F.A.Qs (Frequently Asked Questions) may help both you and me improve your satisfaction while spending your next holidays in Tuscia and Central Italy. The list contains replies to most your questions but if you have more, please don’t hesitate to ask
Tuscia in composed mainly by the province of Viterbo and touches Tuscany (North), Umbria (East), the province of Rome (South) and the Tyrrhenian Sea (West).
The nearest airports are Rome (Fiumicino and Ciampino) and Perugia (Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria – Perugia “San Francesco d’Assisi”). Train/bus connections are available, as well as car rental. From Rome Airports (Ciampino and Fiumicino) you can reach Orte in less than one hour. I shall pick you up at the station and will drive directly to the fishing spot or to your bb/hotel/farmhouse before going to the river.
Viterbo can be considered a lucky town as far as its location. Not too near big and traffic jammed cities, it is still within reasonable distance from most attractive places.
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Viterbo is within reasonable distance from some of the most beautiful waters of Italy. We have 3 volcanic lakes in our region (Latium) and several mountain streams, not to mention the sea and many rivers/lakes in adjacent provinces and regions. Follow the link for further details.
In Tuscia and Central Italy rivers are rarely as wide as in the North of the Country and often are of no easy access and offer serious casting difficulties. However, there are also plenty of “easier waters” where unskilled flyanglers can enjoy themselves in full relax.
After a pleasant fishing day, anglers can enjoy some wine tasting or spend the rest of the evening in a SPA (with thermal water) or a few hours fly tying in the hotel/bb. Slide projections or talks about flyfishing technique, history and philosophy or description of the many waters of this area are also available. Please fill in the form with your preferences and I will do my best to help.
As a rule, fishing days go from early in the morning to sunset on the river. Under special circumstances (very hot days or far destinations) the length of the fishing day can vary. Half a day or more-than-one-day (in case of very far destinations) trips can also be arranged.
Opportunities are numberless: medieval/Etruscan towns sightseeing, archaeologic visits, horse riding, spas, trekking, golf, archery, museum, photography, local food courses, typical food/wine tasting and much, much more.
A national fishing license is compulsory, also for foreigners. National license for foreigners and daily tickets for no-kill areas have different prices subject to modification. Simply send a copy of your passport (jpg or .pdf format) to firstname.lastname@example.org a few days in advance and you find all the necessary fishing documents available upon arrival.
All flyfishing techniques can be practiced in our waters: wet, dry, nymph, streamer, popper. Some no-kill waters have strict regulations which must be followed to avoid any sort of problem. All information available upon request. If you have any specific preference, please use the form.
Anglers normally love fishing with their own equipment (don’t forget your glasses, wading staff, light raincoat) but if you have none with you, it is not a problem: rod, flyline, reel, leaders, flies are available on site.
Definitely not. I speak fluent English, French and a little bit of German.
Absolutely not. I know Italian Deaf Language (LIS) which is somehow different from other Deaf Languages but it helps a lot.
Flyfishing and casting are not that difficult except in some very hard spots while most water can be covered by beginners or medium skilled anglers. Beginners can attend a basic training course – held by Casting Instructor – sufficient to approach the river/lake with the correct knowledge.
The range of waters present in our area includes many types of rivers and lakes. Unless the weather has been so bad for many days, there is also a second chance which will be decided together to your best satisfaction.
If you don’t have your own flies, there is a stock ready for the day, free of charge. Last but not least, flies can be tied together once back to the b&b or restaurant, as an after dinner activity.
Of course you can but if you are not familiar with local rules and have little knowledge of the territory, this might be hard. Tuscia and Central Italy offer so many fishing (and tourism) opportunities that a do-it-yourself holiday would be a very hard and incomplete task. Last but not least, fishing regulations can vary from river to river.
As a rule, we have mild winters and fresh summers but – of course! – exceptions are always round the corner. The hottest days are usually in the middle of July/early August while the coldest are in January/February. In some water fishing is possible all the year round (for cyprinids) but trout and pike fishing is not allowed in certain months. As a rule, the best periods go from as early as beginning of March up to the middle/end of November.
