Flyfishing: not only for trout

Let’s have a short talk about the environments where flyfishing is possible. It is a general opinion that flyfishing can be done only in some waters. Well, it might be true but there are so many exceptions that the truth can be seen from another point of view..

Before startcavedano2_trejaing the discussion, however, we should make a concept clear. Flyfishing is not only for salmonid and thymallus. It is great also for many other kinds of fish: from dace to pike, from chub to black bass, from perch to carp, barbel and zander… Each has its specific technique, tackle and philosophy, which makes flyfishing so fascinating.

The province where I live and the nearby areas have so many different waters ranging from the smallest stream to wider rivers and lakes. All of them can be approached with a fly, because flyfishing is not to be considered suitable only for wide, open, treesless spaces.

You can go flyfishing from the smallest stream to the biggest river and the sea as well. The former asks for a watchful approach and sort, accurate casts using a short rod and light line. Leaders are normally rather short and strong. As a rule, hip boots are enough, trekking shoes are sometimes better. Our smaller rivers conceal mostly trout (brown) and chub. Fishing is not always easy and a good casting skill is a plus.

The medium sized mountain stream asks for a longer rod and leader with thinner tippet and a wider choice of flies. Waders are a bonus but hip boots are normally ok. This kind of water in this part of Italy normally has brownies and chub. Rivers go from very fast to slow, from gin clear to greenish water, from rocky to sandy bottoms, from overhanging trees to flat-all-around.

The lower stretch of streams and wide rivers suggest the use of longer and more powerful rods. Lines range from floating to intermediate and sinking (tips). Leaders are longer and wider the choice of flies. Trout and chub sometimes spare their space with pike, black bass, zander, barbel, dace…

Lakes are the kingdom of poppers and bigger streamers, powerful rods and tough leaders while lines range from floating to hi-speed sinking; DT to Shooting Tapers, according to the local situation. Pike and black bass.

As far as the sea is concerned, the choice is restricted to very powerful rods, strong and salt resistant reels. Fishing from a boat is of course suggested but we also have rivers entering the sea and wader fishing is possible with good results.

You will find all the above situations in Tuscia. Get in touch for more suggestions when you decide to arrange your next trip to our wonderful land!!!


Let’s start from the beginning…


A post for beginners, why not? Most anglers surfing the web are already skillful enough to skip these words but many are attracted by our beloved passion still being afraid of words and of an unknown world.

These still “unconvinced” new flyanglers deserve a special attention and should receive the “golden rules” of flyfishing in simple words and descriptions.

What follows is a summary – there is too little space to be discussed in depth – of the bases of flyfishing, made as simple as possible but still with space for further implementation. I don’t blame those who have a point of view differing from mine, given that respect of others’ opinions should be reciprocal. For this reason, any (not offensive) comment is highly appreciated and accepted for further discussion.

We’ll talk about -basic- fly casting technique (bearing in mind how difficult this is, without a direct, practical and visual explanation). And of entomology, without going deeply into specialists’ details (full of charm, indeed, but of little or no use to those who are considering to approach flyangling).

Artificial flies and tying will be another important part of the deal. Most anglers think that the more nature-like they are, the more fish they’ll catch. I am very far from this point of view but it is “my own” opinion and don’t want to compete with anybody. I remain speechless in front of these pieces of arts but, personally, I think that in most cases perfection is not compulsory to catch fish, given the proper approach and knowledge of the river.

I shall dedicate also some posts to the history of fly fishing, basic ichthyology, meteorology, hydraulics, environment and so on. As far as fishing spots and itineraries are concerned, these already have a dedicated section in the blog.

To make a long story short, I shall try to cover the subject – flyfishing – as much as possible hoping to give the still unskilful angler some help and assistance. In nearly 40 years I collected failures and successes, as everybody. The former have taught me more than the latter, and helped me have a clear opinion of the subject.

I spend much of my time fishing and, mostly, scouting the area for new spots and most of them (with very few exceptions) will be dealing with (central) Italy, the wonderful country whose inhabitant I’m so proud to be.

See you next time!!!!