One Angler’s Misfortune Is Another Angler’s Opportunity

If you’re one of those fortunate anglers that can travel on short notice, last minute cancellation deals and reduced rate trips are a great way to maximize your travel dollar. Usually these trips are offered at substantially reduced rates and the financial savings you gain more than compensate for booking last minute travel accommodations. Additionally, many of our outfitters offer discounts and incentives to fill open rods that would otherwise go unfilled. Bookmark this page, we will keep it updated with the latest and greatest travel specials and hook you up with a great fishing trip.

Fantastic Last Minute Trip Specials This Summer:

Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes some exciting last minute opportunities to enjoy some incredible fishing at some of the world’s most adventurous fly fishing destinations.  Although rare, as seasons approach we do sometimes have last minute cancellations for some truly amazing fisheries, usually spots that are booked years in advance. These trips all have a deposit already paid, which allows us to offer them at substantially reduced costs!

Below is a short list of a few great, last minute deals that just popped open.  If you’re interested in a smoking hot deal for any of these exciting destinations, or want to learn more about these amazing fisheries, please give us a call here at The Fly Shop at 800-669-3474, or send us an email at travel@theflyshop.com.

Dorado on the Fly
Northern Argentina, Parana River

Argentina Dorado Fishing - Deeply Discounted Trips in March, April & May 2019

Dorado on the Fly - These guys forget more about Dorado fishing, then most claim to know...

Dorado on The Fly, owned by Ricardo "Pinti" Pinto is an exciting dorado fishing destination on the upper Parana River, located near the small fishing village of Ita Ibate, in Northern Argentina province of Corrientes. Pinti is a passionate fly fisher and recognized expert on dorado with a sincere desire to show his guests the very best fishing experience possible. Pinti and his guides are recognized experts when it comes to targeting big dorado on the fly.

The Parana River is closed to fishing November 25 through December 26, to protect dorado while they spawn. This is a unique opportunity to fish for Dorado "Post Spawn" when they are hungry, aggressive and active. Be the first angler of the season to target massive dorado - some exceeding the 30 pound mark.

Why Dorado on the Fly is so Unique and Special

• Dorado on the Fly is easy travel to from Buenos Aires (45 minute flight), has no set arrival and departure days and short stays are welcome. This is a terrific and easy add-on to any Patagonia fishing trip, no hassle travel, about as simple and expedited a trip as you can arrange in South America.

• The lodge is very comfortable, located on a high bank above the Parana River and in most cases single private rooms can be secured for each angler. No need to worry about your roomie being a snorer, you have your own private accommodations. And there is no wasted motion with the fishing program, the boats leave and return from the lodge – more time on the water, less travel to and from, more fish to the boat…

• This is a fishery where fly anglers should expect to hook up with a real monster Dorado. Fish over the 20 pound mark are landed every week of the season. If you are looking to land a true monster, this is the place and we know of no other destination where there is a higher potential for a dorado of a lifetime. If size is your thing, then this is the place.

• Ricardo “Pinti” Pinto and his guide staff are world-class professionals, with decades of experience fishing and guiding Dorado all over South America. These guys have forgotten more about Dorado than most experts’ claim to know and are terrific communicators, coaches and fun to spend a day on the skiff with. They’ll fast-track you on the fly fishing tactics needed to be a successful Dorado angler and you’ll learn something new every day.

When: (March, April & May 2019)
7 nights/6 fishing days : $3,800 per person ($1,180 SAVINGS!)
6 nights/ 5 fishing days : $3,280 per person ($830 SAVINGS!)

Give us a call today at 800-669-3474 or email us at travel@theflyshop.com

Winter Bonefishing
by Greg Vincent of h2O Bonefishing

Grand Bahama Island - Bahamas

Fantastic winter bonefishing opportunities exist on Grand Bahama Island with h2O Bonefishing, January 1 to February 15 2019. This really is a trophy fishery at any time of year but especially during peak winter months. The fluctuation in water temps push the smaller school fish off the flats for longer periods leaving the more ‘acclimated ‘, multi-wintered fish on their own or in small groups.

The one challenge we sometimes have in the winter are the occasional cold fronts which in this period are usually our strongest. That said, the cold fronts we experience, usually the strongest of the season, are often a bonus for us here in the northern Bahamas. This is such because the cloud-line moves to the south of us quicker and does not always stall out here in the north, more in the south when it hits warmer air. Grand Bahama Island is more temperate than the southern Bahamas. The back edge of the cloud is often defined as a line across the sky. Behind the front is dry air and the sunny and cool conditions we are exactly looking for. Sunlight as we all know is generally the main ingredient needed to sight fish bonefish. We have caught some of our largest bonefish here in the very worst cold fronts. The months of December through March offer the most sunlight on Grand Bahama Island, more than any other time of year. We need to take advantage of that. The above however is just not a true representative of the winters here. So what is the best of the winter season? 2 words...HIGH PRESSURE. So on a much more positive note we do get winter high pressure systems which if centered over us can create the most spectacular bonefishing weather; sometimes as long as a week or 10 days at a time. So ironically some of the best weather available for bonefishing in the northern Bahamas is during winter months. That may go against what you have read and heard for better than 30 years, but I can tell you from experience over the last 18 years I have watched ideal weather day after day and sometimes week after week go by with few if any anglers out taking advantage of the bounty it provides.

