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: Best Fishing Location - Visited But Not Able to Fish

12-19-2001, 09:30 PM
What is the best fishing location you visited but were not able to fly fish due to other priorities (vacation, women, business, etc..) ?

Mine would be one of the following: Iceland - Atlantic Salmon, Bermuda - Bones, Blue water, or Switzerland - Trout & Grayling.

If I could now go fly fishing to one of these it would be Iceland for Atlantic Salmon. Doubt if I will ever get back, besides there are to many steelhead to catch in the states, and a lot cheaper to do.
Those salmon rivers did look nice though up there.

The reason I was in Iceland for a year was the US Air Force.

Merry Christmas

12-19-2001, 10:13 PM
Great topic!!!

I was down in Baja about 5 years back and what I would have done to have been able to cast a fly at something, anything. Damn family.

Been to Hawaii a couple times...again I could not cast a fly and again, damn family!!! :devil:

12-19-2001, 10:15 PM

It was a family vacation with my in-laws so fishing was not on the menu. Heck, I hadn't even picked up a fly rod at that point in my life.

I stood next to a river and watched the spawning salmon, massive fish, slowly struggling to get up river. I was within ten feet of 100+ fish in water only about 4" deep, tails flailing feverishly.

I did get a chance to witness some truly skilled fisherman at work, though. I took a floatplane out to Admiralty Island and watched Grizzlies in their natural habitat chasing down salmon and pouncing on them at the mouth of a river. It was awe inspiring! There were no fences, no walls, just meadows and sand between us and the bears. They walked within 50 yards of us, paying us little or no attention. Everyone should experience it.

P.S. I met my brother up there also while on that trip. He did fish and caught many, many salmon.

12-20-2001, 06:38 AM
Spent a year at a radar site on St Lawrance Island in the Bering Sea 30 some odd years ago. Had a stream with sea run (?) Dolly Vardon a couple of miles from the site. Meant to get there but didn't.

Dble Haul
12-20-2001, 07:57 AM
This is a bit embarrassing to admit, but I've never fished the salt waters of Cape Cod. Any time that I've been in the area it's been during the winter on business or during the summers of my childhood before I was so fanatical about fishing. I know the coast of Maine like the back of my hand, and I'm learning the coasts of Connecticut and Rhode Island, but the Cape is definitely on my hit list for next year. I'll have an opportunity in July when my in-laws rent a cottage out there for a week. Expect me to be asking questions when I learn of the exact location! :devil:

12-20-2001, 10:52 AM
We'll do better than that dbl haul... expect a personal escort around our "hotspots"!

For me just about anywhere I see good water without testing it makes me crazy... but I recall more than any other a lake in Northern Quebec loaded with native brookies where my mother rowed me one dawn into a tributary basin hidden by willow trees where the brookies were staging, probably in prespawn, to enter the spring fed brook. She kept it a secret all week while the men went out to scratch and dig for every trout and walleye. Finally on the last day she rowed me over to see her little secret. She never told my dad or any of the other avid anglers at camp, for whom the fishing was tough the whole time. Eventually, the anxiety turned to an appreciation for the wisdom of her ways and it was a big lesson in respect for the resource that influenced me deeply to this very day.

12-20-2001, 01:30 PM
I went to college in the Finger Lakes. I never fished the Salmon and the other Great Lakes tribs. I didn't fish any of the classic streams in the Catskills. I never fished all those steams that I passed in PA. on my way up to school. WHAT WAS I THINKING! Other priorities I guess.

12-20-2001, 01:35 PM
I would have to say the Bahamas.. Even though I went last year and did fish with a charter and off the beach near the resort... and did have luck... since it was a family vacation I could not visit some of the outposts where the Bones and other saltwater fish were abundant.

John Desjardins
12-20-2001, 02:03 PM
The Bahamas, It was spring break, beer and bikinis were all I thought of that week.

Dble Haul
12-20-2001, 02:33 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by juro
[B]We'll do better than that dbl haul... expect a personal escort around our "hotspots"!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.......I look forward to it. :D The favor would definitely be returned in kind for any spots out this way that I'm discovering, and that includes stripers, bluefish, hickory shad, smallmouths, pike, etc.

12-20-2001, 06:45 PM
A couple of others that still hurt, are my 3 week to Vancouver, BC where I did get to Steelhead fly fishing for one day on the Vedder in a March snow storm. Wish I had more time. Had to fly to LA the next morning for business and was on the beach in 90 degree weather in Santa Monica. What a two day dichotomy.

The other time was five years ago driving with family back to NJ for family event in August. We went to Cooperstown first to show my boys the Hall of Fame. Then came down through the Catskills on RT 17 through the rivers of my boyhood fly fishing the Delaware east and west branch, Pepacton, Cannonsville Resorvoirs, Beaverkill, Willowemuc it was just before dark and could see several fly fisherman out there, not many. Would have loved to stop the car and go to it, but could not. Thats the last time I was to the Catskills also. So close but yet so far away.


12-20-2001, 08:58 PM
Having read Mylos great article, I would have to say Lough Corrib in Eire. I was on holiday with my wife and had clearance to fish just about every day except one. That was the day we drove South from Crossmolina in Mayo, through Connemara to the shores of Corrib. I had been having great fishing on Lough Conn, but sitting on the bankside with no rod, watching the drifting boats way out in the distance and the occaisional leaping Atlantic Salmon really got the blood flowing.

12-20-2001, 09:34 PM
On my way to/from SouthEastAsia laying over with my C-130 Hercules way back in the 1900's...Wake, Midway, and Pataya Beach Thailand...And the Yemen on the Red Sea...Go figure!?

12-21-2001, 06:57 AM
How about the first day of a vacation with non-fishing friends, on a chartered boat we were running (no captain), hooking into several tarpon and then leaving the area, running by it several times but never returning. :eyecrazy:

A one man mutiny was planned but thwarted by a constant supply of rum.

12-21-2001, 11:41 AM
(Close Enough)(Borrowed from Penguin)

"On my way to/from SouthEastAsia laying over with my C-130 Hercules way back in the 1900's...Wake, Midway, and Pataya Beach Thailand...And the Yemen on the Red Sea...Go figure!?"

Well, I never made Yemen. Probably didn't miss much. Penguin, question - what part of the last century? - we might have crossed paths and not fished the same places together:eek: I hooked an occasional flight on a 130 during little breaks between classes at USV:smokin: