TRAVEL:We found the best fares flying into Venice, Italy. From there, you can rent a car for the 2 1/2- hour drive to Kobarid.
LODGING: Pri B’zjak (luxurysloveniaholidays.com) sleeps six to eight people and is conveniently located near Soča Fly, the town square, and all amenities. Hiša Franko (hisafranko.com/en/) offers rooms at reasonable rates ($120/night), including some that are truly deluxe.
SEASONS: Marble trout season runs from April 1 to the end of September. According to Matt Calderaro, September is the best month, with plenty of dry fly action. Anglers are required to purchase permits from the Angling Club of Tolmin (www.flyfishing.si/) to fish the waters of the Soča River Valley— about $300 a week for catch-and-release fishing. All funds go directly to stocking and habitat work.
FLY SHOP/OUTFITTER: Soča Fly (socafly.com).
GEAR: Rods sized between 4- and 8-weight can be useful, but if you can take only two, a 4- and a 6-weight will be fine. Matt uses only floating lines, but a sinking-tip line could be handy in the deep pools