The team here at The Fly Shop®, along with our at-large Pro-Staff Ambassadors, have hundreds of weeks of international fly fishing travel under our belts. Each year we coordinate anywhere from 25-50 weeks of familiarization or “hosted” trips to all corners of the globe, from Alaska to South America, the Caribbean to the South Pacific, Indian Ocean to the jungles of the Amazon, and just about everything in between. We put our extensive experience to work for you with every trip to book with The Fly Shop, including the most detailed pre-trip planners in the business, and the attention to detail that helps ensure your own fly fishing adventures will go as smoothly as possible.

We understand that your angling holiday is special for you. Perhaps you go on several big trips a year; or perhaps you’ve saved up for years for this one memorable, “trip-of-a-lifetime.” Either way, we are here to help, every step of the way.

One of the best ways to discover a new exotic fishing destination, is to join one of our staff on our own “hosted” adventures. You’ll still enjoy the usual fantastic service The Fly Shop is recognized for as you prepare for your trip. And you’ll have the added bonus on a Hosted Trip of our experienced staff right there to help throughout the trip itself. From helping rig your rods, to early morning casting lessons, to working with the lodge staff to fine-tune your daily goals and expectations, our staff will do everything possible to make sure your trip is a memorable and rewarding one. Too, we’ve found that lodges and fishing camps the world over roll the red carpet out when our staff is there!

There are no additional fees or costs associated with a hosted trip with The Fly Shop®. And, our staff usually travels with extra gear and flies, just in case!

Christmas Island - The Villages - 2020

Shane Kohlbeck - January 2020

Join The Fly Shop’s Guide, Shane Kohlbeck, on his annual quest for some of the best flats fishing on planet earth!

Shane first started guiding for The Fly Shop® in 1997. In the years since, he has also spent time guiding all over the world, including Los Roques, Venezuela, Penrhyn Atoll, Rapid's Camp Lodge, and Hoodoo Lodge, as well as guiding all of the fabled waters of Northern California. He’s been hosting annual trips to Christmas Island for many years, knows all the guides and some of the fish by name! Shane's experience and expert instruction (he's also an FFF certified casting instructor) make him an ideal host, and his group trips fill quickly so contact us right away if you want to join Shane in Kiribati in 2020!

Christmas Island is one of the most prolific bonefish destinations on the planet. The protected lagoon provides ideal habitat to provide unbelievable populations of bonefish. It is one of the few places in the world where anglers of any skill level can expect multiple shots at good numbers of bonefish, every day, 365 days a year. Fishing on Christmas Island is done the way it should be – on foot. This is the largest coral atoll in the world, and the lagoon is loaded with miles upon miles of fishable water, and there are additional miles of Oceanside reef flats as well. Fly fishers spend the entire day stalking bonefish (or other species) on solid, white-bottomed flats that often stretch as far as the eye can see. In addition to the great bonefishing, there are many other exciting fish species you can target on Christmas Island. The atoll is home to several different species of Trevally, including the notorious Giant Trevally, beautiful and powerful Bluefin Trevally, and rare Golden Trevally. Tailing triggerfish have become a favorite target species for many Christmas Island regulars. Add in sweetlips, milkfish, parrotfish, goatfish, snapper, and offshore species such as tuna and wahoo, and the opportunities abound to put a bend on the end of your rod with many different beautiful, hard-fighting fish.

Take this opportunity to join Shane on our 2020 The Villages at Christmas Island adventure. Give us a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to michael@theflyshop.com with any questions regarding this angling odyssey.

When: January 27 - February 4, 2020
Your Host: Shane Kohlbeck
Availability: 12 rods
Length of Stay: 7 nights - 6 fishing days
Price: $2,990 per person (double occupancy lodging, single guide)

Cosmoledo Atoll, Seychelles

Ross Purnell - March 2021

Join Fly Fisherman magazine’s editor, Ross Purnell, on his return to the wilderness flats of the Seychelles, hunting for monstrous Giant Trevally at Cosmoledo!

