River Nera – Province of Perugia
It is one of the most famous trout rivers of Central Italy and runs through a wonderful valley.
The most interesting stretch is divided into 4 different no-kill. It also has some very nice “free water” where no special permits are needed. The four stretches have different rules and different properties: quiet and deep runs, very fast water covered by trees and bushes, rocky bottom with deep holes, very shallow stretches hosting unseen fish…
Average size of fish is 40cm but there are also specimen of more than 60cm.
Not an easy water, it is considered one of the best trout rivers of Central Italy.
River Nera – Province of Terni
This part of the river is a little downstream and has different features compared to the upper one(s) under the province of Perugia. Wading is more difficult due to the depth and strength of the water while casting is a little bit easier (still, a certain casting skill is a bonus).
Trout are very shy and a careful approach and ask for delicate and careful casts.
Not far from the lower border of Latium with Campania, this very nice river has – in addition to “free water” – two different no-kill stretches, showing different features.
The upper one – not far from the hotel where we normally stay for overnight – has very nice trout responding to careful casts in the shallows or in the fast riffles disseminated all along the river. The lower one, a little bit deeper and with strong currents, has huge specimen mainly attracted by streamers and high floating attractors. It also has some grayling, but they are very very shy.
This river – excellently managed by a local association – is rather far from Viterbo and fishing its water asks for a longer stay in one of the many BBs and hotels scattered in the area (also famous for its Spas). Trout is present in good number and in big size. River Sele is also known for the huge presence of Oligoneurella rhenana which is some periods of the year literally covers the water springing the fish’s underwater activity to crazy frenzy.
Fishing in these conditions is often extremely difficult and frustrating but during the rest of the year trout rise freely to attractors, sedges, terrestrials, spents and imitative patterns.
Not very far from river Sele, it is the perfect combination for a round-fishing trip to this area. It is worldwide famous for the presence of Oligoneurella rhenana which is reproduced in many patterns by local fly tiers with good results during specific periods of the year. It has trout of good size, very shy and hard to be convinced to our flies.
When Oligoneurella rhenana are on the wings they form immense and thick swarms often making fishing difficult.
This mountain trout stream is within a reasonable distance from Viterbo and offers a no-kill stretch with very nice trout and cyprinids. The structure of the river is typical of the Appenines: tumbling water mixed with long quiet flats. Average depth is not excessive and hip boots are often enough. However, waders are suggested in many cases.
Terrestrials and fancy flies (wet and dry) give both good results but it might happen to be in front of a hatch and this often asks for tiny or specific patterns.
Fish are very shy both for the limited depth of the water and for the massive presence of anglers all the season through. Fishing the nokill stretch asks for a daily ticket.
River Tiber (Upper Stretch)
This is the most important river of Central Italy.
In this area, Man created a miracle. Formerly a warm river, with chub, barbel and cyprinids, it is now a slow-to-fast river moving on a rocky-sandy-gravel bed and has trout and grayling which were introduced some years ago. The dam who was built for electrical purposes releases cold, iced water. .
An “easy” river in some periods of the year, with many many flies (from midges to sedges, mayflies, stoneflies…) and many rises confusing you, it turns to an extremely difficult water – especially during the hottest days of summer – asking for top level casting skill, invisible flies and thinnest leaders.