Best Fly-Fishing Holes

June 1, 2009
Fly-Fisherman in the Water

Fishermen rarely divulge their favorite fly-fishing spots but Phil Monahan, former editor of American Angler magazine and fishing guide in Alaska and Montana, offers his suggestions in the chart below.


If you're willing to share some of your favorite fly-fishing waters, please share in the comments section.

Best Fly-Fishing Destinatinos


State Body of Water What you might catch:
Alaska Kvichak River King salmon, Arctic char
Arkansas Red River brown trout
Colorado Gunnison River rainbow or brown trout
Florida Buchanan Bank (off Islamadora) tarpon
Maine Upper Dam, Rangeley Lakes brown trout, salmon
Michigan Pere Marquette River steelhead, King salmon, silver salmon, brown trout
Montana Big Hole River rainbow or brown trout
Montana/Wyoming Yellowstone River rainbow or brown trout
New Jersey Raritan River brook and rainbow trout
New Mexico San Juan River rainbow or brown trout
New York Delaware River rainbow or brown trout
North Carolina Davidson River brook trout, rainbow trout
Oregon Umpqua River steelhead, small mouth bass
Pennsylvania Spring Creek brown trout
Texas South Padre Island redfish
Wyoming Firehole River rainbow or brown trout
Wyoming Snake River cutthroat trout


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In the Province of Quebec just north of Maine a village called Causapscal has great salmon fly-fishing !


On the north fork of the Lewis river around Jim creek great for steelies and salmon some trout as well

The best fishing in the US

Great article. Thank You. OK, let me name a few....

1. The Snake River in IDAHO!
2. The Upper Sacramento River in California for Rainbow. The Lower (below Shasta) for Rainbow, Steelhead and Salmon. Trophy water!
3. Good for you for naming the Big Hole in Mt. but you have to include the Madison and the Big Horn on the list.
4. The American in Alaska.

Missouri's Eleven Point River

Missouri's Eleven Point River has rainbow and brown trout, fun to float and fish.

Georgia: Chatooga River in

Georgia: Chatooga River in north Georgia near Clayton on the Georgia-South Carolina border. Rainbow and Brown trout.

Don't forget New York's

Don't forget New York's Ausable River. A great destination for wild rainbows, browns and brookies.

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how do i fish for trout in

how do i fish for trout in rapid creek in south dakota? Or around rapid city, sd? Thank you everyone and Tight Lines!

Nice guide indeed.

Nice guide indeed.

The Northwest Miramachi River

The Northwest Miramachi River in northern New Brunswick, Canada has the best Atlantic Salmon fly fishing in the world. if you are ever in the area don't pass it up!

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I love some fly fishing...

I love some fly fishing... thanks for the tips.

In New Jersey don't forget

In New Jersey don't forget the Big Flatbrook between Stokes and Worthington State Forests in NW Jersey.

Hey Prissy1! Upstate in the

Hey Prissy1!

Upstate in the tri-state region we are having a great season without some of the awesome excotics you have in Sacremento

Have a great season.

pennsylvania-yellow breeches

pennsylvania-yellow breeches and green spring run

My state "IDAHO" wasn't on

My state "IDAHO" wasn't on the list of best places, we have world class fly fishing.

California Sacramento

California Sacramento River
Steelhead and Football size Rainbows

Alabama, Coosa River

Alabama, Coosa River Cropwell, Brim ,croppie,Cat's