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Wild on the Fly is the TV series of the popular print magazine of the same name that showcases some of the best places to go fly fishing in the world. Narrated and produced by Jospeh Daniel, the magazine's editor, it is a 'where to' rather than a 'how to' how with an emphasis on the people, culture and nature of each destination. There's some spectacular fly fishing on show here from huge Taimen in Mongolia to Golden Dorado in Bolivia and an epic trip through Slovenia, Bosnia and Croatia. Fans of 'A River Runs Through It' will also enjoy the episode where they fish on the same rivers in Montana. A feast for the eyes, this show will have you adding destinations to your fly fishing bucket list frequently.
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This episode of Wild On The Fly follows the team on their long quest for gold, a monster sized Golden Dorado on the fly in Argentina. Essentially a giant ill-tempered goldfish, these big predators are valued for their beauty and acrobatic aggression. After having some good luck around the hydro-electric dams on the Uruguay River, the team ventures into the wild to the Rio Juramento, a tributary of the mighty Amazon. Drifting down the river and casting into the snags proves hard work with these rare beasts, but all of a sudden, the fish come on the feed. Deep in the jungle, one of the crew feels a heavy pull and hooks into the biggest Dorado ever found on the Rio Juramento. This is fly fishing at its most extreme.
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In this special adventure episode of Wild On The Fly, a group of willing explorers travel to remote Mongolia to fish for the mighty Taimen. Known to grow to over two metres and 200 pounds, Taimen are essentially the biggest Trout in the world, and certainly the most mysterious. Fish like this survive only in the world’s most remote corners, and Mongolia is one such place. Fishing adventurers Peter, Genevieve, Mikey and Brent have put in years of planning and research to return to the Ider river in the mountains. It seems it was worth the wait, as waiting for them on their arrival is a river inhabited by Taimen of monstrous proportions, a true fish of a lifetime.
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In this episode of Wild On The Fly, Drew Miller heads for the tropical islands of Belize in search of all manner of sporting fish, including Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon. Just offshore from southern Belize lies the Barrier Reef, a metropolis of fish big and small. The crew boat out to a tiny manmade island nestled amongst it all, home to luxury accommodation, entertainment, and hundreds of square miles of incredible flats fishing. The fish are present in huge numbers, but it takes no small amount of cunning and perseverance to get them to the boat on this light fly tackle. After good fun stalking speedy Bonefish, Drew hooks into a monster Silver King Tarpon to close off the ultimate holiday.
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In this feature length episode of Wild On The Fly, the team travels to the fly fishing paradise of Slovenia to catch Rainbow Trout, Marble Trout and Grayling. First stop is the Soca River Valley, where Slovenian Marble Trout grow to monumental sizes in the emerald water, ready to give Dan Shepherd a good run for his money. Once nearly extinct, these unique fish are now present in great numbers, sometimes in excess of 20 kilos. Next, we join local anglers on the Idrijca River to tell tales of monsters, and hook into some of the resident Rainbows. Finally, it’s a trek to the Ribnik where a more delicate but equally prized quarry, Grayling, are feeding hard on a spring hatch of Mayfly. This incredible fishing is interlaced with a look into the rich culture and history of Slovenia, to give this beautiful country the attention it deserves.
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Wild On The Fly is bound for Alaska in this episode, where the crew are chasing big Rainbow Trout and Grayling on the Copper River in Bristol Bay. The Rainbow River Lodge is a hub for North American fly fisherman, where this time of year the Sockeye Salmon run in their millions. Living among these bright red travellers are the real prize, perfectly spotted rainbow trout growing to massive sizes. The crew then fly across Lake Clark to the Kijik River for a unique day of dry fly fishing for big Grayling, which make an appearance within millimetres of the world record. Sharing the banks with Grizzly bears upwards of 1500 pounds, barely a casting distance away… it doesn’t get wilder than this.
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Wild On The Fly joins adventure angler Chris Bailey in this episode, as he takes a trip to the jungles on Venezuela in search of exotic Payara and Peacock Bass on the fly. Chris is one of the most experienced adventure anglers on the planet, with decades of fishing and filming under his belt, which makes the Orinoco River in Venezuela his dream playground. First on his bucket list is the Payara. Nicknamed the vampire fish for their huge protruding fangs, these monsters wait at the bottom of the falls to snap up bait fish struggling in the fast water. After several beauties, the crew move downstream to cast files between the mangroves in search of a favourite for fly fishing adventurers, the colourful Peacock Bass. Before Chris heads for home, he can’t help but cast another line in the Payara pool, where he gets a chance to etch his name in the history books when he hooks a world record sized fish.
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In part 2 of this Wild On The Fly Patagonian pursuit, the crew head for the Rio Collon Cura to fish for Perca and Trout. The Collon Cura is slower and deeper than the Chimehuin, and holds a local species known as Perca that most fly fisherman will never encountered. Similar in nature to North American Bass, Perca feed in the same patterns as the local Trout. After some great sport, out hosts head back to the Chimehuin to get back to their roots fishing for big Brown and Rainbow Trout. Once a successful day of respectable fish is over, the group head back to camp where another member of the team has a legendary tale to tell, with the pictures to prove it.
