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Slovenian Marble trout on dryfly

The idea of ​​this website comes from my great passion for fishing that I have since the age of 7, thanks to my father’s patience who has shared it with me for a long time! Over the years I have practiced most of the fishing techniques, until finally landed in 1992 to fly fishing, both in freshwater and in saltwater, aimed at all possible game fish!

Thanks to this strong passion I’ve had the possibility to meet a lot of people, some of which have become very dear friends, like Paolo Bolognini, crazy “anconetano”, great fisherman and also a very talented nature photographer.

Paolo Bolognini

Another person who has become a great friend is Alberto Galeazzo, fly fishing irreverent minstrel, “Veneto doc” and an excellent video maker, with whom in recent years we have shared many fishing experiences both in Italy and abroad. All the others, no less important, will be included in the “Friends” section of the site.

Alberto Galeazzo with a beautiful slovenian Brown trout

Thanks to the experience gained over the years, I became a complete fly fisherman: I usually pass from dry fly fishing, to nymph and streamer fly fishing, and this allows me to fish at all hours of the day, in all seasons and in any place, according to fish activity! I use all kinds of insects, fish and crustaceans patterns, or any “fly” (even fantasy flies) that can stimulate a fish reaction!

I have fished most waters of northern Italy, although mainly the Serio, Brembo, Oglio and Adda rivers in Lombardy; the Brenta and Piave rivers in Veneto; the Trebbia, Aveto and Taro rivers in Emilia, the Chiese, Sarca and Noce rivers in Trentino; and the Fella, Resia and Natisone rivers in Friuli.

Piave river

Since 2000 I have been a member of a fishing association on a beautiful north eastern Italian river, whose main purpose is the protection of the river itself and, obviously, of the Trouts and Graylings living inside it; since a few years I’m also a member of a foreign fishing association on another beautiful river in Slovenia, whose management has the same purpose of protection and respect.

Since 2009 I have a sailing and motorboat license (with no limits from the coast) and thanks to this I’m able to arrange saltwater fly fishing (and spinning) trips to various species of Tuna, Dolphin fish and any other species that can be caught with a fly, safely and according to navigation rules.

Captains searching for tunas

Since 2011 I have been part of the editorial staff of “Pipam” website (www.pipam.com)  where I wrote, participated and procured over twenty articles concerning daily fly fishing trips, equipment tests and fly fishing trips worldwide. In 2016 I have been part of a video team of the web site, to perform scouting fly fishing trips in various Italian destinations, producing videos and articles to share in the web!

Paolo Fortunati
Part of Pipam editorial staff at Pescare Show in Vicenza

Since 2016 I have been a supporting member of the IGFA (International Game Fish Association), to be always aware of regulations, new records, initiatives to protect particular species at risk and anything else concerning fishing in the world.

In 2016, together with my buddy Alberto Galeazzo, I was the protagonist of an episode of the SKY PESCA TV Channel on fly fishing in the Ligurian Sea!

In 2018 I started a collaboration with the bi-monthly Italian fishing magazine “La Pesca Mosca e Spinning” (www.lapescamoscaespinning.it) for which in the first year I wrote a couple of articles: “Fly Fishing in the upper Idrijca river” in Slovenia and “False Albacore in north Adriatic sea” in Italy!

Herewith please find the link to the Magazine:

http://www.lapescamoscaespinning.it/tutti-gli-autori/autori-mosca

The great passion for fly fishing has also pushed me to travel, always with fly tackles in my luggage, giving me the opportunity to meet other people, different cultures, taste new food and see amazing places! I started to make fishing trips in the neighboring Slovenia (Soca, Idrijca and Unica rivers), then in Croatia (Gacka, Kupa and Krka rivers), by exploring unknown rivers in Romania, to Ireland (Moy and Erriff rivers, lough Corrib and Conn) and in Norway (Trysil river).

Gacka river, Croatia
Trysil river, Norway

In 1999, misled by a friend after having planned (and then canceled) my first fishing trip to Alaska and British Columbia, I made my first big trip overseas in the beautiful island of Cuba where, among the many predators caught, I managed to take my biggest Tarpon ever (about 100 pounds) finally released.

Release of a huge cuban Tarpon

This experience has irreparably infected me by opening the way, as well as being returned to Cuba other times, even to other fly fishing destinations such as those in the Venezuelan Caribe (Los Roques archipelago), in the west coast of Florida (Boca Grande, Sanibel and Captiva islands), in the Florida Keys (Islamorada, Lower Keys and Key West), in the Florida Everglades Park and in the pristine flats of the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest in the northern hemisphere!

In the Florida Everglades
Baker flat, Belize

I have always enjoyed organizing fly fishing trips, taking care of all the details, even the most insignificant. Through this project, I hope to be able to provide a professional service to anyone who wants to embark on a journey to one of his most hidden desires fishing destinations!

Through photos and videos, made together with my staff, I hope to be able to convey all the wonderful emotions that I feel whenever I go fishing in a new destination, whether it is the secret stream nearby, or a remote and pristine flat of a tropical archipelago!

Fish the world

Paolo Fortunati