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Where to Fish

A snapshot of some of the most popular and not so popular fishing destinations in the country.

Fly Fishing Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington
Fly fishing tips for Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington

Fly Fishing Deschutes River, Madras, Oregon
Fly Fishing tips for the Deschutes River, outside of Madras, Oregon.

River Fly Fishing Tips
Tips for river fly fishing, including the different species that inhabit our favorite rivers and the best way to locate them next time you're on the water.

National Park Week: Visit National Parks for Free April 17-25
All 392 National Parks will have free admission during National Park Week April 17-25

Fishing Kings River, Pine Flat Reservoir in California
Fly Fishing for spotted bass, trout on Pine Flat and Kings River

Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S.
American Rivers compiles a report of the Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the country

U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships: Anglers Qualify for World Championships
The United States National Fly Fishing Championships were held in the State College, Penn., area Oct. 24-26, 2009, with anglers from around the country vying for a spot on the U.S. world championship team scheduled to compete in Poland next year.

Fly Fishing in Cleveland: Cavs GM Danny Ferry Sheds Light on Cleveland Fishing
Cleveland Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry sheds light on fly fishing in Cleveland, Ohio.

Possible World Record Bass Submitted to IGFA - Japan Largemouth Would Tie Record
Manabu Kurita’s possible world record bass is in the hands of the International Game Fish Association. Kurita, 32, submitted documentation for a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth late Monday, according to an IGFA press release issued to About.com. If approved, the bass – caught July 2 on Lake Biwa, an ancient reservoir northeast of Kyoto, Japan – would match the current world record, held for over 77 years by George Perry.

Fly Fishing with President Obama a Trip to Remember
The Vermillion brothers, who run Sweetwater Travel and Fly Shop in Livingston, Mont., were the first to take President Barack Obama and his staff fly fishing on Aug. 14 on the East Gallatin River near Bozeman, Mont.

President Obama Goes Fly Fishing in Montana
Photo gallery of President Barack Obama's vacation to Yellowstone National Park and fly fishing trip on the East Gallatin River in Southwest Montana.

Free Fishing Days Remain in California, Georgia, Minnesota and Hawaii
Fish for free -- no fishing permits or licenses necessary on free fishing days in California, Georgia, Minnesota and Hawaii.

Mercury Contamination Report Hits Close to Home
A federal study shows that mercury contamination in fish is a widespread problem across the country.

Fly Fishing at Dinkey Creek in California's Sierra Nevada Forest
A look at fly fishing on Dinkey Creek in California's Sierra Nevada Forest.

Utah Angler Shares 2009 World Fly Fishing Championships Experience
Utah Angler Lance Egan Fished in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Scotland.

International Fish Reports
User fly fishing reports from Mexico, Canada and other popular international fishing destinations.

South Region Fish Reports
User fly fishing reports from the South Region: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Northeast Region Fish Reports
User fly fishing reports from the Northeast Region: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania.

Midwest Region Fish Reports
User fly fishing reports from the Midwest Region: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota.

West Region Fish Reports
User fly fishing reports from the West Region: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming.

User-Generated Fly Fishing Reports
About.com wants to know how the fly fishing is in your neck of the woods. Interact with your fellow fly fishermen and submit your own fishing reports from around North America and even the world.

Fly Fishing at the Arroyo Seco River in Monterey, California
A look at fly fishing at the Arroyo Seco River in Monterey, California

Where is your favorite place to fly fish?
A list of angler's favorite fly fishing destinations.

Fly Fishing at Truckee River – Fishing near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish at Truckee River, located near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border

Fly Fishing near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border

Fly Fishing at Prosser Creek – Fishing near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish at Prosser Creek Reservoir, located near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border

Fly Fishing at Boca Reservoir – Fishing near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish at Boca Reservoir, located near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border

Fly Fishing at Stampede Reservoir – Fishing near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish at Stampede Reservoir, located near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border

Where is Your Favorite Place to Fly Fish?
Where is Your Favorite Place to Fly Fish?

Fly Fishing at Spooner Lake – Fishing near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish at Spooner Lake, located near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border

Fly Fishing in Washington, Seattle and the Puget Sound (Part 2)
Get to know fly fishing in Washington and Seattle's Puget Sound with Part 2 of our Q&A with Washington Fly Fishing Guide Ryan Smith of Arch Anglers.

Fly Fishing in Washington, Seattle and the Puget Sound (Part I)
Get to know fly fishing in Washington and Seattle's Puget Sound with this Q&A with Washington Fly Fishing Guide Ryan Smith of Arch Anglers.

