We have a full schedule of hosted trips running throughout 2023 and 2024. As popular as ever, these group fishing holidays provide an excellent opportunity for those wishing to join a party of like-minded enthusiasts. Your Aardvark McLeod host is on hand to help with all the arrangements, to advise on tackle and flies alongside the local guides, and in some cases to assist with guiding and tuition. If you are travelling alone it’s a good way to avoid playing a single supplement and if you are fishing abroad for the first time it’s an easy way to experience a more far flung destination. As the lodge or boat is usually taken exclusively, there’s often more flexibility afforded during the week to look for other species and try something a little different if you would like to.
Aardvark McLeod Hosted Trips – 2023 and 2024
River Gaula, Norway, July 2023 and 2024 – Peak week on productive salmon river with Alex Jardine
Alex is hosting a group to the River Gaula in a prime July week. Based at the delightful family-run Winsnes Lodge, the group will have access to 4km of superb double bank fishing. This characterful river sees strong runs of salmon averaging 14 to 18lb with many exceeding 30lb and a few over 40lb.
Southern Highlands and Laxardal, Iceland, July 2023 – Wild brown trout and Arctic char with Pete Buckey
Pete’s hosted week offers anglers the chance to experience the very best of Iceland’s stunning southern highlands and northern trout rivers. The combination of the Tungnaá and Kaldakvisl for brown trout and Arctic char, and superb dry fly and nymph fishing on the Upper Laxa I Adaldal is hard to beat.
Laxa I Kjos, Iceland, July 2023 and 2024 – Prime Salmon with Peter McLeod and Olly Thompson
Laxa I Kjos is an intimate river and offers salmon fishing more akin to targeting trout. The small rock pockets, canyons and open meadows are perfect for sight fishing with single handed rods and tiny flies. There are some wonderful hitch fishing opportunities and the occasional large sea trout adds to the excitement. Peter and Olly are both hosting here.
Los Roques, Venezuela, October 2023 – Tailing bonefish with Alexander Kennedy
The flats and beaches of Los Roques are among the most sought after bonefish fisheries on the planet. Barely touched over the last few years, and with big permit and tarpon on offer too, the well rested waters are full of hungry fish.
Alphonse Island, Seychelles, November 2023 and 2024 – Flats variety with Charlotte Chilcott
Charlotte’s annual November trip to Alphonse is one of those rare chances to experience a fishery suitable for all anglers whether you are targeting bonefish, GTs, milkfish, permit or a whole host of other reef and flats species. Variety and consistency are assured with opportunities to fish the flats of both St Francois and Alphonse.
Cuba, November 2023 and 2024 – Caribbean Grand Slam opportunities with Alex Jardine
Alex will be returning to the abundant saltwater flats of Cuba, firstly to the Canarreos Archipelago (Cayo Largo and Isle de Juventud) in November 2023 and then the pristine flats of Jardines de la Reina in November 2024.
Rio Grande, Argentina, January 2024 – Sea trout fishing with Olly Thompson (Dates to be confirmed)
Olly will be returning to Argentina’s spectacular Rio Grande, home of the world’s finest sea trout fishing. With fish of 20lb caught each week, and fish over 30lb caught most seasons, it’s a rewarding destination for anglers who enjoy technical fishing.
Providence Atoll, Seychelles, March 2024 – GTs and more with Peter McLeod
The monster GTs, permit, bumphead parrotfish and open sand flats have proved an irresistible draw to Peter and he returns year after year. His hosted trip to the largest flats area of any atoll in the Seychelles, aboard the purpose designed Maya’s Dugong liveaboard, is an astonishing destination for the adventurous angler.
Cayo Romano, Cuba, April 2024 – Superb saltwater with Alexander Kennedy
Alexander’s experience of the cays, mangrove lagoons and flats in this pristine fishery is
second to none. There are still areas yet to be explored by anglers, and with bonefish,
tarpon and permit cruising the waters there’s the chance of that elusive Grand Slam.
Agua Negra, Bolivia, July 2024 – Golden dorado with Charlotte Chilcott
Charlotte’s love of wild places will take her to the Bolivian jungle in search of dorado, pacu and yatorana. With only four anglers plus Charlotte, you’ll need to pack a sense of adventure along with your fishing tackle.
Your Aardvark McLeod hosts
Peter McLeod has been fishing since he was seven and founded Aardvark McLeod in 2005. Over the last 20 years he’s fished around the globe and his passion for fly fishing, tackle, and techniques, and his overflowing enthusiasm for this sport makes him a perfect host.
Charlotte Chilcott’s passion for travel and saltwater fishing has taken her to many of the world’s most exotic destinations. Her meticulous attention to detail ensures that every trip she hosts is an unforgettable adventure.
Alex Jardine has travelled extensively with his fishing rods, hosting groups, giving casting demonstrations and exploring off the beaten track. He’s fished freshwater and saltwater on six of the world’s seven continents and uses his vast knowledge to teach and guide others.
Olly Thompson has spent the last decade guiding in some of the world’s most remote and exclusive fisheries. Now firmly part of the Aardvark McLeod team, his extensive knowledge of equipment, casting and flies makes him well placed to host anglers of all experience.
Pete Buckey is a full-time fly fishing guide with a personal focus on helping anglers catch wild fish. He is a wonderful companion, guide and teacher to both novice and experienced fishermen.
Alexander Kennedy established Castaway Flyfishing in 2004 and although he’s fished all over the world, the Latin American and Caribbean fishing destinations are his real speciality. He is a superb host and guide, to which his large number of repeat clients is testimony.
Click HERE to view our Hosted Trips brochure. For further details on any of these trips, please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine or phone +44 (0) 1980 847 389