Canale S. Susanna

Fishing in Italy asks for a national licenze and is open all year round with a number of limitations. Rivers where trout are present cannot be fished from the first Sunday of October to the last Sunday of February but there are many exceptions (earlier opening or delayed closing, this depending on local regulations). Chub, Barbel, Pike, Grayling, Carp, Black Bass (just to mention fly takers) have their “closed periods”, which is not the same in every province. No-Kill stretches have their own open/closed months and special rules. Wading is permitted everywhere (but not encouraged) with very few exceptions. 

Type of water

Chalk-stream

Fish

Trout

No-Kill

Yes

Free water

No

Depth (cm)

5+ meters

Wading

No

Best technique

Dry, Nymph

Casting level

Average, Expert

Flies

Caddies, Match the hatch, Mayflies, Midges, Stoneflies, Terrestrials

Rod (ft)

11", 8"

Line (#)

#4, #6

Leader (cm)

360, 480

Best months

April, July, June, March, May, October, September

Best of the day

Afternoon, Coup de soir

Fishing Season

Last Sunday of February to first Sunday of October, May vary

Boat

No

Everybody knows this water as “Canale – Channel” rather than “Fiume – River” because it reminds a chalk-stream in appearance: deep and cold water, almost flat surface, gin clear water, lack of overflooding, constant speed…. Stepping into the water is impossible due to the depth and this makes fishing very hard because trout see the angler from a distance. If you decide to fish the “Santa” (as local anglers call it), leave waders at home: short boots are sufficient, just to keep your feet dry…

The action of fishing is very simple: just walk along the bank and detect the fish’ activity: casting gives no problems given that the leader is not straight on the water because the surface conceals a lot of microwaves and makes the fly drag. Deep nymph fishing might give good results but fishing the rise (seeing the trout coming to the surface aiming to your dry fly) is priceless…

It flows not far from Rieti, more or less 1hour’s drive from Viterbo.

Type of water

Chalk-stream

Fish

Trout

No-Kill

Yes

Free water

No

Depth (cm)

5+ meters

Wading

No

Best technique

Dry, Nymph

Casting level

Average, Expert

Flies

Caddies, Match the hatch, Mayflies, Midges, Stoneflies, Terrestrials

Rod (ft)

11", 8"

Line (#)

#4, #6

Leader (cm)

360, 480

Best months

April, July, June, March, May, October, September

Best of the day

Afternoon, Coup de soir

Fishing Season

Last Sunday of February to first Sunday of October, May vary

Boat

No

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