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Fly Fishing by State 2024

Fly Fishing by State 2024


The state that usually comes to mind when thinking about anything related to wildlife and nature is Montana. Montana is considered a Mecca for many fly-fishers from around the world. Montano contains some of the most incredible rivers in the country and the world, which is a ripe location for many fly-fishing enthusiasts. While many think that fly fishing usually consists of trout, that's not all this state offers. If you'd like to diversify the species in your catch, the eastern part of Montano has a lot to offer. Walleye, bass, catfish, and sturgeon are among the ranks of some of the most plentiful fish types in the state.

For those that want to stick to the staple of trout fishing, Montana offers many locations in the western and central regions of the landscape. The middle of the state is more mountainous and provides a real backwater country that has an immense wildness of forests and rolling rivers. Truly, the spirit of Montana is captured within the center of the state. If you are still not satisfied with the range of your catch, the western part of Montano is home to rainbow, brown and trophy-sized fish in the respective rivers.


Immediately south of Montana is the state of Wyoming, which is another iconic state that hosts a plethora of wildlife and wildlife. The many trout rivers of Montana are shared between the two states in some of the most iconic landscapes. Many anglers journey towards Wyoming for the atmosphere, as you can fly fish amongst a backdrop of rivers and geysers which are regulated by the surrounding environment through the many hot springs.

The Yellowstone River is one of the most ecologically diverse marine habitats in the world. The thriving population of trout, specifically cutthroat trout, offers a once-in-a-lifetime view of the fish in abundance, especially during the mating season. Because of the steady population, anglers love to come here due to a more relaxed observance of the amount of trout that can be fished. Be warned, that Yellowstone Park and its rivers are actively guarded by the rangers and authorities surrounding it, to make sure that it is not disturbed too much by human presence and overfishing.


Although it may come as a surprise, Florida is one of the best places to fly fish. Although it is more of a marsh biome and landscape. it offers the unique experience of diversifying your catch through saltwater fly-fishing. The main difference between the fishing styles is that your gear needs to be taken up a notch, as the speed and weight of the fish will have your line cut and broken from underneath your nose. The fishing population includes bluefish, black drum, and tarpon, as well as saltwater trout.

Although there is an absence of rivers, you can fish in many places at any hour of the day or night. Canals are most effective in the afternoon, and the lakes are usually left for the evening.

Fly Fishing by State 2024

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License Cost Non Residents
License Cost Residents
License Details
Best Locations
Popular Species
  • 1. The Kenai River Fly Fishing
  • 2. The Kasilof River
  • 3. The Russian River
King salmon, trophy rainbow trout, char, dime-bright steelhead, sockeye, silver and pink salmon
  • 1. Hat Creek
  • 2. McCloud River
  • 3. Carson River
  • East Fork
Many native and introduced trout speaces
  • 1. Upper Arkansas River (Gold Medal)
  • 2. Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • 3. Animas River (Gold Medal)
Rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, cutthroat
  • 1. Naples
  • 2. Everglades and Biscayne National Park
  • 3. The Florida Keys
Sheepshead, snook, redfish, mangrove snappers, seatrout, lockdown fish, black drum, and tripletail (all year) Ladyfish, tarpon, bluefish, jack crevalle (seasonal)
  • 1. Snake River (south fork)
  • 2. Kelly Creek
  • 3. Yellowstone National Park
Great King salmon and trout
  • 1. Boardman River
  • 2. Pere Marquette River
  • 3. AuSable River (upper section)
Salmon, steelhead, walleye, pike, panfish, bass, and of course trout
  • 1. Central District
  • 2. Western District
  • 3. Eastern District
Smallmouth bass, catfish, walleye, trout
  • 1. Deschutes River
  • 2. Owyhee River
  • 3. Eagle Cap Wilderness
Panfish, trout, steelhead, and salmon
Saltwater $30.05 ($59.75 non-res)
  • 1 The Southern Coast
  • 2. The Northern Coast
  • 3. Ross Lake National Recreation Area
Salmon, steelhead, and trout
  • 1. Yellowstone National Park
  • 2. Big/Little Laramie Rivers
  • 3. Grey Reef
Yellow perch, walleye, brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, golden trout, brookies, lake trout, tiger trout, northern pike, crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass
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Fly Fishing by State 2024