Fly Fishing Insider
Ever fly fisher has a dream, to someday travel and go for the big one in a far-off destination. But to where? This task of looking into where to go and how to spend your hard-earned greenbacks can often seem confusing, long and troublesome. Fear, not the Fly-fishing Insider has compiled a list of destinations areas and species only. That’s right no guides or lodges are named to ensure you can build your fly-fishing dreams without our full influence.
1. Alagnok River, Alaska USA
The Alagnok River is a fly fishers dream, the river is home to many species of salmon, char and trout. This river also offers abundant wildlife and amazing views. This river has many lodges, guides and accommodations along or within fishing distance. Fishing this river is sure to make you badass.
2. Cayo Coco, Cuba
Cuba the new hot spot for bonefish, tarpon and permit makes this destination a must during winter or fall months in 2019. The three areas to fish, which are the mangrove lagoons, pristine flats and many channels. Tho this might attract the attention of fly fishers from around the globe, but it really doesn’t receive the pressure you might think. There are numerous resorts and hotels only 15 mins away. So, incorporating a fly-fishing dream trip while on a family vacay is now possible.
3. Jurassic Lake, Argentina
Jurassic lake is one of the most prolific trophy rainbow trout fisheries on the planet. Located in the Santa Cruz Province at an elevation 300ft and the lake is 20x15km. It’s not uncommon to catch rainbow trout 10 plus lbs and 20 lbs are also with the lake. Many of the same fly patters will work, and the usual fishing methods as well. There are lodging options at the lake and many guiding choices as well. This lake is a must-do trip.
4. Brunna River, Iceland
This Gin cleared river holds Char, browns and sea trout. It’s a fly only river and catch and release. But we do that, anyway right? The river is a very popular destination for fly anglers and there are a few lodges or guest houses along the river. Fly fishing guiding options are also available. So, feed your inner Viking and fish the Brunna river you’ll be glad you did. (personal note I am planning a trip here in 2019).
5. Waiau River, New Zealand
The Hanmer Springs area is trophy brown trout town. Many anglers dream of fishing this area, for the monster size browns. With the average brown being 5 plus lbs and double-digit trout are not uncommon. The Waiau river offers so much scenery and accommodations like that located in the alpine spa town of Hanmer Springs. This Is a go for it trip if you can do it.
6. Dean River, BC Canada
Probably one of the best rivers for steelhead on this planet. And if you’re a steel header you need to cross this one off your list. The Dean is accessed either from a boat or plane with limited walk-in points. This River offers huge steelhead and Chinook salmon opportunities to the ambitious angler. Let’s not forget to mention the amazing views and wildlife. Prime times are quite long for this river, being June to mid-Oct. This trip is sure to make your friends jealous of your adventure.
7. Amazon Jungle, Brazil
This is the last fully unexplored region of the world that we know of as of today for fly fishing within the Amazon. These waters are home to so big species of gamefish. However, in the lower Amazon, this is where you will find the famed Peacock Bass. The Peacock bass is known to be a strong aggressive fish and must catch on any fly fishers’ dream list. The Amazon holds breathtaking scenery and exotic wild, with many accommodations and guides within the region and close to the river. This dream destination might take 1 day to fly there but well worth it once you get hooked up.
8. Andros Islands, Bahamas
This little island is a well known but hardly visited bonefishing mecca. Bonefish from 4-10 lbs are often caught in the pristine flats that surround this island. Many great and luxurious resorts and guest houses are in the nearby area. Local guides are your best bet to bring you to some big bonefish action.
9. Florida Keys, Florida USA
The Florida Keys are home to permit, bonefish and tarpon just to name a few and that’s what makes this a fishing destination top pick. But let’s not overlook the clear waters and a laid-back lifestyle which is a huge plus as well. The fishing season is almost consistent year-round depends on the target species your chasing. Lots of hotels and resorts are within the keys area. This trip is timed right might line up with spring break.
10. Baja, Mexico
These waters are home to yellowfin tuna, dorado, roosterfish and many other species of gamefish. Great weather conditions and warm water temps are ideal for hunting theses big fish when it’s good. It’s these fish that make this travel destination a top pick for 2019 and the length of the fishing season is well known to be quite long and often at times will reward an angler with a world record fish. Many choices in hotels and guides exist here in the Baja region. It’s defiantly a trip I will plan in the winter.
There you have it the list of ten top destinations the Fly-Fishing Insider feels are the best of 2019. Though there are many places in the world to travel and fish, something is still to be said about your own home waters. Enjoy and Keep em wet.