As editor for Fly Fisherman, Ross has unique opportunities to travel the world, pen in hand, in search of great stories to share with the magazine’s broad readership. So it’s always worth noting when he returns from a trip super excited, which is exactly what happened in January 2019 after his first trip to Cosmoledo:

"Cosmoledo Atoll was one of the best saltwater fishing experiences I’ve ever had, and the new eco-lodge there is something truly special. It is really such an incredible place... so many GT’s right on top of rays, and triggers just tailing as far as you can see at low tide. I loved it so much."

It was such a great experience, in fact, that he insisted upon returning as soon as possible! Unfortunately Cosmoledo is so good -- and therefore so popular -- that the soonest we could get him back there wasn’t until 2021! The good news is, we were able to secure a really spectacular week, with great tides. There will be a full moon in the middle of the week so spring tides, ideal for marauding GTs on the flats.

Cosmoledo is perhaps the best GT fishery in the world. The atoll’s large white sand flats, lagoon edges and channels are without question ruled by the notorious Giant Trevally. It’s a perfect environment for these hyper-aggressive aquatic predators, and there may be no better spot on Earth for multiple opportunities, every day, as these powerful fish.

GT’s are not the only species which can be found here in fantastic numbers, however, as bonefish, milkfish, the finicky indo-pacific permit, and a host of triggerfish species all call Cosmoledo home and hence make this a truly special fishing destination.

Give Michael Caranci a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to travel@theflyshop.com with any questions regarding this exotic angling odyssey.

When: March 25-April 1, 2021
Your Host: Ross Purnell, Fly Fisherman Magazine
Availability: 6 rods available
Length of Stay: 7 nights - 6 fishing days
Price: Pluma Lodge: The trip cost is US$ 15,575 per person (double occupancy), or $18,550 if you’d like a single room

Mongolia w/ Hatch Magazine

Earl Harper & Chad Shmukler - Fall 2020

Join professional photographer Earl Harper, and Hatchmag.com editor Chad Shmukler on an incredible adventure to the birthplace of Ghenghis Khan on remote steppes of Mongolia in search of the world’s largest trout, the taimen.

Earl and Chad have fished all over the world in pursuit of incredible imagery and spectacular stories, but this may be the grandest adventure of them all: 3 weeks in the remote Mongolian Steppe! Earl is no stranger to Mongolia, as he’s visited these amazing rivers several times in the past (and can’t wait to return again).

Taimen are the largest salmonid on earth, aggressive predators that attack streamers or top-water patterns with reckless abandon. These fish average 25 - 40 inches, and fish over 50 inches are landed every season. The main diet of a taimen is composed of baitfish, but they’re top tier predators in their ecosystem, opportunistic feeders that will attack anything that might fit in their gaping jaws. Streamers work well, and so do rodents and big poppers on the surface. Taimen will absolutely explode on the fly, sometimes coming completely out of the water on the strike. And they’ll keep coming back, over and over until they capture their kill, so if you miss the first strike you’ll typically get more opportunities to hook the fish of a lifetime. Mongolia is a “Bucket List Adventure”; fulfill your fly fishing dreams hunting and landing the largest salmonid in the world!

Earl and Chad will enjoy 3 different trips, and guests interested in joining them have the option for one week, two weeks, or the extended full 3 week adventure.

• Trip #1: Buryat Headwaters Expedition - September 20-29, 2020 - 2 rods available
• Trip #2: MRO Upper River Float - September 27-October 5, 2020 - 6 rods available
• Trip #3: MRO Lower River Float - October 3-13, 2020 - 6 rods available
* Dates include a night in Ulaanbaatar on either end of the fishing trip *

Give Michael Caranci a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to michael@theflyshop.com with any questions regarding this exotic angling odyssey.

When: September 20-29, 2020 (Trip #1)
            September 27-October 5, 2020 (Trip #2)
            October 3-13, 2020 (Trip #3)
Your Host: Hatchmag.com - Chad Shmukler and Earl Harper
Availability: 2-6 rods
Length of Stay: Varies depending on trip
Price: $6,950 per person, double occupancy

Tsimane Pluma & Agua Negra Lodges

Christiaan Pretorius - September 2020

Join The Fly Shop’s Pro-Staff Ambassador, Christiaan Pretorius, on one of two (or both) expeditions to the jungles of South America, fly fishing for what may be the world’s greatest gamefish: golden dorado!

