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.

Lava Creek Lodge

Alaska Salmon Fishing - HUGE Discounts

Update May 07, 2019

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!
• September 08 - 15, 2019 (1 spot) Absolute Prime Coho Week - BIG numbers, BIG Northern Cohos!

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.

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

Zapata, Cuba

Saltwater Fly Fishing in Cuba

July 06-13, 2019 ($3,000 per angler) limited to 8 anglers - Save $1,600 per angler!


Each week, a maximum of eight anglers will share exclusive use of the live-aboard vessel, MV “Georgiana”. This 30-meter, well-appointed custom yacht - more like a mobile lodge - will be anchored on the east side of the Canarreos Archipelago, allowing for quick and easy access to a broad variety of distinctly different fishing areas.

Zapata has an incredible array of diverse habitats (and therefore species). There are nearly limitless super shallow bonefish flats, many of which can be poled and fished from the boat while there are also miles of hard sand, easily waded flats to search for tailing bonefish; there are dozens of miles of shallow lagoons where they regularly find permit (and bonefish); there are scores of narrow mangrove channels and lagoons for hunting baby tarpon from 10-40 pounds; there are pancake flats popping up out of deeper water, perfect for permit; there are miles of beaches with expansive turtle grass and white sand flats along the edges where they find bigger tarpon from 40-80 pounds, plus big permit; there are some sandy and mangrove lined flats that snook call home; and there are a series of blue holes and coral heads where massive Cubera Snapper, jack crevalle, and countless other species lurk to attack poppers on the surface. There is literally a bit of everything here, offering opportunities for anglers to catch different species, while fishing different types of flats in a combination of both wade and boat fishing.

The weekly fishing schedule will have anglers rotating between single and double skiffs – fishing solo for three days, and sharing a skiff and guide with a buddy for the others. The single angler flats skiffs are perfect for navigating and fishing bonefish and permit in the shallow back country while the double Skiffs are more suitable for tarpon fishing and making longer runs to the fishing grounds further to the West. This unique fishing program guarantees anglers at least half of their week will be in a single skiff with a private guide – receiving 100% of shots. Nobody in Cuba offers such a sweet deal, and at no additional cost to the angler.

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