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Besides Fly Water and Yellow Dog, are there fly fishing travel companies that anyone would recommend?
The Fly Shop in Redding, Ca. [flyshop.com] 800-669-3474. They've been arranging international trips for over 40 years [probably one of the first travel specialists].
 

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Some of the lodges if you call them direct will make accommodations from the closest airport, to their lodge.

Depending on the weather, September is my favorite time for the Caribbean or Alaska.
 

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What kind of fishing or location are you thinking about?
All kinds. Mostly saltwater stuff, but hopefully some freshwater destinations in the future as well. Have booked several trips in recent years with Yellow Dog and Fly Water both, but the experiences, in terms of the quality of service of the agent as opposed to the lodges themselves, has varied considerably trip to trip. Just looking for other companies that people have had good experiences with so that I can give them a try.

Thanks to everyone for the replies and suggestions!
 
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Some of the lodges if you call them direct will make accommodations from the closest airport, to their lodge.

Depending on the weather, September is my favorite time for the Caribbean or Alaska.
I'm not sure that booking direct with the lodge is a wise idea. If something should happen [weather, flight delays,etc.] an agent will be in a better position to help you out. The lodges usually don't deal with the volume of travel and therefore may not be of much help if you have a problem.
 

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I'm not sure that booking direct with the lodge is a wise idea. If something should happen [weather, flight delays,etc.] an agent will be in a better position to help you out. The lodges usually don't deal with the volume of travel and therefore may not be of much help if you have a problem.
Exactly, Trek, among others have a 24hr answering service when someone goes wrong. Sadly, so many IG famous people trying to host a trip based on their following and not their experience fail to realized exactly what goes into hosting a trip without a proper company backing them.
 

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Exactly, Trek, among others have a 24hr answering service when someone goes wrong. Sadly, so many IG famous people trying to host a trip based on their following and not their experience fail to realized exactly what goes into hosting a trip without a proper company backing them.
Hosted trips are often nothing but a way for a guide to make some money and get a free trip. Oftentimes they have no experience with the area or the target species.
 

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Hosted trips are fine. IF the host actually puts in the effort to put together a solid trip and especially if they have experience with that watershed. BUT do your homework first and find out if the hosted trip is the same price as a regular trip through a booking agency. What I really love to see is when some trip is hosted by Joe Celebrity. They bring nothing to the trip whatsoever other than you being able to say you got to rub elbows with Joe Celebrity.
 
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