Fly Fishing Mastery

Practical Fly Fishing

Practical Fly Fishing

Here then is Practical Fly Fishing, a companion book to my Practical Bait Casting, and like that little work this is offered mainly as a text book to help the novice through places where there is rocky bottom, rough water and other hard wading.

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Fly Fishing From Scratch is Henry Holderness's eBook on every secret that he has learn from over 20 years of fly fishing. This guide teaches you how to accurately shoot the line, find the 5 essential pieces of equipment you need to be a fly fisher, which rod action you need to use and why, and the different fly line configurations that you need for success. This book includes access to a member's area of his website where you can find all the videos that you need to get started fly fishing, and email access directly to Henry's inbox where you can asking him for advice on any fishing problems that you have. This eBook is for beginners to experts, and teaches anyone how to quickly and easily learn to fly fish. Use Henry's bank of knowledge from over 20 years of fishing. This is the real deal guide to fly fishing, from an expert in the area.

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Fly Fishing

The Florida Keys Fly Fishing School provides fly fishermen of all skill levels with an opportunity to learn or improve their saltwater fly fishing skills and techniques. The school specializes in catching the tropical flats species such as tarpon, bonefish, snook, permit, redfish and mutton snapper by sight fishing with fly rods on the flats. The classes are usually held at Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada. They do not include actual fishing, but cover casting, sighting fish, fly selection, fly tying, fly presentation, tackle specification and selection, leaders, knots, fighting fish, wind problems, flats etiquette, short and quick casting, selecting fly fishing guides and more. Films, slides, and field exercises are used to give broad coverage. Students are given plenty of personal attention. Fishing charters may be arranged after the course for an additional charge. The instructor staff is a Who's Who of saltwater fly fishermen, including Stu Apte, author of Fishing in the Florida Keys...

Deep Sea Fly Fishing

Anyone who loves fly-fishing should contact Chris Goldmark, s 787742-0412, who will take you out wading in knee-deep flats of sand and grass and help you hook up a bonefish, one of the fastest sea creatures in the world. They average about eight pounds in the shallows on the eastern side of Culebra. You'll find yourself sight casting in transparent water with stunning surroundings. Ask about tarpon fishing in the area, too. If you bring a camera, have it ready at hand when you've finally brought in your quarry. Favoring a quick release, Chris always errs on the side of the safety of the fish rather than a good photo op. He prefers to take clients individually, but will take two people to a site if you insist, for 35 an hour, all equipment included. At Culebra Dive Shop, s 787-742-0566, cell 501-4656, fax 742-1953, www.culebradiveshop.com, e-mail divecul coqui.net, Captain Richard Cantwell offers deep-sea fishing for tuna, dorado, wahoo and other game fish for 400 (half-day) or 600...

Museum At Central School

Fly fishing float trips on the scenic Flathead River Specializing in instructional fly fishing. Offering hikes to the high country to access remote mountain streams where fishing pressure is low. Call Rich Birdsell for all your Glacier Country fishing information. Trips also available on Clark Foot, Blackfoot and Missouri Rivers. 270 Bayou Rd., Kalispell, MT 59901 408-708-2564

Sports Outdoor Activities

FISHING Anglers will be in heaven in this part of the Catskill Mountains. Sullivan County possess several of the best trout streams in North America the Delaware River and Beaverkill and Willowemoc Creeks are among the most storied trout-fishing rivers in the world, and the famed fly-fisher Lee Wulff established a fly-fishing school here. The fishing season, which attracts anglers from across the globe, begins in April. Pick up a copy of the Sullivan County Visitors Guide for a full listing of lakes, streams, and fishing preserves in the county. The New York State Fish Hatchery, 402 Mongaup Rd., Livingston Manor (& 845 439-4328), open year-round, is the site of more than one million brown trout raised annually. For instruction and guided incursions into the world of fly-fishing, try Catskill Flies & Fishing Adventures, Roscoe (& 607 498-6146) Baxter House River Outfitters & Guide Services, Old Route 17, Roscoe (& 800 905-5095 or 607 498-5811) or Tite-Line Fly Fishing...

Great Northern Chalets

This small, family-oriented resort near West Glacier offers log chalets that have balconies facing landscaped flower gardens and a pond, with mountain views in the distance. The largest chalet is a beautifully furnished two-story, two-bedroom unit with a full bathroom upstairs and a half-bath downstairs. Smaller chalets have one large bedroom upstairs, and a downstairs level with a full-size sleeper sofa and a kitchen with service for six. A 16-foot indoor hot tub spa is on the property, as is a pond used for fly-fishing instruction.

