Any day spent fly fishing is a beautiful one but if you're looking for a combination of luxury and beauty, check out these 5 insane fly fishing lodges.
From Alaska to New Zealand, and several destinations in between, these are the five fly fishing lodges many can only dream of. But if you're lucky and get a chance to experience one of these amazing angling paradises make sure you savor every incredible moment. Tight lines!
1. Blackberry Farm- Walland, Tennessee
It's difficult to find a best-of luxury, culinary, or outdoor list that doesn't include Blackberry Farm. This little corner of paradise near Knoxville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, has found a home deep within its guests' hearts and many return loyally season after beautiful season.
No matter what time of year you visit Blackberry Farm you will be treated with unparalleled hospitality, culinary masterpieces, and the opportunity for amazing outdoor adventures.
Blackberry Farm was the first lodge in the eastern United States to be awarded the coveted Orvis endorsed Lodge of the Year and continues to be apart of Orvis' group of exceptional fishing destinations.
Blackberry uniquely offers both on-property (the farm has over 9,000 acres), and off-property fishing options. On the property, Blackberry boasts a mile of Hesse Creek - a beautiful mountain stream home to brown and rainbow trout that can be fished year-round.
Other on-property options include two pristine ponds great for leisurely catching bluegill on the fly (fun with kids) or bass, catfish, and bream. Or, if you choose an off-property adventure, you will be fully guided in Blackberry Farm's neighbor - the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The park is truly a unique and bountiful fly fisherman's paradise with over 700 miles of fishable wild trout waters. Rainbow and brown trout are the most prolific but the Southern Appalachian brook trout also calls these cold waters home.
Incredible destinations in the park are easily accessible from Blackberry Farm with most drives in well under an hour. Also available off property are guided float trips in Mackenzie-style drift boats. Browns, rainbows, brooks, and smallmouth bass can all be found in these bountiful waters.
Fly tying, casting, and general fishing classes are also always available for anglers of all skill levels at Blackberry. In true Blackberry Farm style, no matter what angling adventure you choose, you will be sent off with plenty of gourmet food and drink and the friendliest and most helpful guides you've ever met.
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2. The Resort at Paws Up- Greenough, Montana
Paws Up is a beautiful resort on a beautiful 37,000-acre ranch in western Montana. The options at Paws Up are truly endless. Guests can stay in a variety of luxury camping tents (seriously, this place gives takes the term "glamping" to a whole new level), or in one of the resort's incredible and unique private homes.
Fly fishing in Montana speaks for itself and Paws Up offers guests truly the best of the best. The resort is strategically located in the "golden triangle" of western Montana trout fly fishing, boasting legendary waters such as the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Clark Fork, and more.
If you're looking for behemoth trout, true wilderness, and big sky views that will leave you speechless - this is the place. Extremely knowledgable guides will guide you as much or as little as you'd like and, at the end of an incredible day, you can reminisce and relax with a nice whiskey drink in your luxury tent or log home.
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3. Boardwalk Lodge- Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
Alaska - the last frontier, land of the noonday moon and the midnight sun, and an absolute outdoorsman's paradise.
Boardwalk Lodge is impressive in every way. A member of the Orvis' exclusive group of endorsed lodges, two-time Alaska Lodge of the Year, and Sporting Classic's Award of Excellence as Fishing Lodge of the Year 2010; Boardwalk Lodge has no shortage of critical acclaim.
At Boardwalk, it's about the total package. As owner Brad Steuart puts it "... we have a premier fishing destination and a fine lodge; however, it's our people that make the difference. Each of our ... personnel make each guest's experience truly unique."
The lodge sits oceanside on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Saltwater fishing throughout the numerous coastal inlets and freshwater fishing on the island's own streams and lakes are both easily accessible.
Over 20 lakes, rivers, and streams on the island provide incredible fly fishing opportunities for steelhead, cutthroat, dolly varden, coho, pink salmon, sockeye, and chum, throughout different seasons.
Many of the waters are only fished by Boardwalk guests making for a true solitary fishing experience. Rustic and very comfortable lodging can accommodate up to 19 guests making it perfect for big family trips or just an adventure for yourself.
For extremely exciting fishing, incredible people, and lifelong memories of adventures in the last frontier, look no further than Boardwalk Lodge.
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4. Tipiliuke- San Martin de los Andes, Patagonia, Argentina
Patagonia is well-known for its world class fly fishing and Tipilikue is home to more than 17 miles of the finest trout waters in the region, and arguably, the planet.
Tipiliuke is considered by many to be one of the top fishing destinations in the world and received Sporting Classics Award of Excellence as the world's top fishing lodge in 2011.
The best of the best guides migrate to Tipiliuke during the high season of November to May.
Tipiliuke resides on 50,000 acres with two distinct and crystal clear rivers, the Chimehuin and Quilquihue, running through the core of the property. Three miles of a constructed private spring creek is also available exclusively for guests.
The Chimehuin is famous for monster brown trout and specimens nearing 30 inches are caught each season.
Adventurous anglers can also fish from one of Tipiliuke's custom drift boats on the upper or lower portions of the river. Besides the fishing, the lodge itself is world-class and intimate with just 9 rooms.
The luxurious and unbelievably comfortable accommodations, plus exceptional attention to detail and service, will make you look forward to every return "home" off the river.
While at the lodge, sit and enjoy the breathtaking views of Patagonia, take a sauna in a traditional wood burning sauna house, or get a massage for muscles made sore by battling big trout all day. The food is all the most authentic and handmade - showcasing the region's incredible culinary traditions. Enjoy fine wine or a scotch while sharing fishing stories around one of the cozy fireplaces.
It doesn't get any better!
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5. Poronui- North Island, New Zealand
The diversity of New Zealand's wilderness draws outdoorsmen from all over the world to this small island nation in the South Pacific every year.
Poronui goes above and beyond to give guests the most exceptional experience and stands out in this fishing paradise. The lodge is located on 16,000 acres in the secluded Taharua valley on the breathtaking North Island.
Poronui's fishing waters have been revered as the best by the ancient Maori's, then the English settlers that came in the 19th century, and now by Poronui's guests.
Huge brown and rainbow trout are notorious here and a large variety of waters provide incredible fishing opportunities for anglers of all abilities. Poronui offers opportunities for classic stalk and sight cast fly fishing for trophy trout.
Legendary and remote streams that are virtually untouched are easily accessible to Poronui's guests via helicopter. Poronui's fly fishing waters will challenge, inspire, and amaze you - and give you memories that will last a lifetime.
The accommodations at Poronui will also amaze you, whether you choose their incredible main lodge, luxury safari camp by the river, or the opulent Blake House lodge. A year-round season will ensure a trip of a lifetime no matter when you chose to visit.
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Many of us will probably never make it to these destinations in our lives without winning the lottery.
But an angler can dream, right?