Fly-fishing is a sport that allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty and splendour of nature. It also can lead you to explore some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Listed below are five hotspots that offer excellent fishing in breath-taking surrounds, some of which may surprise you.
Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro, Zambia
Located in the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia, the camps of Chiawa and Old Mondoro are located on the famous Zambezi River. The well-appointed lodges are endorsed by Orvis, and they offer heart-racing sightings of animals such as lions, elephants, and hippopotamus.
Whether you take up the camps’ offers of optional boats and guides or you do a bit of solitary exploration, you can enjoy incredible fly-fishing moments that could see you land tiger fish. The best time to visit is between late August and late October.
Nefji Waterfall, Iceland
Usually associated with Vikings, volcanoes, and avant-garde singer Bjork, Iceland also boasts one of the world’s best fly-fishing destinations. Nefji Waterfall on the River Kaldakvísl is one of the most dramatic waterfalls on the island.
The current at the falls is particularly strong, so you will need to exercise some caution. If you would rather not take your chances, you can move downstream to where the current is gentler. The river offers brown trout and Arctic char. Passes are limited to four people per day, so getting one can be as exciting as the action offered by Aussie sports betting.
Belcampo Lodge, Belize
Staying at the Belcampo Lodge in Belize puts you in a prime position to take in spectacular views of the Rio Grande. It also affords you the opportunity to enjoy some fly-fishing from a skiff operated by qualified guides.
The location at the Port of Honduras Marine Reserve means that some of your fishing may need to be catch-and-release. The fish you could catch include permit, tarpon, bonefish, mutton snapper, and Jack Crevalle. The lodge is usually closed between September and November. Fly-fishing packages are available in the other months of the year.
Fly-Fishing Yurt Camps, Mongolia
Mongolia’s fly-fishing yurt camps may begin with a night in a hotel in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, but one the following day, guides will whisk you away into the countryside. For anywhere between 6 and 8 days, you will stay in yurt camps, where your meals will be prepared while you enjoy some fishing.
You could find yourself catching grayling, trout, pike, and giant taimen, some of which can grow 1.5 metres long.
Rock Creek, Montana
More than 80km long, Montana’s Rock Creek is located between the Long John and Sapphire mountains near Missoula. The river features undercut banks, pools, and fast currents, making it a perfect spot for fly-fishing.
Guides can point out the best places to fish for brook trout, brown trout, bull trout, cut-bow trout, rainbow trout, Westslope cutthroat trout, Arctic greyling, and Rocky Mountain whitefish. Other activities you can enjoy while there include mountain biking and hiking.