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!

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Cosmoledo Atoll, Seychelles

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 GT's 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 Justin Miller 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: Cosmoledo Atoll: The trip cost is US$ 15,575 per person (double occupancy), or $18,550 if you’d like a single room

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Mongolia w/ Hatch Magazine

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 us a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to pat@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

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El Faro Lodge - Cuba

Join The Fly Shop’s saltwater travel expert, Eric Ersch, fishing the waters surrounding El Faro Lodge. Eric has managed lodges and guided saltwater anglers in the Bahamas, Mexico, Panama, South Texas and Florida, bringing decades of experience to this adventure, exploring the newest fly fishing destination in Cuba.

Untamed Angling’s El Faro Lodge is located 225 miles southwest of Key West Florida, and 122 miles northeast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula on Cuba’s Guanahacabibes Peninsula. This national park and biosphere reserve is interlaced with miles of grass flats, sand beaches, mangrove

clad shorelines, coral reefs, dropping off to cobalt blue ocean. Tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook, triggerfish, and a wide range of blue water species swim in waters that have been largely untouched and remain wild and natural. Home to some of the best tarpon, bonefish, and permit fishing in the world, anglers will find that the flats are filled with healthy populations of numerous species. In addition to the “big three,” anglers can take on giant barracuda, triggerfish, jacks, and more. And guests aren’t limited to the flats on this trip. From sailfish to wahoo to tuna, Cuba has drawn anglers from all over the world, and offshore fishing can be a great way to add even more to a diverse angling experience.

Anglers will appreciate single occupancy, air conditioned accommodations in spacious wood cabins, each with a private bathroom. Including first-class service and many luxuries, guests enjoy the sunrise from their rooms in the morning and dinner on the beach in the evening. Gourmet food is a hallmark of all Untamed Angling destinations, and you can count on many modern comforts during your stay while fishing and enjoying the wilderness of western Cuba.

When: June 13 – 20, 2020
Your Host: Eric Ersch
Availability: 5 rods
Length of Stay: One Week
Price: $5500 per angler, $4,000 non-angler.

Included are your transfers to and from Havana to the lodge, seven nights and six full days of guided fishing, all beverages including nightly cocktails, wine, rum, and outstanding meals.

Please contact Eric Ersch at The Fly Shop for more information, and to confirm your reservation.
ersch@theflyshop.com
800-669-3474

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

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Mongolia Headwaters & Canyon Float

Join Erik Argotti, our in house destination specialist, on one or two (or both) weeks in western Mongolia to chase the largest Salmonid in the World - The Taimen.

Erik has guided in Alaska, Kamchatka, Argentina and Montana and has traveled all over chasing salmon, trout and steelhead. Join him on a great adventure spending two weeks packing in close to the Russian border on the Headwaters Expedition and continue on the second week doing the Classic Canyon Float. The Headwaters is going to be a little more adventurous and requires packing in on Horseback or foot, twelve miles

after a five hour truck ride from the little town of Murun in Northwestern Mongolia. The Classic Canyon is an amazing way to float and see one of the most beautiful parts of Mongolia. Great for anybody who wants to see this unique part of the Mongolian countryside.

Mongolia itself is a remarkable place, and its people are truly wonderful. While the fishing is so often what draws people to this unique world, it is usually the sheer beauty of the landscapes and smiling faces of those met along the way that keeps them coming back. Mongolia is the least densely populated country in the world. It is roughly the size of Alaska, yet outside of the main capitol city of Ulaanbaatar the remainder of this vast wilderness is sparsely populated by nomads who live off the land tending their herds of cows, sheep goats, yaks, and camels. There is no property ownership outside of Ulaanbaatar and a handful of small villages. No fences, very few roads, and what people you encounter once you leave the city will likely be upon horseback.

Taimen are prehistoric Mega fish 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!

Your Host: Erik Argotti
Availability:
      • Headwaters Expedition (1 rod)
      • Classic Canyon (0 rods - week sold out)
Length of Stay: One or two weeks
Price:
      • $6,950 per person, double occupancy (1 week)
      • $11,950 per person, double occupancy (2 weeks)

Give us a call today at 800-669-3474, or send an email to argotti@theflyshop.com with any questions regarding this exotic Fly fishing adventure.

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Pirarucú & Rio Marie’

BIG Fish Jungle Fly Fishing Odyssey

Peter Fong, award-winning author, renowned Mongolia flyfishing guide, and international explorer is hosting a trip to the Pirarucú and the Rio Marié, Amazonia, Brazil in 2020. Peter and a small group of friends will be targeting giant arapaima—the planet’s largest scaled freshwater fish, reaching lengths up to 9 feet and weights to 440 pounds—as well as the largest peacock bass in the world. It’s a big-fish jungle flyfishing odyssey, led by an experienced angler and adventurer who will be running point and taking care of all the details: start to finish.

Our first stop will be at Pirarucú, located within the Mamirauá Reserve, about 600 km west of Manaus. Mamirauá is a complex of lakes, lagoons, and channels between the Solimões River and the Japura River. Mamirauá was the first Sustainable Development Reserve in Brazil, designated by the Government of Amazonas in 1996, and remains the largest arapaima reserve in the world at 1,124,000 hectares—over 4,000 square miles. Although we will be targeting the massive, air-breathing arapaima, we will also be looking to hook up with other exotic jungle species like arowana and tambaqui—two hard-fighting gamefish that readily eat flies.

Although the unique fishery at Pirarucú is our primary draw to the region, you’ll quickly be amazed at the incredible nature of the place itself. The floating lodge at Pousada Uacari is nestled in a bend of a channel that connects a series of lakes and lagoons. Once settled into your cabin, you’ll be immersed in jungle, surrounded by the sights and sounds of giant arapaima rolling and splashing in all directions (and at times literally right beneath the floor)! As a bonus, the Mamirauá Reserve is one of the top birdwatching destinations in the world, and every day you’ll see countless species of birds in the trees and along the banks.

