The biggest tributary of the Neris river. Starts from Samanis lake in Ignalina district in the East-northern part of the country. The longest river that runs only in the territory of Lithuania – it joins the Neris river close to Jonava town in the central part of the country. It’s crossing tree regional parks: Gražutes, Sratu and Anyksciai. This river has lots of small tributaries that feed the river. To mention a few: Virinta, Siesartis and Širvinta. These streams are the beloved places for sea trout spawning.
If the water level is normal, it’s a very pleasant river to flyfish. However the water in Šventoji usually clears out only towards the mid summer. Šventoji is mostly a quiet river with only some nice rapids and a few of powerful stony runs that can be quite far away from each other.
There are variety of fish species that you can catch on a fly in Šventoji: grayling, trout, sea trout and chub. To fly fish for them we use all of the fishing styles, depending on the water level and the fish that we’re after. During the summer we mostly use czech style nymphing. In the Autumn, during the blue dun hatch – small wet fly fishing or sometimes even delicate dry fly fishing. For trout or sea trout – big streamers. And in Autumn Šventoji by all means is THE river for salmon. Fish over 1 meter where caught here on the fly and we are sure that’s not the limit.
Fish in Šventoji can be very picky sometimes and you have to work hard to find a fly that works. Some flies that do work from time to time: electric green hydropsyhe, dark brown nymphs, bright brown wet ants, light pink czech nymphs.
On the whole, Šventoji is not a very easy river for fly fishing, however it is favored by many fly fishermen as sometimes it can be very rewarding.