If you know anything at all about fly-fishing, you know that it’s known for being about so much more than just a particular method of angling. Rigging a rod and stepping into the water on a quiet, early morning begins a connection to nature that grows deeper with every minute you spend surrounded by the soft sound of lapping waves and under the gentle rays of the rising sun. You begin to feel that you’re part of the underwater ecosystem that you’re now directly linked to through the rod in your hand. And there’s always the enthralling possibility of shared moments with a magnificent and vibrant adversary, located slightly below the surface.
By its nature, then, fly-fishing gets you outside and into some of the most beautiful and pristine spots around. In the Rocky Mountains, for example—one of America’s most remarkable regions—your fly-fishing expedition could be designed not only as a fishing foray but a memorable, all-around travel experience that even your nonangling companions will enjoy. Off-the-water, outdoor adventures can be had just by hiking, horseback riding, wildlife-watching and/or white-water rafting. But here, you’ll also stand thigh-deep in a river so clear that the trout are visible as they swim past. Views of snowcapped summits and riparian valleys will engage your spirit, and your heart will soar.
Choose to fly-fish in Alaska, and we’ll help you design a rustic but comfortable expedition in the remote backcountry, or one that focuses on trophy fishing from a luxurious wilderness lodge set in a world-renowned port. You pick your personal challenge: char, salmon, steelhead or trout.
If you think fly-fishing and riverside camping go hand in hand, we can hook you up with a custom, road-trip itinerary and a Chevy Tahoe that tows a glittering, silver Airstream trailer. Imagine yourself in Yellowstone National Park, following a two-lane highway deep into the mountains. You pull off onto a dirt road and zigzag higher into the wilderness. You cast in the Madison River—one of the greatest fly-fishing rivers in the world—and then grill your fresh catch in your Airstream’s galley. For the first time in a long while, you feel truly independent, fending for your dinner in the wilds, cooking it and falling asleep in your cozy, portable home. The next day, you opt for a privately guided, fly-fishing outing on the Yellowstone River, hoping for browns, rainbows and Yellowstone cutthroat.
Should international waters appeal to you, just over the Canada border, where Montana runs into British Columbia, is the stunning—and exceptionally spacious—Waterton Lakes National Park. Here, clouds cluster around jagged peaks with mountainsides that dive straight into still, deep-blue lakes. Angle your rod into these calm waters and soak in the soul-quenching beauty, only stirring to life when a trout bites your hook and the game is on.
Or consider a custom fly-fishing tour in South America. Dedicated anglers from around the world seek Patagonia’s unique, glistening waters. Fly-fish from a drift boat in a freestone river, wade into a spring creek located on an enormous estancia or boat to a fjord secreted at the end of an uncharted channel. Bait your hook for big brown trout, colorful rainbows or impressively strong salmon. Thanks to our 30 years of planning expeditions on this continent, we’ll make sure that expert fly-fishing guides passionate about this delicate art accompany you and take you to the areas where most tourists have never set foot. In New Zealand, we can place you in thunderous rivers that crash down mountains into the sea or in streams that wind through high-elevation sheep stations—both easily accessible and a short distance apart.
National or international—in one, glorious lodge or with the freedom to wander from place to place—we’ll take care of all the details of your next fly-fishing expedition. We’ll even let you know what to do with your wet waders. All you have to do is contact us, and then greet those gentle rays of the rising sun in pink-dawn mornings with a steaming cup of coffee and enthusiasm for another, unforgettable day out in the water.