Fly-fishing is all about finding perfect solitude. It is, first and foremost, a sport that allows you to turn off your brain and meditate on nothing more than a clean cast as you listen to the sound of water, trees and wildlife.
Gear Patrol has put together an amazing list of the ten best fly-fishing lodges in the world. They all have one thing in common: they foster this sense of perfect solitude. The accommodations put you as close to nature as possible, the service is impeccable, and the fishing guides are the best in the world.
Check out our top three picks below and head over to Gear Patrol to see the full list.
FIREHOLE RANCH – WEST YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA
Eighteen miles west of Yellowstone, tucked away on the shores of Hebgen Lake, hides Firehole Ranch. The property is remote and massive: 640 acres provide access to six pristine, trout-rich rivers, but the lodge itself is small, simple and unpretentious. Ten cabins and one main lodge make up the whole ranch, and everything has been maintained to look just as it did when it was built in the 1940s. The “staff,” which includes two gourmet chefs, treats guests like their own family — which makes sense, given the exclusivity of the ranch: it allows no more than 22 guests at a time, and is open for only 15 weeks every year.
DEEP WATER CAY – BAHAMAS
When legendary fishing guide Gil Drake Jr. and Field & Stream editor A.J. McClane stumbled upon this patch of Bahamian bonefishing paradise in the late ’50s, they knew they had found something special — and so began the legacy of Deep Water Cay. It has since evolved into more of a family-friendly island getaway, compete with private beachside villas and tons of non-sportsman activities, like scuba diving, kayaking and sailing. But the legendary fishing hasn’t changed a bit. Surrounding the resort is 250 square miles of flats fishing (ideal for fishing predictable waters that go uninfluenced by the tide), while offshore fishing excursions on the lodge’s 33-foot catamaran offer a chance to land literal boatloads of dinner-worthy mahimahi and beastly tuna.
TIPILUKE – PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA
Tipiliuke resides in the heart of a 50,000-acre cattle ranch in the fabled Patagonia wilderness. A small man-made creek and two crystal-clear trout rivers, the Quilquihue and the Chimehuín, run through the property. The fishing and scenery is incredible, as you’d expect from such a pristine wilderness as Patagonia — but Tipiliuke is equally revered for its spectacular accommodations. This is far from roughin’ it, folks: there’s a wood-burning sauna, massage room, fine dining (mostly locally grown Argentinian cuisine) and nine luxurious rooms adjoined to the main lodge, which overlooks a serene valley. Daytime can and should be spent getting dirty and wet and covered in fish slime; evenings are for lounging by the stone fireplace in a cashmere sweater, swirling an expensive Malbec.
Again, make sure to check out the full list over with Gear Patrol.