Rod and Thumb

Hitchhiking and Self-Guided Fly Fishing Abroad

Welcome to Rod and Thumb!

Have you fly fished all your home waters and are curious about fishing in another country?

Does your budget prevent you from affording an all-inclusive fishing lodge or guiding services, but you do have the time to explore a foreign location's fisheries on your own?

Are you looking for a bit of adventure and would like fly fishing to be one of your main objectives while traveling?

Does hitchhiking and trekking to a river or lake, freedom camping on the water's bank and fly fishing for wild trout sounds like your idea of fun?

If you have answered 'Yes' to any of the above questions, then you have come to the right place!

Rod and Thumb serves as a guide for those trout bums who want to fly fish in foreign countries but are constrained by a tight budget and a lack of reliable transportation. We provide information on how to get started on your own self-guided fly fishing trip, what to expect and the involved logistics. While the countries covered by this website are Argentina, Chile and New Zealand, it is possible to hitchhike and fly fish on your own in other countries.

This website does not provide information on which exact rivers or lakes to fish. Part of the adventure of self-guided fly fishing is to find this out on your own. Everyone has their secret fishing spot, and rightfully so. Would you want everyone and their grandma to fish your favorite stretch of river? Meeting locals and putting the effort into discovering fishing holes on your own is a piece of the adventure that makes fly fishing self-guided so fun and satisfying.