We have one room available (1 or 2 people) at San Huberto estancia on the Malleo River in Argentina for our March 10-16, 2015, departure. The Malleo is the most famous spring creek in all of Argentina and our absolute favorite place to be. It's a good size spring creek both in size and length flowing through the private estancia. With many varied beats from calm, placid pools with sipping fish, to tumbling pocket water, the Malleo has something for everyone. With spectacular scenery and superb accommodations, it's an angling dream-come-true, but also a good destination for a non-angler. Click here to see more details of our upcoming trip. We hope you'll join us!
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That was the question we started to get as soon as we arrived home from fishing the Eastern Pyrenees a couple days ago. This was our second trip to Spain and the first one with a full group. We have to say that we couldn't have had nicer weather. Every day started with a cool, fresh, fall morning in a down vest or jacket, but by afternoon some of us were fishing in shirt sleeves. This part of Spain has had a cool, wet, season until recently and we found some of our favorite streams were chalky instead of clear and some of the tailwater streams were too high to fish, so we were limited in where we could fish. That said, there were several 7 - 9 lb. trout caught and lots of 5 lb. and better fish. Some of these were caught on dry flies and some on nymph droppers trailed behind dries. On the clear streams we could sight fish, which was everyone's preference, of course. Everyone commented on the medieval ruins scattered throughout the country, the old stone villages, cathedrals, watch towers. Some of us took time away from fishing for sightseeing. Hotel Domenec and the Domenec Restaurant were great and we loved the little village of Aren, our home for the week. Chef Juan Antonio spoiled us with amazing multi course meals and good wine and the Salvelinus guides were outstanding. We loved it all and look forward to a return trip. Here are some of our favorite photos from the trip.
A couple weeks ago we ran a blog on the chance that shad may come back to the Susquehanna. We hope so. Now we read about the revival of important grasses in the upper Chesapeake Bay. It's an amazing come-back story. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
"The Susquehanna Flats, a large bed of underwater grasses in the upper Chesapeake Bay, virtually disappeared after Tropical Storm Agnes more than 40 years ago. The grasses mysteriously began to come back in the early 2000s. Today the bed is one of the biggest and healthiest in the Bay, spanning some 20 square miles. Scientists are figuring out what's behind the comeback." Read More
As you all know, we love Mexico. For 2015, we have two departures with 3 lodges. Our first trip is April 6-13 which includes 2 days of fishing for baby tarpon from Campeche followed by 4 days of bone/permit/baby tarpon fishing in Ascension Bay from Grand Slam Lodge. A super combination starting in the very pretty colonial town of Campeche and finishing at the new popular Grand Slam Lodge. 8 nights/6 days fishing, one transfer day. $4650 per person, dbl. occup/shared boat. Read More.
Our second departure is to one of our favorites, Holbox Island, for big and baby tarpon - and you know how much we love this destination. We've been talking about it for years: The fishing program, baby tarpon 10-50 pounds, big tarpon if you choose, lovely beach front accommodations, the village, walks into town to dine each night, sundowners and incredible sunsets and sunrises. In addition to the baby tarpon, you might find snook, cobia & jacks and other species. Holbox is also the best buy in the business for non-angling guests ($100 a day), and we couldn't find a more gracious, fun manager and host than Luciano Govi. 7 night/6 days. $3,300 range, dbl. occur/shared boat. Read More.
Shad again on the Susquehanna? Removal of the hydroelectric dams? In a bold, daring move in the NY Times, John Walman, professor of biology at Queens College talks about the possibility of bringing the Susquehanna back to life - and hopefully the shad with it.
We have two rooms left at Owen River Lodge on the South Island (space for 2 singles or 2 doubles). We all read about the double digit fish caught on dry flies and tiny nymphs in February in crystal clear water, so I'm going to show you a few photos of how incredibly beautiful the forests and trails are along the rivers, with maybe a fish thrown in for good measure. New Zealand is a place all of it's own, there is nothing like it on Earth. Come along with us in February and see for yourself. Read the Itinerary here.
We have a few favorite images to share with you from our recent trip to Bolivia. It was an incredible experience once again, the interaction with the Tsimane Indian tribe, the amazing lodges in the middle of the jungle, exceptional food, great guides, and Golden Dorado! (and even fun with a catfish). If this trip is not on your Bucket List, it should be.
We just spent two weeks on the Bighorn shooting Nikon's new 1 V3 mirrorless camera. It's small and compact in size and the controls are set up like our SLR bodies. It shoots an amazing 20 fps with continuous auto focusing and subject tracking. Think that's great? How about 60 fps in single focus mode? 1080/60p video capture, 18 mp and a tilting 3 inch touchscreen. Add a dslr-like grip and a adapter ring that accepts any f mount lens, and the list goes on. This is a go anywhere camera that even Bridger our 6 year old grandson is making outstanding images with while shooting on program mode (with supervision). Check it out with Jody Grober at Roberts Camera.
There's no place prettier in the fall than the northeast, particularly so on our freestone streams. Our home stream, Fishing Creek, is heading into fall with excellent water levels and lots of healthy fish.
Terrestrial fishing will stay good until the hard frosts come - along with baetis and cinnamon ants. It's a beautiful time of year to be on the water. We still have a few days available for guided fall fishing. It's a short season and winter is just around the corner. Treat yourself. View our Guided Fishing page here and contact us for available dates.