Fly fishing in Northern Italy:

From the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy into bordering Austria and Slovenia, an incredible wealth of exceptional angling possibilities await the passionate fly fisher.

Fly fish gem like picturesque alpine lakes, small tumbling freestone streams and meandering spring creeks or, choose to fly fish all three countries in search of Mediterranean brown, rainbow, marbled trout or grayling. To the south/southeast, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina offer another exceptional fly fishing destination.

Most fly fishing itineraries in this area start in either Milan or Venice, with the option of adding city stays, before departing for the lake region, north of Venice.

The Dolomites, one of the most scenic areas of the Alps, are a relatively short (three hour) drive from Venice. If departing from Milan, the direct route to Cortina d'Ampezzo takes approximately 4.5 hours, but since the route takes you through such irresistible towns as Sirmione, Verona, Bassano del Grappa (and near Marostica) it would be a pity, not to stop along the way. Time permitting; several days can be spent in this area.

From the Dolomites, where great fly fishing is done on rivers such as the Piave, Boit, Rienza and others, it is very easy to make daily excursions to go fly fishing in Austria, as it is neighboring, and to fly fish some of the most productive among its pristine rivers, as it is also possible, with a relatively short drive, to reach Slovenia, and its lovely country side and productive, scenic rivers. Fly fishing in Slovenia is an experience not to be missed. Fly fishing for the famed Huchen, or Hucho Hucho (the Danube salmon) is available from November through February.

Piedmont, Val d'Aosta, and the Franche-Comte' in neighboring France, are also very interesting destinations for both, the cultural richness as well as the bucolic scenery, and unique fly fishing opportunities.

Claudio Tagini
Western European Travel