February 5-21, 2018 (Customized Shorter Itineraries Available)
I'm sitting here reading my journal and wondering what to say about New Zealand that's going to make you want to join us in February. What I'm seeing as I leaf through the pages is one big fish after another caught on dry flies in crystal clear water, and as I read each entry I can visualize each fish coming deliberately to the fly, I see him sip it in, the angler is forcing himself to wait (you know, "God Save the Queen" and all that), and at the precise moment he strikes and hooks the fish. Now it's a war between man and fish as the fish charges down (or up) river with the angler trying to keep up in hot pursuit of what could easily be the best fish of his lifetime.
Patagonia Argentina, 2018
Estancia Tecka, March 3-10
San Huberto Hosteria, March 11-17
Limay River Lodge, March 17-24
People ask why we spend so much of March in Argentina. The answer is easy. We get out of the sloppy cold spring in the northeast....and maybe miss a late season snow storm. All good enough reasons. But there are lots of warm sunny destinations that we could run away to at that time of year.
Looking at it from a fishing point of view, we have to say that we choose Argentina because it's dependable fishing. Yes, there may be an exception now and then, but for the most part it's beautiful fall weather, warm days and cool nights. The fish have been eating all spring and summer and are in the best shape of the year. The rivers are in great shape too and fall is in the air – our favorite season anywhere.
But, it's more than that. We return to Argentina a couple times of year for the people as much as the fishing. We wouldn't host trips to San Huberto for more than 20 consecutive years if we didn't enjoy the relationships we've formed with the Olsen family and the guides. When you consider the superb fishing the Rio Malleo spring creek offers and the privilege of staying the San Huberto, why going back annually is just something we have wouldn't miss! The Olsen family carefully manage more than 20 beats on the spring creek which range from placid meadow pools to tumbling canyon pocket water. In fall the baetis hatches can provide all day dry fly fishing and, well – you've got to see it to believe it.
This will be our second year at Estancia Tecka, a beautiful old ranch in the province of Chubut, near Esquel. Of course you would expect the accommodations to be first class and they are, but it's the fishing that guests come for. With more than 45 miles of the Corcovado and even more of the little Tecka Spring Creek, the Estancia offers lots of variety – from all day scenic river float trips to walk wading and casting small hoppers and dry flies to rising browns on the spring creek. There are also a couple lakes on the property with some hefty bruisers looking for a big foam bug.
We'll finish up our Argentina tour with a week at the Limay River Lodge, located on the southern bank of the Limay River. Anglers have come to the Limay River for years in search of the big fish that live here and many have gone home with memories of the “trip fish” from on this river. The Limay is a tail water fishery and there are times when sinking lines and big streamers dredged on the bottom are necessary, but in March the flows are low and the water is perfect for teasing big foam flies across the surface and enticing the big browns to come out and play. At other times anglers may encounter a hatch and will cast dry flies to rising rainbows. It's all fun. Come and see for yourself.
Anglers may choose to do the whole itinerary with us or pick and choose to build an itinerary around their preferences. Shorter itineraries are available and single room/single guide rates are also available upon request based on length of stay and lodge. Please refer to the itinerary for complete trip details and additional information.
Prices include all guiding, meals, transfers and lodging. Airfare, tips and incidentals are not included. Please contact us for availability, information on single occupancy, and questions.
Grand Slam & Campeche , Mexico
May 8-18, 2018
There are many places in the world to fish in saltwater, and most of them are pretty exciting. Over the years we've spent lots of time in Mexico and we love it as much now as when we were just starting out.
While most of our early fishing took place on the Yucatan Peninsula fishing the flats for bonefish and permit, a few years back we discovered Campeche for baby tarpon and we have to say that it's hard to get it out of our heads. Part of the reason is simply that we don't want to! So, we have combined the best of both worlds. We'll start out with 4 days fishing at the lovely Grand Slam Lodge, at the very end of the road (and we mean that literally) in Punta Allen. This fairly new lodge features accommodations like you've never seen at a Mexican fishing lodge! (It's a great tropical destination for non-fishing partners.) At Grand Slam we will fish for bonefish, permit, snook, and the occasional baby tarpon. At the end of four days, we will transfer by boat and comfortable van to Campeche Tarpon Bay for another four days of exciting baby tarpon fishing. In Campeche our group will stay at the Hotel Ocean View, literally a couple minutes from the boat dock. Our days will start early in the dark with amazing sunrises as we ride to the lagoons, edges, and mangroves for baby tarpon. By mid afternoon, we're heading back to the dock and thinking about a cold beer, a snooze, or a swim before going into town later on for dinner.
