Best Bang for the Buck Fishing Trip?

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  1. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    If you are conversant (not necessarily fluent, but good enough to order a room and read a menu) in Spanish, I'd consider Patagonia. The posh lodges are expensive, but you don't need to do it that way. In your price range, you could do the following:

    Fly into Bariloche, rent a car (best if you want to do some do-it-yourself exploring and fishing), or hire a taxi to take you to the small town of Junin de los Andes. Book a room in advance at the Hosteria Chimehuin (http://www.interpatagonia.com/hosteriachimehuin/), the original fisherman's guest house in northern Patagonia. Fish any of several famous rivers with a guide (arranged by the day with the assistance of the proprieters at the Hosteria) or by yourself. Malleo, Chimehuin, Alumine, Collon Cura, Curruhue, etc.

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  2. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    No river floats involved but for the dollar you'd have a hard time finding a bigger bang for your buck then in Baja.
    Easy to get to with lots of fast hard fighting saltwater. Even trout sized fish will put a big bend in your 10wt.
    Something to consider if you're looking for a great trip outside the trout and steelhead box.
     
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    troutdopemagic Active Member

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    I kinda forgot about that. I did'nt take into consideration the extra expenses an angler has to deal with in Canada.

    In that case, I'm quite certain several places offer float trips on the South Fork Flathead inside the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana. I've spent a fair bit of time in the Bob and I can assure you you'll have a good time. The Smith sounds like a good bet. Unless your dead set on a float trip, the GT's and Bones of Christmas Island would be good. I've seen those go for as low as a week of fishing for $2300 (that was either Fly Water Travel or The Fly Shop). I'm sure, you'll have fun regardless of where you go.
     
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    I second what Stonefish has to say, and suggest perhaps a salty trip. If only for this; you live in CO, thus, have access to some really prime trout water, both big and small, as it is. Even the best trout rivers are still somewhat of a replication in what you already have availble.

    A trip to the salt is something different, and to me, personally, a better justifcation on a large expenditure. Baja (La Paz, Loreto, etc...) seems a fantastic option and value. If looking at bonefish, I'd suggest Pelican Bay/H20 Bonefish in Grand Bahama, or maybe Mars Bay in Andros. There are some real deals to be had in Belize as well, in and around Turneffe. Boca Paila, in Mexico, is a fantastic spot to start flats fishing due to species diversity and relatively cooperative bones (the permit there are, alas, like permit everywhere...)

    $.02

    Dan
     
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  5. saffman

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    Thanks to all for the great input! Spent the last 52 years in So Oregon so I've done the Steelhead thing a lot and have done a fair amount of Alaska fishing as well. Patagonia intrigues me and I found a highly spoken of trip for about 4k (plus air). Regardless I will be researching your suggestions in depth. Feel free to keep em coming!
     
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  6. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    wasn't thinking guided... but guided is over the 4k mark
     
  7. GAT

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    I have to go along with those suggested a blue water trip. Me and the guys booked a package dorado fishing trip based in Loreto, Baja. It was our first experience catching any blue water species and hooking a dorado is like hooking a missle that just launched. Plus, the entire package deal was dirt cheap.

    Just an option.
     
  8. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Saffman, PM me if you want more info on Argentina.
    Dick
     
  9. Dave Boyle

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    I'd go with something salty in the warmer waters; one the weathers really nice, I like it hot or at least pretty warm. Two there's a bigger variety of fish and from my minimal experince they do fight like buggery and you can go after some seriously big fish with a good chance of at least hooking some. Landing...well see if your gear and you are up to it. For a one off I'd rather catch tuna, Mahi Mahi, wahoo or sailfish/marlin.

    To some degree the salt is a wee bit less run dependent but go in the middle of peak time to be sure and you could also get possibly longer for the same $ staying in a local hotel/B&B rather than a dedicated lodge paying top $. I'd hate to pony up for a onetime mega trip only to meet low water or torrential flooding, can't fly in or be told the classic "Should've been here last week/Don't know why the runs are so late this yr?" kind of crap but we all know that's fishing. The best laid plans of mice and men and all that.

    Not that can't happen in the tropics, you could be blown out by a hurricane but pick your place and time. You're obviously thinking a lot about this so good for you, I'm sure you'll end up with what will truly scratch your itch.

    My dream is the Chrismas Islands or thereabouts but going after GTs, they just seem to me like the most brutal, bruising fish you could ever hope to hook up with. The linebackers of the fish world. And there's always them bones too and god only knows what else :) You may well fancy endless 3 lb grayling on the dry, both are equally awesome and it's your choice. Regardless, I'm in no position to do any of this right now and so I'm highly jealoius of where ever you get to, good for you.

    Cheers,

    Dave
     
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  10. Robert Engleheart

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    Richard O's post hits it if you're interested in South America. Muknuk on the Forum did a post under travel on how to fish Patagonia for $200/day (self-guided) that really intrigues me. My Spanish is passable and I recently discovered Google Translate; check it out, amazing app. I believe one could get by pretty well with it alone.
     
  11. Rick Todd

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    While I have not been to Argentina, a friend of mine, Barrett Mattison goes every year and can facilitate trips at all budget ranges. His book, Fly-Fishing in Patagonia is an excellent reference and you should get it and read it before your trip. http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Fishing-P...8515&sr=8-1&keywords=Fly fishing in Patagonia. I've also gotten to know "Muknuk" who lives on the Methow River and goes often on self guided trips to Patagonia. He and Barrett are buddies and both are excellent resources for a trip there. Rick
     
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    You have a fairly substantial budget, what about the Amazon for peacock bass and other exotic fishes? It's the best trip I have taken, as far as adventure and sights and sounds and floura and fauna, all more intersting than the last. The fishing itself is pretty impressive, big, hard fighting fish (basically a largemouth on HGH...) But it's the anciallry things that make it; walking thru the jungle to some backwater lagoon, seeing flights of Macaws overhead, huge otters and pink freshwater dolphins, you name it.

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  13. Richard Olmstead

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    Okay, I retract my recommendation of going to Patagonia. Go to the Amazon -- Amazing!
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  14. saffman

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    Dang those are awesome! What tippet do you use for the crocodile? And how do you tie a full size dead chicken pattern?
     
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    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    The Gaspe Region comes to mind. Not sure how much it costs or any of the logistics, but I do know that there is public water that you have to draw, and Atlantic salmon are the shiznit.