S Southwestern Catskill Region Sullivan County

The Upper Delaware River paints the southwestern border of Sullivan County, separating New York State from Pennsylvania and running about 75 miles from Hancock to Sparrowbush. The Delaware River is considered one of the top 10 fishing rivers in the world, and, along with Beaverkill and Willowemoc Creeks, defines the southwestern section of the Catskills every bit as much as the mountains do. The area is one of the most important destinations in North America for trout fly-fishing, and river sports like canoeing and kayaking are also huge. Beyond the area's natural bounty, Sullivan County is a picturesque region of covered bridges, scattered historic sights, and towns positioned to take advantage of growing tourism, like Narrowsburg and Roscoe.

Sights Activities

Bird-watching accounts for most Srebarna visitors. Guided bird-watching tours and nature walks (40 lv per group) are conducted by Englishman Mike Black of the Pelican Lake Guesthouse (see right). Mike can supply mountain bikes for local cycling, as well as fishing gear rentals (10 lv) and, crucially, free temporary permits for fly-fishing on the Danube and Lake Srebarna. Mike even arranges boating trips (20 lv) in local fishing caiques on the Danube from Vetren.

Other Summer Sports Activities

Anglers occasionally try for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon near the boat dock or from Wizard Island, but because fishing in the lake generally isn't very good, we suggest you stick to sightseeing and hiking in the park. However, fly-fishing in streams outside the park is pretty good stop at the flyfishing shop at Steamboat Inn (see Where to Stay & Dine, below) for information.

Hawks Cay Resort and Marina

The resort has established a new fly-fishing academy with weekend courses designed for beginning and experienced anglers aged 16 and older. Included is instruction in tying flies and fly-casting, along with the basics of rods, reels, lines and leaders and a half-day fishing excursion. To register for the academy, s 888-809-7305, ext 3570.

Five Active Adventures

Head for one of the 14 lakes or 1,300 miles of streams in the Black Hills in pursuit of rainbow, brook, or brown trout. Lake Pactola holds state records with a 22-pound brown trout and a 15-pound lake trout. Deerfield is best for brook trout. Try fly-fishing in Rapid Creek, Spearfish Creek, Castle Creek, and French Creek in Custer State Park. Lakes in the park are stocked, but you may catch some wild trout as well. You can also snag walleyes, bass, bluegills, perch, crap-pies, and bullheads. Buy a license first.

West Yellowstone To Norris

Most of Yellowstone's visitors enter at the West Yellowstone Entrance, so we'll use that as a jumping-off point for an extended tour of the park. As you travel the 14 miles from the gate to Madison Junction, you will find the Two Ribbons Trail, which offers an opportunity to walk through and inspect the effects of the 1988 fire. Park maps don't identify all the observation points and side roads in the area, so now is the time to begin forming the habit of driving off the beaten path, even when you may not know where you're going. Keep a sharp eye peeled for the poorly marked Riverside turnout on the Madison River side of the road it's a paved road on the north side of the highway about 6 miles from the entrance. This back road takes you along a river, removed from most traffic, with a number of turnouts perfectly situated to let you look for resident swans, enjoy a picnic, or test your fly-fishing ability.

Where To Stay In Greer

Cattle Kate's Bed & Breakfast Consisting of several modern log buildings with a classic mountain feel, Cattle Kate's seems to have patterned itself after the nearby Greer Lodge, but it's much more comfortable than its more rustic neighbor. The rooms are furnished in classic Western style, have high ceilings, and look out on small trout ponds and the meadows along the Little Colorado River. In the large dining room, an elk head is mounted over the fireplace, while an antler chandelier hangs from the ceiling. The only drawback is that you're right on the main road through Greer, though this road is rarely very busy. 80 N. Main St. (P.O. Box 21), Greer, AZ 85927. & 928 735-7744. Fax 928 735-7386. www.wmonline.com cattlekates. 9 units. 85 double 125 suite. Rates include full breakfast. DISC, MC, V. Amenities Restaurant (American) lounge trout ponds, fly-fishing lessons. In room No phone.

Farmington Aztec New Mexicos Four Corners Gateways

For visitors, Farmington is a takeoff point for explorations of the Navajo Reservation and Chaco Culture National Historical Park. For outdoor lovers, it's the spot to head to the Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness world-class fly-fishing on the San Juan River lovely scenery at the Angel Peak Recreation Area and even a trip up to Durango to enjoy some rafting, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. The nearby towns of Aztec and Bloomfield offer a variety of attractions as well.