While the ultimate experience would be to travel with us to both destinations and eight days of fishing, we realize that sometimes that simply is not possible, so we've billed this as two separate trips. Do one or both, you choose.
Detailed information and prices are included in the itinerary. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We hope you can join us.
Barry and Cathy Beck
Ireland- Trout Fishing & Castle Tour
June 19- 28, 2018
Ireland is a trip that we look forward to for many reasons. On our first trip to Ireland in the summer of 2016, we were pleasantly surprised at the quality trout fishing we experienced. Andrew Ryan and his guides have access to miles of private, controlled, catch-and-release trout water which supports a good population of 14 – 20" brown trout. These are small to medium size trout streams with beautiful brown trout anxious to take a well placed fly. We fished attractor flies with droppers, saw nice hatches, and beautiful water.
But, in addition to the good trout fishing, the non anglers in the group had a private coach and driver to themselves and headed out in a different direction everyday to explore historic sites, castles, shopping, and even a visit now and then to the local pub (authentic Irish, of course).
After several days of trout fishing, we took a long, scenic, coastal drive to Galway on the western coast for salmon fishing, the second half of the trip. Here we enjoyed accommodations at the immaculately preserved and renovated Ballynahinch Castle, once home to the pirate queen, Grace O'Malley, and Humanity Dick Martin.
The Ballynahinch Castle fishery consists of 2.5 miles of river divided into eight salmon beats. The run of big grilse peaks is in late June and early July, thus the timing of our trip. The fishery is characterized by short streams and big, deep pools. Wellies are the foot attire here for anglers do not wade, but fish from footbridges and stiles strategically positioned to cover the best water.
The Irish countryside is as green as green can be with farms, sheep, orchards, streams, and homes throughout. It is a beautiful country with lovely people and beautiful brown trout. Our itinerary for 2018 doesn't change from earlier years except that we are starting out at Ballynahinch Castle and finishing at Andrew Ryan's in Clonmel. Read over the itinerary and consider joining us in June for an Irish adventure you won't soon forget.
Barry and Cathy Beck
Reel Action on the Kanektok River, Alaska
August 3-12, 2018
August is silver salmon time on the Kanektok at the Reel Action Camp. We're very lucky to have a week at camp during the silver run as August always sells out quickly. As the silver salmon pour into the Kanektok River, and with the camp situated at the mouth, there's no better place to be for silver fishing. The silver escapement goal is 50,000 per season and they all pass by camp. Along with the silvers will be leopard rainbows, sockeye, dolly varden, grayling and maybe still some pinks and chum. The camp is located in southwestern Alaska near the village of Quinhagak and is perfectly situated within the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. The Kanektok and its tributaries and braids give anglers access to some of the best sport fishing in the world.
Bighorn River, Montana
August 18-25 & August 25-September 2, 2018
The Bighorn River in Montana was one of our first hosted trip destinations and it's remained a constant for over 30 years. We've seen high water, low water, warm water, cold water – depending on rainfall and what they do with releases up at the dam, but one thing that is always predictable, always certain is that you will catch fish. It's where we go for our fish fix.
October 12-20, 2018
Spain is very different from our other fly fishing departures. Maybe it's the country with in-your-face history going back thousands of years everywhere you look; it might be the uniqueness of the fishing — one day you're fishing a small alpine stream for wild zebra trout and the next day you may be on a tail water landing a 9 pound brown; it might be the welcoming, small mountain town atmosphere of Ayren, our home base for the week; or the outgoing instantly likable personality of our outfitter, Ivan Tarin, and his guides or it could be the gracious hospitality of our restaurant and hotel owner, Juan Antonio.
As in most mountainous areas, the fish are not all big but all are wild and beautiful. This is not a destination for the fish of a lifetime, although you will have the opportunity to catch up to 9 pound fish, or larger. It is not technical fishing, wading is easy to moderate, flies are fairly simple. Our favorite flies were super beetles, parachute Adams, Wulffs, Humpies, and small nymphs. It's fun fishing.
Spain offers a variety of fishing experiences and you can be sure of having an amazing week of beautiful fish with medieval castles, cathedrals, watch towers and ancient homesteads as your backdrop against the fall colors of the Spanish Pyrenees. As you travel with your guides each day, you'll pass through small villages and ski towns reminiscent of early days Jackson Hole. For anglers and non-anglers alike, this is paradise. Anglers may choose to fish all day, everyday, or combine the fishing with some hosted sight seeing.
Please consult the itinerary for costs and complete details. If you're looking for something different, definitely consider Spain. You'll be glad you did.
Barry and Cathy Beck