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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 among 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
Saltwater $24.35 ($52.20 non-res)
  • 1. Alabama Gulf Coast
  • 2. Aldridge Creek
  • 3. Chaba River
Spotted bass, largemouth bass, black bass family
  • 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. Apache Lake
  • 2. Big Bonito Creek
  • 3. Black River
Trout, bass, and carp
  • 1. White River Tailwaters below Bull Shoals Dam
  • 2. The Little Red River below Greers Ferry Dam
  • 3. Norfolk River Tailwater below Norfolk Lake
Trout and smallmouth bass
  • 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. Farmington River
  • 2. Housatonic River
  • 3. Mianus River
Brown and rainbow trout, striped bass, bluefish
  • 1. White Clay Creek
  • 2. Brandywine Creek
  • 3. Christina River
Trout, bass, bluegill
  • 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. The Toccoa River (Lower and Upper)
  • 2. The Jacks River
  • 3. Chattooga River
Smallmouth bass, brown trout, and rainbow trout, brook trout
  • 1. Lake Wilson
  • 2. Kokee State Park
  • 3. Kiholo Bay
Rainbow trout, panfish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass
  • 1. Snake River (south fork)
  • 2. Kelly Creek
  • 3. Yellowstone National Park
Great King salmon and trout
  • 1. Fox Chain of Lakes
  • 2. Kankakee River
  • 3. DuPage River
Largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, coho salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout
  • 1. East Fork Whitewater River
  • 2. Sugar Creek
  • 3. Lake Michigan
Largemouth bass (the state fish), bluegill, musky, northern pike, brook, brown, and rainbow trout, walleye, sturgeon
  • 1. Paint Creek
  • 2. Waterloo Creek
  • 3. Turkey River
Bass, channel catfish (the state fish and the most popular gamefish in the state), perch, pike, and sunfish.
  • 1. Lake Henry
  • 2. Milford Lake
  • 3. Lake Shawnee
Smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, bullhead, and a variety of catfish.
  • 1. Cumberland River
  • 2. Otter Creek
  • 3. Other good creeks
Brown, rainbow, and brook trout
  • 1. Venice
  • 2. Hopedale
  • 3. Houma
Red drum
  • 1. Rapid River
  • 2. Mousam Lake
  • 3. Penobscot River (west branch)
Wild brook trout, landlocked salmon, brown, brook, and lake trout
Saltwater $15.00 ($22.50 non-res)
  • 1. Chesapeake Bay
  • 2. Potomac River
  • 3. Savage River
Trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, musky, carp, and panfish
Saltwater $10.00
  • 1. Deerfield River
  • 2. Squannacook River
  • 3. Cape Cod Bay
Brook trout, rainbows and browns; largemouth and smallmouth bass, Atlantic salmon and yellow perch
  • 1. Boardman River
  • 2. Pere Marquette River
  • 3. AuSable River (upper section)
Salmon, steelhead, walleye, pike, panfish, bass, and of course trout
  • 1. Root River (south branch)
  • 2. Trout Run Creek
  • 3. Whitewater River
Trout, largemouth bass and bluegill sunfish
Saltwater $34.29
  • 1. Saltwater Flats
  • 2. Horseshoe Pond
  • West Point
  • 3. Chunky River
  • Enterprise
Yellow-bellies, red-eared sunfish, and largemouth bass
  • 1. White River (north fork)
  • 2. Lake of the Ozarks
  • 3. Crane Creek
Largemouth bass, blue catfish, white crappie, black crappie, spotted bass, channel catfish, white bass, flathead catfish, hybrid stripers, walleye, paddlefish, and bluegill
  • 1. Central District
  • 2. Western District
  • 3. Eastern District
Smallmouth bass, catfish, walleye, trout
  • 1. Niobrara River
  • 2. Long Pine Creek
  • 3. Verdigre Creek
Trout species: brook, brown, rainbow and cutthroat
  • 1. Humboldt River (south fork)
  • 2. Carson River (east fork)
  • 3. Truckee River
Rainbows, browns, bowcutts (a rainbow/cutthroat hybrid), smallmouth bass, and channel catfish
New Hampshire$63$45
  • 1. Androscoggin River
  • 2. Saco River
  • 3. Cocheco River
Salmon, trout, and smallmouth bass
New Jersey$34$22
  • 1. The Jersey Shore
  • 2. Musconetcong River
  • 3. South Branch Raritan River
Rainbows, browns, and brookies
New Mexico$56$25
  • 1. Red River
  • 2. Rio Chama
  • 3. Cimarron River
Rainbow and brown trout
New York$50$25
  • 1. Esopus Creek
  • 2. AuSable River (west branch)
  • 3. Streams of the Catskills
  • Upper Delaware River
Trout, bass, northern pike, salmon, walleye, and muskies.
