Author: Bullbuster Team
4 Fly Fishing Destinations
1) Fly Fishing In Portugal
The mountains in Northern Portugal have some great fly fishing. These aren't the giant trout like in Patagonia, but they are fun to catch none the less. Trout fishing permits are usually bought in a local bar, and give you access to a certain section of the river.
Streams here are smaller than in most areas, making this an excellent area to practice fishing nymphs (wet flies) along the shoreline roots along the stream. One cool thing that you won't experience in other locations is fishing next to bridges and structures that stem all the way back to the roman empire. Your fishing in the woods, but these woods have a history.
Fly Fishing Service
We fished with Cavado Fly Fishing Portugal and had a great time catching trout as well as had a great conversation over wine and good food over lunch. Northern Portugal is known for Vhino Verde and has great foods, so be sure to ask your guide Jao or Pedro for more information. If you don't speak Portuguese you will be in good hands as both guides speak english.
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2) Flyfishing For Bass In The Florida Everglades
Author: Scott Rose
Fly fishing is generally looked at as a style of fishing that is more challenging than other traditional techniques. There are some places though where this bucks the trend, such as where I guide in Alaska for rainbow trout. I could take anyone out there without any experience and put him on a pile of fish on the fly in no time.
There is another place like this that no one talks about and that is the Florida Everglades. The canal and marsh systems in this freshwater haven are home to millions of fish, namely largemouth bass and a variety of cichlid and panfish species. Some of these canals will net you a bite on every single cast if you scale down - and that is where the rod of choice comes into play.
I like to fish simple streamer and topwater patterns while chasing largemouth and cichlid in the Everglades. Clouser minnows in any size will get destroyed, as will gurgler and popper patterns. The smaller the fly, the more oscars and mayan cichlid you will catch. When I get clients that want to learn how to fly fish, this is where I bring them.
Rod size is not to important unless you want to try to catch the biggest fish in the canal. When I am throwing flies, I don’t really care about that; instead I will focus my tackle size on what properly matches the majority of the bites. This is where you can get away with your “ultralight” fly rods - rods from the 1 WT size all the way to a 4 or 5 WT are a great choice here. I think a 2 or 3 WT rod is the perfect match for thelargemcouth and oscars, which are mostly in the 1/2 pound to 2 pound range. I like to throw a bunch of 20 Lb Bullbuster braid behind the backing for good measure. It is shockingly fun and even extremely experienced fisherman will have a blast catching these tackle busters every cast!
Next time you are in a cichlid infested canal in the Everglades, don’t get frustrated by it. Break out the fly rod!
3) Alaska Fly Fishing Lodge
I have put two seasons in Alaska at the Royal Wolf Lodge chasing one of the most beautiful fish in freshwater – the rainbow trout. When most people think of trout, they think of stocked fish in their local creek or lake. These fish might be the same species but the similarities end there; they are epically shaped, packed with muscle, and have the ability to bring your 8 Wt into the backing three or four times. To me, these are the most impressive trout that you will find anywhere alone.
They have a diet that allows them to pack on such epic strength and proportions – in the springtime, they feed nearly exclusively on smolt, which are juvenile salmon trying to sneak past all the predators and make their way into the ocean. When the adults return and spawn in the summer, the rainbows shift their sights to the eggs, which flow down the rivers in the millions. It is an assembly line of food for these trout, and their body shape reflects it.
I recently had a couple close friends visit me at the lodge, Jon Barzacchini and Lawson Lindsey – two YouTubers that both had never experienced trout fishing like my lodge can offer. Jon was admittedly very skeptical when I told him to bring his 8 Wt. and make sure that it was backed with at least 100 yds of 20 Lb Bullbuster Braid. Understandably, he had a hard time believing that these fish would get you into the backing so easily. It was a good thing he listened, because the first fish of the trip went 27” – a monster trout that took over 15 minutes to land and kept him in the backing for at least half of the fight. Several more fish in the 23-25 inch class followed that day, and he was quickly convinced of what I was trying to tell him.
Bristol Bay offers native trout in a class that you’d be hard matched to find an equal for anywhere else. The numbers of fish are exceptional, with days of 40 fish averaging 19-22” common. You can’t land much more than that, because 40-50 of those guys will take a full day to fight and land!!
I fish 6 Wts at a minimum when targeting these larger trout, while sometimes upping it to 7 and 8 wts and occasionally a two handed spey rod (I prefer a 12’6” 6 Wt). On every reel I spool 150 yds of 20lb Bullbuster braid – I like to use yellow to see where my backing is making its way to in the water. One time I almost lost all 150 Yds to an extremely epic trout that wouldn’t stop running!
Flies are dictated by the time of the season – early season calls for streamers when the smolt are moving. After this slows down, it’s a full month of dry fly fishing, followed by the spawn which leads to a lot of indicator style nymphing. This final time is usually when you land the biggest trout of the summer.
Alaska is one of my favorite places to fish and guide and will always hold an extremely special place in my heart. I could write 20 articles on this area before feeling like I was beginning to scratch the surface of all the topics I could talk about.
Thanks for reading and if you have any interest in making your own trip to Bristol Bay, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Capt. Scott Rose
4) Fly Fishing In Bariloche Argentina
Patagonia is one of the worlds most famous fly fishing destinations. The 16-25 hour journey from the Unite States is worth it. Patagonia has some of the worlds biggest rainbow and brown trout, has unbeatable landscapes, award winning wines for under $5.00 a bottle, and is always the opposite season from the US so you can escape winter when you most need it.
Bariloche is a small lakeside town, so you are going to need to connect through Buenos Aires. You will most likely fly into Ezeiza International Airport (EZE). If you are lucky, you will be able to fly directly from (EZE) to Bariloche, but most likely you are going to need to connect through a smaller domestic airport called Aeroparque International Jorge Newberry.
The US and Argentina have a, lets say mediocre relationship. So you will have to pay a "Reciprocity" fee to enter into the country. Argentinians pay this fee when coming to the US. Below is a link that will be more helpful on this as we do not keep up to date regulations on our site for a reason (politicians make them so they are always changing).
You can stay in downtown Bariloche or you may be able to stay on the outskirts of town in a small lodge or hotel. Some fishing trips are multiple days and include camping, so if you are traveling down just for fishing, this may be something you want to look into.
The most important part right? You are going to want to work with a guide service. Fly fishing trips usually include a float trip and a cooked meal by your guide. One of the best rivers to fish is the Limay river, however you will want to get in contact with your guide for more in depth information on this.
Guide Service For Limay River Float Trips
The guide service we recommend for fishing in Bariloche is Trout Bariloche Guided Trips.
A Few Photos From Our Guided Trip With Trout Bariloche
Little Brown Trout
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