River Volturno

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

Mountain stream

Fish

Barbel, Chub, Trout

No-Kill

Yes

Free water

Yes

Depth (cm)

150, 50

Wading

Yes

Best technique

Dry, Nymph, Wet

Casting level

Average, Beginner, Expert

Flies

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

Rod (ft)

7.5", 9.5"

Line (#)

#3, #5

Leader (cm)

250, 480

Best months

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

Best of the day

Afternoon, Coup de midi, Coup de soir

Fishing Season

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

Riverl Volturno (VulturnusOlotronus, in latin) is the longest river in Southern Italy: 175 km from its springs in region Molise and mouth in region Campania, into the Thyrrenian sea.

It is one of the best rivers of Centre-South Italy and despite its distance from Rome and Viterbo it’s really worth a trip, possibly on two or three days.

It contains Brown, Rainbow and Chub which are a really challenge under some circumstances and is appreciated destination for many local and extra region flyanglers. In the past it contained also very nice Grayling, of which a few specimen are still present in the lower stretch.

Insects are plentiful and in late Spring, early Summer and Autumn the water often looks like a boiling pot. Fish are very shy and ask for accurate and soft casts. Most fish are in the 35 cm range with a number of about 50cm.

A short staying here is very comfortable thanks to the presence of a nice hotel within a very short distance from the water.

Type of water

Mountain stream

Fish

Barbel, Chub, Trout

No-Kill

Yes

Free water

Yes

Depth (cm)

150, 50

Wading

Yes

Best technique

Dry, Nymph, Wet

Casting level

Average, Beginner, Expert

Flies

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

Rod (ft)

7.5", 9.5"

Line (#)

#3, #5

Leader (cm)

250, 480

Best months

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

Best of the day

Afternoon, Coup de midi, Coup de soir

Fishing Season

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

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