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Fall Edition: Yellow Dog's Must-Visit Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations

May 03, 23

With fall hanging in the air, kids heading back to school, and temperatures beginning to drop, it’s only natural to find yourself daydreaming about the next saltwater adventure. Now is the time to start planning saltwater trips! Prime weeks and dates are still available!

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Working with Yellow Dog gives you access to a team of experienced and dedicated professionals that provide assistance every step of the way, including finding a location that fits your needs, booking plane tickets, securing the very best guides, reviewing pre-trip itineraries, and following up with post-trip reports. We pride ourselves on finding a destination that caters to your specific preferences.

The Yucatan

There’s a reason that the fisheries of the Yucatan Peninsula are collectively one of Yellow Dog’s favorite destinations. The value with many of these area lodges is unparalleled, with terrific rates, reasonable travel expenses, direct and easy flights from the US, and of course, outstanding fly fishing. Check out locations like Pesca Maya Lodge or Grand Slam Lodge, both ideal for beginning saltwater anglers and great destinations for focusing on permit, snook, bonefish, and tarpon.

The Bahamas

The Bahamas are home to over 500 square miles of crystal clear flats and shallow waters, boasting some of - if not, arguably the best – bonefishing in the world. Add to bonefish possibilities for seasonal tarpon and permit, ease of travel from the states, and the ability to cater to schedules of any length, and it’s a no-brainer why the Bahamas are one of Yellow Dog’s most popular destinations.

One of our favorites is Swains Cay Lodge, an operation that sits on the white sand beaches of Andros. The perfect Caribbean beach getaway, this locally-owned lodge is a great option for families and couples, as well as non-anglers. For those looking for a focused, hard-core fishing destination, Grand Bahama’s East End Lodge has access to trophy bones and as well phenomenal spring and fall permit fishing. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the lodges that Yellow Dog works within the Bahamas.

Louisiana

Cajun cuisine, shrimp boats, the bayou, warm southern hospitality, and some spectacular redfish angling, Louisiana is a great fall getaway.

Dogwood Lodge is a little of a misnomer because the lodge is actually a historical vessel. Wake up on the boat and step onto your guide’s skiff to begin fishing the marshes. Return after a long day of chasing reds on the fly to enjoy some shrimp and grits. Sportsman’s Lodge is another great destination for experiencing the saltwater fly fishing of Louisiana. With its close location to several barrier islands in the gulf, the angling for big bull redfish can be unprecedented as they move into the shallower marshes. Stalking a tailing bull redfish that has made its way onto a spartina grass flat with a rising tide should be experienced at least once by every saltwater fly fisher.

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