Fly Fish Wherever You Are
I'm sitting at my sister and brother in law's house on a Massachusetts beach as I write this, reminded as I look out at the calm waters today that I don't have a fly rod with me. Whilst I sit and lament this fact I am reminded of the countless opportunities that fly fishing offers to catch countless different species of fish in countless places and water types. I should have known that there would be an opportunity to fish on this trip and just brought a rod along. Here are some ideas for fishing unconventional locations you might visit.
1. If you are anywhere near an ocean just know that there are likely some kind of fish that you can catch with a fly rod there. Carry some basic minnow imitating streamers like Clouser Minnows, Deceivers, and Gummy Minnows. With just a little local intel you can find out where most of the fish are and what species they might be. Look for rocky points, piers, flats and estuaries, and even sandy beaches with some rocky areas as likely places to hold fish. You kinda never know what you might find in salt water. A few years back I cast Clousers off a beach in Mexico and had some crazy I don't know whats chasing my flies around.
2. If you find yourself land-locked and far away from typical trout waters find a pond, canal, or other location with a little water and go in search of bass, bluegill, carp, crappie, or whatever else might live there. I've targeted tilapia, big koi, grass carp, and all kinds of other finned wonders over the years. A few Krystal Buggers, Prince Nymphs, or even general Dry Flies like Parachute Adams and PMXs should do the trick for a number of different species.
3. Keep a couple of rods handy. A 5 weight will cover most situations for smaller fish and fresh water and an 8 weight should cover the rest of the larger fish and salt water situations. Have a floating and sinking line for each with some attachable sink tips and you'll pretty much cover the gamut of what you might unexpectedly encounter.
Unless the address ends in Sahara Desert, Algeria you're likely to be able to find some fish anywhere you are in the world. With just a few basic flies and a rod, reel, and line you can enjoy great fly fishing for some amazingly unexpected fish in any unexpected location.