Friday, January 29, 2016

Top Winter Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations -For Those in Need!

Starting to feel the Winter doldrums lately with all of this cold weather and snowstorms. With only a few weeks in counting before I can satisfy my Saltwater needs, all I can think about daily in my office is "Bonefish to the left and cold drinks to the right"!

Here are a few choice warm water Saltwater destinations to help ease the pain of Winter and to escape for some fantastic Saltwater fly fishing! 

These lovely islands ride a shallow sea stretching from Florida to just north of Haiti. For the fly and light tackle angler, the Bahamas often seem to have been created just for them. Easy to reach, and yet off the beaten path, these beautiful islands offer some of the best bonefishing available in the world today.

Belize- Where I will be in a few weeks chasing Tarpon/Bonefish/Permit
Remote and beautiful, Belize is a fisherman's paradise. From beautiful Turneffe Atoll to the tarpon rich waters of Ambergris Cay to the mysterious permit flats in the south, Belize provides incredible saltwater angling opportunities for such legendary species as bonefish, tarpon, snook and the elusive permit.

In the thousands of tributaries of the Amazon River grow some of the most exotic and ferocious fish on earth. From the Dracula-toothed payara to the huge "tarpon of the Amazon", the piraucu, the gamefish of the Amazon are nasty bunch. Visiting anglers can count on catching these and lots of other colorful species, but the reason most anglers come to the Amazon Basin is the legendary peacock bass... and the best place to catch a big peacock on a fly is at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge.There are three species of peacock bass present in the waters this well-positioned lodge fishes: the butterfly or borboleta, the spotted or paca and the temensis or acu.

Christmas Island
The fact that virtually every fly angler has heard of Christmas Island is far from a coincidence. Amidst the vast inventory of the world's saltwater destinations, Christmas Island is a unique natural masterpiece that combines all the elements critical to fly-fishing success, that is: endless hard-bottomed sand flats, remarkable numbers of cruising bonefish and trevally and consistent year round tropical weather. As such, Christmas Island is on most experienced angler's list of the top five bonefish destinations worldwide.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica, or the "rich coast" in English, lives up to its name in many ways. It is a land of high mountains, dense jungles and incredible natural wonders. Costa Rica is bordered on the north by Nicaragua and on the east by Panama. With coasts on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, this small democratic nation is a fisherman's paradise

Los Roques
Los Roques is a great bonefish destination for anglers who like to pursue big bones while wading. This stunning archipelago offers both pancake flats and classic white sand flats that are reminiscent of Christmas Island. Excellent guides and bigger than average bones all in an absolutely beautiful environment make this a not-to-be-missed trip.

The fish rich waters of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula stretch from the tarpon hotspot of Isla Holbox in the north to the rarely fished flats of Chetumal Bay in the south. In between, countless bays, channels and flats provide one of the world's best habitats for the grand slam flats species: the bonefish, the courageous tarpon and the elusive permit.

We were one of the first groups to explore the Seychelles and report back to the angling community on the incredible bonefishing to be found there. We continue to explore the more remote atolls and are the best qualified to help you plan your trip. If you choose to make the commitment of time, energy and money, you will be rewarded with incredible beauty and the best bonefishing on planet earth!

South Pacific
The South Pacific is one of the most beautiful spots on the fly fishing globe. Picture perfect coral atolls hold not only trophy bonefish, but a host of other species from trevally to tuna to marlin. With only a few atolls yet explored, the angling potential of this extensive area is virtually unlimited. Located near the equator and only 7 hours from Los Angeles, the South Pacific is the ideal spot for a mid-winter angling getaway

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

15 Winter Fly Fishing Destinations 2016!

For hardcore anglers, myself among them, just about any fishing is better than none at all. It's not even necessarily a matter of traveling to a warmer climate. It's the fishing, which is why I sometimes toss piles of fleece and Gore-Tex into the truck and head for a winter steelhead river, where I can wade happily for hours and cast along the edges of icy slush. Sometimes I catch something, but mostly it's just a way to scratch the deep itch of winter.

Winter is also an opportune time to fish those places you've always wanted to try or for those species that have always fascinated you. Some years back, I fished with a longtime Florida bass guide who confessed in a quiet moment that his lifelong dream was to go tarpon fishing. This seemed odd since there was good tarpon action off the coast, a scant 60 miles away. When I asked why he hadn't tried it, he shrugged and said, "I dunno. Just never got around to it, I guess. But someday."

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IF4 International Fly Fishing Film Festival Comes To Denver!

IF4™ consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. The films at this popular event are capturing the attention of anglers around the world.

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