Additionally, when we get a cold front the wind generally blows form the North/North West. We have access to 45 miles of south facing ocean side flats that are always accessible and easily fishable and flat as a pancake with this wind direction so we do have a back-up plan no matter what. There is hardly ever a situation where it’s not fishable and ironically you will have more unfishable days in the spring and early summer when winds are light because of thunder storms and lightning possibilities.

We also use several more remote ramp accesses, that are tidal based and allow us entrance to more protected areas limiting open water runs in windy conditions.

We have been programmed to think that peak season for the Bahamas is March, April May and October, Nov!! These may be the safest months, no doubt, but boy oh boy are anglers missing out on some truly world class-winter fishing as we will see some of the most spectacular trophy bonefishing available anywhere in the world let alone in the Bahamas. It is not only the fact that the fish are big but the fish here will ‘crawl‘ into skinny, skinny water which only adds to the sight fishing experience. It’s not about throwing at shadows as this time of year it’s a far more intimate experience between angler and fish. And having access to darker flats also helps as these warm up quickly in the winter, giving us additional advantages.

It should be noted that Freeport has far more commercial flights than any other Bahamian dedicated Bonefishing location. There is never a need for small craft domestic connections. There are direct flights from the States to Freeport daily – ideal for anyone willing and/or able to move quickly.

Once an angler has experienced stalking and then hooking a 8+lb pound bonefish that had its back arched completely out of the water while feeding in only a few inches of water and that screams out over 150 yards of backing, then a 20 fish day of 2 pound fish understands what I am describing – quality rather than quantity! This said numbers are always a possibility here no matter what time of year it is. It’s just that you catch bigger and more fish at this time of year. The majority of the fish we encounter in the winter are in the 4-6 lb range and anglers should always be prepared to throw at the magical double digit fish, often a daily encounter.

Anglers have wonderful trips with h2O January - February. We want to show our winter bonefishery to a select group of anglers that want to hunt trophy bonefish and can appreciate that sometimes when you want the very best in something, and not just the ‘safest‘ option then you have to step out of the box. To minimize weather impacts and encourage anglers to give our winter fishing a try (January 1 – February 15, 2019, we have designed a special package.

Winter Packages will include 2 extra weather days – (7 nights lodging /4 days fishing) (6 nights lodging /3 days fishing) or a (5 nights lodging /2 days fishing). We will pick the best potential fishing days upon arrival. We are basically adding 2 days onto every trip as ‘security fishing days’ and h2O Bonefishing will ensure that there are boats and guides available. Additional fishing on the security days is available at a hugely discounted rate of only $ 400 per day for any unused days (optional), to be paid on site. Or you can take a day off, kick back and relax at are our full service resort and our own clubhouse ' Bones Bar '.

This entire winter bonefishing program is about catching big bonefish. This is not about catching numbers nor is it necessarily about ' playing it safe '. There are and will be weather risks. These winter bonefishing trips are for fly fishers that want to step up a level and put themselves into position to experience quality, big bonefish flats fishing. Anglers should not expect big numbers of bonefish during winter fishing. Let's throw off the security blanket and get down to the nuts and bolts of flats fishing for true trophy bonefish – beat your personal best and hang-out with some experienced anglers. If you have never hooked and landed a bonefish larger than 6 pounds then you are most certainly going to get the chance to beat that, get on board and introduce yourself to trophy bonefishing

h2O Bonefishing Winter Specials:
5 Nights Lodging / 2 Days Fishing: $1,595 per angler
6 Nights Lodging / 3 Days Fishing: $2,495 per angler
7 Nights Lodging / 4 Days Fishing: $2,995 per angler
Shared room, boat and guide

5 Nights Lodging / 2 Days Fishing: $2,895 per angler
6 Nights Lodging / 3 Days Fishing: $4,195 per angler
7 Nights Lodging / 4 Days Fishing: $5,185 per angler
Private room, boat and guide

Give us a call today at 800-669-3474 or email us at travel@theflyshop.com

Rapids Camp Lodge
King Salmon, Alaska

Special Half-Off Trip @ Rapids Camp Lodge, Alaska (2019)

During the months of June and July, Rapids Camp Lodge is offering a 'fish w/ family' discount - one trip at the regular price, with the other one half-off!

This is a perfect trip for families or young fly fishers that want to catch a bunch of fish. What better way to plant the seed of fly fishing in a youngster than to have them catch fish after fish, day after day? They’ll come back to the lodge each evening tired, happy, ready for bed (and with no screen time), then start it all over the next morning. Give the gift of fly fishing to you loved one.

