Michael has traveled the globe familiarizing himself with the full gamut of The Fly Shop’s international destinations.

Michael began his career at The Fly Shop as a counselor at our acclaimed FishCamp™ program in 2001, which led into several years of guiding in Northern California and eventually managing The Fly Shop’s Northern California guide service, private waters program, and schools and camps from 2005 to 2012. Throughout this time he’s spent every free moment traveling the globe in search of exotic adventures, which he’s excited to share as the newest member of our International Travel staff.

Michael Caranci - MongoliaMichael comes from a fly fishing family, and it’s literally in his blood. His great grandfather worked on the Silverton Railroad in Southwest Colorado in the early 1900s, where he plied the trout-filled waters of the Animas River on every day off. Michael’s grandfather took the next step, wetting a line in nearly every fishable creek, lake, and puddle in the Rocky Mountains during a 50+ year career as a ranch and forest-land appraiser. Both of Michael’s parents are passionate anglers, as is Michael’s lovely wife, Kerry. Their young son, Mitchell, cast his first fly rod before he could walk.

The passion for fly fishing in the Caranci family has always blended with a passion for travel. By the age of 14 he’d tackled the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming and caught every species of Alaskan salmon on a fly, and he caught his first bonefish on Abaco Island in the Bahamas at 15. College took him to the University of Puget Sound in Washington State, during which time he spent a semester living abroad and studying in Milan, Italy, before graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

Michael Caranci - KamchatkaMichael began teaching at our FishCamp™ program while still in college, and promptly used that background in teaching to get his Casting Instructor Certification through the Federation of Fly Fishers, and was the youngest person ever to get their Masters Certification through the FFF. He has introduced thousands of people to the joys of fly fishing, and continues to teach and guide whenever he’s not traveling the globe in search of exotic species and un-touched waters.

Over the years Michael has logged in thousands of miles visiting as many countries as possible, and stalking as many different species of fish on a fly as he could. He’s been from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, and from Christmas Island to the Caribbean including Los Roques, Belize, the Mexican Yucatan, and the Bahamas.

When Michael’s not casting a fly, rowing a boat, teaching a casting seminar, or spending time with his family, he’s bent over a keyboard writing. He’s been published in almost every major fly fishing rag. We’ve enjoyed following this young man’s fly fishing career, and you can look forward to seeing more articles, stories, books, and photos with his name attached for many years to come.

2018 Fanning Island Journal

January 2018 - Michael Caranci

Our group of intrepid adventurers all arrived in Honolulu on various flights from the US throughout the day. We planned to meet up around 5:30 at the hotel lobby to enjoy a dinner together. Maurizio was already in Waikiki with his wife and said he’d just meet us at the airport in the morning. The rest of us — Don, David and Matt — would still do dinner and start our pre-trip excitement.

Unfortunately, just before I was to head down to the lobby, I learned from Juliette at Pegasus that there was a problem with the fuel on Christmas Island...
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2017 Mongolia Travel Report

August 2017 - Michael Caranci

The first flight of the long travel day took off early from Redding Municipal Airport, a few minutes before 5:50 am. 35 minutes later we were touching down in San Francisco. Allan and I grabbed breakfast and coffee, then found our way to the International Terminal to settle in and wait for our next flight.

We met Ross and Brandon at the gate. At about 10:00 they started boarding, and soon we were in the air for the long flight over the Pacific. The plane was nowhere near full, which enabled me to get a row to myself towards the back of the plane..
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Tarpon Caye Lodge - Belize

June 16 - 24, 2017

We left our house in Redding to drive to the Sacramento Airport at 1:30 pm. We hit some heavy traffic the last few miles to the airport, finally pulling in about 4:00, still with plenty of time for our 5:30 departure. We got checked in, cleared security, and didn’t have long to wait before the flight boarded. We sat on the tarmac for an extra hour waiting for some reason, grateful to have a long layover in Los Angeles. Finally, the plane took off, and an hour later we were touching down in LA.

LAX was packed with people, but after a 30-minute wait...
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Zapata - Cuba

May 27 - June 3, 2017

Travel is relatively smooth. Getting in and out of Cuba is daunting at first, but is way easier than one would think given the politics of it all. While it is still technically illegal for US Citizens to travel to Cuba for purposes of tourism, all tour packages (including fishing trips) are designed to cover the legal allowances for travel.

We were able to purchase our flights directly on-line. Because of the embargo, most travel agents (such as Alicia Regueiro from Holdy Tours) cannot actually book flights into Cuba. But a handful of US-based airlines now fly...
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Fanning Island

April 2017

The development of a fishing program on Fanning Island in the Equatorial Pacific has taken a lot of time and hard work from a lot of people. Starting with some of the people behind the scenes like Chuck Corbett and Tim Welch, and off course Ryder Thomas, Juliette Budge, and Alexander Budge with Pegasus Lodges. Jeff Jong in Tarawa. Naitiniwa on Christmas and Fanning. And our first two groups of intrepid anglers: Gary, Ed, Matt, Christiaan, David, David, Jed, Jeff, and Alex. Through the efforts of these people and more, and what we've learned over the course of the past year and especially the past few months...
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Patagonia

January 2017

The flight from Houston to Buenos Aires lasted a bit over 9 hours. I was fortunate enough to have some empty seats next to me, so I ended up with my own row which was a real bonus. After a couple of restless hours of sleep and a couple of movies, I was touching down in Argentina.

Clearing immigrations was quick and easy, but when waiting for my baggage I noticed another, similar bag come down the conveyer belt. It was not my bag, and soon it was the only bag left. I went to the baggage counter, and they checked and quickly confirmed that my bag had been...
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2 Weeks the Heart of the Amazon

November 2015

Our 3:59 pm departing flight from Redding to San Francisco was delayed due to storms and heavy winds in San Francisco. As we waited in the small Redding terminal the panoramic skies to the east were dramatic, dark and foreboding with towering thunderheads and flashes of lightning. I had just started re-reading Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, perhaps my favorite book of all time and fitting for our own pending journey deep into the jungle. The darkness brooding in the words on page paired with the bleak skies outside to set an ominous tone for the trip. Still, our spirits were high and the three adventurers...
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Fly Fish Mongolia Journal

June 2015

Thursday, June 11:
The long travel day started early, awake at 3:30 am to get to the airport for my 5:40 am departure. The flight from Redding to SFO went smoothly, and by 7:30 am I was sitting down to a hot Yankee Pier breakfast and much needed cup of coffee. I had about 4 hours of layover, so wandered around the airport for a bit before finding my gate in the International terminal, where Larry was already waiting. We chatted for a bit, then found Bob and Cord, and before long we were all boarding the plane for the next leg of the journey.
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