THE RIVERS OF BALKAN PENINSULA - THE TEMSTICA RIVER
The Temstica River, before the dam on the Visocica was created, used to be
the strongest trout river east of the Drina. Its great fish population and
beauty were reduced with the building of the dam, when the Visocica waters
were turned into a tunnel which is going to Pirot.
big and mighty river became a bit more than Toplodolska River, its main
source, and few small tributaries. Even in such situation the Temstica
remained a fine trout stream and has a lot of fly fishing potentials.
Unfortunately it is attacked by poachers and its trout population is far
from optimal. However, in spite of those problems we describe this beautiful
river, which is in recent times again attacked with the new senseless
project with the aim to deflect its waters into the Zavoj Dam.
On its way to Mrtvacki Most (The Dead Manís Bridge), where it used to meet the Visocica, the Toplodolska Reka, which bears the name of the village Topli Do, some 7 km upstream, cuts through the mountains and makes deep gorges in red sandstone formations. The whole river is accessible with the road which is mostly covered with tarmac. The place where this road can be reached is Temska village, on the road from Pirot to Knjazevac.
The Temstica has very steep flow Ė it is about 30 km long
with the altitude difference of about 1000 m. The flow is mostly made from
small deep pools and waterfalls. Water created many interesting shapes in
the soft sandstone. Brown trout is the main fish in this river, with the
bullhead and brook barbel as companion species. Below the Mrtvacki Most and
old junction with the Visocica, there is also chub and bleak, while in the
lower reaches below Temska there are also barbel and nase. During the past
ten years there is a population of very large brown trout coming from the
Jerma and the Temstica to the Nisava, and their presence is observed prior
to the spawning in the lower Temstica.
Trout from Temstica River