Escape to a watery paradise of cold, clear and clean water flowing from mountains through meadows, valleys and forests to the ocean. Cast your line for trout, salmon and permit fish in some of the world’s best fly-fishing spots.
1) The Test River, Hampshire
Make the pilgrimage to probably the most famous trout stream in the world. Historically, the River Test is regarded as the birthplace of modern fly-fishing. Here you can discover a classic English countryside of serene, pastoral landscape streaked with idyllic chalk streams that flow from the chalk hills of England's south and east. These streams are spring-fed, gin-clear and mineral-rich. They are also home to water plants buzzing with insects – perfect for supporting the large heads of big trout. Read More....
2) Murchison, South Island, New Zealand
New Zealand's North and South islands are well known for their fly-fishing. Crystal clear waters are home to both lunker brown trout and rainbow trout, descendants of trout introduced in the late 19th century. Murchison is one of the best areas, surrounded by literally hundreds of rivers, streams and lakes in a region easily accessible by road, boat or helicopter. The location is spectacular, with magnificent mountain backdrops, forests and a mild climate to boast about. Nearby rivers include the Gowan, Matiri, Matakitaki, Maruia and the Buller, all world-renowned for fly-fishing. The term ‘gin clear’ was first coined for these pristine rivers. Expect to cast into transparent waters, and forget blind casting if you want to catch anything – these fish are cautious. Here, you need to spot your quarry before you even think of unfurling a cast in its direction. The area is renowned as a brown trout fishery, with the average trout size ranging from three to six pounds and the chance of landing a 10 pounder. Read More....
3) Labrador, north-east Canada
Discover a fly-fisher’s dream in the pristine wilderness of Labrador, in Canada’s north-east corner. The remote headwaters of the world-renowned Eagle River contain some of the finest fishing found in Canada for eastern brook trout, salmon, arctic char and northern pike. This unspoilt region is overrun with numerous rivers bursting with fat trout, probably due to the colonies of stone flies, mayflies and caddis that abound and make up the trout's main diet. The Minipi River system regularly produces brook trout between three to eight pounds in weight, with some being even larger. Many of these wild fish have never seen an artificial fly. Read More....
4) Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Here the big rivers of Boca Chimehuin, Collon Cura and Malleo flow across Patagonia into the Atlantic Ocean and offer an angler’s paradise of rainbow, brown and brook trout that prowl streams born high in the Andes. At the extreme southern tip of the American continent, in Tierra del Fuego, flows the Rio Grande, Argentina's most famous river and home to the largest sea-run brown trout on earth. In this section of the river you can expect to land sea-run browns that average 5kg, with the occasional monster of 20kg. In addition, you can find healthy silver lake-run browns, often in the shape of a rugby ball. Read More....
5) Ascension Bay, Mexico
Discover the vast flats of Ascension Bay, just south of the Tulum ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, probably the finest permit fishing grounds on earth. A fly-fishing legend since it was first explored, the area is still unspoiled thanks to the Sian Kaan Biosphere Preserve, a 500km2 area of crystal clear water rich with permit, tarbon and bonefish. Read More....
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