Where to Fly Fish in Colorado - Best Rivers for Fly Fishing in Colorado
About.com guide Brian Milne answers a reader's question about some good places to fly fish in Colorado.

Fly Fishing for Stripers at Lake San Antonio
Fly fishing for stripers at Lake San Antonio near Paso Robles in Central California.

Trout Fishing on Matilija Creek
Fishing on Matilija Creek in Central California, a historic steelhead passageway.

Trout Fishing on the Kings River
Rainbow trout fishing on the Kings River outside of Fresno in Central California.

Fly fishing for steelhead on the Carmel River
Steelhead Fishing, Central California, Trout fishing on the Carmel River, Carmel fishing, Fishing in Carmel

Fly fishing for steelhead on the San Lorenzo River
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the San Lorenzo River in Santa Clara.

Fly fishing for steelhead on the Big Sur River
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur River.

Steelhead Fishing in Central California
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur, Carmel and San Lorenzo rivers.

Fishing in the Mid-West, or fishing on Mars?
Fishing in the Mid-West, or fishing on Mars?

Fishing on the Sea of Cortez and Bahia de los Angeles in Baja, Mexico
A look back on a 2005 fishing trip in Bahia de los Angeles in Baja, Mexico

Fly fishing on the Arroyo Seco River near Salinas
Fly fishing on the Arroyo Seco River near Salinas, Calif.

Fly fishing in Missoula, Montana
Fly fishing the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Rock Creek in Missoula, Montana.

Fly Fishing the Gallatin River in Bozeman, Montana
A profile of the Gallatin River, located outside of Bozeman, Montana

Fly Fishing Clearwater River in Idaho - Where to Find Idaho Steelhead
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Clearwater River in Idaho for steelhead trout.

Fly Fishing Whale Rock Reservoir
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Whale Rock Reservoir, in Cayucos, Calif., for steelhead trout.

Fly Fishing Cottonwood Lakes
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Cottonwood Lakes, Calif., for golden trout.

Fishing of the South Fork and Lower Kern River
General profile of fishing on the South Fork and Lower Kern River.

Fishing the North Fork Kern River
Profile about fishing the North Fork of the Kern River.

About the Kern River
General profile and introductory overview of the Kern River.

What Are Your Favorite Fly Fishing Rivers?
A look at the guide's favorite fly fishing destinations.

Fly Fishing at Santa Paula Creek
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing in and around Yosemite on the Santa Paula Creek near Ventura, Calif.

Fly Fishing at the American River - How to Fish the American River
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing the American River in Northern California.

Fly Fishing at Merced River - How to Fish Merced River in Yosemite
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing in and around Yosemite on the Merced River.

Yuba River Fly Fishing
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing at Yuba River.

Rock Creek: Making a Name for Itself
A look at an often overlooked creek and its big brown trout near Missoula, Montana.

Camp Roberts: Not Your Average Army Base
Ever wonder what it would be like to fish on an old army base? Camp Roberts in Central California gives anglers that opportunity.

Fishing the California Aqueduct for Striped Bass
Believe it or not, you can fish the California Aqueduct in the heart of the valley.

Best Fly Fishing in the Western U.S.
A collection of some of my favorites in the Western U.S., where Ive fly fished the most over the years. I've included fisheries from Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and California.

Winter Fly Fishing Tips for Montana
Montana fly fishing guide gives some trout fishing tips for finding winter trout in Montana rivers and spring creeks.

Hot Creek Ranch: Fly Fishing California's Hot Creek
A closer look at fly fishing on Hot Creek Ranch and Hot Creek in California.

Five Questions to Ask When Choosing a Montana Fishing Lodge
Montana fly fishing guide Brian McGeehan offers his advice on picking a fly fishing lodge in Montana.

Spring Fly Fishing in Montana – April Fly Fishing Patterns for the Rockies
Montana guide Brian McGeehan shares his April and spring hatches for Montana fly fishing.

Fly Fishing the White River, in Cotter, Arkansas
Tips on fly fishing the White River, in Cotter, Arkansas, also known as "Trout Capital USA" in Norhtern Al

Missouri River Fly Fishing
The longest river in the U.S., the Missouri River begins at Three Forks – where the Gallatin, Jefferson and Madison rivers converge – and flows more than 750 miles into North Dakota. The Missouri River is known as one of Montana’s most diverse fisheries as it’s home to dozens of species of fish – including brook, brown, cutthroat, lake and...

