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.

Dorados on the Fly

Argentina Dorado Fishing

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

Dorados 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.

• 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.

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

Blue Horizon/Thatch Caye Lodge

Belize - Saltwater

Prime Week opening:
April 13-20, 2019 - Thatch Caye - Blue Horizon: Regularly $4,200.00/person for Double Occupancy / Shared Boat and $6,825.00/person for Single Occupancy / Private Boat.

Due to a cancellation we now have 6 spots open for this prime week. Since this is short notice, and we want to refill the space we are offering a discounted price of $3,500/person for Double Occupancy / Shared Boat and $5,800/person for Single Occupancy / Private Boat.

Guides available are: Lincoln, Marlon, Charlie, and Steve Cabral

Package Includes:
Respective number of full day fly fishing with a professional guide; all meals, afternoon snacks, and beverages including local spirits and beer; boat transfer to and from the island; use of island toys (kayak, paddle boards, snorkel gear) - WiFi; marine fee, taxes, and service charges.

Does Note Include:
International flight; in-country commuter flights (Blue Horizon is happy to help you arrange these flights. Price estimate: $200.00US/person; upgrades for different types of accommodations; extra tours; fishing guide gratuity.

When: April 13-20, 2019
Double Occupancy / Shared Boat: $3,500/person
Single Occupancy / Private Boat: $5,800/person

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

Rapids Camp Lodge

Alaska - Special Half-Off Trip

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

7 nights / 6 days fishing: $9,495 per person (Friday to Friday)
4 nights / 3 days fishing: $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.

Not Included: 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

H20 Bonefishing

Grand Bahama - Saltwater

Any bookings between April 17 - 24, 2019 and May 11 - 19, 2019 - Two anglers fish for the single angler rate.

• 4 Nights, 3 Days Fishing $3,799 for 2 rods
• 7 Nights, 6 Days Fishing $6,795 for 2 rods

The shining star at H2O Bonefishing is the availability of trophy bonefish, backed up by permit, tarpon, barracuda, mutton snapper, sharks and jacks. Utilizing a quiver of state of the art skiffs, you’ll have access to the best flats and outer cays. Bonefish on Grand Bahama run big, and anglers consistently get shots at fish of ten pounds or better.

The bonefish on Grand Bahama average 4 - 5 pounds, with shots at much larger fish. The north side flats offer opportunities at some of the largest bonefish in the Bahamas, some pushing and others exceeding the ten pound mark. The largest released to date at H2O is an impressive 14.5 pounds. There are occasional shots at permit, tarpon, barracuda, jacks, and sharks, and we recommend that you bring the appropriate tackle just in case. The launch points for the boats are rotated during the week to provide maximum diversity of scenery and opportunity. All of the guides are highly competent, experienced professionals.

There is blue water fishing for yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna and dorado (mahi-mahi) as well as flats fishing. It is fast and furious fishing when the fish are found off shore. Yellowfin tuna have been landed up to 65 pounds, but there are lots of 15 – 30 pound fish, which make up most of the catches. Dorado are also taken quite frequently, and always put on an airborne show when hooked.

Getting to H2O Bonefishing is easy. Freeport is the second largest airport in the Bahamas, and there are numerous daily connecting flights into Freeport through Nassau, Orlando, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and more.

Prices Include: Air-conditioned waterfront room w/King or 2 double beds; Satellite TV; direct dial phone; mini-refrigerator; in-room coffee maker; full private balcony; tropical pool; hot tub; daily complimentary breakfast; daily deluxe picnic lunch including non-alcoholic beverages (fishing days only); 16' Maverick flats boats w/new Yamaha 90; professional guide; 6% Hotel Guest and 6% Resort Tax; non-angling guest sharing a room with a single occupancy angler is no charge.

Not Included: Tips for fishing guide (suggested $40 minimum per day, per boat); dinners (over 20 restaurants from Pizza to Gourmet located within a few minutes walk from the hotel; alcoholic beverages or equipment rentals; Custom Package Plans available upon request (Including golf, diving, dolphins, kayaking, sightseeing, deep-sea and reef fishing, etc.); equipment rentals; round trip transfer from airport to Hotel (option – price varies with the number in your party).

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

Lava Creek Lodge

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 (3 spots) Still plenty of Chinook Salmon available this week
• July 21 - 28, 2019 (1 spots): Fresh, silver-bright Chum salmon - peak week!
• July 28 - August 04, 2019 (3 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 (2 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.

Prices 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.

Not 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 (4 spots)