We will stay four nights at Pirarucú, with three-and-a-half days of fishing, which should give us plenty of opportunities to connect with arapaima as well as other exotic jungle gamefish. Uacari Lodge, constructed of local woods, is simple, beautiful, and very comfortable. The floating structure has a dock for the guide boats, along with a covered palapa furnished with a large table and some chairs for relaxing on the front deck. The main lodge is a two-story structure housing a kitchen, dining room, and bar (with a few couches for lounging). There are a total of five guest cabins, all connected with wooden walkways. All cabins have full ensuite bathrooms with flush toilets and good hot-water showers.

The lodge is eco-friendly and runs entirely on solar electricity. Rooms are spacious with lots of screened-in windows, with additional ventilation provided by bedside and ceiling fans. If you need to connect with the outside world, the wi-fi is fairly reliable, though slow.

The fishing is done in teams of two using specially designed fly fishing boats, accompanied by both a fly fishing guide and a local native guide. Because each boat is equipped with two large casting platforms, both anglers will have flies in the water all day. You’ll want an 11- or 12-weight outfit for arapaima, as well as an 8- or 9-weight for other species.

Exploring the tributaries and lagoons at Pirarucú will provide an ideal introduction to the rhythm of the jungle, before we head out to the Rio Marié to tackle its legendary peacock bass—some of the hardest-hitting and hardest-pulling freshwater gamefish on the planet.

After breakfast and saying goodbye to our new friends at Pirarucú, we’ll take a quick boat ride back to the village of Tefe, where we will meet a floatplane coming from Manaus, then continue on to the mothership for a week of chasing the largest peacock bass in the world.

In the opinion of Brazilian government biologists, Rio Marié has more double-digit peacock bass—and a higher percentage of trophy specimens—than any other river in the Amazon. At more than 350 miles by floatplane from Manaus, it also is the most remote river in the region. Through a joint venture with the local indigenous community, each week of the short 10-week season gives 8 anglers exclusive fly fishing-only access to a protected area that encompasses more than 400 miles of virgin water.

As at Pirarucú, anglers will fish in teams of two, with one professional English-speaking fly fishing guide and a local native guide in specially designed boats. These wide-bodied, 20-foot center consoles have two casting platforms—one at either end of the boat—so both anglers can fish at the same time. They are powered by 90-hp, 4-stroke outboards, as well as remote-controlled electric motors. And the mobile mothership, the Untamed Amazon, allows us to find and stay on the fish—no matter where they are in the basin.

When targeting large peacock bass, we will be casting large streamers to structure, using 8 or 9-weight rods with aggressive, jungle-tapered fly lines. There will also be sight-fishing opportunities for smaller butterfly peacocks over white-sand shoals and beaches. The Untamed Amazon will anchor in a different place every day, allowing unprecedented access to new tributaries and lagoons.

Each day teams of two anglers fish one of the beats in the Marié River (including tributaries and lagoons), with one professional English-speaking fly fishing guide and a local Indian guide in specially designed fishing boats. These wide-bodied, 20-foot boats have two casting platforms (one at either end of the boat so both anglers can fish at the same time), a center console, and are powered by 90hp, 4-stroke motors, as well as remote-control electric motors. We will be casting 8 – 9 weight rods, with jungle tapered fly lines and large streamers, to structure for large peacock bass. There are also sight fishing opportunities for smaller butterfly peacocks over white sand shoals and beaches.

When: November 28 - December 10, 2020
Your Host: Peter Fong
Availability: 6 - 8 rod

The Untamed Amazon, our lodge for the week, is a three-story, state-of-the-art mothership, specifically designed for river navigation and low environmental impact. The vessel has its own sewage treatment plant as well as an advanced system for solar-power generation and storage—including 96 German solar panels and 3 tons of Hitachi batteries. Propulsion is provided by twin 200-hp engines.

The main deck of the Untamed Amazon has 8 guest suites—each 18 square meters in size. Six of these are double suites, each of which can accommodate two guests in super single beds, with private bathroom, air-conditioning, and plenty of space for clothes and gear. The remaining two suites are designed to accommodate single guests, with similar amenities. All suites feature outside-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows.

Pirarucú Lodge
• November 29 through December 03, 2020
• 4 nights and 3 and a half days fishing is $3,995 per person plus $390 native fee

Rio Marie’
• December 03 through 10, 2020
• 7 nights and six days fishing is $7,325 per person plus $670 native fee

All total we will be gone two weeks, door to door and I can’t be more excited about our adventure. BIG fish, are BIG fish, no matter where they live. Like the taimen in Mongolia that I have pursued and guided for more than a decade, I look forward to putting those decades of knowledge and experience to use and sharing with each and every one of you on the Arapaima at Pirarucú Lodge and the trophy Peacock Bass on the Rio Marie’. Come join me - Peter.

Writer and conservationist Peter W. Fong has been the head guide at Mongolia River Outfitters for more than a decade. His stories and photographs have appeared in American Angler, Fly Fisherman, Gray’s Sporting Journal, the New York Times, and many other publications. In 2018, he led a first-ever scientific expedition from the headwaters of Mongolia’s Delgermörön River to Russia’s Lake Baikal. His first novel, Principles of Navigation, won the inaugural New Rivers Press Electronic Book Competition. Over the past twenty years, he and his family have lived in Pray, Montana; Woodstock, Vermont; Tokyo, Japan; Shanghai, China; Noord, Aruba; and Tangier, Morocco.

For a full itinerary and all the trip details, please contact The Fly Shop at travel@theflyshop.com