Fly Fishing Henrys Fork of the Snake River
Henrys Fork of the Snake River, located in northeast Idaho, is as classic a dry fly fishery as you’ll find. Also known as “The Fork,” this historic portion of the Snake River stretches some 50 miles along highways 20 and 191 en route to Yellowstone National Park.

Deschutes River Fly Fishing
Deschutes River “redsides” are not only beautiful, they’re plentiful on this Oregon River, and if you’re fishing it for the first time there’s a good chance you’ll hook up with this native strain of rainbow trout (also known as redband trout).

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing
There might not be a more beautiful place to fly fish than Montana’s Yellowstone River, a major artery that supplies nourishment from the headwaters within the Wyoming side of the Yellowstone National Park on into southwest Montana.

Fly Fishing Michigan's Pere Marquette
A look at the ins and outs of fly fishing Michigan's Pere Marquette, AKA, "The Great River."

Fly Fishing Fall River in Northern California
Fall is a great time to fly fish Fall River in Northern California.

Fly Fishing the East Walker River in California
Fly fishing on the East Walker River in California gives anglers a great shot at the brown trout of a lifetime.

Madison River Fly Fishing
All about fly fishing Montana's famous Madison River, and its diverse stretch known as the "50-mile riffle."

Armstrong Spring Creek Fly Fishing
The Armstrong’s Spring Creek at O’Hair Ranch offers stellar fly fishing opps in the shadow of Yellowstone National Park and its famed river.

McCloud River Fly Fishing
A look at the best techniques for fly fishing the McCloud River in California.

Housatonic River Fly Fishing
A look at some fly fishing tips for the Houstanic River.

Owens River fly fishing
California’s Owens River is really a tale of three rivers, created by the trifecta of very unique sections -- the Upper, Middle and Lower Owens.

Pit River Fly Fishing
A closer look at what makes fly fishing Pit River in Northern California so special.

Fly Fishing With President Obama in Montana
Montana fly fishing guide Dan Vermillion shares his story about fly fishing with President Obama.

Fly Fishing in California – Best Fishing Spots in CA
A look at the best fly fishing spots in California for saltwater and freshwater anglers.

When and Where is the Best Steelhead Fishing?
A look at the best times and places to fly fish for steelhead

Santa Ynez River Fly Fishing
The Santa Ynez River offers trout and smallmouth bass fishing along California's Central Coast.

Fly Fishing Blackfoot River
A look at fly fishing techniques on Montana's famed Blackfoot River, the inspiration for "A River Runs Through It"

Gallatin vs. East Gallatin Fly Fishing
While they share the name, Montana’s Gallatin and East Gallatin rivers have their differences when it comes to fly fishing.

Santa Margarita Lake Fly Fishing
Depending on the rainy season, Central California’s Santa Margarita Lake can provide some nice fly fishing opportunities for Sierra starved anglers who can’t get up to the mountains.

Lopez Lake Fly Fishing
This Arroyo Grande, Calif., lake can be the best lake the Central Coast has to offer. One issue, however, is the wind factor.

Fishing Cachuma Lake
Fly fishermen come to Cachuma Lake for two reasons – trout and bass. It’s as simple as that.

Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)

Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries G-N)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries G-N)

Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries P-Z)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries P-Z)

Salinas River Fly Fishing
A look at Salinas River fly fishing.

Piru Creek Fly Fishing
A look at fly fishing on Piru Creek, which is located in Southern California.

Best Fly Fishing in Colorado
A look at some of the best Fly Fishing destinations in Colorado, including the always popular Colorado River.

Best Fly Fishing in Idaho
A look at the best Fly Fishing destinations in Idaho, from the north to the heart of Idaho on into the eastern Idaho border.

Surf Fishing in California
A look at some top spots for surf fishing in California.

Potomac River Fly Fishing
A look at fishing on the Potomac River, which borders Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

Best Fly Fishing Lakes in California
A look at the best lakes for fly fishing in California.

Fly Fishing for Sacramento Delta Striper
The East Coast always gets a lot of attention, but don’t sleep on Fly Fishing for Sacramento Delta striper out of Sacramento, Calif.

Finding Time to Fly Fish
A look at some tips for those of us who can't find enough time to fly fish.

The Chama River and other fine fisheries make New Mexico a hidden gem for fly...
The Chama River and other fine fisheries make New Mexico a hidden gem for fly fishers.

Fly Fishing Ascension Bay, Mexico
A look at the diverse fly fishing to be had in Ascension Bay, Mexico.

Fly Fishing Cranberry River, West Virginia
A look at fly fishing on the Cranberry River in West Virginia.

Fly Fishing the South Platte River
Tips and advice for fly fishing the South Platte River in Colorado.