Taupo the Central Plateau

But the drama doesn't stop there, for this area now rivals Rotorua for spectacular back-to-nature activities and daredevil escapades. Perhaps you fancy fly-fishing in the world-class Tongariro River, hooning up to Huka Falls in a jetboat, or bouncing on a bungy over the Waikato River Or maybe this is your chance to skydive. If rambling's your thing, there's always Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of NZ's most achievable Great Walks, or the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, touted as one of the world's top one-dayers. Then again, you could wait until winter, when the mountains are dusted with snow there's top skiing at Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields.

Fishing On The Kola Peninsula

The swift rivers of the Kola Peninsula provide some world-class fly-fishing, especially for that ultimate fly-fisher's challenge, the Atlantic salmon. The Varzuga River in the southeast is renowned for the huge numbers of salmon it yields. Shorter, steeper rivers in the northeast such as the lokanga and Varzina are the places for really big fish 401b (18kg) salmon are caught here (occasionally). Between the Varzuga and lokanga is the marvellous Ponoy, a halfway house in quantity and size offish, with a particularly long season (May to October).

Everglades National Park Canoe Tours

Everglades National Park is a much more rugged environment for canoeing and kayaking than the Keys, but perfect for those who want a true wilderness adventure. Here, experienced canoe and kayak enthusiasts combine paddling with superb fly fishing and backcountry camping.

Tips Floating the Kenai River

Everything is covered by one price transportation from Anchorage, meals in a central lodge building, guided salmon fishing or fly-fishing for rainbow trout in drift or jet boats, and, on longer visits, halibut fishing (done from boats in salt water). You provide your own booze and fishing license and pay the tip. Many visitors come as part of a safari package that takes them to various outdoor activities and sites. One such package is the Alaska Wildland Adventures safari that's described in section 8 of chapter 2.

En Route To Or From The North

Lees Ferry Anglers (& 800 962-9755 or 928 355-2261 www.leesferry. com), 11 miles west of the bridge at Lees Ferry, is fishing headquarters for the region. Not only does it sell all manner of fly-fishing tackle and offer advice about good spots to try your luck, but it also operates a guide service and rents waders and boats. A guide and boat costs 280 per day for one person or 350 per day for two people.

Mountains Rivers and Bogs

That's down to luck, skill and the ghost of Isaak Walton. But we can promise you they're in there somewhere. Lots of them. Big crafty carp in our coarse fisheries. Wild brown trout in the tumbling Teifi and Usk. And salmon in world-famous rivers such as the Dee, Wye and Severn. Not forgetting the ultimate fly-fishing challenge - sea trout. The Tywi is simply the best sewin river in Europe. (Sewin are what we call our sea trout but it doesn't make them any easier to catch.) www.fishing.visitwales.com

The Catskill Mountain Region

The spiritual and natural heart of the region is the 700,000-acre Catskill Park and Forest Preserve, a dense area with 35 peaks soaring to elevations of 3,500 feet. This scenic area overflows with lush hills and valleys, forests, farmland, waterfalls, trout streams, reservoirs, and six major river systems. It is regarded as one of the world's greatest fly-fishing areas, and anglers make pilgrimages from across the globe to wade in its trout streams. The Catskill Mountains practically beg for outdoors enthusiasts to sample the incredible variety of hiking and biking trails, sheer cliffs for rock climbing, and peaks for skiing. But you don't have to be a fleece-clad extreme sports fan to enjoy the region, which is also home to a great number of historic homesteads, out-of-the-way antiques shops, and nostalgic attractions like old trains, vintage base ball (yes, it was two words originally) teams, and pick-your-own co-ops and dairy farms.

Along the Miramichi River

The Ledges Inn has three suites and four individual rooms, all with TV and phone, and they offer laundry service to guests. The inn also has a lounge and full dining room. During the summer, guests have access to an indoor pool. Packages include activities such as fly-fishing, canoeing, birding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 30 Ledges Inn Lane, Doaktown, NB E0C 1G0, s 506 365-1820, fax 365-7138, e-mail souwest nbnet.nb.ca. ( - )

The East Side Of The Park

Traveling 2 miles farther along U.S. 89 brings you to the Glacier View Turnout, which offers views of an area that 140,000 to 160,000 years ago was filled with a 4,000-foot-thick glacier. The view of the gulch between the peaks offers vivid testimony of the power of the glaciers that carved this landscape. Lower Schwabacher Landing is at the end of a 1-mile, fairly well-maintained dirt road that leads down to the Snake River you'll see the turnoff 4 4 miles north of Moose Junction. The road winds through an area filled with glacial moraine (the rocks, sand, gravel, and so forth left behind as glaciers passed through the area) remaining from several different ice ages. At the end of the road is a popular launch site for float trips and fly-fishing. It's also an ideal place to retreat from the crowds. Don't be surprised to see bald eagles, osprey, moose, river otter, and beaver, which regularly patrol the area.

