These are but a few sample of waters wetting our region – Latium. For further infos, please get in touch

River Melfa

Anglers who have decided to spend their holidays in Rome or in the south of Latium should not miss this beautiful river running not far from Frosinone and Cassino (famous for the furious battle during the II WW).

From Rome it can be reached via a quick highway crossing beautiful landscapes.

It contains savage trout and, in the lowest part, a few chub. Most fish are standard in length (35cm) and are very shy. A no kill stretch is present near the small town of Atina 

Canale Santa Susanna

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. 

River Aniene

Not far from Rome, it crosses a very narrow valley where casting is really very difficult in some cases while the lower part is much easier. It contains trout and chubs (in the lowest stretches).

The medium stretch asks for delicate and precise casts, being fish easy to be scared. Fish are not huge but reach a good size and offer a strong resistance.

The running stretches ask for attractor and sometimes “matching” flies while the big pools are always a problem as far as the choice of the fly is concerned.

The upper part is mostly savage and casts of great difficulty. The best choice for a fishing ‘n’ trekking adventure.

 

River Aniene – upper stretch

It originates from Mounts Simburtini, on the border dividing Latium from Abruzzo, between the provinces of Rome and Frosinone.

Below Tivoli, where it forms a beautiful waterfall and slows down until Rome. Upstream, of runs deep into a savage valley, with fast runs and medium to deep holes where browns shelter during the day, preferring the end of the day to leave their “home”.

Attactors, 8-8.,5″ #3-5 rods are a must, expecially in summer when trees and bushes give big troubles to angler. Nymphs and streamers may be a solution in the deepest pools and fastest riffles.

The valley has many tourist attractions where anglers’ companions may have a relaxing holiday.

 

River Fibreno

It’s a real chalk-stream, originating from a very small lake. It contains a so-called “green trout”(Trutta macrostigma –  a species living only here and other rivers in Central Italy).  

Waders are useless, given its depth which obliges fishing from the bank a difficult task due to the presence of canes and weeds for the most part of the year. River Fibreno cannot be entered everywhere. You should know the exact spot and time to approach far from danger. Chalk-streams have specific features and river Fibreno has all. Including reactive fish.

Fish eagerly accept tiny spiders and bulky offers. Of course, not always. The point is to know when. 

 

Smaller streams in Eastern Latium

The province of Rieti is filled with small-medium rivers and lakes,  most of them very interesting for trout fishing and which also offers various casting difficulties. If you are in search of wild spots and enchanting beautiful landscape to be visited during a fishing trip, this is the right one-day destination.

You hardly can see it from the road but if you know how to reach it, this small water offers you technical challenges

Very shallow and cold water. Submerged weeds, Overhanging bushes. Fish are not huge but hungry. Fast. Strong. And shy. 

River Tronto

The springs of this nice river are in Latium (not far from Amatrice), in the province of Rieti. After some kilometers, river Tronto enters region Marche and enters the Adriatic Sea. In the uppest stretch it mostly has shy and often selective trout, thus attracting a lot of anglers. 

Few know, however, that a few kilometers below the river turns into a trout/cyprinid water, running through a savage and really charming environment where climbing skill is more important than casting. Preys are huge and extremely shy: a tempting challenge for those who are not just after fish but look for something different. 

Lake Bracciano

Lake Bracciano is only a few kilometers from Viterbo and is best fished from a boat or belly-boat. Fishing from the shore (waders) is also possible. This lake has only three towns on its banks: Anguillara, Trevignano and Bracciano which offer good opportunities for a day of tourism. Lake Bracciano has pike, black bass, cyprinids all accepting streamers, poppers, wets and dries.

The best period for Lake Bracciano is end of Winter, beginning of Spring when pike are more active.

Lake Salto

Lake Salto is one of the many lakes in the province of Rieti and has been created in 1940 for electricity purposes by means of a dam on river Salto thus submerging 4 small villages, still present on the bottom of the lake.  In Summer, the water level decreases because the water is used also in agriculture while during the raining season all the exposed areas are fully covered with water. The lake is also a great water resource in case of fires. 

The lake – offering great opportunities for water sports like water-skiing, kite-flying, swimming,  boating and so on – contains pike, black bass, cyprinids and mostly perch. Fishing is also possible in the river: trout are not huge but the small and savage environment makes flyangling a real challenge!!!