Matt Harris' Fly Fishing Year - December
Home: Grafham rainbows
(Photograph: Simon Kidd)
While many trout reservoirs have closed their gates, my local Grafham water is open right through until the end of January. The lake was inundated with the notorious killer shrimp Dikerogammarus villosus around five years ago, and while the jury is out on the long-term effects to the lake’s ecosystem, the fish spend most of the winter keying on these prolific, protein-packed little grubs, which makes for excellent and highly absorbing fishing.
Away: Guatemalan billfish
Guatemala offers some of the most remarkable fly fishing on the planet. Casa Vieja Lodge has some of the most spectacular opportunities to target billfish that you can imagine, with almost absurd numbers of Pacific sailfish and baby blue marlin (up to 50+ in a day) coming to the boat. Seeing a billfish of 8ft and more exploding on your fly at close quarters is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have with a fly rod.
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Calm seas, sailfish dancing on the blue water, warm sunny days, what more can you ask for during our cold winter months? Guatemala has it all. It is the best place to catch sailfish on a fly, the boats average an incredible 15 – 20 bites a day, marlin weigh in the 300 to 600 lbs class and multiple marlin in a single day! At the end of the day, enjoy some fresh Yellowfin tuna or dorado (Mahi-Mahi), also abundant in these waters. There simply is no better place to catch a sailfish on the fly and what an exhilarating experience it is. We know the two best fishing operations well and can help with non-fishing extensions too.