Backcountry Fly Fishing Trips: What They Are and Why You Should Take One

Posted by yellowdog on 2/20/20 1:18 PM

Taking the road less traveled is often stated, but never truly experienced. For destination fly fishing travel, a backcountry fly fishing trip is a road less traveled that every angler should discover. From the far-off flats of a saltwater atoll or a pack trip into the wilds of Yellowstone National Park or a multi-day float down the Middle Fork of the Salmon or the remote rivers of Mongolia, a backcountry fly fishing trip is a destination trip that can bring a lot to the hustle-and-bustle of daily life here at home.  

What makes a true backcountry fly fishing trip? The answer lies within each individual angler’s desires and expectations. Many destination fly fishing trips classify as backcountry angling—as the fish we pursue tend to live in remote and beautiful places. But for a fly fishing trip to be backcountry it needs equal parts remoteness, intrigue, and angling adventure.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

NEW WAYPOINTS Podcast TODAY! Fishing Travel, Adventure, and Exploration

Posted by yellowdog on 2/16/20 6:45 PM

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures is pleased to announce the launch of a new podcast program that is 100% dedicated to fishing travel, adventure, and exploration - a regular series created for those that fish, and for those that travel to fish. Each episode will dive into the what, why, where, and how of destination angling, discussing relevant topics and breaking down the issues that matter to those who travel and fish.

The new WAYPOINTS podcast is currently available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher, as well as on the Yellow Dog website under the "Media" section in the main menu. Listeners can sign up to receive notifications of new podcast episodes, which will be released on a weekly basis.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Tips and Tricks, Saltwater Fly Fishing

alaska fly fishing trips by the seasons

Posted by yellowdog on 2/14/20 12:26 PM

Alaska is BIG country. Everyone knows it is the largest state in the union and home to the world’s greatest diversity of wild and native trout, grayling, Dolly Varden, and salmon. With such a massive area it may seem daunting to break down the best fly-fishing trips in Alaska and when to give yourself the best chance to create the Alaska fly fishing trip of your dreams.

The first step is to understand the fishing seasons of Alaska. Here all in one place is an in-depth guide to fishing for Alaska’s fly fishing species on the angling calendar.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Big Game Fly Fishing: A guide to the best locations

Posted by yellowdog on 2/10/20 2:44 PM

Big game fly fishing is a testament to many things. From the start, the odds are truly in the favor of the fish. These fish, the fish we refer to as big game fishing—migratory and jungle tarpon, marlin, tuna, sailfish, Giant Trevally, and a few others—when caught, and landed, are a true accomplishment. These fish are big and they come from even bigger environments, where despite their size, they have adapted to the harsh conditions of being part of the food chain in the ocean...where there is always something bigger and hungrier.

Most fly fishing trips for big game species involve specialized boats and locations. Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Seychelles, Louisiana, and a few others. These locales offer exciting opportunities for big game fish. Choosing to take a big game fly fishing trip is the just the first step in the exhilarating process of catching these special fish. Gear, guides, and attitude all come into play.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

The Best Flats Fly Fishing: A world-wide guide

Posted by yellowdog on 2/4/20 10:31 AM

Writing “Best Of” lists can be dangerous—because what makes one fly fishing destination better than another? Or, who's place is it to say fly fishing for tailing bonefish is better than chasing after the gangster of the flats—the voracious Giant Trevally?

Pioneering anglers like Lefty Kreh, Flip Pallot, Del Brown, and many others, fished because saltwater flats fly fishing serves up the essential two elements of our sport—it is challenging enough that most rewards are earned, yet fun enough that even when the catch eludes us, the landscapes, lodges, guides, and fellow anglers—all parts of the whole—come together and burn a desire in us to do it all again.

Listed by species, here are the planet’s Best Flats Fly Fishing Trips

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

the large brown trout of patagonia and where to find them

Posted by yellowdog on 1/30/20 9:18 AM

There’s no question that Patagonia is one of the premier freshwater fly fishing destinations in the world – a productive, one-of-a-kind region in South America that is home to dozens of world class lodges, experienced and professional guides, and more rivers, streams, and lakes than can possibly be fished in a lifetime.

And in many of these rivers swim some VERY large brown trout. With over two decades of experience exploring Patagonia, our knowledge of the fisheries is intimate. From float fishing trips to walk-and-wade waters to sea-run brown trout, if big brown trout are desired, then Yellow Dog can help find them.  

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

The 8 Best Guided Fly Fishing Trips in the World

Posted by yellowdog on 1/20/20 2:51 PM

Anglers have been exploring distant waters for decades. From the first exploratory fly fishing trips in the jungles of the Amazon to un-mapped atolls for fly fishing for Giant Trevally in the Seychelles, the quest to fish further and further afield is deeply rooted in the souls of many anglers. For some this thirst for adventure is rarely fully quenched, because the next best fly fishing trip is the one yet to be taken.

With over 200 destinations for the best fly fishing trip, it is hard to determine which trip is the best. What might be "best" for one angler isn't for another. Each trip we create is often custom-tailored to each individual angler. This unique ability to only sell what we know--and we know a lot--means we can probably create "the best fly fishing trip" for anyone wanting to fish any of our destinations.

So, whether it is close to home or across the world sight-casting to New Zealand brown trout or seeking a double-digit bonefish on a Bahamas fly fishing trip, opportunities exist to experience Eight of the Best Guided Fly Fishing Trips on the Planet.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

Booking a Fly Fishing Trip In Advance: Why It matters so much

Posted by yellowdog on 1/10/20 11:32 AM

For two decades we’ve booked anglers across the globe. As 2020 marks our 20th year in business, we now book over 225 destinations in 28 countries. From these experiences, we’ve heard and seen just about everything! One question we are always asked is: when should I book my trip? 

Compiled in one place are two decades of insight on when to begin planning your trip for all of the countries we fish.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

12 for 2020: Angling Intentions For the New Year

Posted by yellowdog on 1/7/20 9:54 AM

The holiday season is in the rear-view. 2019 was a great year, but, with a new year comes new excitement and plenty of New Year’s Resolutions lists. But we’ve got the list to end all New Year’s lists—here is our 2020 Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures New Year’s Intentions List. We polled our team of in-house experts and asked them what they want to strive to accomplish in 2020 and they gave us some great ideas. The following is that list.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog flyfishing's 2019 Year in Review

Posted by yellowdog on 12/31/19 1:29 PM

As we close out 2019, we mark the end of a great twelve months here at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. When we ring in the New Year – and in fact a new decade – we will be celebrating 20 years in business.

Twenty years feels like a big deal, and we are grateful for all of our customers and the loyalty and trust that you all have placed in Yellow Dog over the years. This is especially significant when you consider that nearly half of all small businesses never make it five years, and only 20% make it twenty years. Our 20th anniversary wouldn’t be possible without our most important asset — our loyal customers.

Before we finish off 2019 and move on to exciting things in 2020, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the highlights of 2019 at Yellow Dog.

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