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To book the fly fishing guide service and for any info, contact me at +39 3496854397 or by email at matteo@lavezzinifly.it

 

Trentino

From the very beginning of its existence, I have been lucky enough to be a member of the official Trentino Fishing guides team. Trentino is a region blessed by the fly fishing gods. Alpine streams from the heart of the mountain, wide rivers at the bottom of glacial valleys, high altitude lakes sorrounded by ferocius mountain ridges, the smallest creeks and the big Adige river all toghether make Trentino a paradise on earth for those who love thight lines and wild trouts.

Alto Chiese

The Chiese stream originates from the Adamello glacier and from March to September has crystal clear waters: not very deep and ideal for dry fly fishing. In the highest part, at the foot of the glacier, it winds cheerfully in one of the most beautiful valleys of our Alps: the Val di Fumo. It is here that the lover of nature goes crazy: a wide glacial valley, easy to reach with light trekking boots, with the soft forms of the plateau and a hundred rials that descend from the sides and go to dive into the main course of the Chiese. A sweet meadow as you would expect thousands of meters further downstream, crossed by a light blue torrent with the bottom made of polished pebbles of white granite, all surrounded by a crown of fierce alpine peaks that make us remember how hard and harsh life is in the high mountains. It is no coincidence that one says to go for a walk in paradise, when one goes up there.

The fish of the Val di Fumo reflects the landscape that surrounds it: wild and ferocious brooke and brown trouts, magnificent in colors and shapes, but also hardened by a hard life, made of long winters where the torrent remains buried by meters of snow. Do not go up to 2000m to look for sizeable fishes, here already 20cm - 8" are worthy of a photo and 30cm - 14" belong in a museum, but climb your way there to meet the most audacious among the salmonids, those who go to eat grasshoppers in the meadow when the Chiese exudes, those that go back to the smallest branch in search of fallen ants, mouth to mouth with cows and wild horses. 

It is an experience that everyone should do, at least once.

In the lower part there are areas that are extremely easy to reach, with parking on the river side, higher temperatures (both inside and outside the water) and a river that fully fulfills its role as creator of life. The water remains transparent, the shape changes and appear long flats, scrapers, holes and small currents, all interspersed with bridles that continue to maintain high oxygenation. It's all a hatch of insects, with the bottom carpeted by the shells of the sedges and the ephemeral that crawels on waders to fly away from the jacket. Here the size grows, but also the variety, and, if the brooke trout remains the protagonist, the grayling starts to appear.

It is a complete river for the fly fisherman: from the dry, to the nymph, to the streamer, there is room for all the techniques.

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Alto Sarca

The upper part of the river Sarca is the most varied. Many kilometers will have to pass before it becomes that placid river that flows into Lake Garda. Here I learned how to catch trout with a fly and here things become serious.

In the river Sarca swim brown trouts, marble trouts and their hybrids of generous size; consequently the possible techniques are the most varied. Nymph fishing saves the day very often, but there are generous enough hatches in spring and autumn to make fishing days memorable. Marble trouts are abundant and you could be lucky enough to meet one of very large size and, if you have started with the right motivation and the right equipment, you can even net one.

It is a river with technical features, offering the most savvy fishermen the opportunity to test themselves in complex scenarios. It is also a river with areas of excellent access to the banks, for those who want to start fishing right away or for those who can not or do not want to embark on walks of varying length.

The best time is from spring to late summer, which is particularly convenient for the pleasant climate on the river

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Val di Sole

Noce, Rabbies and Vermigliana: the trout trio. The Noce has the size of the stream, but it is a real river, very technical and not to be underestimated. For dry fly fishing it is as a challenging test bench, but with a nymph is a great place to stay in spring and late summer. It has two equally raging tributaries, the Rabbies and the Vermigliana, where there is real wild and combative fish and where the strength of water is challenging to deal with. Along the Rabbies, the "le Marinolde" reserve consisting of a 10-year-old No-Kill zone and an area that has remained a fishing ban for over twenty years: the ideal place to search for large brown trout and impossible to forget marble trouts.

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Val di Fiemme

The Avisio in Val di Fiemme is a great river that flows in a wide valley alongside the main road and is accessible in every stretch. It is undoubtedly the undisputed realm of the marble trout: here one can meet all the sizes, a sign of a healthy environment, and with a cautious approach one can manage to catch a large quantity of fish. It is a river with good yield in terms of fishing throughout the season, and wet wading lovers can enjoy fantastic days of fishing moving upstream.

