Great Fishing Lodges of North America: Fly Fishing's Finest Destinations

This exclusive tour of North America’s most storied fishing lodges puts you on the premiere streams, rivers, lakes, and coasts with a fly rod in hand.

Escape on the fishing trip of your dreams with Great Fishing Lodges of North America. From Alaska to Florida, Montana to Maine, and across Canada, this is a must-have for the fisherman who dreams of taking the once-in-a-lifetime trip, or wants to bring the "lodge lifestyle" home. With text by Orvis’s Paul Fersen, Great Fishing Lodges of North America offers fascinating profiles of each destination, including detailed information on the local waters and its game fish, the lodge, amenities and activities, unique recipes, and game species and wildlife in the area. Images of each lodge and the surrounding countryside complement the beautiful, on-the-water photography by some of America’s best outdoor photographers.

About The Author

Paul Fersen has been with The Orvis Company for sixteen years. He has been published in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fly Fisherman, and Fly Fish America, writes a column for Stratton Magazine, co-authored the book The Art of Fly Fishing, and wrote A Peach Tree in an Apple Orchard. The Orvis Company began in 1856 as a fly-fishing company and is now the nation’s oldest mail-order business.

  • Publish Date: April 13, 2010
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Sports & Recreation - Fishing
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 10 x 10
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $62.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3424-2


"In A River Runs Through It, author Norman Maclean considered fly fishing almost as a religion. It's not for everyone but those who do practice the method are passionate about it. In this book, Paul Fersen offers portraits of nearly 50 fly fishing lodges that have been endorsed by Orvis, the sporting goods mail order and retail firm that began in the 1850s as a fly fishing company. Organized into six broad geographical regions, Fersen chooses lodges that are unique in character and ambiance. He begins in Alaska and ends in New Brunswick. Each entry is accompanied by a map and the species of fish in the area. Some of the lodges, such as the Essex in Vermont, double as culinary resorts and spas, while others such as Weatherby's in Maine are a bit more rustic. The area of Montana that Maclean wrote about, the Blackfoot River, also is represented here. The color photography often is magnificent much like the landscapes themselves. Spectacular photographs of the Madison River Valley in Montana or the Grand Tetons in Wyoming are breathtaking in their beauty." ~Chicago Tribune

"If you need to feast your imagination on angling destinations where the quality of fishing is matched by the quality of accommodations, dining, and fireside creature comforts, treat yourself to Orvis’s GREAT FISHING LODGES OF NORTH AMERICA: FLY FISHING’S FINEST DESTINATIONS (Rizzoli International Publications, hardbound, 240 pages, $50). This book stands on its artistic merits as a beautiful photographic album of fly-fishing in North America. But its main purpose is to identify 47 top-drawer fly-fishing venues, some at the edge of what’s left of wilderness and some tucked away remarkably close to what passes for civilization. You’ll find not only the obvious allure of Alaskan lodges but also of Chatham’s Bar Inn on Cape Cod, the Homestead in western Virginia, Blackberry Farm in the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. The mountain west and southwest are well represented with more than 20 lodges, ranches, and resorts for all sorts of piscine quarry as well as a half dozen camps and lodges in Canada. Author Paul Fersen offers crisp, informative descriptions of each venue, including, of course, the species to be fished for in these stunning settings. Fersen’s book will considerably lengthen your bucket list."
~Gray's Sporting Journal

"When it comes to fly fishing, legendary Vermont-based sporting outfitters Orvis is the recognized authority.  The company celebrates nearly 50 Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodges across the U.S. and Canada in a nifty new book for the armchair angler, Great Fishing Lodges of North America. The perfect tool for planning your next outing as well as a rich visual feast for anyone interested in sport fishing or the lodge lifestyle, the book highlights the best destinations from Alaska to Florida, Montana to Maine, and across Canada." ~Luxist

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