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!

Big Ku Lodge, Alaska

Katie Falkenberg

Join award-winning international photographer Katie Falkenberg at Big Ku Lodge in Alaska for a special “Women's-Only-Week” of rainbow trout fishing, wilderness photography, and Alaska adventure (July 27 - August 03, 2019). The timing of Katie’s week couldn’t be more dead-center, as millions of migrating Sockeye salmon are paired up for their spawning fling and the rainbows are preparing to gorge on eggs, as well as foraging sculpins and baitfish as they dart in for a taste of salmon caviar. Arctic Grayling are plentiful and can be fooled with any small dry fly. As an added treat, we can motor down the river to a northern pike lake and throw giant streamers to these hyper-aggressive predators. Plenty of action, laughs and lifetime memories are what is in store for five lucky ladies that join Katie in Alaska next summer.

Katie Falkenberg is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in southern California. Throughout her career, assignments have taken her to the mountains of Pakistan, the jungles of eastern Congo, the coalfields of Appalachia, and many places in between. Her greatest passion now is working on environmental conservation and outdoor-themed photo and video stories that raise awareness and understanding, or spark interest and inspiration.

Each two guests will be accommodated in a comfortable cabin, complete with a full bathroom - flush toilet, sink and vanity, shower and plenty of hot water. Big Ku is an intimate lodge located on 5,000 private acres, accommodating only 6 anglers at one time in a casual bush-Alaska atmosphere with delicious home cooked meals and plenty of open space. The lodge’s cathedral windows facing the river are filled with daily sightings of brown bears as they make their way up and down the home water, feeding on salmon. It’s not uncommon to see moose, wolves, caribou, bald eagles, fox and resident falcons each and every day.

Give us a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to travel@theflyshop.com with any questions regarding this fantastic angling vacation.

When: July 27 - August 3, 2019
Your Host: Katie Falkenberg
Availability: 5 rods
Length of Stay: 7 nights - 6 fishing days
Price: $6,750 per person (double occupancy rooms)
Add'l Costs: Hard alcohol (please feel free to bring your own bottle), flies, leaders, fishing gear (though the gear can sometimes be arranged, if needed), fishing licenses, optional additional fly out fishing at $450/person/day (two person minimum), and staff gratuities.

Lava Creek Lodge, Alaska

Zack Thurman

Join The Fly Shop's Staff Member, Zack Thurman, on an unforgettable salmon adventure to Alaska, for some of the best Chum Salmon fishing in the world.

Zack has been with The Fly Shop® since 2007. He has taught fly-fishing schools and tying classes, as well as running his own commercial fly-tying business. Growing up in Northern California, he is very knowledgeable with our local waters. Zack is an excellent fly tier and has many of his own patterns being distributed by Umpqua Feather Merchants.

Pound for pound, no fish in Alaska fights harder than a bright Chum salmon, fresh out of the sea. Tied tail to tail with an equal sized Coho salmon, a Chum would drown it! And ocean-bright Chum salmon are gorgeous - metallic bluish-green along the back and above the lateral line, with lots of tiny speckles often present. The tail is highly forked (tuna-like and built for speed), more so than other species of Pacific salmon.

When hooked, Chums go absolutely berserk, cartwheeling across the water's surface before tearing off backing deep down into your reel. It’s not uncommon to have a chrome Chum leap completely out of the water and beach itself, only to hit the afterburners and dig its way back to the river to start another manic run. And there are lots and lots of Chums in Alaska, one of the most prolific salmon of the five species. And best of all, they love to eat swung flies! Anything with a bit of flash and action will work, and if the fly has some cerise tied into it - lights out!

Give us a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to zack@theflyshop.com with any questions regarding this fantastic angling vacation.

When: August 4-11, 2019
Your Host: Zack Thurman
Availability: 7 rods
Length of Stay: 7 nights - 6 fishing days
Price: $6,000 per person (double occupancy rooms)
Add'l Costs: gratuities and hard alcohol

Andros South Lodge, Bahamas

Zachary Miller

Join The Fly Shop's Staff Member, Zachary Miller, on an unforgettable saltwater adventure to the Bahamas, for some of the best bonefishing in the world.

Zach Miler has been affiliated with The Fly Shop for 9 years, working as a fly fishing instructor for our FishCamp programs during the summer months. He grew on the banks of the North Platte River in Wyoming, spent his college years Oregon State University, and literally has spent more than half of his life perfecting his skills as an angler. Zach’s love for the sport has taken him to a variety of amazing places, fishing for bonefish and permit in Belize, as well as redfish and jacks in Louisiana. Sharing with others is dear to his heart, one of the many things that make him such a great instructor. He is laid back, easy-going, and a great fishing companion.

Andros South has easy and quick access to miles of firm, light bottom flats, perfect for classic wade fishing for skinny water bones. If you like bonefishing on foot, this is the place. There are flats here that stretch to the horizon and you can wade and fish as far as your legs will take you. It’s one of the best destinations in the Bahamas for a double digit bonefish, with honest ten pound fish a daily possibility. If you have dreamt about hooking and landing a real trophy bonefish, in the double digit class, this is as good a place as there is to make that happen. At Andros South all anglers are accommodated in single and private rooms. No need to share a room with another guests and no need to bring ear plugs to insure a good night’s sleep. You’ll get a solid and good night’s rest and be fresh each morning for a full day of fishing.

Give us a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to zmiller@theflyshop.com with any questions regarding this fantastic angling vacation.

When: March 8-15, 2020
Your Host: Zachary Miller
Availability: 8 rods
Length of Stay: 7 nights - 6 fishing days
Price: $4,900 per person (single occupancy rooms)
Add'l Costs: 4% VAT, travel to island, & gratuities