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fatbillybob

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There is good water anywhere there is water. Before suggesting where to go I'd be asking what you 2 want out of the trip? How do you guys like to fish? What is a short CV of where you have been before? Where are you guys on the "any day fishing is better than working" vs. a good day is when I catch a big fish scale? Peeing over the side of a flats boat is kinda lame for a 65y/o guy with prostate problems. Any physical limits? Are you willing to gear up for the planned fishing or do you want to stick with the gear you have? Going to Florida in summer is pretty rough weather baking on a flats boat. Yellowstone is a higher elevation volcano and much more mild in the summer and the 45F water is A/C in your waders. Are wives going to hang out? More to do and see for non-fishers in Yellowstone vs. Florida but if your dad is a car guy you could do a trackday at famous tracks like Daytona or Sebring to break up a week of fishing. If you guys hunt you can also do a "cast & blast" to break up a week of fishing.
 

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I think the key part of your requirement is that you want to do some guided and some DIY. Everglades diy requires a boat. No wading there.

I kinda liked the idea of a float trip on the gunnison in Colorado. That would give you three days guided. Then you could do a few more days of diy maybe around Almont? Get a burger at the Red Barn in Montrose. That would be a nice trip.
 

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A three day guided float through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison river, Colorado it runs $1700/person, but they take care of setting up the tents and cooking all the food. The fishing can be spectacular, especially in June during the salmon fly hatch.
May I ask who (fly shop, guide service, outfitter, etc.) offers a 3 day float trip through the Black Canyon like you've mention. That sounds interesting. Also, do you know of any similar services on some of the good trout waters in WY? And what time of year would you recommend in WY? Thanks.
 

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May I ask who (fly shop, guide service, outfitter, etc.) offers a 3 day float trip through the Black Canyon like you've mention. That sounds interesting. Also, do you know of any similar services on some of the good trout waters in WY? And what time of year would you recommend in WY? Thanks.
Pleasure Park does guided three day raft floats through the Black Canyon. Their web site hasn't been updated in quite awhile, but here is the link: http://troutfisherman.net/index.html If you decide to go that way, ask for my buddy Muzzy, he is an excellent guide. Try to get scheduled for a trip during the salmon fly hatch if possible. Pleasure Park is 14 miles west of Delta, CO on hwy 92. I know that there is at least one other fly shop that offers this same trip, but don't recall who they are.
 

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Pleasure Park does guided three day raft floats through the Black Canyon. Their web site hasn't been updated in quite awhile, but here is the link: http://troutfisherman.net/index.html If you decide to go that way, ask for my buddy Muzzy, he is an excellent guide. Try to get scheduled for a trip during the salmon fly hatch if possible. Pleasure Park is 14 miles west of Delta, CO on hwy 92. I know that there is at least one other fly shop that offers this same trip, but don't recall who they are.
Larry you missed your calling as a travel agent🤣

You should write a fly fishing travel book
 

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I would recommend you to go to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It's really wonderful place
It is also a fantastic island for reeling in fish. For some serious catching, gather some family or friends and organize an expedition on a charter boat to chase after bonito and false albacore (known locally as “albies”).
 

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I'll add another (entirely different) option to my prior suggestion: Do the WY Cutt Slam: the four different cutthroat in WY, all in their native drainages. If you have a full week it won't be hard to do and you get to see a great variety of countryside. Depending on how you plan it, it could be done in as few as two or as many days as you want - two days will keep you on your toes. The guy that was with me did it in three days, I took a day longer.
 

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My response is not precisely responsive because I don't know exactly where...like Justice Stewart's on hard core porno...know it when I see it...
It's somewhere in the Northeast...PA...a small highland stream about 4 feet across surrounded by wood and brush and flies...loaded with natives eager to bite...it's catching not fishing but the challenge is finding it and then fishing it without hacking down the vegetation. The other I know... first week of July first light and sunrise inside the Marquesas
 

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I'd go south Florida if you're looking for something other than trout. Bonefish and Permit in the Keys. Tarpon and Snook in the Everglades. Maybe even peacock bass and clown knife if you feel like chasing some big, powerful exotics in the canals around Miami. As much as I love chasing trout when I get a week off, a south FL trip for all of the above is very high on my bucket list.
That would be my choice as well. The diy part would be hard without a boat, but I’d still try it.
 
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