Organized Tours Ranger Programs

Several organizations also conduct guided trips. Yosemite Guides ( 877 425-3366 or 209 379-2231 www. yosemiteguides.com) offers excursions to some of the less known areas of the park and guides fly-fishing trips for all levels. Also check out Incredible Adventures ( 800 777-8464), which offers 3-day trips and hikes in Yosemite from San Francisco.

Fnds A Cocoon of Creativity

Box 244), Greer, AZ 85927. & 888 475-6343 or 928 735-7216. Fax 928 735-7720. www. greerlodge.com. 11 units. 150 double 110- 320 cabin. Lower rates Nov to mid-May. AE, DC, DISC, MC,V. Amenities Restaurant lounge fishing ponds, fly-fishing classes volleyball court horseshoe pits. In room Coffeemaker, hair dryer, no phone.

Tips Where Can I Swim

The Top End's vast wetlands and warm oceans are close to fishing heaven. The big prey is barramundi. Loads of charter boats conduct jaunts from a morning to up to 10 days in the rivers and wetlands around Darwin, Kakadu National Park, and remote Arnhemland. The same company that runs Darwin's Tour Tub bus also runs the Northern Territory Fishing Office (& 08 8985 6333 www. ntfishingoffice.com.au), a booking agent for a number of fishing charter boats offering barramundi day trips and extended wetland safaris, reef fishing, light tackle sportfishing, fly-fishing, and estuary fishing. A day's barra fishing on wetlands near Darwin will cost you around A 250 (US 163) per person for an extended barra safari, budget about A 420 (US 273) per person per day. If you simply want to cast a line in Darwin Harbour for trevally, queenfish, and barra, they will take you out for A 75 (US 49) per person for a half day, or A 135 (US 88) per person for a full day. They also rent skipper-yourself...

Salmon Rule the Waves

To the trout than to the Pacific salmon. A display on fly-fishing honors the world's great anglers, with flies from their personal collections. The center is open 9-5 daily, from mid-May through mid-October. Admission is 4, 2.50 for children, 10 for a family of four. Pre-schoolers get in free. On your way back to the parking lot, walk along the trail on the far side of the creek to see the various habitats in its pools, described by interpretive signs.

Other Sports Activities

Lake Chelan, although it looks like an awesome fishing hole, is so large, so deep, and so cold that it doesn't support a large fish population. However, it does have quite a variety, including kokanee landlocked chinook salmon cutthroat, rainbow, and Mackinaw trout and freshwater ling cod (burbot). The Stehekin River and its tributary streams offer excellent fly-fishing. Check fishing regulations for seasons.

Badger Pass Cross Country Center and Ski School www yosemiteparkcom

Several species of trout can be found in Yosemite's streams. Guided flyfishing trips for all levels are available from Yosemite Guides ( 877 4253366 or 209 379-2231 www.yosemite guides.com). California fishing licenses are required for those 16 and older information is available from the California State Department of Fish and Game ( 559 222-3761 www.dfg.ca. gov). Village Sport Shop in Yosemite Valley has fishing gear and sells fishing

Wilderness Outfitters

Fly Fish the Blue Ribbon, waters of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex for native cutthroat and rainbow trout. Join our guests who often catch-n-release 50 trout per day on their summer horseback adventure vacation. Summer high adventure pack trips available June-middle of September. Fall wilderness hunting also available September-October. 11500 Froochtawo Frontago Rd. Missoula, MT 59808 402-758-0550 or 822-5l8-530l wilderabtrtoSS(ttar essn.mlOl www.wotmadawilyernitstops.cem

Six Main Kitchen and Wine Bar Carbondale World Cuisine

In 2002, the chef here cooked a meal at the James Beard House in New York, putting this Carbondale eatery in the ranks of America's finest. Yet the place still feels easygoing. Servers in loose-fitting, patterned shirts deliver delicacies such as herb-crusted chicken and apricot-mustard bar-beque pork tenderloin without fanfare. The restaurant's sommelier, who loves to fly-fish, offers tips on wines as casually as he may discuss lures during off-hours. On clear summer nights, the patio opens and seating doubles, so you can sometimes walk right in and get a table. 689 Main St. 970-963-6890. Reservations accepted. Main courses 16- 25. AE, MC, V Open Daily 5 30-10p.m.