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Val di Non

The river Noce in Val di Non is profoundly different from how it is in Val di Sole. A particular context, made of shallow water, sometimes slow, large flats and spots where you can enjoy the opportunity to fish on higher distances. Aroung Midsummer it is an excellent area for dryfly fishing, with generous hatching and active fish.

However, one should not think that it is a simple trait: it presents its technicality and requires a calm approach, before granting the most beautiful catches. 

Here you will find splendid marble trouts and brown trouts, both of good size, and it is necessary to know one thing or two so as not to compromise the fishing day.

It's a stretch from simple accessibility, on most of its length, but you can enjoy more remote areas, with just a bit of walking.

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Fly fishing in Verona: Adige and Fibbio

In the province of Verona, the Adige is a river that I have no difficulty to define tremendous. It takes years to understand how it works, other years to find good fishing areas and only a couple of days of flooding to see the whole river bed completely changed. It's a river full of fish, incredibly rich in fish, but that does not mean it's an easy river. It has a capricious, stubborn and sometimes surprisingly generous character. Fly fishing opens in February, closes at the end of November in the center of Verona, and at the end of October in the NoKill and C&R areas. But of all these available days, only a few are good to fish.

February, March and, when the spring is really good, April, then its immense network of tributaries dirty it until the end of September.

In fact it is a river where you can fish three months a year.

But this means that the fish is not always spooked as in other places; it also means that large and very large trout can be found easily just under your feet, or that the river can explode in a surpisingly huge hatch of flies that can suddenly unleash a food frenzy and the water fills immediatly with fish in an inexplicable way.

I do not hide it, for years it has been my strongest challenge, but fortunately a challenge that patience and knowledge of the spots manage to overcome.

The northern section of Verona's Adige river is the most natural, where the river snakes at the bottom of the valley and creates islands, scrapes, holes, flats and loins freely. It is a trait that offers legendary catches, but also fierce frustrations.

The part which runs through the city is the most surprising for quality and quantity of catches, especially in November. One would have thought to find only rainbow trout, instead you can catch powerful brown trouts, rustic marble trouts and spectacular graylings.

Fly fishing in an urban context seems a strange thing, but here we talk about a river 100 meters wide, capable of creating endless flats, currents and deep ponds.

It is a stretch with gravelly bottom. Beautiful smooth and uniform river pebbles. Here you enter the water all year round, you walk quietly without worrying about stumbling and you can pull out a two-handed rod to go in search of a marble trout worth the trip, maybe caught under a Roman bridge of the year 100.

It's a trip worth doing.

The Fibbio is a karst spring that flows east of Verona. It resembles a typical English chalk stream. The water is crystal clear and has a constant temperature around 11 ° C: it is a dry river, a river where you go crazy trying to dominate its endless whirlpools and prevent dredging. It is well populated by brown trouts, with some rainbows of absurdly large size that swim around inciting terror and reverence. This is the shelter of the Veronese flyfisher during the long season of non-fishing in the Adige river, especially during the long summer evenings when hatches of sedges offer some memorable coup de soir.

Over the years, the average size has been growing and now the NoKill section is well populated with big trouts, which attract many streamer lovers in search of big emotions.

Dryfly fishing is king over here, but all the flyfishing techniques are allowed and give important satisfactions.

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Fishing for twait shads: river Taro

Twait shads, beautiful and strong twait shads.

Salt water fish that go all the way back to the upper river Po to reproduce in the Taro, a small tributary that originates in the Emilia Apennines and crosses the Parma plain. Here I was taught fly fishing, starting from the challenge with these migrants who bring the power of the sea to the heart of Valpadana.

In fact, the Italian salmon.

The fishing of the twait shads is strongly seasonal: it follows the migratory current that begins roughly around the middle of April and lasts until the water itself lasts in the Taro, usually around the middle of June. Once the presence of the herds is ascertained, fishing takes place at light changes, so sunrise and sunset.

It is a fishing made of small streamer and fast retrieves: the tip of the rod is submerged and shoocked by continuous rapid motions to stimulate aggression, while you make the streamer pass close to the pack.

The females are much larger than the males, reaching up to 50-55cm, therefore having an energetic and incredibly fast defense. The males have a size that reaches a maximum of 40cm, with an average around 30cm.

Fishing for twait shads catch is an experience that can be triumphant, with evenings over a hundred catches, or deeply frustrating one, with close to zero catches.

Definitely to try.

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To book

  To book the fly fishing guide service and for any info, contact me at +39 3496854397 or by email at matteo@lavezzinifly.it