Rapids Camp Lodge 2019
June 14 - 21, 2019
June 21 - 28, 2019
June 28 - July 05, 2019
July 5 - 12, 2019
July 12 - 19, 2019
July 19 - 26, 2019
July 26 - August 02, 2019

Full week trips - 7 nights lodging / 6 days of fishing for $9,495 per person (Friday to Friday).

4 nights / 3 days for $7,495 per person (Monday to Friday) or (Friday to Tuesday).

Prices include round-trip airfare from Anchorage to King Salmon, guided fly-out fishing each day (weather permitting), lodging, meals, beer & private label wine and loaner fishing gear. Also included are use of all the lodge amenities - hot tub, sauna, satellite television and weight room.

Additional cost are travel to Anchorage, Alaska sport-fishing license and gratuities for the staff.

Give us a call today at 800-669-3474 or email us at travel@theflyshop.com

Lava Creek Lodge
Alaska Peninsula Salmon

Alaska Salmon Fishing - HUGE Discounts

Chum Salmon, Oncorhynchus keta (aka River Tuna) - the most underrated, hardest fighting fly-eating machine that swims in Alaska!

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.

Grand-Slam @ Lava Creek Lodge in 2019

• July 14 - 21, 2019 (5 spots) Still plenty of Chinook Salmon available this week

• July 21 - 28, 2019 (7 spots): Fresh, silver-bright Chum salmon - peak week!

• July 28 - August 04, 2019 (8 spots) Parent and Daughter/Son Special - Half Price Offer: The parent pays the normal Grand Slam Weekly rate of $6,000 and your daughter and/or son comes for Half Price ($3,000)

• August 04 - 11, 2019 (7 spots) Hosted by The Fly Shop’s Zach Thurman - World Record Breaking Week & bright Silver salmon start to show in good numbers.

Did you know that Chum salmon are the second largest of all the Pacific salmon, second only to Chinook salmon.

• IGFA All Tackle World Record 15.87 kg (35 lb)
• IGFA Fly Tackle World Record: 12.92 kg (28 lb)

Big, hard fighting Chum Salmon are fun! 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!

Having spent the better part of 40 years exploring and fishing Alaska, it is a bit of a mystery to us why Chums don't have the reputation of the similarly-sized Coho salmon. What we do know is that Chums are abundant, love to eat swung flies off a single or double-handed rod, and fight like hell (arguably harder than any of the other five species of Pacific Salmon). A good Chum day will see anglers hooking and landing in excess of 20 of these beasts - hours upon hours of non-stop, hard-fighting, knuckle-busting fishing that will leave you exhausted and wanting to head back to the lodge to rest, re-fuel and hit it again the next day.

No operation is better positioned to take full advantage of ocean-bright Chum salmon fishing than Phil and Beth Byrd’s Lava Creek Lodge on the Alaskan Peninsula. The home water - where their lodge is located - stacks up with thousands of Chums as they enter tidewater and make their way upstream. They start to show early in July and will run strong through mid-August, when the Cohos begin to pour in. Remember too that, in addition to fishing the home river for three days, Phil will fly anglers out the other three days to various local rivers where you can target Chum and Sockeye salmon, as well as big Dolly Varden, char, rainbow trout and even grayling. And it’s quite possible that anglers will hook and land all five species of Pacific Salmon during a week’s fishing - an “Alaskan Grand Slam”!

One thing you can count on is plenty of action. This is a perfect trip for families or young fly fishers that want to catch a bunch of fish. What better way to plant the seed of fly fishing in a youngster than to have them catch fish after fish, day after day? They’ll come back to the lodge each evening tired, happy, ready for bed (and with no screen time), then start it all over the next morning.

While we're at it, let’s break some International Game Fish Association World Records for Chum salmon! There are currently five vacant fly tackle world record slots for Chum salmon - 2, 4, 6, 8 & 20 pound class. We will have a certified scale, the correct tippet, and know the rules in order qualify your catch for world record submission.

All trips to Lava Creek Lodge Include: Seven nights lodging and six days guided (both home water jet boat fishing and fly out access fishing, weather permitting), all meals, lodging, flies, tippet and leaders as well as use of fly rods and reels if needed, and the roundtrip charter flights between King Salmon and the lodge.

Non Included: Alaska State Sport Fishing License ($70) and King Salmon Stamp (only needed in June and July, $45) available online, fly fishing equipment (though there is some at the lodge if need be), gratuities, alcohol (wine and/or beer served with dinner) - otherwise BYOB.

Prime Silver Salmon weeks still available:
AUG 11 - 18, 2019 $6,900 pp (2 spots)
AUG 25 - SEP 01, 2019 $6,900 pp (1 spot)
SEP 08 - 15, 2019 $6,900 pp (3 spots)