Beyond Downtown Very Expensive

Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage This hotel is located next to the float plane base at Lake Spenard, near the airport. The large lobby, with its warm colors and fly rods and animal mounts on display, suggests a huge fishing and hunting lodge. There's a big patio to catch the sun and watch the planes. The rooms are exceptional. They are decorated in deep, bold colors with a subtle Alaska Native motif, and are packed with thoughtful details a delight to the eye and an invitation for relaxation. All have king-sized or two queen beds

Local Hero Grace OMalley

School offers a 1-day course in the art of fly-casting, as well as fly tying, tackle design, and other information necessary for successful game fishing. Fees run 75 ( 90) per person. Courses run daily year-round if there is demand. The newly expanded Pontoon Bridge Hotel also runs painting and cooking classes.

Fishing in the mountains

Many of the mountain lakes and streams are stocked with trout, throwing down a challenge to fly-fishers. You'll need a NSW fishing license, so contact one of the local fishing stores or the Department of Agriculture's Fisheries Division (offices in Cooma and Tumut) for regulations and permits.

Glacier National Park

(Please refer to our ad on page 18) Join Montana's oldest raft company for your outdoor adventures. Half day -multi-day rafting, horseback riding and guided fly fishing adventures. Beautiful fully furnished log cabins. Full service outdoor store with large rental dept. and fly shop. Shuttle service. X-C ski and snowshoe rentals, I0KM groomed ski trails. Open year-round.

Deep Sea Light Tackle Fishing

Within quick striking distance from San Juan are some of the island's best blue water and fly-fishing spots. The ocean trench north of the city is alive with game fish such as wahoo, dorado (dolphin fish), tuna, marlin and other billfish. Inshore, light tackle fishermen flock to Laguna de Torrecilla and Laguna Pi ones for tarpon, snook, snapper, grouper and king mackerel. Captain Jos Campos of Puerto Rico Angling, s 787-7242079, who holds a title for a record-breaking 93-pound king mackerel, will show you the good water. The company is based at the Boca de Cangrejos marina (between Isla Verde and Pi ones). Campos offers charters on his fully rigged 31-foot Bertram for 375 half-day, or 575 full day, including snacks, water, tackle and bait. Inshore fishing is done aboard his 16-foot Carolina skiff, and is catch-and-release.

Canoekayak Rentals Guided Tours

For fly-fishing charters in this part of Southern Maryland, contact Witch Charters, 1410 Foxtail Lane, Prince Frederick 20678 s 800-303-4950. The owner, Bob Toepfer, is a professional fishing guide. Reel Bass Adventures is an association of 16 Coast Guard certified charter captains and expert fly fishermen who provide guide services as a professional organization. They can guide anywhere in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic US and are very active in Maryland and the Chesapeake, where they seem to know every spot where a fish might hide. There are some wonderful creeks, rivers and bays along these shores, and each guide has a few favorite places, along with long experience about what will induce those fish to bite. They can provide guide service for stream fishing or boat fishing, and will teach beginners or coach the more experienced. They can help you find largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass (rockfish) and trout. Reel Bass guides have fixed rates so you won't be surprised by...

Flats Back Country Fishing Guides

Mario Del Toro is known for courteous service, specializing in light tackle and fly fishing for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and red-fish. s 305-664-9935. Capt. Tony Nobregas is an experienced backcountry and flats fishing guide for light tackle and fly fishing. s 305-664-9212. Capt. Tom Demoss finds the best spots for snook, tarpon, bonefish or redfish. Light spin or fly fishing. Fly fishing instruction available. s 305-852-9359.

Snowy Mountains gateway

Whether it's summer or winter, Jindabyne is close to the heart of the action. The town has a number of adventure tour operators who can organise boating, fly-fishing or horse-riding for you. There is also a broad choice of accommodation, with options ranging from four-star motels and self-contained cottages to apartments, lodges and caravan parks. Jindabyne Flyfishing School 219 Frost Creek Lane, Jindabyne Telephone (02) 6456 1272 www.flyfishing.com.au

Tips Six Times the

FISHING Bait up those hooks and get out there The fish are awaiting in lakes, rivers, streams, and the ocean. There's good on-shore fishing at Connolly's Quay on Rocks Road, the western end of Tahuna Beach, Boulder Bay, and Cable Bay. When it comes to stalking trout, call John Brunwin of Fly Fishing New Zealand, 97 Murphy St., Nelson (& 03 548-9145 www.flyfishnewzealand.com). His prices start at NZ 450 (US 248) per day.

