Without a doubt one of the best fly fishing rivers in Lithuania. As many other southern Lithuanian rivers it starts in northern Belarus and flows into Lithuania near Tabariškės village. Then it continues its way through farming fields, forest and small villages till it connects with Papys lake by a canal. The middle and the lower parts of Merkys flow through Dzūkijos National Park. And finally it joins Nemunas river in a small town called Merkinė. Merkys could be devided into three different types of river: the upper part – small “chalk stream” type of river, perfect to fish in the early spring till the beginning of summer and autumn. (NOTE! The upper part needs a separate licence! More info – in the “Licences” paragraph.) The middle part – mostly slow with some rapids and runs, that become more frequent going downstream.
Fishing is good there almost all the summer till late autumn. The lower part, or as we call it “sands”- again – even flowing current with a few disturbances. Almost all the way till it enters Nemunas, the bottom of the river is sandy with deep holes, which makes it an ideal place for big grayling to hang out. Best season would be mid autumn till the beginning of winter. A regular 5 weight 9 foot fly rod would do the job in all the parts of the river. In the upper part usually we would fish with dry fly. Middle and lower parts – czech style, upstream nymphing or wet fly. Merkys holds one of the biggest grayling population in Lithuania. Of course there are some wild brown trout too, but it’s very difficult to spot them, not mentioning caching them. There are some other species as well: chub, carp, pike, ide. But these species would be overshadow by grayling unless you’ll hook one of them by mistake. It\s a poplar river not only for fly fishermen but for kayakers too. Especially during nice summer kayakers traffic can get very heavy. Despite of that it’s still possible to fly fish and enjoy the nature. Luckily there are not so many flyfishermen as kayakers.