Christiaan has experience guiding in some of the most remote, adventurous fly fishing locales across the globe, including the Zambezi River in Africa, St Brandon's Atoll, Alphonse Atoll, and Astove Atoll in the Indian Ocean, the Zhupanova River in Kamchatka, and he is now the manager at Abaco Lodge in the Bahamas. He's also a great photographer and an up-and-coming filmmaker. Most important, he’s a great guy to be around!

Tsimane is the most unique golden dorado fishery in the world, a place where you can wade fish in clear mountain streams for Dorado. Tsimane is an extremely unique fishery, an exotic jungle fly fishing adventure, far off the beaten path and the #1 jungle fishing trip in World. If you had to make one jungle trip in your life, this is the trip; it will change you for life.

Pluma Lodge (September 26-October 3, 2020): The Tsimane Pluma Lodge experience is based on one very comfortable jungle lodge, built entirely from sustainable wood cut from the nearby jungle. There are also two smaller headwater out-camp options, one on the upper Pluma River and one on the upper Itirizama River, one of the main tributaries to the Pluma. Based out of the comforts of the main Pluma Lodge and the headwaters out-camps, anglers have access to three different rivers, each different and unique: the Pluma River, Itirizama River, and the lower Secure River. This broad variety of waters and pools allow groups to fish fresh water every day, and rarely, if ever, repeat the same fishing beat. The water types vary from deep pools to rugged terraced pocket water.

Agua Negra Lodge (October 3-10, 2020): The Tsimane Agua Negra experience is based on a comfortable jungle lodge. Each room features double accommodation. Agua Negra operates a lodge located in an unspoiled area close to the junction of the Agua Negra and Secure Rivers, and is suited for no more than 4 anglers at one time.

Give Michael Caranci a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to michael@theflyshop.com with any questions regarding this exotic angling odyssey. You can also email Christiaan directly to find out more at christiaan@theflyshop.com.

When: September 26-October 3, 2020 (Pluma Lodge)
           October 3-10, 2020 (Agua Negra Lodge)
Your Host: Christiaan Pretorius
Availability: 1 rods available at Pluma Lodge
                   0 rods available at Agua Negra Lodge
Length of Stay: Each trip is 9 nights, 6 days fishing; or can be combined for 15 nights, 12 days fishing
Price: Pluma Lodge: $7,600 (*plus a $670 Native Fee)
          Agua Negra Lodge: $5,800 (*plus a $570 Native Fee)

El Saltamontes Lodge, Chile - 2020

Earl Harper - February 2020

Photography Workshop Included

Join professional photographer and all-around great guy, Earl Harper, on a marvelous trip to the beautiful El Saltamontes Lodge in Chilean Patagonia. This is more than just a great fishing trip, it’s an opportunity to learn some photography skills from one of the best in the business!

Earl Harper's experience, skills & talents are well established and respected in the creative community. He's been there, done that and gets right into the thick of things. His ambition to succeed and have fun while doing it shows in his work and in his leisure time. His passions feed off each other... Photography, cooking, fly-fishing, travel and outdoor adventures. He likes to be challenged in all aspects of his life. Without it, he's bored. He has a strong design sense and brings a load of talent and expertise to every shoot. Earl has fished (and photographed) all over the world, including: Chile, Mongolia, Kiribati, Iceland, Greenland, Bahamas, Kamchatka, Mexico, Argentina, Thailand, and Belize.

El Saltamontes is located on a 5,000 acre private ranch in the foothills of the Andes. There are over 8 private waters that can only be accessed by guests of the lodge. This means guests get to fish water loaded with trout, fish that see few anglers and love dry flies. This is the best hopper fishing in all of Patagonia, if not the world! Guests catch most fish on large terrestrial dry flies. Each day’s angling is focused on small to modest-sized creeks, streams, and lagunas filled with dry fly-eating browns and rainbows. The wading is easy, and most fish can be reached with shorter casts. The fishing at The fishing at El Saltamontes is simple, straight forward and the wading very easy, perfect for anglers, both inexperienced and experienced.

El Saltamontes is a beautifully-appointed lodge, with great guides, incredible food, and superb service. Guests enjoy long days fishing with some of the best teaching guides in the country, return to a meal that is the rival of the finest restaurant, and then return to their room to relax in comfort every evening after dinner and drinks, accompanied with great friends and evening photography workshops with Earl and his wonderful wife, Doreen.

