Has anyone fished Tuscany?

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by Texan, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Texan New Member

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    Planning a trip to the Florence, Italy in May, I heard they have monster Brown trout. Anybody have some insight on fishing this region?
  2. cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    Hi Tex,
    Send a PM / email to Kenneth Yong. He is a forum member who is working as an IT administrator for the Vatican. He frequently post pictures of his flyfishing adventures throughout Italy.

  3. Kenneth Yong Member

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    Texan and Steve,

    That's my cue!

    Texan, I normally fish the Lazio and Abruzzo regions, but I can tell you that fishing in Tuscany is pretty good, with some pretty well-known fisheries like the Tevere (Tiber) and Sieve tailwaters, and beautiful rivers like the Lima and Serchio. Here's the website of one of the absolute top guides in Tuscany:

    - Moreno Borriero - Bamboo rodmaker and angling guide

    Even if you don't use him, his site will give you a good idea of the fishing available, and if you email him he's a mine of info and very friendly.

    Depending on how mobile you are, there's also great fishing in Umbria.

    AND, if you make it to Rome, please let me know!

    BTW, here's a short thing I did some time ago, most of the info is still relevant:

    - A Short Guide to Central Italy

    Lastly, some photos of fishing in Italy:

    - My forum gallery

    All the best,
  4. Manimal Member

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    Awesome posts and info Kenneth.

    I fish italy almost ever summer. there is suprisingly good dry fly fishing and some of my biggest browns have been caught there. Slovenia is great also, particularly for grayling, which italians rate higher than any other sport fish in my opinion and are not the voracious biters we have in NA. they are very difficult and technical to catch in europe.

    While i havent fished the Arno in tuscany, i lived there and watched some of the biggest carp i have ever seen, some up to 70lbs maybe more.

    Great go-to trout flies if you dont have time to match hatches or research the hatches there are: scud type emerger. Very small Baetis in cream, grey and brown. Adams. Tom thumb. Small black woolly buggers fished grease lined.