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6 Ideal Destinations for Fly Fishing

One of the most popular recreational activities in America is fly fishing, but locating the perfect destination in which to enjoy this activity can be rather tricky. The team members over at FishingLicense.org know that many Americans are eager to enjoy this sport and would love suggestions on the perfect destinations in which to do so. Fortunately, the United States has some of the most ideal fly fishing locations worldwide, several of which are accessible throughout the entire year. Whether you want to embark on a solo fly fishing journey, or take your family with you, any of these destinations would make a perfect addition to your itinerary.

1. Bighorn River, Montana
If you are looking for somewhere that has a gorgeous landscape and isn’t going to be overly crowded, the FishingLicense.org team thinks you would love Bighorn River located in Montana. You will have the opportunity to swim with brown trout and many types of insects, which is perfect for a fly-fisher who has a bit more experience. The team at FishingLicense.org recommends visiting during fall-time.

2. Alagnak River, Alaska
The Alagnak River, located in Alaska, is home to some of the most beautiful land that North America has to offer. The Alagnak River has a guided fly-fishing tour that you can take, and they are known for their giant rainbow trout and many types of salmon, this is the perfect location for a fly-fisher with any experience level. The fishery is equipped with informative guides who are willing to arrange trips to other locations nearby, if you wish. Aside from their large trout and variety of salmon, they are also home to brown bears, caribou, bald eagles, beavers, and moose, which makes it ideal for anyone who loves animals.

3. Mountain Home, Arkansas (The Ozarks)
Located in the famous Ozarks, Mountain Home, Arkansas has a reputation for being calming and beautiful. Anyone looking for an abundance of lakes that are overflowing with trout, bass, walleye, striper, and flies, with more than 170 miles of beautiful streams, should consider coming to Mountain Home. Another bonus is that the area has been well preserved, thanks to the fact that there aren’t many residential or retail areas nearby, making it perfect for the nature lover.

4. San Juan River, New Mexico
If what you’re after are large trout and a busy fishing spot with many opportunities to catch a variety of rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout (nine-pound catches aren’t out of the norm!), then look no further than San Juan River. The FishingLicense.org team thinks you would love San Juan River, due to the huge trout that are found here, and the fact that the population of fish is in abundance year-round, which means that you can visit anytime you want without having to worry about whether there will be enough fish during the off-season.

5. Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Perfect weather and gorgeous canyons are sure to draw anyone in, which is what exactly what Glenwood Springs has to offer. Glenwood Springs, CO has over 300 sunny days a year and their lodging options are very affordable. If you are a serious fly fisher, you will be sure to enjoy the copious amounts of trout and basically every type of freshwater fish available in the United States. This area is also home to two great rivers, the Colorado and Roaring Fork, which are located nearby other ideal locations as well.

6. Traverse City, Michigan
Equipped with a satisfying number of steelhead, bass, salmon, and trout, Traverse City has been voted one of the top fly fishing locations in the United States. The team over at FishingLicense.org knows that this is an ideal location for anyone who is looking for beautiful scenery and cost friendly lodging choices.

Carla Arbuckle

Carla is a staff writer for Fishing.org and Shooting.org. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer. She can be found most weekends fishing and exploring the wilderness.