Best Bang for the Buck Fishing Trip?

JesseC

Active Member
#31
Planning a week long trip for two anytime in the next 12 months to celebrate a milestone event. Prefer a continuous float trip rather than a lodge type excursion. Kamchatka would be great but it's not in the budget. Figure about $4,000 per person max. South America? or B.C. ? Or ??? Appreciate all the upcoming input!
There are some horse pack trips into yellowstone or the john day wilderness area that are high on my bucket list. I think it'd be awesome to get really deep into wilderness, yet also have the opportunity to stretch my legs if I got sick of sitting in a raft all day. I'm not sure what the regulations are, but it would really be cool to take a packraft and float a couple of those wilderness sections.
 

deansie

Active Member
#32
This thread keeps on delivering simply because it allows me to add to my bucket list...

My personal opinion would be to go to Belize for a week very closely followed by Patagonia and then Baja...if you do Christmas Island you might as well stop in NZ on the way there or back but then you've doubled your budget. Know a guy that guided for the below lodge in Southern Chile, based on the pictures, culture and stories he told it sounds fantastic and the guy running the place is American so it cuts down on the language barrier, if one does exist. Don't think they do one extensive float but different varities from long floats, prarie creeks, sea run browns...

http://www.chilepatagonia.com/index.php
 

Rick Todd

Active Member
#34
Speaking of Yellowdog, the owners came out for a two day Skagit float this winter with my friends Ed Megill and Scott Willison new Bellingham fly shop owners and flyfishing outfitters. They had a ball, and according to Ed are great guys. They will be booking trips for Ed's outfitting company now! On another subject, I spent two weeks in New Zealand and it was an amazing trip with some fabulous fishing and great people. A long flight, but totally worth the cost and time! Rick
 
#35
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.

Dick
I second this option! I did this exact trip back in 2005. Car rental was quite cheap, the drive from Bartiloche to Junin de los Andes is spectacular! We stayed at the Hosteria Chimehuin. Great place right on the Chimehuin river. I was unfortunate to be there during one of the worse runoffs the area had ever had, so most of the rivers were blown. The lakes are amazing though! I ended spending most of my time fishing the Boca of the Chimehuin, and several days of guided trips sight fishing for Rainbows, browns, and brook trout along the shores of lake Huechelufquen (sp?). If you like steak, wine, and pasta then Argentina is the place!
 
#36
Heck, I've lived (and fished) in Brasil, Uruguay, Mexico and traveled all over SA and Baja. The fishing in the Amazon and Rio Negro is astounding. The steaks (and pork) in Uruguay and Argentina are great (as is the fishing... and the people). But bang-for-the-buck I'll do Baja. Then Argentina and then Brasil.

Best would be drive down to Loreto with a kayak on top of the car and mooch around the islands (watching the weather - the northerlies in winter can seriously impact 32-foot sailboats, let alone kayaks). Lots of great hotels in the area. And even campgrounds (Tripui, an RV park at Pto. Escondido). (Don't just sleep on the beach... scorpions come out at night!) But you can fly down and rent kayaks and the hotels are pretty sweet.

There are streams in the mountains that I always wondered whether they held fish but I didn't have a Jeep back then to go find out. Next trip!

Sierra Mackerel tastes just like trout when pan-fried with hash browns and eggs. Honest. I once had to give away 7 of them just because I just couldn't stop fishing (I caught the first one - which was the only one we really needed - before I even got the oars into the oarlocks).

Reading all the bucket lists and suggestions and thinking to myself, "Hey, I've done those" makes me realize that I'm luckier than most.

Craig
 

Ray

Active Member
#37
July 28th Launch on the Selway River in Idaho with Three Rivers Rafting. Only one launch per day on the Selway. $2,000 each. Gin clear water. Insane trout fishing. Excellent food. Here's the general info on the trip: http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?
u=a85898615c&id=f4a15fc3f0

Here's a video I did of the trip in 2010. We had over 400 fish to the boat that trip, not counting the shake offs.
 
#38
July 28th Launch on the Selway River in Idaho with Three Rivers Rafting. Only one launch per day on the Selway. $2,000 each. Gin clear water. Insane trout fishing. Excellent food. Here's the general info on the trip: http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?
u=a85898615c&id=f4a15fc3f0

Here's a video I did of the trip in 2010. We had over 400 fish to the boat that trip, not counting the shake offs.
Cool video. Thanks.
 

fly-by

Active Member
#41
Love the big Brookies. Did trip on the Woods River system in Labrador in 09. Great fishing but the bugs were so vicious it really did impact the experience, and would prevent me from suggesting it to the OP. Logistsics were also a bit of a pain. Fortress Lake might be a way to replicate the experience more comfortably and cheaply.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#42
La Paz in the Baja is a great option, check out this company

http://cruises.about.com/gi/dynamic...0&zu=http://www.tailhunter-international.com/

I took a trip down a few years ago and after extensive research they were not the least expensive option, but darn near close to it and they offered the most for the money. Jonathan is a great guy and will take care of you. The fishing options were incredible but the only draw back is you have to provide all your own gear and flies if you plan to fly fish. Although I have heard that he is starting to provide some gear.

If you decide to do it let me know and I can give you some ideas for patterns and locations to fish on non guided days.