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    Default Re: Top two destinations if you had the time

    My entire adult life has been a fishing adventure. My work took me as far north as Brook Trout in Labrador and as far south as Sea Trout in Tierra del Fuego. Now retired I still get to spend a quality amount of time on the great Catskill rivers in May and my favorite Idaho and Montana rivers and creeks in June/July. While I've fished bonefish in Florida, the Bahamas, Mexico and Belize there are two destinations in the Bahamas that require a mother ship...too far from conventional fishing lodges and I fancy two weeks in both locations, one in April the other in October. I have the time but not the money. I've only scratched the surface of the Indian Ocean and far as it is I want more. My salmon and steelhead fishing is in the rear view mirror for me, not that I didn't love it back then and while now is not the time to travel to Russia, there are some salmon rivers at the tip of the Kola Peninsula and some fascinating spring creek steelhead/rainbow rivers in Kamchatka that I wish I had gotten to during my professional journalism days. And, I have never fished the historic Chalk Streams of the south of England, yes, I'm willing to cast my Mayfly (E. danika) upstream.

    Unless family and other high priority obligations preclude it, there is no reason to postpone angling anywhere you would love to pursue it. Climatological indications are it won't last forever. Already in my short human lifespan I've been witnessing precipitous decline and it is accelerating. 20% of the planet's coral has died in just the last few years and the seas are rising, desalinating, acidifying and plasticizing. Insects, mollusks, bivalves, crustaceans, amphibians, fish, birds and mammals as robust as rhinoceros are disappearing alarmingly fast. I am an angler therefore an optimist but I don't perceive a scenario where we turn this around...are we rapidly heading toward a world where the green is gone as in the Edward G. Robinson movie, "Soylant Green"?

    Go fishing now.

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    I'm lucky that I live somewhere with pretty decent fishing, and manage trips to Alaska and BC every year for salmon and steelhead. And thanks to my wife's love for hot weather and beaches I've had some excellent saltwater fishing in Belize and Mexico. Before I shuffle off this mortal coil I'd love to go to Tierra del Fuego for a crack at some sea-run browns, Labrador for some monster brookies, and somewhere for Atlantic salmon (Canada's east coast, Iceland, Russia, Scotland--I'm not fussy).

    So much water, so little time. . . .

    Scott

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  4. #13

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    I've been itching to fish the Driftless and western North Carolina for a while. Life keeps getting in the way. Pretty humble compared to many, but those are mine.

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    Chile and Christmas Island are both on my bucket list.
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    Back country New Zealand, and remote Patagonia!

    If those are too over on the fantasy side of things, then probably Alberta and Montana... Cutties, browns, bows, and bulls, but even smallmouth and carp if so desired.

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    Patagonia and Alaska would be my top two destinations I guess but its hard to leave out CI and Seychelles and one can't forget the Baja, Chetumal Bay, and of course the Bahamas and the Keys. Then there's Guatemala for big sails and marlin.

    I make it a "rule" to never go to the same place twice but some locations like CI, Patagonia, and anywhere in Alaska are so special they deserve multiple revisits. I've visited the East Cape of Baja 5 times but the rooster fishing there fell off and haven't been back in several years. Likewise Chetumal Bay and Ascension Bay for big Permit. I guess I've been to Alaska on fishing trips about 20 times but not to the same place. You just can't experience all of Alaska by going to the same place....and it is well worth experiencing as much of Alaska as one possibly can.

    I used to think that a trip to Cuba would be desirable but that has fallen on my priority list. Its now down to Patagonia and Alaska as top two...and just hope I have a few visits left for those fantastic places.

    Speaking of that, time to start packing for Patagonia and big sea run brown trout. Really looking forward to fighting one of those.
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    Default Re: Top two destinations if you had the time

    Fortunately for me, the kinds of places that I enjoy fishing the most are just a short drive away

    That said, I'm off from work until mid March.... perhaps a road trip to the Everglades is in my future





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    Default Re: Top two destinations if you had the time

    I had to go back and reread the initial post. If I had to pick 2 practical places to go if time was no object (I assume that means I still had to pay the bill), I would do a saltwater trip down to the out islands of the bahamas, and a steelhead/salmon trip to the Olympic Peninsula or maybe British Columbia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadowlark View Post
    I make it a "rule" to never go to the same place twice but some locations like CI, Patagonia, and anywhere in Alaska are so special they deserve multiple revisits.
    Never quite understood this. I have a buddy who employs this same tactic. I go the other way. I love to really dig into a place and understand the fishery and understand the surrounding drainages and explore untouched waters. I do a trip to Idaho almost every year and while we do try and explore at least one new water every year, we have found that our knowledge of half a dozen rivers/streams makes our fishing experience so much better. Knowing runs, pools, and where you nailed (or missed!) a big fish the last time. Exciting. I suppose if I was employing a guide every time I could get used to new locales each time, but I love and prefer the DIY route.

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    Default Re: Top two destinations if you had the time

    As I gratefully sit in an airport headed to Patagonia I would like to do a deep dive of Colorado and the Driftless region. Maybe 20-25 days would do it. Really have the time to explore the nooks and crannies of each. And probably a easier sell with the wife too I think��

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