Feb 1st, 2020
Within the long history of fly fishing for trout and the many ways to catch them, there is no question that the most storied, revered and exciting is dry fly fishing. Few moments in fly fishing compare to the sight of a large trout confidently rising to a well-presented dry fly. For centuries, anglers have chased insect hatches across the globe, hoping to find themselves surrounded by trout rising with abandon. Each of the destinations below offers a real chance at incredible dry fly fishing, prolific insect hatches, and large, eager trout.
Imagine a vast, crystal clear spring creek where the wild rainbows can be as easy or as challenging as you like. Then imagine 50 miles of river with countless water types, prolific hatches, and entire floats that rarely see anglers. And lastly imagine an elegant and understated lodge, designed by an award-winning architect, on a wooded bluff overlooking it all. This is Henry’s Fork Lodge, one of the premier destinations of the Rockies.
Limited to 4 rods per week, this intimate program gives anglers the opportunity to fish four completely private and well-rested spring creeks which hold all sizes of brook trout including some in the 4 to 6-pound class. This quaint homestay style venue and Eco Camp experience is a treasure within the vast open Patagonian landscape. The Route of the Spring Creeks offers rewarding homespun cultural experiences coupled with some of the finest spring creek fishing south of the equator.
Cutting through the vast open hill-country of southeast Montana flows the fabled Bighorn River. With upwards of 4000 trout per mile and reliably stable year-round flows, the Bighorn has become a tailwater fishery by which others are measured. While high catch rates of fish in the 14 to 18-inch class form the cornerstone of the angling experience, the river is also special in that it offers anglers of all skill levels the ability to sight fish to large trout feeding on small dry flies.
Tucked away in eastern Oregon, not far from Boise, Idaho, Oregon’s finest trophy brown trout river flows discreetly through desert rim rock and sage. It is a relatively small river but its’ honey-colored browns are anything but small, averaging 16 to 20 inches with considerably larger fish present. The Owyhee has a long season and a rich progression of vibrant insect hatches. The seasonal highlights are the skwalla stonefly hatch of March and early April along with the terrestrial season occurring mid August through September. If big browns on dries are something you want to experience, this is the very best Oregon has to offer.
Ideally suited to private parties or families of four or more, El Rancho Pinoso smacks of understated quality, utter privacy and indescribable beauty. Anglers have exclusive walk and wade access to two remarkable properties including the home waters of El Rancho Pinoso’s Rio Blanco and seven miles of the meandering Weminuche Creek. With easy wading, great dry fly fishing, and plenty of trout pushing 20 inches, this undiscovered gem is one of the finest and most fairly priced private water venues in the West.
Bozeman Fishing Lodge sits geographically in the center of some of Montana’s best trout streams. Guests have the option of floating the larger rivers such as the Yellowstone, Madison and Jefferson or walk and wade on smaller streams like the Rub, Lamar and Gardiner Rivers in Yellowstone National Park.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon is known as one of America’s premier rivers for native West-slope cutthroat trout. The trout average 12 to 15 inches in length, with some up to 19 inches. Thanks to the cutthroat’s cooperative nature, there are few better places to introduce newcomers to fly fishing than the Middle Fork. It’s a wonderful thing to watch a spouse or son or daughter make a cast, set the hook, and land their first fish.
The United Kingdom boasts many historical references in both its culture and architecture yet none maybe more impressive than the fact that this is where the very sport we dedicate our lives to was born over 700 years ago. For many, fishing here is a right of passage as a fly angler; a true bucket-list trip. The town of Stockbridge is quintessentially old English and incredibly charming. The main draw for anglers here is the crystal clear river than run through it’s heart – arguably the most famous chalk stream in the world – the majestic River Test. This program is a Fly Water Travel exclusive centered around the sport’s most historic waters. A select group of our guests will have the opportunity to target large brown trout with classic single fly techniques during the most coveted dry fly dates of the year. World famous for its superb trout fishing, the beats are all within the 16 miles of private water of the exclusive Leckford Estate waters.
Please give us a call at 800.552.2729 or send us a message HERE if you’d like to chat more about any of the destinations above!
When trout are selectively rising, presentation is paramount. The (right) fly must be delivered precisely and delicately to the fish. In these instances, both rod and line are critical. For technical, dry fly fishing, we like slow or medium-action rods and we generally prefer 4-weights to aid in the delicacy aspect. For lines, a long, fine taper is best to quietly deliver the fly. Long leaders, tapering to 4X – 6X are also the name of the game. Working together with our friends at Sage and RIO Products, we’ve put together this customized setup to ensure your success.
• Rod: 8’6″ 4-weight Sage TROUT LL (486-4)
• Reel: Sage TROUT 2/3/4
• Line: RIO Products InTouch Technical Trout WF4F
• Leader: RIO Products Powerflex Plus 12′ 4X
• Tippet: RIO Products Powerflex Plus 4X – 6X
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