We visit high mountain lakes and catch cutthroat all day. Fishing in a peaceful valley overlooked by a few puffy white clouds miles from the nearest road is as close to heaven as it gets for a fly fisherman. It takes a little work to get there but with an outfitter to take care of all your equipment and food, it’s a lot easier.
Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) June 20, 2006
Weak spring salmons runs may indicate greater than normal migration of steelhead into the rivers of the northwest. Bob Rafalovich, a fishing guide for 33 years, predicts that 2006 may produce one of the strongest steelhead seasons in recent years in the Northwest. “I have seen this pattern before. Weak spring salmon runs are often followed by bountiful steelhead runs,” said Rafalovich. “Salmon and steelhead compete for the same food supply in the ocean and for some reason, in years when the salmon runs are weak, steelhead runs are great.” America Outdoors, a national association of outfitters, offers a resource to find steelhead fishing outfitters as well as wilderness trout fishing vacations.
Fly fishermen, who prefer more traditional trout fishing, can also find unique fly fishing trips. The headwaters of the Snake River deep in the Bridger Teton wilderness is an example of another special fishing experience available to those willing to ride on horseback into camp. If horses aren’t your thing, fishing from a drift boat in Montana or on the Middle Fork of the Salmon also offers access to special locations that only a few people experience each year. When the steelhead are running your chances of catching a big one are high on the Rogue or Main Salmon River in Idaho where lodge to lodge fishing trips land you in the lap of rustic luxury every night.
David Brown, Executive Director of America Outdoors, an organization of outfitters and guides, says fishing is one of the highlights of their family vacation in the wilderness. “We visit high mountain lakes and catch cutthroat all day. Fishing in a peaceful valley overlooked by a few puffy white clouds miles from the nearest road is as close to heaven as it gets for a fly fisherman. It takes a little work to get there but with an outfitter to take care of all your equipment and food, it’s a lot easier.”
Adventurevacation.com, the America Outdoors website for vacationers, lists guided fishing trips throughout the United States. Type in “fishing” in the activity search at the bottom of the home page and more than 80 companies, lodges and guest ranches show up. To search for fishing trips in a specific state such as Montana, West Virginia, Maine or Idaho, simply click on the state on the homepage map and type in the keyword fishing or fly fishing.
Beginners are welcomed. Learn a new life skill and take home memories that will stay long after the trip. For more information, visit AdventureVacation.com .
dbrown @ americaoutdoors.org