Hike Bike Raft Fish Relax Repeat Better plan to stay a few extra days

SUMMER IN TAOS STRIKES THE IDEAL BALANCE between warm sun and cool mountain air. Adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure and quiet shady places. The challenge is deciding what to do World-class rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking are minutes away. Ride a horse or a hot air balloon. Or, try llama trekking. More of the wet and wild type Run the rapids on the Rio Grande and the famous class IV Taos Box. Try fly-fishing surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Then come back to town where special events and live music keep the good times going.

Fishing

Some fishing companies Born to Fish ( 03-248 8890 www.borntofish.co.nz) Guided fly-fishing, lessons and multiday trips. Prices drop for two or more patrons. Fly Fishing ( 03-442 5363 www.wakatipu.co.nz) Helifishing, lake trolling, lure fishing and fly-fishing. Stu Dever Fishing Charters ( 03-442 6371 www .fishing-queenstown.co.nz) Salmon and trout fishing from the 34ft launch Chinook. Owner Stu can arrange for your catch to be cooked at a local restaurant.

Rich Ranch

Enjoy the best of Montana.Your vacation includes horseback riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, ghost town tour, and more. Specializing in family reunions, couples and business retreats. PO Brx 495, Seeley Lake, MT 09565 406-699-2319 rr 500-038-4300 richrnh< 0lcnfikoetcgtrca2c wwmiriehrcacntcam

Catching the big one

The best months for fishing offshore Cozumel are from April to September, when the catch includes blue-and-white marlin, sailfish, tarpon, swordfish, dorado, wahoo, tuna, and red snapper. Fishing excursions costs 450 for six people for the whole day, or 80 to 85 per person for four people for a half-day. One travel agency that specializes in fishing (deep-sea and fly-fishing) is Aquarius Travel Fishing (Calle 3 Sur No. 2, between Avenida Rafael Melgar and Avenida 5 987-872-1092 gabdiaz yahoo.com).

North of Baltimore

In their backyards you'll find some of the state's best fly-fishing (the upper Gunpowder Falls), the finest wildflower display (the banks of the Susque-hanna below Conowingo Dam), and the best landscape garden (Hampton Hall). The historic port of Havre de Grace adds to the superlative mix with a historic district of more than 300 buildings on the National Register.

Outdoor Pursuits

CANOEING Sail 'n Surf, Pandora Road and Humber Street, Ahuriri, Napier (& and fax 06 835-0684), rents canoes and windsurfers for use in a safe tidal waterway. A single canoe costs about NZ 15 (US 8.25) for 1 hour. FISHING Grant Petherick Fly Fishing, 805 Fitzroy Ave., Hastings (& and fax 06 876-7467 www.flyfishingwinetours.co.nz), caters to all fishing abilities and offers full- and half-day trips for nymph and dry fly-fishing. GOLF The Napier Golf Club, Waiohiki, State Highway 50, Taradale, Napier (& 06 844-7913), is an excellent 18-hole course just minutes from the city. Greens fees are around NZ 35 (US 19) for affiliated members and NZ 50 (US 28) for nonaffiliated players.

Bar W Guest Ranch

Located on the edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Diamond R offers guided fly fishing, hunting, & horseback riding adventures.We are a family owned & operated outfit with 3 generations of experience at Spotted Beat PO Bcx 4012, Whitefish, MT 59937 406-662-5905 rr 600-597-9465

Sugarloaf Lodge

At one time or another Sugarloaf Key has been home to smugglers, sponge divers and eccentric entrepreneurs. Today, it appeals to dynamic vacationers who enjoy sea kayaking, canoeing, flying, sky diving, fly fishing and those who want to be close to Key West's action, but not too close (it's a 30-minute drive to Old Town).

World Wide Sportsman

Prepare to lose yourself for a while. This sprawling saltwater and fly fishing store has a huge inventory of equipment for the fishing enthusiast it may take an hour to go through all the lures alone. But the store doesn't stop there. There are apparel sections for men, women and children, along with a selection of footwear and technical wear. An extensive gifts

Savannah

Savannah's first and only fly fishing shop, Oak Bluff Outfitters, s 912-691-1115, fax 691-1117, e-mail oakbluff worldnet.att.net or www.oakbluff.com, a few minutes from downtown at 4501 Habersham Street, specializes in guided fishing and nature trips. Fly-casting and tying lessons, scheduled upon request, as well as group classes, are held at the shop that carries a particularly eclectic array of goods. In addition to a wide range of fly fishing tackle (which you would expect), there are clothes - most notably lines of quality goods from Orvis, Filson and Barbour. There is even a special corner for the ladies. You can be sure that something will take your fancy from among the selections of decoys, Battenkill luggage, sunglasses picture frames, watches, books, etc. If you are a dog lover, check out the luxury dog beds and other canine accessories.