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The boys take a trip to Southern Argentina in this episode of Wild On The Fly, as they go fly fishing for big Patagonian Trout on the Chimehuin River. Considered one of the ultimate worldwide destinations for fly fisherman, Patagonia can be categorised by clear water, desolate mountain ranges and most importantly, huge Trout. Beginning on foot, our hosts begin the trip with a pair of beautiful browns, before heading further down river. Drifting boats through the tumultuous rapids, some huge rainbow and brook trout come to the boat. Finally, it’s a long walk to the Rio Malargue, where the ultimate prize is hiding…
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In this episode of Wild On The Fly, the crew try out some Florida fly fishing in the Marquesas for Tarpon and Spinner Sharks. Just 30 miles from the famous fishing grounds of Key West, the Marquesas are a small ring of islands surrounding a pristine lagoon known to hold a huge population of silver kings. A group of keen tarponeers with 30 seasons of experience hit the water early, but instead find themselves surrounded by hungry sharks more than willing to take a fly. Further up the coast near Tampa Bay, the show joins fly rod designer Howard Croston to fish for some tackle-testing Spinner Sharks. The power and athleticism of these fish make them the ideal species to put a new rod to work, especially when you hook a true monster…
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In this episode of Wild On The Fly, the crew head to North Woods, Wisconsin to sample the best Muskie fishing in America. Home to countless world records, the history of this place is steeped in Muskie legend and controversy dating back decades. Brad, who has become an expert in the species since his world record from a few years back, shows drew the ropes on the flooded Chippewa River. Traversing the mixture of deep, slow pools and fast rapids, the pair soon make contact with these aggressive monsters of the deep. All that’s left to do is celebrate with a classic American hog roast back at camp.
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The Wild On The Fly crew go in search of Sabalitos in this episode, as they head for Northern Yucatan, Mexico for some Tarpon on the fly. Just north of the modern-day chaos that is Cancun, the tropical waters around San Felipe harbour are an angler’s paradise. Known for their power, aggression, and airborne fighting style, even these Sabalitos (juvenile Tarpon) are difficult to land among the mangroves and submerged trees. They may be small, buy they offer incredible sport on light fly tackle, and when the crew head offshore on day two in search of their big brothers, the fishing gets even crazier.
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In this episode of Wild On The Fly, travelling angler Leanne Ross visits Calgary’s Bow River in Alberta, Canada in search of her very first Brown Trout. Leanne may have travelled the world chasing all manner of exotic species, but she cannot call herself a true fly fisher until she catches a staple browny. North Bow Lodge on the bow river may be the perfect place. Essentially an artificial river created and regulated by the Calgary industrial complex, the Bow has surprisingly excellent water quality and aquatic life. By drifting boats and casting dry flies tight to the bank, Leanne not only achieves her goal, but smashes it with some huge specimens.
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Wild On The Fly takes fly fishing to the extreme in this episode, as the crew head for Guatemala in pursuit of big Pacific Sailfish on the fly. The Guatemalan coastline would be at home on any postcard, but it’s underrated in its fishing opportunities. Steve Jensen and Rich Jorgensen are the lucky anglers tasked with catching one of these beasts, as they head out on the Gypsy charter boat for a crash course in sail fishing. The isn’t like casting a dry fly on a chalk stream, this is heavy duty, hit and run sport fishing, and landing these monsters on a fly rod proves difficult. With a little perseverance our hosts soon witness the mother of all top water blow-ups and get their hands on the ultimate fishing prize.
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In this episode of Wild On The Fly, we follow Katie Cole as she goes fly fishing for Trout in central Pennsylvania. Often considered the birthplace of American fly fishing, Pennsylvania is steeped in angling history. Perhaps the epitome of that culture is Spruce Creek, favourite spot of fishing dignitaries like Jimmy Carter. Amid the usual Brown and Rainbow varieties, Katie’s ultimate quarry is a lesser-known Trout, the Palomino. Bright orange in colour, these residents can be easily stalked in the shallow, clear water, and Katie enjoys some great sport. The episode also looks at the people that maintain the rich history of Pennsylvania fly fishing, from vintage shop owners, to expert guides, to fly fishing tutors teaching at local high schools.
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Wild On The Fly is back with another episode of huge fish, this time fishing for sea run Arctic Char in Nunavat Territory, Canada. Steve Jensen is the lucky angler graced with this opportunity of a lifetime, as he heads deep into the Arctic Circle to the Ekalluk River. With runs of over 80,000 Arctic Char reaching record sizes, fishing is limited to a two-week window each year. Amid the untouched wildlife and baron landscapes, Steve hooks into some Char on the fly that would rival King Salmon in stature. Further upriver, the team bumps into Dave Bishop playing a surprise monster, a powerful Lake Trout over 40 inches long.
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The Wild On The Fly crew stay close to home in this episode, fishing the rivers and creeks of Missoula, Montana for Bull, Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. Never ones to let a little bad weather get in the way of a good trouting trip, the grizzly hackle fly shop crew brave a springtime snowstorm on their travels to the famous Blackfoot River. Waiting for them is a rich ecosystem of Montana Trout, including a massive specimen of an endangered Bull Trout. Next, we move to the backwaters of Silver Bow Creek for some old-school stalking in shallow, clear water. It is here that Matt Vincent manages to land probably the first Trout caught on the river in over 100 years.

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Best Fly Fishing Series

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21st September 2021

This series is one of the reasons that makes fishing TV so worth it. This whole series is by far my favorite and each video is done very well.

Jason Porter

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