The following are but a few of the opportunities offered by our magic land. It should be noted, however, that from Viterbo (not far from Rome) it is possible to enjoy many more waters. For further details, get in touch.

(Note: This website has been created in cooperation with friends who offered images of their catches. All fish depicted in this website have been carefully handled and duly released. Being a strong supporter of Catch&Release and nature preservation. I will do my best to replace unproper photos with newer, avoiding uncorrect images).

River Clitunno – Province of Perugia

More similar to a chalk-stream, the Clitunno can be fished already after its springs, which originate a nice small lake and park (with bar, restaurant and facilities for children).

The banks are a little above the water surface: the fish can be easily detected but don’t forget that you can be easily seen by the fish…

Attractors are very useful when fish is under cover (in Spring and Summer the bottom is literally covered with green). Small baetis and caddis fly to match the hatch should not be left home. 

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. 

River Corno

River Corno is a very interesting stream offering its water to river Nera. At Serravalle it receives river Sordo. It flows not far from Cascia, where Saint Caterina da Cascia was born, a nice small town attracting many devote people. Serravalle is on the way to Norcia, a very nice town very famous for its wild boar based cuisine.

This river offers medium to big sized browns and rainbows avidly responding to dries, wets and streamers. Casting is rather easy in springtime but very hard in Summer and Autumn, due to the thick overhanging trees and bushes.

Not fat from Serravalle, it creates a suggestive stretch, with deep and fast water (the famous “Gole di Biselli – Biselli’s Gorge”). It is a very impressive stretch of water not to be fished alone due to the strong current and the presence of many rafters. 

River Ente

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.

Within a short distance from this river there is a nice Agriturism where fly tying and casting sessions – also for boys and girls – (both for beginners and skilled anglers) are possible. 

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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.

River Tiber – Upper Stretch

This part of river Tiber is located right below the previous stretch and is managed by a different local fishing club. It contains both trout and grayling along with barbel and chub. Casting is a little bit more difficult being the river bed not as broad. Fish are shyer due to the reduced depth and this represents a real challenge for the dedicated angler. 

Very often, fish rises are numberless and you cannot decide where to cast your fly. Tiny patterns are very useful in case of grayling’s activity but a bulk attractor may induce those biggest trout to leave their shelter. 

River Sele

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.

River Tanagro

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.

 

 

River Volturno

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

It contains Browns, Rainbows and Chubs 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 Graylings, of which a few specimen are still present in the lower stretch. 

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