Manchester

American Museum of Fly Fishing, Route 7A and Seminary Avenue, Manchester, VT 05255, s 802-362-3300. This museum offers fishing equipment used by Winslow Homer, Daniel Webster, Ernest Hemingway, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Carter, Grover Cleveland, Dwight Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover.

Lake Ta

Clarke & Jolly (Map p292 07-377 8805 www .helinz.com flights 99-995) Specialises in hell-tours which include ground excursions such as fly fishing, vineyard visits and golf, as well as shorter scenic flights over the town, lake and volcanoes (minimum 10 minutes). Helistar Helicopters (Map p301 0800 435 478 www.helistar.co.nz 415 Huka Falls Rd flights 99-599) Located about 3km northeast of town, Helistar offers a variety of scenic helicopter flights, from 20 minutes to two hours, including the wine and cheese tour taking you to Omori Estate across the lake. Combine a Helistar trip with the Huka Falls Jet in the Huka Star combo from 189. Taupo Air Services ( 07-378 5325 taupoair xtra .co.nz flights 85-450) Runs scenic flights from the 15-minute local look to a nearly two-hour trip to White Island. Taupo's Floatplane (Map p292 07-378 7500 www.tauposfloatplane.co.nz flights 70-540) Located at the entrance to the marina, the floatplane does a variety of trips, including quick flights...

En Route To The Park

Lees Ferry Lodge Located at the foot of the Vermilion Cliffs, 3 2 miles west of the Colorado River, the Lees Ferry Lodge, built in 1929 of native stone and rough-hewn timber beams, is a small place with simple, rustic accommodations. However, the lodge's restaurant serves as a sort of de facto community center for area residents, and owner Maggie Sacher is usually on hand to answer questions and share stories of life at the foot of the Vermillion Cliffs. Also, the patio seating area in front of the lodge has fabulous views. Boat rentals and fly-fishing guides can be arranged through the lodge, and there's a fly-fishing shop on the premises. The restaurant here has a great, old-fashioned atmosphere. With its rustic character and friendly feel, this is one of my favorite places to stay in the area. Don't miss it.

Catron County

Located near Whitewater Creek at the edge of the rugged Gila Wilderness area, Glenwood is a haven for hikers, birders, anglers, horseback riders and sightseers. Just east of town is the famous Catwalk at the Whitewater Canyon National Forest Recreation Area. Recently extensively renovated, the Catwalk is a universally accessible trail that traces the route used in the old west era to maintain pipelines carrying water to an ore mill at the mouth of the canyon. Once it took the skill of a mountain goat to follow this trail today steel walkways bolted to the rock sides of the canyon safely suspend hikers over the swirling waters of the creek below. The Catwalk also serves as a trailhead to the wilderness beyond, and fly-fishing on Whitewater Creek is said to be excellent.

Fishing Charters

Double Haul Charters, 85 Osbourne Lane, East Hampton, n 631-907-9004, www.allmontaukflyfish-ing.com. Captain Jim Levison's fly-fishing and light tackle charter service offers half- and full-day trips. The boat leaves from Three Mile Harbor on Gardiners Bay in spring and summer, and from Montauk in the fall. Fishermen and non-fishermen alike are invited on his summer sunset cruises.

Turneffe Atoll

Undoubtedly, the highlight of Turneffe Islands diving is a spot called the Turneffe Elbow, where the current attracts big hungry fish in large numbers and affords one of the only drift dives in Belize. Other sites include Front Porch, in front of the Turneffe Island Lodge Myrtle's Turtle, named for the resident green turtle that appears annually and Triple Anchor, marked by three anchors remaining from a wreck. See p74 for more on diving in this region. Fishing enthusiasts are attracted by the flats, which are ideal for saltwater fly-fishing.

Fishing Cruising

Anglers are in the right place, because this region is justifiably world famous for trout. Fly-fishing is the only fishing you can do on all rivers flowing into the lake, and within a 300m radius of the river mouths. Spin fishing is allowed on the Waikato River (flowing out of the lake) and on the Tokaanu tailrace, flowing into the lake from the Tokaanu Power Station.

