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ALPS & DOLOMITES FRIULI

MARBLE TROUT IN A TERRA INCOGNITA

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Our local knowledge is key to picking the right stretch along these famed waters for the perfect conditions on any given day.  

When the snowpack recedes in the heat of summer we venture up into the higher mountain streams and secluded alpine lakes.  

 

If you are lucky enough to be a fanatical angler or just love to revel in the grandeur of the natural world at its finest, this is the place for you.

FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA

A two hours drive above the Grand Canal of Venice and the warm beaches on the Adriatic Sea lies the mountains of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.  

Italy’s northeastern boundary greets Austria and Slovenia in an alpine nirvana of shared culture and stunning vistas.  The peaks of the Friulian Dolomites and Julian Alps dominate this bit of Friuli and mountain streams run down from jagged peaks carrying marble trout. It has the unmistakable feel of true wilderness but in the heart of Europe.  It is a wonderful little corner of the Alps with ancient villages, vineyards, picturesque farms and waterfalls under the glowing mountains.   

It is well known to serious foodies for producing some of the very best wines, cheese, and ham in all of Italy.  We love it because it is the most spectacularly unspoilt refuge for wild fishing in Italy.  It is a fantastic destination for outdoor adventurers seeking the glory of the Alps without the maddening crowds.   It is Terra Incognita; a frontier land still mostly unknown outside of Italy for now.  

Along with these native marbles swim brook and brown plus rainbow trout, often presenting “in caccia” or on the rise during the  season from mid June through early October. 

We practice catch and release exclusively in the Alps & Dolomites. All local and national licences are procured for you and included in the price of your trip with us. 

Our guides are fluent in English but grew up here living by these waters; they know the best spots, techniques, and flies to ensure an amazing Italian fishing experience.

 

The Carnia region of Friuli is dominated by 7 fishable valleys that feed the Tagliamento River Basin and ultimately the Grado and Marano Lagoon and Adriatic Sea.  It is an endless playground for the curious angler.   Part of the UNESCO-protected Friulian Dolomites Natural Park, this pristine reserve is home to chamois, ibexes, falcons and eagles in addition to the native marble trout. Thousand year-old forests surround waterfalls with many lakes and well established hiking trails all leading up to the vertical rock peaks that dominate this part of the Alps.  

 

Our partner hotel in Friuli is located within the picturesque alpine hamlet of Arta Terme, long famous for the healing thermal waters of Arta and even warmer hospitality.  Nestled in an 19th century former distillery this hotel adds modern spa facilities (saunas and Jacuzzi plus a panoramic pool) to nearly 100 years of history welcoming quests.    All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, wifi, with stylish and comfortable furnishings. The restaurant cooks fresh with local ingredients and offers seasonal dishes plus favourites from beyond Carnia.  Within the village all the necessary shops and markets are walkable from the hotel along the river. 

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EUROPEAN FLIGHTS

Trieste (Ronchi dei Legionari - TRS) 

Distance from our base in Friuli: 1 hour by car

 

EUROPEAN AND INTERCONTINENTAL FLIGHTS

 

Venezia (Marco Polo - VCE) 

Distance from our base in Friuli: 1 hour 30 minutes by car (Closest)

 

TRAINS TO UDINE

Train is a great option for our guests coming from Venice (1 hour 50 minutes, direct). We can arrange pick up and drop off at the Udine train station,

Shuttles and transfers from other locations in northern Italy available on request.

Marble trout are definitely the king of the streams in Friuli Venezia Giulia and most of the time the premium target for the fly fishermen coming here from all over the world. Surely brown trout, grayling and other species deserve a mention but the dominant native trout all over the Italian Alpine arch are the marble (Salmo trutta marmoratus).

Come to Friuli and try to catch one!
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