For non-anglers (this is a great trip for couples!), El Saltamontes also has excellent equestrian options along with myriad hiking and photography options on the private estancia.

Take this opportunity to join the Harpers on this wonderful angling adventure and photographic journey. Give us a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to travel@theflyshop.com with any questions.

When: February 29 - March 7, 2020
Your Host: Earl Harper
Availability: 2 rods
Length of Stay: 7 nights - 6 fishing days
Price: US$ 4,995 per person (double occupancy)
Earl's Website: www.harperstudios.com

Providence Atoll, Seychelles -2019

Christiaan Pretorius - October 2019

Join The Fly Shop’s Pro-Staff Ambassador, Christiaan Pretorius, on his return to the Seychelles! Christiaan began his international guiding career in the islands of the Seychelles, and is stoked to be returning in 2019!

Providence defies description, and only those who’ve experienced it can truly understand what a special place it is. It is undeniably a flats fishing paradise, its limitless array of flats teeming with un-impacted life: hordes of massive Giant Trevally patrol the flats; countless Bluefin trevally attack anything that moves; herds of monstrous Bumphead Parrotfish graze the turtlegrass flats; colorful triggerfish daintily hunt for small crabs; shoals of milkfish slurp algae off the surface of the lagoon; humongous bonefish sneak along the few white sand flats; off-shore fishing for sailfish and tuna can be incredible; and anyone who’s tangled with some of the stranger creatures of the deep such as Bohar Snapper, groupers, even Napoleon Wrasse, will remember the hard-fought battles (and probably have some bruises and busted tackle to show for it).

In short, this is not a fishery for the weak. But for those willing to travel to the far ends of the earth in search of wild places and wild fish, Providence should be at the top of your list.

This is a custom trip, with an extended, 8 fishing day itinerary!

Give Michael Caranci a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to michael@theflyshop.com with any questions regarding this exotic angling odyssey. You can also email Christiaan directly to find out more at christiaan@theflyshop.com.

When: October 27 - November 05, 2019
Your Host: Christiaan Pretorius
Availability: 1 rods
Length of Stay: 9 nights - 8 fishing days
Price: The trip cost is US$ 15,500 per person.

Argentina Patagonia - 2020

Pat Pendergast - February 2020

2020 Argentina Trout Fishing Trifecta

Trifecta – when you bet on the three horses which you think will finish the race first and second and third, in a specific order. If they finish in the correct order you win, and you can win big!

We won’t be going to a horse race in Argentina next year, but we will be hitting three of the most talked about trout fishing lodges in all of Patagonia – Limay River Lodge, Collon Cura Lodge and Alumine River Lodge, all winners – a fly fishing trifecta.

All three of these lodges are managed by Jorge Trucco, owner of Patagonia Outfitters and a living fly fishing legend. Jorge was one of the ramrods in creating Argentina’s first catch-and-release regulations and one of the first Patagonia outfitters to import western-style drift boats into Argentina. He’s a defender of clear and cold water fisheries and fought tooth and nail to stop new dams being built on some of Patagonia’s most famous trout waters. Jorge is a virtual Renaissance man, a gentleman, deft with a fly rod and just as good on a guitar serenading guests around the campfire with Argentine ballads. I want to meet this man and better yet fish with him and that’s just what we are going to do over the course of 14 days, starting February 24, 2020.

Get out of winter and into summer trout...

Our plan is to catch a flight from States, directly to Ezezia International Airport in Buenos Aires, then fly directly to the town of San Carlos de Bariloche where we will overnight. Bariloche is located in the foothills of the Andes on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi, and known for its Swiss Alpine Architecture, chocolate and eco-tourism. The next morning will be picked up by our private driver and driven to Limay River Lodge.

2020 Itinerary

Day 1: February 24, 2020: Depart USA for Argentina

Day 2: February 25, 2020: Arrive Ezezia International Airport, clear immigration and customs, and fly directly to San Carlos de Bariloche. Will overnight at the Hotel Eidelweiss and enjoy a fabulous dinner.

