Where to Fly Fish in Colorado
Colorado – Colorado might be one state, but it holds several unique environments and different types of fish to catch. The most popular spots are based out of Buena Vista in the south-central part of the state and the northern Rocky Mountain region.
With headwaters in Leadville and more than a third of the entire river in the Centennial State the Arkansas River has more to do with Colorado than Arkansas. The Upper part of the Arkansas features 102 miles of Gold Metal waters before it leaves the state. You can try for several trout species including Colorado native Cutthroat, Rainbows, and more while back-dropped by jagged peaks and big blue skies.
Roaring Fork is named for the confluences of the Fryingpan River, Roaring Fork River, and the Colorado River. By starting at Roaring Fork, you can venture up to the Gold Medal Fryingpan for Browns and Rainbow, stay at the Fork for trophy-sized Browns, or venture down to the Colorado River for 50 more miles of Gold Medal waters. The Roaring Fork area is close to several small towns that provide local fly shops, guides, and more amenities.
Where to Fly Fish in Idaho
Idaho – While most anglers aim for Montana or Wyoming, Idaho has similar terrain, gorgeous views, and excellent fly fishing. Fish Idaho to avoid the crowds at nearby states.
Boise River (South Fork)
Fishing the Boise River’s south fork lets you have some of the best fly fishing in the United States while also being to sleep in a comfortable bed at night. The Boise River’s South fork runs directly through Boise and connects you to both excellent fishing waters and nearby accommodations. You can wake up early, hit any number of the three forks for Bullhead or Rainbow trout, then grab a delicious dinner in downtown Boise. The waters from the Anderson Dam Reservoir to Blacks Creek Bridge are easily accessible and boast plentiful trout.
Salmon River (Middle Fork)
If you want to get off the beaten path of the Boise head to the Salmon River to be surrounded by the beautiful Idaho wilderness. There won’t be as many creature comforts when you fish this river but that’s what many anglers like about the Salmon. The Salmon produces tons of fishable species including Bull and Rainbow trout as well as Steelhead and Chinook salmon.
- Fly Fact – The Salmon has the highest concentration of native cutthroat trout in any 100-mile stretch of river in the world.
Where to Fly Fish in Montana
Montana – Montana is a classic fly-fishing state that hosts several types of species in a beautiful environment.
The Blackfoot was made popular by the book turned movie A River Runs Through It. It might be one of the more popular spots in Montana but it’s more about the fishing than living the book. Fly fishing on the Blackfoot puts you in beautiful water surrounded by mighty evergreens and rolling peaks. Blackfoot’s waters are home to several trout species including Brown and trophy-sized Rainbows.
The Madison lays in a valley overseen by the peaks of the Madison, Gravelly, and Tobacco Root ranges making it home to some of the best fly fishing scenery in the country. Like the Blackfoot, the Madison is most popular for Browns and Rainbows, but experienced anglers can look for Cutthroat too. The Madison is about a half hour from Bozeman, so you’ll never be too far away from shops and amenities.
Where to Fly Fish in Wyoming
Wyoming – Home to big skies and big fish, Wyoming is an excellent destination for anglers.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is known the world over for beautiful views, active geology, and tons of wildlife. That wildlife includes fly fishing species too. The main areas of Yellowstone are normally crowded with tourists but a hike to the Upper Yellowstone River gives you peace and quiet to nail Yellowstone Cutthroat.
The Yellowstone area gets all the praise, but it also gets all the visitors. You can skip over Yellowstone and try the Snake River for some of the best cutthroat trout action in the country. You can start your trip from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, home to some of the best fly shops in the entire mountain west. When you’re fishing the Snake River, time you’ll be fishing under the backdrop of the Grand Tetons – not bad at all.