Fly Fishing the Colorado River, Lees Ferry to Glen Canyon Dam
Tips on fly fishing the Colorado River near the Grand Canyon, from Lees Ferry to Glen Canyon Dam.

Fly Fishing Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
Tips for fly fishing on Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.

Fly Fishing the Madison River (Quake Lake to Ennis Lake)
A look at fly fishing Montana's Madison River, from Quake Lake to Ennis Lake near Ennis.

Fly Fishing in Pemberton, British Columbia
A look at the top fly fishing opportunities in Pemberton, British Columbia.

Fly Fishing Owens River Valley, Bishop Creek Area
A look at fly fishing Owens River Valley and the Bishop Creek Area.

Fly Fishing Muskegon River, Newaygo
Muskegon River fly fishing tips from a local guide who knows the Newaygo area as well as anyone.

Fly Fishing the White River in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Fly fishing for the White River in neighboring waters in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Fly Fishing in Panama
A look at some of the best fly fishing destinations in Panama.

Where are California's Designated Salmon Spawning Grounds
A look at where California's designated salmon spawning grounds are located in the state.

Fly Fishing the South Fork Snake River in Irwin, Idaho
Guide tips for fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River in Irwin, Idaho.

Fly Fishing Bennett Spring State Park and Roaring River State Park
Fly Fishing tips for fishing Bennett Spring State Park and Roaring River State Park in Missouri.

Where to Catch Golden Trout
A look at some of the best destinations to catch golden trout.

Tips for Catching Huge Montana Brown Trout in the Fall
Montana fly fishing guide offers up tips on catching whopper brown trout in the fall.

Fly Fishing in Forks, Washington, and the Olympic Peninsula
Tips for fly fishing for steelhead in the Hoh, Sol Duc and Bogachiel rivers near Forks, Washington, in the Olympic Peninsula.

Fly Fishing North Platte River
Fly fishing tips for fishing the North Platte River in Wyoming.

Fly Fishing Williamson River
Fly fishing tips on the Williamson River in Oregon and the Klamath area.

Fishing Yellowstone River in Livingston
Fly fishing tips for the Yellowstone River near Livingston, Montana.

Fishing Kings River in California’s Sierra Nevada
Fly fishing tips for fishing the Kings River in California's Sierra Nevada.

Fly Fishing Falling Spring Creek in Chambersburg
Fly fishing tips for Falling Spring Creek and Conococheague Creek in Chambersburg, Penn.

Fly Fishing in North Carolina
A look at some of the popular fly fishing destinations in North Carolina, such as the Neuse and Trent rivers and Lake Fontana in Bryson City, N.C.

Australia Fishing Closure Debate
Australia fishing closure Debate heats up in the Land Down Under.

Fly Fishing San Luis Obispo – Part 2
Part two of our fly fishing San Luis Obispo series, which focuses on steelhead and river fishing.

Fly Fishing San Luis Obispo – Part 1
Our fly fishing San Luis Obispo series looks at lake, ocean and river fishing in SLO County and neighboring Monterey and Santa Barbara.

From the Guides: Oregon, Hawaii, North Texas and Connecticut
Fly fishing tips from professional guides in Oregon, Hawaii, North Texas and Connecticut

Best Bass Lakes in Texas, According to State Report
A look at the best bass lakes in Texas, according to state report after electrofishing in fall 2012.

Fly Fishing Options in Winter
Fly Fishing Options in Winter

Favorite Fly Fishing Destinations
A look at fly fishing writer Brian Milne's favorite fly fishing destinations.

Where to Fly Fish in Southwest Colorado
A look at some of top fly fishing destinations in Southwest Colorado.

Montana Fishing Forecast
A seasonal look at the Montana Fishing Forecast for 2013-14

New Orleans Fly Fishing
Tips for fishing New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Oso Flaco Lake Fishing
Tips on fishing and hiking Oso Flaco Lake.

Pismo Pier Fishing
Tips on fishing Pismo Pier in Pismo Beach.

Best Bay Area Lake Fishing
A look at the Best Bay Area Lake Fishing in California.

Fly Fishing in Winter? Why Not?

New Havens for Wild Steelhead
Washington Will Quit Stocking Steelhead on Two Rivers

Fly Fishing in Fairplay, Colorado
Fairplay, Colorado is an out-of-the-way destination near great fly-fishing.

Tubers and Trout Fishers
Tubing on trout streams is becoming more popular, but causing conflict with fly-fishers.

Summertime Trout Fishing
Tailwater rivers and spring creeks are good places to fish for trout in the summer.

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