North Carolina$45$25
Saltwater $16.00 ($32.00 non-res)
  • 1. Scott Creek
  • 2. Whitewater River
  • 3. The Davidson River
Wild trout, rainbow, brown, and brook trout
North Dakota$48$18
  • 1. Missouri River
  • 2. Cross Ranch State Park
  • 3. The Garrison Tailrace
Pike, walleye, bass, and trout
  • 1. Mad River
  • 2. Clear Fork River
  • 3. Little Miami River
Brown trout, carp, bass, bluegill, and once in a blue moon a muskie, brook trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, sauger, white bass
  • 1. Lower Mountain Fork River
  • 2. Blue River
  • 3. Lower Illinois River
Rainbows and browns, smallmouth bass or walleye
  • 1. Deschutes River
  • 2. Owyhee River
  • 3. Eagle Cap Wilderness
Panfish, trout, steelhead, and salmon
  • 1. Sinnemahoning Creek
  • 2. Kettle Creek
  • 3. Young Womans Creek
Brown trout, brook trout, rainbows
Rhode Island$35$18
  • 1. Narrow River
  • 2. Wood River
  • 3. Pawcatuck River
Rainbow and brown trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass
South Carolina$35$10
Saltwater $10.00 ($35.00 non-res)
  • 1. Chattooga River
  • 2. Lower Saluda River
  • 3. Whitewater River
Rainbows and browns, some wild, and some stocked fingerlings
South Dakota$67$28
  • 1. Rapid Creek
  • 2. Spearfish Creek/Canyon
  • 3. Spring Creek
Brown trout, rainbow trout
  • 1. South Holston River
  • 2. Hiwassee River
  • 3. Clinch River
Rainbows and brown trout. Tennessee offers a no-trout license for $50.
Saltwater $35 ($63 non-res), All Water $40 ($68 non-res)
  • 1. Guadalupe River
  • 2. Blanco River
  • 3. Llano River
Guadalupe bass, argemouth and smallmouth bass, trout
  • 1. Fish Lake
  • 2. Boulder Mountain
  • 3. Weber River
Golden, lake, brown, brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout
  • 1. Battenkill (Batten Kill) River
  • 2. Mettawee River
  • 3. Clyde River
Wild brown trout trophies, brook, brown, rainbow trout
Saltwater $17.50 ($25 non-res), All Water $39.50 ($71 non-res)
  • 1. Accotink Creek
  • 2. Lake Brittle
  • 3. Holmes Run
Rainbow and brown trout, walleye, largemouth bass, and sunfish
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
West Virginia$37$19
  • 1. Potomac River (north fork of the south branch )
  • 2. Cranberry River
  • 3. Cheat River (Shavers Fork)
Sturgeon and hybrid striped bass; rainbows and browns trout and hybrid trout called golden rainbow – or palomino rainbow
  • 1. Pike River
  • 2. Kickapoo River (west fork)
  • 3. Black Earth Creek
Brook, rainbow, and brown 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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