Whether you’re an avid fly fisherman or just a novice getting your feet wet, America has some of the world’s top destinations for fly-fishing. Plan a trip with your significant other or gather a group of friends, don’t forget your fly-fishing gear, and visit these top destinations for an unforgettable experience.
Considered a premier big-trout river, San Juan River is the spot for larger rainbow, brown and rainbow-cutthroat hybrid trout. Here, it is very common to catch a four- or five-pounder and if you’re lucky, you might even come across a eight- or nine-pounder. The 3.5-mile section most readily used for fly-fishing is perfect year round and also provides opportunities for camping, hiking and birding. After catching your trophy fish, take in the beauty of New Mexico’s high-country plateaus and stay at the Rizuto’s San Juan River Lodge, an upscale lodge with a restaurant and fly tackle shop.
Looking for your king? Well you’re bound to find a king in the Alagnak River with its strong run of all five salmon species. It’s the perfect fly-fishing destination for all levels. Expert fly fishermen can challenge themselves with kings and silvers, while beginners can take advantage of the schools of silvers, chums and pinks. The river is scattered with sandbars allowing you to wade out into the river and enjoy its clear waters.
For those who with excellent casting distance, the Florida Keys offer a variety of charters that give you access to the saltwater fish of the flats. These fish are fast, and the Keys are not great for first time fly fishermen, however the beautiful scenery and secluded fishing habitats make it extremely worth the trip. Here you’ll find bonefish, tarpon and permit and the option to explore deep sea fishing for dorado, sailfish and marlin. The Keys are also a great vacationing spot for couples or groups of friends, and it is not necessary for you to fly-fish in order to enjoy the Keys.
For a secluded, perhaps romantic, fly-fishing trip, consider the Hammersley Wild Area. Here you’ll find 6.5 miles of private streams, that are only accessible in pairs with one guide and a single boat. These headwaters streams are guaranteed to provide you with a trophy-size brown, brook, and kamloop rainbow trout. The nearest accommodations, Big Moore’s Run Lodge, is a quaint and intimate lodge, only accommodating 10 anglers at a time. In addition to fly-fishing school, one-on-one private instruction and guided tours, they also offer a delicious cuisine with buffet picnic and wine for lunch and hearty steaks, pheasant, quail, duck and roughy for dinner.
Year round fly-fishing for redfish is perfect in the marshes just south of New Orleans or around Hopedale and Delacroix, Louisiana. Between March and October, catching a redfish between 4 and 12 pounds is easy in the shallow waters of the marshes. In late fall, schools of redfish provide plenty of opportunity for beginners and, if you hire a charter, you’ll be on a skiff with access to polling and elevated casting platforms all while enjoying the wilderness and beauty of the Louisiana marshes.
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