hungarian Flyfishers

  2. Hi Stan,
    both Marty and I had an awesome time in Bulgaria, one of the best kept fly fishing secrets in the world. Hope you an your family are well. Looking forward to seeing you at the next Worlds in Slovenia 2012 or perhaps Europeans in 2013. Food and accommodation in Bulgaria were great. Thanks for a fantastic week in 2009.
    Steve and Marty Varga Team Malta.
    Commonwealths, Tasmania 2012.

  3. Dear Stan,

    I had so much fun with you on the rivers and lakes of your beautiful homeland. I hope I will be able to visit again soon and that I can show you around my neck of the woods as well if you come to the States. Stunning nature, amazing food and tight lines , it was a fisherman’s dream mate 🙂 See you soon !

  4. Hi Stan!
    Just found some time to leave a comment about our adventure.
    Thanks a lot my friend, I had a great time. Great country, easy to reach fishing sites. I loved the mountain streams we went to – fantastic views, clearest green streams, nature which just wakes up from winter sleep, freshest air and no people around – really wild nature with a wild trout.
    It doesn’t even matter that I was there in wrong season (it was challenging) we still caught few nice wild brownies, and I really ventilated my had out of daily routine, thanks to you. You are really a lucky man and fly fisherman to live surrounded by all this great places.
    To all who will be lucky to reed this post, I highly recommend to visit this great country with it’s untouched and most important uncrowded clear streams – fly fisherman’s dream.
    Thanks again man for great time, hosting and perfect guidance!!!
    I’m coming back for sure!

    Best regards to you, your great friends and stone flies!!!

    P.S. I nearly forgot, thanks to all your friends, who were with us.
    And special thanks to Daniel who introduced me with a great
    Bulgarian native cuisine!
    Everybody have to try a tripe soup!!!

  5. It was my great pleasure Andrey! I think we really enjoy our time on the water.

    All the best ,


  6. I am a chef, writer and fisherman (but not necessarily in that order).
    Last summer Stan guided me up the Pirin Mountains to some of the most beautiful and secluded fishing spots I have ever visited. We fished gushing mountain streams and clear lakes.
    The lake fishing was something to behold. You need a good quality fluorocarbon line, patience and a Zen like ability to spot cruising fish. Stan possesses all of these qualities and between us we caught a few whoppers.
    The stream fishing is totally different. The fish do come to the fly much more readily but the upstream dry fly fishing is often challenging, can involve slithering around on your belly, hiding behind rocks and having lots and lots of fun.
    The Pirin Mountains are National Park and as we walked we foraged for wild mushrooms, blueberries and strawberries. We ate BBQ trout under the stars with a few shots of local brandy.

  7. Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It in reality was a entertainment account it.
    Glance advanced to far added agreeable from you!
    By the way, how can we communicate?


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