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Fly Fishing Locations

Published:2015-09-30 Click:1367


Montana is well known to be among the top places in the world in terms of fly fishing. People from all over travel to Montana to check out the fantastic trout rivers and beautiful mountain lakes. There are plenty of places in which to find strong, wild fish within the state.  Generally speaking, the western part of the state has some of the best fishing. Some of the best rivers to try are the Flathead River, the Blackfoot River, and the Yellowstone River, and rainbow trout is the thing to fish there.

The two major parks in Montana, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, offer pristine fishing. The two most important features that the state offers is that there are many different options for fly fisherman, and beautiful, quiet scenery is the backdrop of everything. Whether you like to fish streams or lakes, Montana has a place for you. In addition to this, none of the fish are stocked, which many people believe make for stronger, more exciting fights. In sum, Montana is second to none when it comes to fly fishing.


Colorado features 6,000 miles of streams and over 2,000 lakes and reservoirs that offer an assortment of places and species to fish. Whether you are looking for brown, rainbow, brook, or lake trout, or perch, sunfish, walleye, bass, or catfish, Colorado has a place for you. It lives up to its reputation as one of the best places in the world to fly fish.

Of the 6,000 miles of streams, about 168 carry the distinction of being “gold medal” certified by the Colorado Wildlife Commission. There are 13 different rivers that satisfy this claim, including the Colorado, the Rio Grande, the Gunnison, and Gore Creek. There are plenty of state parks and state wildlife areas available to enjoy a peaceful, quiet day of great fishing in the heart of the Rockies.


Based on size alone, Alaska has the highest volume of water available for fishing in the United States. There are tens of millions of salmon who return to their home streams each and every mating season. There is an abundance of freshwater fish in many of the rivers and streams. Perhaps the greatest challenge about fishing in Alaska is gaining access to many of the locations that have no roads or trails leading to them. However, this allows for an opportunity for a quiet, peaceful, honest stay with nothing around you but the nature and the wildlife.

If you’re fishing for salmon or rainbow trout, the best places to fish are the Kenai River or the peninsula. The south-central region of the state is also a popular destination, and also offers a more traditional vacation stay than the wilder northern region of the state. Other areas that are commonly visited are the Togiak and Nushagak River, Bristol Bay, Aniak and Holitna River, all the in the southwestern part of the state. There are also plenty of opportunities for guided tours that are guaranteed to get the most out of your fishing trip.


Wyoming is also one of the most well-respected fly fishing states in the U.S. As the least-populated state in the country, Wyoming offers the perfect opportunity to get away from the world and go fishing on some of the most isolated and promising stretches of water anywhere. There are native cutthroat, rainbow, brook, and brown trout.

Wyoming offers lakes, streams, reservoirs, and rivers with excellent fishing locations. The Alcova Reservoir and Bear River, both in the southwest region of the state, are considered to be the top places to try your luck. In addition, some of the more popular places to fish include the Snake River, Green River, North Platte, the Madison, and the Yellowstone, with the majority of places in the central and western portion of the state. Regardless of where you try, you’ll be sure to find lots of great opportunities to find some fantastic fish. 


Tennessee is another state that has a lot to offer when it comes to fly fishing. Situated in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, there is a diverse type of fishing available, from mountain streams to tailwaters that are similar to the streams of Montana to lots of lakes in between. Popular waters such as the Clinch and the South Holston are home to some really nice rainbow trout. The Duck River is also a safe bet when deciding on places to try.