Rivers in Central Southern Italy

Rivers in Central Southern Italy: how many anglers have considered a fishing trip?

River Volturno is one of those waters: without any doubt one of the many destinations for fly fishing addicts.

The River

I have fished Rivers in Central Southern Italy many times. The first visit to river Volturno goes back to the late ’70s. Since then, I’ve been there quite a lot of times, always with excellent results.

The most interesting section of the river is in Colli al Volturno (IS). There are two no-kill stretches attracting numbers of anglers from all over the world (fly and spinning only are allowed).

The rest of the river can be fished using also other techniques.

When I decide for this wonderful river, I normally stay at the hotel situated only 20 meters from the water. Before breakfast I usually have a look from the bridge to check if fish are active before choosing the stretch to start with.

The upper stretch (near the hotel) contains trout: brown, rainbow and char. There are also very rare – but huge – chub. Average size of trout is around 35-45 cm with some specimen reaching 70+ cm.

Grayling were introduced some years ago and some specimen are stil present.

Due to the beauty of the river, it is visited by many anglers  every year and fish  are extremely shy and difficult to catch in spite of the relatively easy casting conditions.

The lower part is more “savage”, with a strong and much colder – and deeper – water. Fish are a little smaller: mostly browns and (a rarety for central Italy) grayling.

Therefore, rods longer than 9,5″ are of little or no use: best are 7.5-8″, line 2-4.

Giving suggestions as for flies is very hard: you may need the full selection of patterns, from the huge terrestrial or sedge to the very very tiny midge (#28).


I recently went fishing this stream with friends, spending 3 full days on the water after a terrific dry season. Water level was to the lowest minimum, fish where apathetic and resting on the river bed most of the day and fishing was extremely hard.

Nevertheless, we succeeded in rising some nice fish thanks also to the experience and the knowledge of the water, granted by the many visits we paid to this top-of-the-top river.

Here, the fishing season is delayed for some weeks after the end of the trout season: a good opportunity for those who want to spend lovely days in central Italy…

Rivers in Central Southern Italy offer so many opportunities that it is very difficult to list all of them. In addition to river Volturno, many other streams can be visited with great results. Unfortunately, the south of our country is not famous abroad for this kind of activity and it is a real pity.

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