Top 3 Fly Fishing States and Streams in the United States. Put a pin on Pennsylvania, Montana, or Colorado for your next fly fishing destination.
Top 3 Fly Fishing States and Streams in the United States
Pennsylvania is packed with a seemingly endless amount of wild mountain trout streams and Steelhead within driving distance.
Penns Creek – This limestone stream is home to the best green Drake hatch in the eastern United States. It contains a large number of wild brown trout. Penns Creek is stocked generously before and after opening trout season.
Spring Creek – Said to be the finest wild trout stream in PA with the densest wild brown population. The Fisherman’s Paradise portion of the stream is also the oldest fly fishing only water in the us.
Elk Creek – The largest Lake Erie tributary, stocked with steelhead and brown trout.
Montana is arguably the most beautiful fly fishing location ever. Almost every river and stream in the state is packed full of trout.
Yellowstone River – The longest free flowing river in the lower 48, and said to be one of the finest fisheries in the US.
Big horn River – The locals consider it the best fishery in the state, and with around 6,000 fish per mile who could argue.
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”
― Norman Maclean.
Blackfoot River – No doubt he was speaking about the big blackfoot. If it was good enough for Norman Maclean it’s good enough for all of us. This river boasts a healthy population of brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and bull trout.
Colorado with thousands of miles of rivers and streams and millions of acres of lakes, Colorado is a fly fishing Mecca. Colorado draws nearly 340,000 anglers each year. The state also boasts hundreds of miles of gold medal streams. In order to receive a Gold Medal listing, a body of water must consistently support a minimum trout standing stock of 60 pounds per acre, as well as consistently support a minimum average of 12 quality trout – trout larger than 14 inches – per acre.
Upper Arkansas River – With a 102 miles of gold medal water this river draws nearly a 100,000 anglers a year. The Arkansas drops 5,000 feet in elevation and takes you through canyons , high altitude deserts, and meadows.
The Frying Pan – A gold medal river known for its monstrous 10-plus pound rainbow trout, need I say more.
Gunnison River – Another gold medal watershed with trophy trout and stunning views.