Feb 13th, 2020
Every year, we are lucky to be able to visit and experience new destinations and fisheries around the globe. Afterwards, it’s our pleasure to be able to share these destinations with you. Below are ten of our most exciting and interesting new destinations that we’ve learned about in the last year.
Urban Dorado Anglers offers the unique experience of being able to catch Golden Dorado within striking distance of one of the largest cities in the world. Within a 30-minute boat ride you are transported to another world where the urban sprawl of Buenos Aires disappears into a diverse ecosystem of tributaries and islands. This is a great add-on to longer travels within Argentina and Patagonia.
Officially known as the Gabonese Republic, Gabon offers the most intrepid fly anglers an unparalleled adventure into the heart of West Africa’s most pristine and prolific coastal waters. With a backdrop of virgin tropical rainforests, angler fish barefoot in the surf, often into darkness, and also venture inland by boat to fish for some of the world’s largest tarpon. While Gabon is a hotspot for giant tarpon, it is equally if not more famous for a host of additional super-sized species including cubera snapper, threadfin, barracuda, and jack crevalle.
With the opening of Erfalik Lodge, guests can enjoy Greenland’s most productive Arctic char fishing without having to rough it. Here guests will enjoy single-occupancy rooms, 24-hour power, hot showers, and tasty three-course meals. More stable and consistent fishing is hard to come by and few if any have left this remarkable system disappointed.
With the recent development of the Xingu Lodge (pronounced “sing-goo”), located near Untamed Angling’s popular Kendjam Lodge, the playing field has changed, offering intrepid anglers the best opportunity in the world to target the savage payara. This eight-person camp will run from September through November when flows are lowest, and anglers will target fish with sinking lines while casting from both the bank and boats. If you have ever wanted to target these remarkable gamefish, this is the place.
For anglers looking for short stays, great accommodations and most importantly, the ability to fly into the Upper Copper with an expert guide, this is the program. Head guide and lodge owner Jim Britton is a second-generation steelhead guide from the Bulkley Valley with more than 30 years of local steelhead guiding experience. Jim also has what few others have: the ultra-coveted rights and rod days to heli-guide the uppermost reaches of the Copper River. Were there ever a steelhead paradise, this is it.
In their latest venture, Madison Double R, owners John and Krista Sampson are joined by Russ and Susie Milam, experienced lodge managers, in creating the finest lodge on the world-renowned Madison River. When it comes to the highest level of service, spacious modern accommodations, and a hand-picked staff of seasoned professionals, this new program is destined to become a western classic.
Eleven Experience was created with a singular focus; to provide the world’s finest adventure-based luxury destinations for couples and families with children. To this end, their premier property in the Rockies for summertime activities is Taylor River Lodge. Located along a mile of semi-private water on the Taylor River and minutes from float trips on the Gunnison River, Taylor River Lodge is a natural for fly fishers as well as offering a wide range of additional guided outdoor activities.
Since its inception in 1950, Kulik Lodge has been a true Alaskan classic offering fly-out fishing, exceptional home waters and stays of varying lengths. Their location is one of, if not the finest, in the state within easy walking distance of the prolific and crystal-clear Kulik River, renowned for its remarkable rainbow trout fishery. Likewise, Kulik is centrally located in the heart of Katmai National Park’s finest trout waters, with a wide range of fabled trout systems only a short flight away.
Grosvenor Lodge is a small remote lodge located in Katmai National Park on the narrows between Grosvenor and Colville Lakes. Originally built in the 50s, this intimate fishing operation takes a maximum of four to six anglers. For anglers interested in remote semi-do-it-yourself operation with simple meals and accommodations, few locations or operations compare to this Alaskan classic.
For anglers interested in a unique new fall steelhead venue, consider the Alaska Steelhead Company. Located on an impressive perch overlooking the Cook Inlet, guests can fish as many as four steelhead systems. These rivers offer both walk and wade fishing as well as full-day floats where guests can target wild steelhead in the 6 to 12-pound range with both swung-fly and indicator techniques. Additionally, this easy-to-reach, high value and high catch-rate venue features some of the nicest accommodations in the state as well as skilled, hard-working guides.