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Old 06-29-2012, 03:05 PM
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Default Top Fly Fishing Destinations - Where would you go?

What are everyone's top three fly fishing destination in North America?

For me #1 would be the Kenai River in Alaska as Alaska is the most amazing place I have traveled to. The only fishing I did there was for Arctic Grayling in small streams along the Denali Highway. I am itching to go back.

#2 would be the Snake River in WY as I have never been to that pat of the country.

#3 would be the Truckee River in NV. I have some friends out there and I have heard a ton about the natural Beauty and the world class trout fishing.

Obviously there are a ton of other places that would easily make the cut. What are peoples dream destinations?
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For sheer impressiveness, you can't beat the best rivers in Alaska for those huge rainbow trout. I've fish the Kvichak and the Kisaralik, and caught multiple 28-32 inch rainbows, and they leap like porpoises and are incredibly powerful. I've also done a lot of salmon fishing in Alaska, including on the Kenai. But for some reason I don't enjoy the salmon fishing as much. Maybe it's because I know the salmon are moving upriver to spawn and die, or maybe it's because they are mostly cookie cutter fish that seldom vary a whole lot in size. Even when I got into silver salmon in the backwaters of the Kisaralik that were attacking big surface deer hair poppers with wild abandon, I got tired of it after a while.

Other than that, there's no way I can narrow it down to the top two or three. Plenty of Montana trout rivers deserve it. Really loved the Big Hole in early May when the big browns were eating streamers and we caught well over 100 of them one day. Love the Yellowstone for the whole experience, not just the fishing. The Snake through Teton Park is about as spectacular as it gets. Missed my chance to float the Smith River a few weeks ago, gotta do it some day.
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Baja- Dorado, Tuna, and Roosters!
Florida keys- Tarpon, Bones, Permit, and what ever else will take my fly!
Cape Cod- Striper!
Louisiana coast- Reds!
B.C.- Steelhead!
Alaska- Big Rainbows and Salmon!

There are many more on my list but these are the top 6. I'm doing Baja next year then moving down the list, hopefully I can do one each year.
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I'm obviously biased but it would have to be the South Island of New Zealand.
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Default Re: Top Fly Fishing Destinations - Where would you go?

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Not one destination, but I'd do a 'native' tour for brookies, rainbow, different cutts, and golden trout.
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Jeeze, just three. 1. Madison River, Montana. 2. Upper Colorado River, Colorado. 3. This is tough, either Trinty River, Californa or Kings River in Kings Canyon National Park. I only have listed rivers I have fished. I have never been to Alaska or Canada but I will go very soon. This summer is Oregon, the Sierra and Colorado. I try to only fish rivers and stream that have truely wild fish. No stockers. What a wonderful sport.
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Im not that well traveled, but in Michigan you cant beat the AuSable/Manistee.
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to be honest, I would be happy to just find time to get out on my local streams. With this 90 degree plus heat, the streams are a little warm to fish anyway.
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1) Alaska back country, rainbows

2) British columbia, steelhead

3) yellowknife NWT, Giant lakers
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