River Crni Rzav

The Rzav is a tributary of the river Drina and it forms by the merging of the rivers Beli Rzav and Crni Rzav. The Beli Rzav is 23 km long and its source is in the western part of the national park Tara (1600 m above sea level). The Crni Rzav’s source is on the mountain Zlatibor (1440 m above sea level) from where it flows towards Bosnia forming beautiful gorges. The length of the Crni Rzav, Beli Rzav and Rzav combined is about 75 kilometers.

This unpolluted ecosystem represents a natural spawning place for the Danube salmon. It is rich with brown trout, Danubian roach, nase and large specimens of chub, but Danube salmons are most common. This fish feeds and breeds in the Rzav until it grows large enough to return to the Drina. The Rzav is one of the rare rivers in which you can catch several Danube salmons a day, using only simple fly fishing equipment for trout and grayling (dry nymph, streamers) or spin fishing techniques. The local Danube salmons can weigh 1 to 4 kg, but this mountain river often hides large specimen which can weigh over ten kilograms. The Rzav is an extremely preserved and clear river and these are the reasons that this river is an ideal place for spawning.

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