Last week, the New York Times published an article that made the rounds here at Fly Water Travel’s office. The article, “52 Places to go in 2020,” described off-the-beaten path or lesser known locales across the globe that venturesome and committed travelers should keep on their radars for the coming year. The places that made the list had a few common themes or similar phrases used to characterize them: “less crowds,” “last frontier,” “rare.” What struck us was that a large number of their destinations were in the same regions that we work with everyday in the fly fishing travel world. So, we decided to make our own list in the spirit of that article. Below you will find Fly Water’s 25 destinations for the final frontier fisherman, the daredevil double-hauler, the audacious and adventure-seeking angler.
Makangoa Community Camp, Lesotho
The Makangoa Community Camp is a one of a kind operation focusing on walk and wade fishing for yellowfish and trout in the mountain country of Lesotho, Africa. The camp is located high in the mountains overlooking the Bokong river and is a unique project aimed at providing sustainable tourism while conserving their natural resources. The community involvement not only ensures the pristine nature of the valley but also dramatically enhances the angler’s traveling experience.
Erfalik Lodge, Greenland
It has taken considerable time and effort to finally bring forward a comfortable full-service lodge in the remote wilderness of Greenland. Now, with the opening of Erfalik Lodge, guests can enjoy Greenland’s most productive Arctic char fishing without having to rough it.
Austral Kings Camp, Chile
The complete history of how and when these King Salmon arrived to Chilean waters is somewhat unclear – some say they were introduced at the end of the 19th Century while others claim they have only been around for the past few decades. Regardless of the history, one thing is clear. This is quite possibly one of the world’s last great places to swing flies for King Salmon.
Nubian Flats, Sudan
Until recently, North Africa, and especially the coast of Sudan has never been considered a viable fishing destination. Political unrest in neighboring Southern Sudan has cast an image that has been badly portrayed and dampened the potential for Sudanese tourism. Along the Red Sea coast of Sudan there are countless islands and wide expanses of shallow water flats. These offer the adventurous fly angler a treasure chest of fly fishing opportunities.
Bear Camp, Canadian Rockies
To say Bear Camp is a unique accommodation experience is an understatement. Bear Camp is a place where people and bears interact and live harmoniously. With 20-25 resident grizzly bears and another 80-100 grizzlies coming to visit in the fall to feed on spawning salmon, they built the camp on stilts. Your waterfront tents are elevated, spacious, comfortable and also serve as wildlife viewing platforms. Some call it “glamping” but we say it’s like an African safari experience with a Canadian twist. Best of all, guests are free to choose their activity of choice on a day-to-day basis.
Pirarucú Lodge, Brazil
Pirarucú Lodge is a new Brazilian destination whose primary focus is to fish over and catch an unprecedented number of Arapaima – the often illusive, prehistoric and tarpon-like game fish that many consider the ultimate jungle trophy. Here anglers will fish in the Mamirauá Reserve, Brazil’s first Sustainable Development Reserve which totals more than 1 million hectares and was created first and foremost to preserve Aprapaima and their habitat.
Copper Bay Lodge, Haida Gwaii
A winter or spring steelheading trip to Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) is unlike any other and represents one of the most unique and challenging venues we have found. These remote islands, located sixty miles offshore from the mouth of the Skeena, receive more than 200 inches of rain per year and offer an abundance of little known wild winter steelhead streams.
Jungle Tarpon Reserve, Costa Rica
Northern Costa Rica’s Jungle Tarpon Reserve is a vast inland system of freshwater rivers, creeks and flooded lagoons surrounded by verdant rainforest and swampland. During the dry season the lagoons and creeks are reduced to nearly a trickle, but come August, the area literally springs to life. Runoff from surrounding volcanoes fills the creeks, rivers, and lagoons creating a vast inland sea teaming with migratory baitfish, monkeys, wading birds, and caiman. Somehow the primal tarpon of the Pacific sense this and journey over a hundred miles inland to feed on the bounty of the jungle’s flooded interior.
Hidden Gems of Scotland
Fly Water Travel is proud to be the exclusive North American agent for Alba Game Fishing. Together we are excited to bring you fully customizable tours of Scotland. These tours are ideal for couples that want to experience the warmth and hospitality of the Scottish people, see its most historic and beautiful places and sample a number of the country’s premier fisheries along the way.
Tsimane Bolivia is and remains one of the greatest exotic fly fishing destinations in the world today. It is where beautiful wilderness rivers, spectacular fish and fascinating native people create the ultimate fly fishing adventure.
World’s End Lodge, Argentina
Relatively unknown to the modern world of traveling anglers, the Irigoyen and its sister systems in southernmost Tierra del Fuego win top honors for the smallest systems with the largest sea-run trout. For trout anglers who enjoy small water, complex woody stream structure, solace from the wind and the chance to land multiple brown trout in the 10 – 20 pound class on their favorite 7 weight rod, no other systems even come close.
