FAQ

When is Fishing in Florence open in 2015 / 2016?
Trips and tuition will be available seven days a week from 27th March 2017 until 15th December 2016 and will restart on 15th March 2017.

Can trips be adapted for those with little or no experience?
Yes – we enjoy guiding beginners, and our style of instruction is relaxed and good-humoured. If you haven’t been fishing before and would like to learn the basics, we recommend an introductory lesson on the Arno divided between spinning for zander and float fishing for barbel, chub and carp. We also offer an integrated introductory lesson on spinning for predatory species – such as zander, Wels catfish and channel catfish - that will introduce you to casting techniques, knots, lure selection and retrieves.

What is on offer beyond the Arno? 
We have unique access to two very beautiful private estate lakes in the provinces of Montespertoli (25 mins from Florence) and Lucca (50 mins from Florence), where we target black bass or large carp. We also offer more physically and technically demanding fishing on upland mountain reservoirs (50 mins from Florence), where we target pike. From June to August, we offer coastal fishing near Livorno (1 hr from Florence) or the Monte Argentario peninsula (c.2 hrs from Florence), where we target seabass and European barracuda or white seabream and mullet. Our guide Ollie has fished extensively for mullet on the Spanish, Croatian and Italian coasts, and believes his site near Livorno offers the most consistent specimen mullet fishing (whether on fly or using bait) he has ever seen.

Are guests welcome?
Yes – one non-angling guest is welcome to accompany the client for the day, however this must be indicated when booking.

Can trips be conducted in Italian?
To a point – our main guide Oliver speaks reasonable Italian and has extensive angling vocabulary.

Does Fishing in Florence offer tackle hire without the guiding service?
No – the client must be accompanied by a guide at all times.

What happens if the Arno floods?
The Arno is normally only susceptible to flooding in late December, January and February (when we are closed). In the very unlikely event that flooding renders the river unfishable or potentially unsafe, trips will be cancelled at least 12 hrs in advance at the discretion of the guide leading the trip and any deposit refunded in full within five working days.