Day 3 – 6: February 26 – March 01, 2020: Limay River Lodge – Four nights lodging and three full days of fishing

Day 6 – 9: March 01 – 05, 2020: Collon Cura Lodge – Four nights lodging and three full days of fishing

Day 9 - 12: March 05 – 09, 2020: Aluminé River Lodge – Four nights lodging and three full days of fishing

Day 13: March 09, 2020: Drive to Bariloche, fly back to Buenos Aires that afternoon and catch a flight back home in the evening.

Day 14: March 10, 2020: Arrive USA in the morning, clear immigration and customs and continue home.

• Limay River Lodge: FEB 26 – MAR 01, 2020 $3,920 per angler, dbl occ

• Collon Cura Lodge: March 01 – 05, 2020 $3,400 per angler, dbl occ

• Alumine’ River Lodge: March 05 – 09, 2020 $3,720 per angler, dbl occ

Inclusions:
Accommodations, all meals, all drinks, local fishing transportation, ground, professional guide, fishing license, quality loaner equipment, rods, reels and waders if desired, taxes, and Wi-Fi connection adequate for sending and receiving emails throughout the lodge as well as in the outdoor seating areas.

Exclusions:
International & Domestic airfares, gratuities, laundry service, purchases at the “lodge shop”, phone calls, or items of personal nature.

Andros South - Bahamas 2020

Zach Miller March - 2020

Join pro fly fisher Zach Miller of The Fly Shop on a flats fishing trip to Andros South, one of the best bonefish destinations on the planet. Andros South is located in the settlement of Kemp’s Bay, on the southernmost portion of Andros Island, the largest and least-inhabited island in the Bahamas. South Andros is flanked to the east by “The Tongue of the Ocean”, a deep-water trench that drops to more than five thousand feet not more than a mile offshore. Along the edge of the drop lies the third largest barrier reef in the world. Andros Island itself is riddled with innumerable tidal creeks and inland flats, all home to thousands of hungry bonefish. Variety is definitely the spice of life on South Andros. There are miles and miles of easily-waded white sand flats as well as hidden, unspoiled mangrove creeks. Inland lakes fill up with eager schools of bonefish on the change of every tide. Expansive ocean-side flats attract double digit bonefish from the deep. Remote, rarely visited cays are home to schools of bonefish numbering in the thousands. The diversity and size of the fishery offers a completely different fishing experience every day of your trip.

We picked our Andros South dates of March 08 - 15, 2020 well over a year ago and it’s a dead-center week over a quarter moon with perfect morning flooding tides. The quarter moon, with flatter tides, will keep the bonefish from being sucked into the mangroves where they are inaccessible and the morning flooding tides will bring the fish from the safety of deep water to feed and offer perfect light for sight-casting to tailing bones. These conditions will keep us into fish all day long, day after day...

Andros South Lodge is intimate and comfortable – a perfect bonefish basecamp. Air conditioned single occupancy guest rooms (each guest has their own private room) with in-house private bathrooms offer ample space to get unpacked and comfortable. The excellent home-cooked meals are prepared by local ladies that specialize in (you guessed it) Bahamian Creole and delicious seafood dishes. Don’t plan on losing any weight here, these ladies know how to lay it on… And there’s always plenty of cold Kalik (the national beer of the Bahamas) on hand to quench your thirst. This is an all inclusive trip and includes all your drinks (open bar) as well as use of loaner equipment and flies!

If you have been toying with the idea of fishing a classic bonefish destination like Andros South, there is no finer host, coach, friend, fly fishing expert and point-man to have at your side than Zach.

WHEN: March 08 - 15, 2020
YOUR HOST: Zach Miller
AVAILABILITY: 9 rods
LENGTH OF STAY:7 nights & 6 full days of fishing
PRICE: $5,200 per person (single/private room, shared guide & boat)

This trip is being coordinated through The Fly Shop’s award winning Travel Team. Give us a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to Zach zmiller@theflyshop.com or saltwater fly fishing expert Eric Ersh ersh@theflyshop.com with any questions or to lock in a spot for yourself. Space is limited…

"In all honesty, having a fishing rod in your hand is merely an excuse to explore out of sight depths and reveal mysteries that previously only existed in dreams.
- Zachary Miller