Responsible Diving

Mozambique's coast is legendary among anglers, particularly in the south between Ponta d'Ouro and Inhassoro, and in the far north around Pemba. Saltwater fly-fishing is also becoming increasingly popular. Inland, the most popular fishing areas are Barragem de Cahora Bassa near Tete, and Barragem de Chicamba Real near Chimoio. Species you are likely to encounter include marlin, kingfish, tuna, sailfish and more. Marlin season is from October November to February March. Tag and release is encouraged at many resorts. Officially, no more than 6kg of any one type of catch from sports and deep-sea fishing can be taken out of the country. See p292 for more information.

Songraki Reef

Fish life includes schools of longfin batfish and chevron barracuda, and even an occasional manta. Whitetips and zebra sharks are frequently seen in the deep and on the bottom, and even reef blacktips have been seen roaming about. More than six species of butter-flyfish have been observed here, making the reef bright and colorful with their presence. In the shallower parts of the reef, look for milkfish schools and wandering spearing mantis shrimp.This is also a favorite haunt of hawksbill sea turtles.

Helicopter Ride

There's lots more to see and do up here Anglers fly-fish for rainbow trout, and hikers tackle the 45 trails that lace the Alakai Swamp. (See Watersports and Hiking & Camping, in chapter 6.) That's a lot of ground to cover, so you might want to plan on staying over. If pitching a tent is too rustic for you, the wonderful cabins set in a grove of redwoods are one of the best lodging bargains in the islands. (See chapter 4.) The restaurant at Kokee Lodge is open for continental breakfast and lunch daily from 9am to 3 30pm.

Mongolia Outdoors

Outside magazine carries a touching article on its website a bout fly-fishing in northern Mongolia. Go to http outside.away .com and enter 'fly-fishing Mongolia' in the site's search engine. Serious anglers will want to try out Mongolia's rivers - the fly-fishing is some of the best anywhere. The major target is taimen, an enormous salmonoid that spends its leisure time hunting down unfortunate marmots attempting to cross the river. These monsters can reach 1.5m in length and weigh 50kg. Unfortunately they are also prized by poachers and are thus carefully guarded by locals along the river. To avoid any problems, you must fish for taimen with a reputable outfitter. Catch and release is standard practice. Outfitters run fishing trips on the Ider, Chuluut, Selenge, Orkhon, Eg, Onon and Delgermoron Gols. Four responsible fly-fishing tour operators are Mongolia River Outfitters (www.mongoliarivers.com), Fish Mongolia (www.fishmongoiia.co.uk), Sweetwater Travel (www .sweetwatertravei.com...

West Glacier

Whitewater rafting, hiking, chalet treks, backpacking, scenic floats, family camping safaris, fly fishing and customized trips with personalized service. Chosen by the National Park Service as the exclusive hiking guide service since 1983. Explore Glacier with experienced guides who focus on preservation and interpretation while providing trips of a lifetime PO Box 335, 11975 Hwy. 2. E. West Glacier, MT 59934 454-337-5555 or 355-521-RAFT infof rou S u e .o www.glacierguides.com

Thatch Caye

Activities range from swimming, snor-keling, fishing, fly-fishing and kayaking in the azure waters surrounding the island, or just hanging out on the island's white sands. Thatch Caye is a great base for nautical excursions to popular (and lesser-known spots) including Gladden Spit, Lighthouse Reef (including the Blue Hole) and Glover's Reef. Travis offers rates that are competitive with the resorts in Placencia. Snorkelling trips to Glover's Reef, Silk Cayes, Pompion Caye, and Laughing Bird Caye can be arranged for BZ 170 per person, and two-tank diving trips to the same cayes will cost BZ 300. Both include picnic lunch, and both require a minimum of Because of Thatch Caye's close proximity to Tobacco Caye and South Water Caye, snorkelling trips to these places can be done cheaper than out of Placencia. Snorkeling trips in either Tobacco Caye channel or South Water Caye channel go for BZ 60 per person, and diving trips are twice that. A four-person minimum applies for all trips. Full...

Hawks Cay Resort

A self-contained recreation oasis just a few miles north of Marathon, Hawk's Cay is enormous by Keys standards, spread across 60 acres and offering an impressive array of activities on land and sea. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy offshore, back-country, reef and flats excursions, kayak fishing or discover the art of fly-fishing in an instruction program offered one weekend each month. A new dive center offers equipment rentals, instruction and certification, and dive charters.