Trips start from the b&b, farmhouse or hotel where you’re staying, except otherwise decided or agreed upon our first meeting.
This is discussed upon the first meeting. You are free to decide for a quick on-the-river-side basket or for a quieter lunch at a local restaurant/pizzeria. As for dinner, we normally leave the water very late in the afternoon (after sunset): you can decide to go straight to your premises or stop for dinner on the way back home.
If you have allergy problems, you are kindly invited to inform me immediately upon the first meeting.
Fishing areas are normally hot during the spring/summer days but turn to fresh and cold at sunset. A light pullover and a sweater are recommended once you leave the water. A light raincoat is suggested in case of sudden rain or thunderstorm.
Trips are normally fixed well in advance to avoid overlapping. However, prolonging your trip will not be a problem given that the extra days are not already booked.
A down payment is normally requested for trips booked in advance. If the trip is cancelled less than 2 (two) months before the fixed date, the amount is not refunded,
As a rule, Spring (May/June) and Autumn (September/October) are without any doubt the best periods of the year but excellent results can be obtained also during the hottest days of Summer and in late Autumn.
A full-day fishing session starts as early as possible according to the distance to be covered to reach the chosen water. If not specifically required or suggested by local conditions, we prefer avoiding dawn fishing granting you the most relaxing holiday. To avoid missing some good opportunities during the “coup the midi”, we normally stop for a quick lunch on the river/lake bank (sandwich, water, fruit) but if you prefer sitting at a table for a more substantial lunch (especially during the hottest days of summer), we can also decide for a nearby restaurant or pizzeria. It is important that you inform us about any special or specific requirement about food (allergy, religion or else). While you are free to stop fishing and return to your premises whenever you wish, fishing as long as possible until dark is highly recommended for the best results, especially in Summer.
Simply let me know what you might be interested in and I shall suggest you whom to get in touch with. I cooperate with local tourist agencies granting you the best assistance and services.
From Tuscia, there are many destinations ranging from few to many kilometers away. In addition to this, fishing is possible both in “free waters” and in “no kill stretches”, where a daily ticket is required. Last but not least, fishing in Italy is subject to the payment of a national fishing license, which is compulsory also for foreigners. For these reasons, it is not possible to give a standard price for a fishing day trip. For further details, please contact me.
Please note that all the necessary papers will be available on site upon your arrival.
A fishing guide for a good fishing day is not compulsory if you wish to spend a lovely holiday and this is true in many waters, not only in Central Italy.
However, you should seriously consider this option if you want to get the maximum from your limited staying in this country and you know little or nothing about it. The quantity and quality of your catches are very often based on your guide’s knowledge, simply because you are unfamiliar with the best fishing locations, the best flies and the most productive technique for the given spots or beat. Your guide will also help you find anything you need in case you have forgotten or lost any part of your tackle or if you need advice about casting or flytying.
While on the river or lake, your guide will be always within reach distance for a suggestion, for a comment or simply suggest the best steps to reach a specific spot.
A fishing guide is not just a guide: he’s there to offer you his knowledge of the waters you’re visiting or suggest you – if required – the best way to cast the fly under that hanging bush or beyond that boulder… Most of all, he is a flyfishing addict, whose passion and enthusiasm are based on a long lasting experience giving him a strong self-confidence and knowledge.
Last but not least, your fishing guide will not limit his assistance while along the rivers or lakes. He is there to give you help also for your after-fishing session.
You can take advantage of his knowledge of the territory to decide how to spend your evening or choose any other activity in addition to fishing both for you and/or your family or accompanying friends. To make a long story short: you start with a fishing guide and leave Italy with a new friend.
Your safety is always more important than fishing results but it fully depends on you. For this reason, you should be aware of your skill and proper health conditions and inform in advance of any difficulty or health problem, for which I decline any responsibility. Wading can be dangerous in some cases: having a wading staff helps but sticking to suggestions wether to wade or not helps much more.