Best Fly Fishing States

American fly fishing

Fly fishing in the United States is getting more and more popular. As the popularity increases the best places to fish are becoming more and more sought after. The United States has some of the best fly fishing destinations in the world, with all corners of the States represented.

Florida

By far the best saltwater fly fishing in the States, The Keys have very big bonefish, and are loaded with tarpon as well. The Everglades, also are known for tarpon, redfish, snook and largemouth bass. In the Panhandle area, you’ll find tarpon and reds, but Florida’s real special fly fishing characteristic is in the canals, ditches, lakes and ponds, always full of largemouth bass.

Montana

A very popular destination for anglers. Montana features: Yellowstone, the Big Horn, the Madison, the rivers in Yellowstone National Park, the Beaverhead, the Missouri, and all of those creeks. The list can go on forever, Montana is the best trout fishing state in the union.

North Carolina

The variety that North Carolina has is why it makes this list. The mountains have trout streams, and populations of native brook trout. The piedmont area is filled with reservoirs and there are thousands of farm ponds that are filled with largemouth bass and bluegills. The Roanoke River gets one of the best runs of striped bass every year. And don’t forget the coast, where you can catch both stripers and redfish, exclusive to the area.

New York

Long Island Sound and the southern beaches of the island make for the best striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore fishing in the States. Plus people forget how big and vast of a state New York is. The Catskills alone offer some of the best trout fishing east of the rockies with the Beaverkill, the Willowemoc, and the Neversick. The Adirondacks also have a legendary reputation for the lakes and streams that flow through it. Don’t forget about the Great Lakes either providing some of the best salmon and steelhead runs in the nation. Most of the species in New York aren’t native, but the variety alone makes New York one of the best fishing spots in the period.

Alaska

The fishing season is very short, only lasting a few months. But those in those short months, Alaska makes it count. Salmon, steelhead, resident rainbows, grayling, northern pike, and even some grizzly bears hanging out make the final frontier that much more alluring.