Fly Fishing Travel Destination Spots

Fly fishing is a recreational activity whereby an artificial fly is used as bait to catch fish. The fly is fitted with a hook at the end of a line that is supported by a fly rod for directing the line and a reel for retrieving the fly once a fish is caught.

The types of flies recommended for use in this sport should resemble colorful species that fish can easily spot and spring up to take a bite. Natural invertebrates and other smaller food organisms can also be used as bait and dangled above or on the surface of the water to attract fish.

Fly fishing can be carried out both in fresh water and salt water bodies. The choice usually depends on your location. It is easier to catch fish through the technique in lakes, ponds, and rivers when you reside inland. If you are closer to the sea, salt water fly fishing would be most appropriate.
The most commercialized bait for fly fishing is a Senko. This is a worm purposed to be fitted with a fishing hook. 

How To Rig a Senko

Push the hook through the fat end of the worm right at its center then bring it back out. Make sure that the worm is aligned to the hook. Tuck the sharp point of the hook back into the body of the Senko so that it is hidden from the fish. You are now ready to fly fish with it.

Fresh Water Fly Fishing; Common Fish Types

You need to know your fish first before you begin to fly fishing because you are likely to catch many types of fish.

The most common great tasting and nutritious species of fish you would find here are the trout, salmon, and steelhead that are present in cold waters of rivers and rushing streams. In the warm waters of lakes and ponds, expect to find the bass, pike, panfish and the carp.

Great Fly Fishing Spots In North America

In North America, where I reside, there is a great variety of fly fishing spots along the many rivers, streams and by the lakesides. Some states have fish size regulations. When you catch fish, you are required to let it go if it is either too small or too big.
This serves to preserve the population of fish in the region. I have been to about five states, and I have fly fished in all of them.

The place I like most was in Arizona at Lee’s Ferry; a section of the Colorado River. I caught half a dozen medium sized trouts in just a day, and there was almost no competition as not very many fishers know the spot.

Another great spot is on the Penobscot River in Maine. There is a landlocked fishery at the west branch where salmon is in plenty; you would not miss catching a few.

The fish fly heaven of the United States is Montana. You would find fish flying enthusiasts lining the rivers and you would not be judged if you catch and release, most people here regard it as a fun sport. The popular rivers here for fly fishing include; the Blackfoot River, Boulder River, Gallatin River, Madison River and the Yellowstone River with a great open spot at the Yellowstone national park.

In Canada, Ontario stands out as a great fly fishing location. You could catch smallmouth bass at the Burnt River and Brown trout at the Grand River.

My Fly Fishing Travel Destinations

Most of my travel destinations have landed me in salt water fly fishing spots of open oceans, bays, and estuaries. The common marine species of fish I have caught include redfish, tarpon, snook, and bonefish. I would recommend the following fly fishing travel destination from experience.

Abacos, Bahamas

This great spot lies at the heart of the Caribbean. There are numerous fishing lodges and bonefish flats in this region, plus the scene is beautiful. There are many areas of skinny water without waves to distract your fishing escapades.

Alphonse Island, The Seychelles

It lies in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. Here you would catch milkfish half the size of a fully grown man. The luxurious Alphonse Island Resort is just a stone throw away to cater for all your accommodation needs during your visit.

Iztapa, Guatemala
You could catch sailfish here in the thousands. Also present are marlin, predator Dorados, and tuna. It is among the best spots worldwide to catch, study and release fish. There are many species of fish in great numbers.

Note that fly fishing in salty waters may require an underwater gear to stay warm and safe. This is what you should wear under water.

1. Swimming goggles to protect your eyes from the stinging effect of the salty water.
2. Full body swimsuit to protect you from stings by small sea creatures. They also dry faster preventing you from catching a cold.
3. Flippers to easily propel you in any direction in the almost stagnant waters.

About Author - Ted Thomas

Hi there, I'm Ted Thomas from GrayWolfLife, an ardent adventure writer. I write for readers with a genuine interest in enjoying the great outdoors. By sharing my experiences camping, hunting and fishing, I hope to inspire others to fully explore the depths of their passion.

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