While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a perfect afternoon fishing at the same spot you’ve been going to for decades, this is a big world and we only live once. Taking an international fishing vacation can be a priceless experience that greatly expands your fishing knowledge and rekindles your love of adventure. Each of these international fishing destinations offers unforgettable experiences in their own unique ways.
Norway Atlantic Salmon Fishing in the Gaula River
Visit a wild river that fluctuates in depth and is surrounded by mountains in the middle of Norway. The Gaula River is only 45 minutes from the Trondheim Airport, and is located in the Trondheim Fjord. Due to the remote and highly protected nature of the area, these salmon are among the largest in the world, and will commonly reach over 30-40 lbs. The wild river and colder climates require quality outerwear while you hunt for the local salmon.
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
If you’re ready to fish for Marlin that grow to over 1,000 lbs., this trip is for you. The Great Barrier Reef is not only known for phenomenal Marlin fishing, but is also the only living organism that can be seen from space. The connected system of coral that stretches over 1,400 miles off the coast of Queensland, Australia, is officially the largest living structure in the world. Known as the “Marlin Mecca”, whether or not you land a massive Marlin, you’ll want to dress the part on your unforgettable journey to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Tsushima Strait, Japan
Reasons to take a trip to Japan are numerous, and range from an unforgettable hike up Mt. Fuji, to a stroll through the world renowned electronics district known as Akihabara. As an archipelago of islands that introduced the world to delicacies like sushi and miso soup, fishing is a vital part of the heritage of Japan. In the Tsushima Strait, you can not only catch Yellowtail, but Giant Bluefin Tuna as well. It’s a safe bet that clothes sold in Japan will be too small for most Americans, so be sure to bring proper fishing apparel for your trip.
Bear Claw Lodge on the Kispiox River in Canada
For a memorable international fishing vacation without having to pay for a flight across the Atlantic, Canada offers some of the greatest locations in the world for outdoorsmen. Considered a legendary spot for fly-fishing, the Bear Claw Lodge is set in the midst of snow topped mountains in British Columbia. When you’re done fly-fishing for salmon, you can ride horses, ski, tour the river, or hike the numerous trails of the Kispiox Valley.
How will you prepare for the fishing vacation of a lifetime?
If you’ve booked flights, got your passports, and are ready to begin the journey to somewhere like Norway for the ultimate fishing experience, showing up with the right gear is a must. To get bad sunburn within the first few days could limit your enjoyment of the remaining trip. Luckily, you can easily prevent this by getting some stylish, sun-resistant clothing that will keep you dry and cool. The cold areas of places like Norway, Canada, or Alaska can be just as harsh; so packing your high-quality, foul-weather gear is strongly recommended. Otherwise, don’t forget your camera so you’ll always have proof of the 900 lb Marlin you caught off the coast of Australia.