Casting a Wider Net

May 1, 2005
Outside Magazine

THE LUCK OF THE IRISH: Delphi Lodge's placid waters    Photo: courtesy, Delphi Lodge

Turneffe Island Lodge, Belize » Cast to massive tarpon in crystal-clear, mangrove-lined salt creeks or wade the expansive turtle grass shallows for permit. Or just relax. This private 14-acre island, accessible only by boat or seaplane, has eight cabanas ringing the southern edge of the white-sand atoll, located 30 miles off mainland Belize. $1,870 for three nights; 800-874-0118,

Delphi Lodge, Ireland » The UK is to fly-fishermen what Yosemite's Camp 4 is to big-wall climbers: the modern birthplace of their sport. This 170-year-old country house situated about 75 minutes northwest of Galway is one of the finest salmon-fishing operations on Ireland's wild west coast. About $1,640 to $2,300 for six days; 011-353-954-2222,

Ponoi River Company, Russia » During full-moon tides, the thumb-shaped Kola Peninsula is home to the heaviest Atlantic salmon runs on the planet. Fish the endless Arctic daylight and return to a luxury wilderness camp, complete with grilled farm-raised reindeer, a fire lit in your wall tent's stove, and Finnish down pillows on the bed. $4,950 to $9,950 per week; 800-245-1950,

Pez Raton Lodge, Venezuela » During the Caribbean's June-to-November hurricane season, storms run east to west before cutting north and shutting down the bonefishing—unless you're blissfully south of their path, on Los Roques, an archipelago 80 miles north of Venezuela's mainland coast. Set in a national marine park, the Pez Raton Lodge is an eight-room posada for anglers. $3,195 for seven nights; 800-245-1950,

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