Don’t Rock the Boat: Tips on Being a Better Boatmate

Posted by yellowdog on 9/29/19 12:04 PM

On nearly all of our fly-fishing trips, boats are an essential component. Fly fishing from a boat allows you to cover more water, act more stealth-like, and provides the guide with a crucial tool to get you into more fish—which usually means a lot more fun.

Fishing from a boat is often a team sport: guide and angler working in tandem to fish, cast to, hook, and eventually land a fish. All the parts of the whole must add up. Since many fishing trips involve sharing a boat with a friend or family member, the angler not fishing on the bow or in the front of the front is a vital participant in the boat. Being good at sharing a boat is very important.

Here are a boat-load of tips for being the best boatmate on the flats or the river.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

Patagonia: In-Depth Travel Guide and Trip Planner to The Entire Region

Posted by yellowdog on 9/23/19 11:31 AM

An Industry First: Yellow Dog’s In-Depth Patagonia Fly Fishing Travel Guide and Trip Planner

Patagonia—both in Chile and Argentina—is one of the premier freshwater fly fishing destinations in the world. The region is home to dozens of world class lodges, experienced and professional guides, and more rivers, streams and lakes that can possibly be fished in a lifetime. In either country, anglers will find great fishing, friendly people, unique culture, and beautiful scenery.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Argentina, Chile

Seychelles: 5 Outstanding and remote Saltwater Fly Fishing Atolls

Posted by yellowdog on 9/17/19 9:10 AM

Remote and home to an incredible number of unique and different species, the Seychelles offer unbelievable wading and amazing fly fishing opportunities. With several atolls serviced by some of the finest lodges and guides on the planet, the shallow flats of the Seychelles may be finest saltwater destination in the world. 

What sets the Seychelles in a class all its own is the sheer diversity of fish species found throughout the outer Seychellois islands. Combine that with seclusion, epic scenery and consistent fishing action, you end up with an overall fishery that is truly unlike any other found on the planet. And, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures has intimate knowledge of every fishery in the island chain. 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Southern Patagonia, Chile: Magallanes Region

Posted by yellowdog on 9/17/19 6:57 AM

Region Facts

Target Species: Rainbow, brown and brook trout, occasional sea-run brown trout 

Season: December – March

Major Fisheries: Rio Penitente, Rio Serrano and various unnamed small rivers and spring creeks 

Non-Angling Area Activities: Hiking, trekking and glacier tours in Torres del Paine National Park and on Navarino Island  

Closest Major Air Hubs: Punta Arenas (PUQ) 

The Magallanes Region is an isolated, rugged and weather-battered area at the southernmost tip of Chile. It is a remote and roadless area that is cut off from the rest of the country by formidable mountains, massive glacial icefields, and a labyrinth of coastal fjords. The only way to access this area from the rest of Chile is by air or sea, or via a very long overland drive on a road than runs through Argentine Patagonia. Historically, the main attractions to this region have been tours to view the spectacular granite spires of Torres del Paine National Park or trips to the small settlement of Puerto Williams  a popular stepping-off point for cruises to Antarctica.   

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Top 4 Spots For Your first, or Subsequent, Permit

Posted by yellowdog on 9/16/19 12:02 PM

Elusive, powerful, beautiful and a landmark achievement in anyone's fly fishing experiences, catching a permit on a fly rod is a special moment. Some anglers spend years before they catch their first permit, others are in the right place at exactly the right time and the permit gods smile down upon them. Whether you are seeking your first, second, biggest or 100th, here are 4 countries to target these black-tailed beauties of the saltwater flats. 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Dealing with severe weather or unforeseen events: trip and medical evacuation insurance can save money, your trip, or both

Posted by yellowdog on 9/16/19 9:47 AM

Weather and unforeseen events can affect the best planned fishing trip. Because of the variables of international travel, it is important to consider protecting your trip BEFORE it occurs for weather or other unforeseen events that may affect your trip for WHEN it occurs.

Booking with a proven industry leader is the first step to a successful trip, and Yellow Dog should be your first step. But despite all the best preparation and first-hand knowledge, there are times when unexpected things occur, possibly causing a delay, or worst, a cancelled trip.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

Belize Bonefish: best season for chasing the grey ghost

Posted by yellowdog on 9/6/19 1:25 PM

Belize is known for warm hospitality, a massive barrier reef, and miles of saltwater flats. On these flats cruise a prized gamefish of the saltwater flats angler...the bonefish. Sleek and fast, it is possible the bonefish was created purely for the saltwater angler. 

Belize has some of the best waters in the world for saltwater fly fishing. The country's coastline is protected by a barrier reef that runs the length of the country and is the second largest reef system in the world, the largest being Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. A tropical climate with very little temperature fluctuation and a seemingly endless expanse of flats running the length of the country, Belize is a bonefish paradise. Anglers venturing south to experience the diverse Belize fly fishing opportunities will most likely be met with exceptional bonefishing.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Patagonia: 2020 is a Beetle Year. Big Dry Flies for Big Trout

Posted by yellowdog on 9/2/19 8:00 PM

Big fish grow big because they eat big flies. Our experience tells us so. If you're into casting large dry flies in pursuit of trout, Patagonia offers up an exciting opportunity to fish a terrestrial as large as our western river's salmonfly. Enter in the Cantaria Beetle. And with 2020 being a Beetle Year, now is the time to start planning to enjoy this fly-fishing phenomenon. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Chile

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