Togiak Wilderness Spey, Alaska
Fly Water Travel and Epic Waters Angling are proud to introduce a new exclusive tent camp on Alaska’s prolific Togiak River. The Togiak is a big brawling southwest Alaskan river renowned for its abundant returns of king salmon in addition to a host of other worthy species.
Xingu Lodge, Brazil
The Xingu (pronounced Sing-goo) River sport-fishing project is located in the spectacular wilderness territory of the Kayapo indigenous people in the southeastern Amazon basin of Brazil. The Xingu Lodge is the first location dedicated to targeting payara, the elusive and hard-fighting vampire fish.
Pyrenees Mountains, Spain
The spectacularly beautiful and rugged Pyrenees Range forms the natural border between northeastern Spain and France. They span 270 miles and flowing out of them, into the seldom traveled hill country of Spain, are 14 major river valleys and 60 remarkable wild trout rivers.
El Rancho Pinoso, Colorado
Hidden within Southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains is a valley so beautiful that you will marvel at its perfection. With 970 acres, two fully restored historic cabins, a herd of elk and three miles of fabulous fly fishing flowing through it all, it is a place that will inspire all who visit to want to return again.
Sedanka Spring Creek, Russia
The Sedanka is Kamchatka’s most famous and productive spring creek. Its waters are home to all five species of pacific salmon, rainbow trout, kundzha and Dolly Varden. As with many spring creeks the insect populations are robust and returning salmon provide an additional boost of nutrients creating a remarkable rainbow trout fishery, most of which are in the 18 to-23 inch range, with others reaching sizes upwards of 27 inches.
Bahia De Los Suenos, Mexico
Forty five minutes southeast of La Paz is one of the most productive blue water fly fishing areas in the world. Gentle seas, fair weather and a precipitous drop of the ocean floor make this the perfect setting for fly fishing. Add the incredible number of migrating pelagic and resident species and you have a recipe for great saltwater fly fishing.
Tengis- Shishged Outcamp, Mongolia
The Yenisei River is the world’s fifth-longest system and the largest system feeding into the Arctic Ocean. While it has many headwaters, the Tengis and Shishged systems in the remote reaches of northern Mongolia’s Khuvsgul Province are unique and home to some of the world’s largest taimen
Andros Mothership, Bahamas
The Eleven Experience Mothership is a 74’ Hatteras motor yacht that features three state rooms and ample living space. The mothership provides a comfortable home base for an adventure to Andros Isand’s famed and wildly remote west side. The west side of Andros Island provides a pristine saltwater wilderness featuring a vast array flats, channels, creeks and blue holes where fly anglers can target some of the largest and most prolific bonefish in the Bahamas.
Los Plateados Lodge, Argentina
While there are a great many appealing and productive steelhead rivers in the world, the argument for Argentina’s mighty Rio Santa Cruz being far and away the most unique is near bulletproof. The reasons are many; its massive size, the harsh and surreal Dali-esque landscape through which it flows, the subtlety of its lies and structure and the trump card that it is the only true Atlantic steelhead return in the world.
Poronui Outback, New Zealand
For those who want it all: trophy fish, well-rested wilderness waters, top-shelf guides, fine cuisine and creature comforts interspersed with rustic overnights in the bush, look no further. Poronui Outback is a unique wilderness fishing program designed by Fly Water Travel and delivered by the incredibly talented crew at the acclaimed Poronui; the North Island lodge that continues to set the bar against which all others are measured.
Were the massive Amazon basin to have an Eden, it would be on the banks of the immaculate Iriri River. Home of the Kayapo people, the noble painted natives that inspired the script for Avatar, the Iriri, with its clear green waters, countless braids and rocky islands, is an other-worldly place that floats far above what most envision the jungle to be.
Fly Water Slovenia
Fly Water Travel is proud to offer a unique and exclusive array of custom tours in the remarkable nation of Slovenia. The tiny nation of Slovenia (which borders Croatia, Italy, Austria and Hungary) showcases the grandeur of the Swiss Alps, the quaint charm of Tuscany’s wine country and crystal clear trout streams that rival New Zealand’s finest.
Providence Atoll, Seychelles
Providence Atoll is just short of being the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles and contains two major land masses, namely Providence North and Cerf Island. This remarkable atoll has remained largely untouched, with fewer than a thousand people having visited this tropical wilderness in the last century.
Kangia River Camp, Greenland
If you thought that all the truly pristine fish-filled rivers had been discovered, think again. Located on the ultra-remote southwestern coast of Greenland, the Kangia Camp literally blew the minds of the lucky anglers that were part of their inaugural 2017 season. Why? Consider the following. Greenland is the largest island on earth and also the world’s least-densely populated country with less than 57,000 total inhabitants. It is 1/5th the size of the US with twice the coastline and countless untouched rivers, many of which have huge summer runs of supercharged sea-run Arctic char.
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