There are also a variety of displays encompassing the equipment used for fishing. The earliest – and thus most primitive – fishing gear used in these lands dates back to the Late Neolithic Age and the Crannog lake-dwelling culture that flourished atop of what is today the wetlands of the Ljubljana Barje – on the edge of which Bistra in fact stands. The collection also boasts a Roman iron trident, which was found in the bed of the nearby Ljubljanica stream.
Several methods of fishing were employed in centuries gone by. Most often nets of various sorts, including keep nets, were used. However, a variety of other fishing tackle was also utilised, some of which is exhibited in the museum. Harpoons and an assortment of spears were also used to catch bigger fish, and although the authorities banned their use at a relatively early stage, they nevertheless for a long while remained as the most popular accessory of the so-called “wild fishermen”. Fishing as it was once practised on the intermittent Lake Cerknica was extremely interesting, especially when the water was rapidly retreating back into the ground through karstic sinkholes. Visitors are given an overview of the strictly enforced regulations and rights governing the harvesting of this lake, as well as the methods of fishing used, and their disposition.
Angling only became established as a sporting activity in Slovenia during the first half of the 20th century. The museum provides an overview of the evolution of sports fishing tackle, beginning with a selection of rods (poles), which range from the simplest hazel branch to state-of-the-art modern rods. The development of additional tackle, which is presented in the display cases, is most evident, and runs parallel to that of the rod itself. Any keen angler will surely be most delighted by the exquisite collection of flies and homemade spoon baits.