Practicalities of fishing
Discover some useful pointers on when to book, when to go, what happens with tackle and fishing permits, what to wear and more.
Here we've included some useful pointers on when to book, equipment, permits and other practicalities. These can depend on the type of fishing vacation you'd like to experience, so if you'd like more specific information about particular properties or destinations, please contact our travel specialists.
When to book
If you’re a keen angler, and particularly if you’re traveling with a larger group, we’d recommend booking as early as possible. Bookings for next season’s fishing are generally taken at the close of the existing season. We can normally find availability for you in a suitable property, even in peak season, with 6-9 months’ notice. If you’re a novice, or just want to include a little fishing while on vacation, we can recommend a number of places that can organize fishing excursions at short notice, though it’s always sensible to pre-book.
When to go
If you can only travel at a certain time of year, we can recommend the best fishing at that time, and where to find it. If you wish to land a particular species and are relatively flexible, we will also recommend the best time of year. As popular establishments tend to fill up around six months before travel, especially for peak season, you should bear this in mind when considering when you’d like to go.
What you’ll spend
While it’s fair to say that fishing is not especially cheap, the properties we recommend offer outstanding fishing, whilst also offering outstanding value, with meals, drinks, transfers and fishing permits often included, as well as the services of highly experienced guides. Please note that in many cases a 50% deposit is required. For those who’d like to simply try their hand, or who don’t require an ‘all-in’ service, we can recommend properties offering shorter programs or day-excursions. When they’ve provided excellent service, we’d suggest tipping the fishing guides at around 10% of the cost of the accommodation.
Access to and from remote properties
Some of our bespoke lodges can be incredibly remote, as this is often where the best fishing can be found. For this reason, chartering a plane to fly in direct can be a sensible option, particularly when you’re traveling in a larger group. All our properties have email and internet access, and at least a satellite phone so that you can stay in touch with your friends and family. It’s wise to have a medical check-up before travel in some cases, as hospitals can be some distance away.
What to do about tackle
Many dedicated fishing establishments have tackle shops that will allow you to buy or rent flies, lures, weights, rods, reels, waders, etc. suitable for local conditions. However, this is not always the case, so we’ll recommend what you need to bring from home if necessary. If you have a favorite rod or equipment, please feel free to bring these with you. Where fishing is organized as an excursion from a hotel, the concierge or fishing charter company will usually be able to recommend places to hire the necessary equipment.
Getting fishing permits
Permits are usually necessary to fish, and there will often be restrictions on the size and the number of your catch, especially where sustainable fishing management is in place. These are either included in the cost of your package, or can be purchased locally through the fishing operator.
What to wear
Fishing by its nature exposes you to the elements, and we’d advise (depending on location) bringing a hat, sun cream, windcheater, warm or cold weather gear and rain protection. A comfortable and sturdy pair of shoes is also highly recommended. Many of the more exclusive lodges will have drying rooms, which is extremely useful, especially if you’re for more than 1 day in a row.