Tuscia is surrounded by regions offering excellent fishing opportunities, which cannot all listed here. The following are but a few of them. Some are within easy reach, others need more time but if you plan a few days in the area, they are all worth a try.
It is one of the most famous trout rivers of Central Italy and runs through a wonderful valley.
The most interesting stretch is divided into 4 different no-kill. It also has some very nice “free water” where no special permits are needed. The four stretches have different rules and different properties: quiet and deep runs, very fast water covered by trees and bushes, rocky bottom with deep holes, very shallow stretches hosting unseen fish…
Not far from the lower border of Latium with Campania, this very nice river has – in addition to “free water” – two different no-kill stretches, showing different features. The upper one – not far from the hotel where we normally stay for overnight – has very nice trout responding to careful casts in the shallows or in the fast riffles disseminated all along the river. The lower one, a little bit deeper and with strong currents, has huge specimen mainly attracted by streamers and high floating attractors
This river – excellently managed by a local association – is rather far from Viterbo and fishing its water asks for a longer stay in one of the many BBs and hotels scattered in the area (also famous for its Spas). Trout is present in good number and in big size. River Sele is also known for the huge presence of Oligoneurella rhenana which is some periods of the year literally covers the water springing the fish’s underwater activity to crazy frenzy. Fishing in these conditions is often extremely difficult and frustrating but during the rest of the year trout rise freely to attractors, sedges, terrestrials, spents and imitative patterns.
Not very far from river Sele, it is the perfect combination for a round-fishing trip to this area. It is worldwide famous for the presence of Oligoneurella rhenana which is reproduced in many patterns by local fly tiers with good results during specific periods of the year. It has trout of good size, very shy and hard to be convinced to our flies.
This mountain trout stream is within a reasonable distance from Viterbo and offers a no-kill stretch with very nice trout and cyprinids. The structure of the river is typical of the Appenines: tumbling water mixed with long quiet flats. Average depth is not excessive and hip boots are often enough. However, waders are suggested in many cases.
Terrestrials and fancy flies (wet and dry) give both good results but it might happen to be in front of a hatch and this often asks for tiny or specific patterns.
Fish are very shy both for the limited depth of the water and for the massive presence of anglers all the season through. Fishing the nokill stretch asks for a daily ticket.
The river is managed by a local fishing association. Fishing is against a daily ticket. Best periods are mid-spring/autumn. In summer is really very hot but good results can be obtained if you stay on the river untile late sunset. Average fish range from 20 to 45+ cm. Best rods don’t exceed 8″, #2-5 lines.
River Tiber (Upper Stretch)
This is the most important river of Central Italy. Not (only) for fishing but because it crosses Rome, the Capital of Rome and for many people, the “Capital of the World”.
In this area, Man created a miracle. Formerly a warm river, with chub, barbel and cyprinids, it is now a slow-to-fast river moving on a rocky-sandy-gravel bed. The dam who was built for electrical purposes releases cold, iced water. At the beginning, local dwellers and anglers were quite unhappy with the project but later they understood they could get some revenew from it. Somebody put some trout and the experiment worked well. Later they tried with grayling. Results were even more interesting. The transformation asked for huge works, time, interventions and a lot of hopes.
Now the Tiber is one of the many waters within easy reach from Tuscia (thanks to the fast motorway from Viterbo to Cesena touching Terni, Perugia and so on).
This part of the Tiber really has plenty of fish and plenty of problems as well but flyangling addicts don’t mind challenges.
An “easy” river in some periods of the year, with many many flies (from midges to sedges, mayflies, stoneflies…) and many rises confusing you, it turns to an extremely difficult water – especially during the hottest days of summer – asking for top level casting skill, invisible flies and thinnest leaders.
Fish go from (many) 15cm to some 50+cm specimen with 30-40cm being the average. The borders are sufficiently clear to allow long casts (except in some spots where you have to look at your shoulders to check the fly…) which, in most cases, are not necessary: grayling rise at the tip of your rod and the real difficulty is to place your flies within such a limited distance in the proper way and time.
The above are but a few of the opportunities offered by our magic land. It should be noted, however, that from Viterbo (not far from Rome) it is possible to enjoy many more waters. For further details, please visit www.flyfishingtuscia.com.