The fly fishing in US is well known worldwide. There are numerous US fly fishing rivers that are worth checking out. Select one of the regions below to get additional information.
West of Gunnison and east of Montrose, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River offers exciting fly fishing opportunities. There are few canyons as deep or as scenic as the Black Canyon. This canyon offers 26 miles of Gold Medal fishing waters according to the State due to high trout population. The upper 13 miles of the river are within the Black Canyon National Monument, while the later 13 miles are within the Gunnison Gorge.
North of Los Angeles and Castaic, Piru Creek is well known for trout fly fishing. One of the best sections is the catch-and-release area below Pyramid Dam. This section runs for three miles down to Frenchmans Flat. There is relatively easy access at Frenchmans Flat on Piru Creek where the rainbow trout is stocked in the late summer.
Near Allentown, the Little Lehigh Creek runs through the Allentown park system to the delight of local fly fishermen. Plan to go after brown trout and brook trout with small flies and fine tippets. The Little Lehigh Creek is a scenic spring-fed limestone stream. The headwaters are in Berks County near Woodside Avenue.
Near Jim Thorpe, the Lehigh River is a well-kept secret among local fly-fishermen. The Lehigh River Stocking Assocation has made a tremendous stocking effort and has supported projects to continually improve water quality. It is a western style trout fishery. While many stretches are wadable, the best way to attack the Lehigh River for fly fishing is by drift boat. Expect strong fish and fast currents.
Southwest of Denver near Deckers, the South Platte River has a 21 mile stretch of amazing trout fishing waters near Cheesman Canyon below Cheesman Dam. This is a world class trout fly fishing area of riffles, pockets and pools. It is a boulder filled canyon that offers exceptional wilderness fishing opportunties.
The Big Creek runs 30 miles eastward through the Frank Church Wilderness-Of-No-Return to the confluence with the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. This catch-and-release river is known for its west-slope cutthroat trout, many above 14 inches. Access is provided from the headwaters, and a trail runs the northern shore for its entire length descending from 6,000 feet down to 3,500 feet at the confluence.
West of Denver in the South Park valley, the Dream Stream Section of the South Platte River is a tailwater stretch known for rainbow trout, brown trout and cutthroat trout. The Dream Stream Section is a 5.5 mile stretch below the Spinney Mountain Reservoir. This river is very popular and can get crowded with fly fisherman chasing after the rainbows averaging 17 inches long. The Dream Stream is mostly 30 feet wide and is pretty slow running, so it makes for easy wading.
North of Conway in the scenic Mt Washington valley, the Saco River is lesser well-known but has good fly fishing opportunities. The Saco River starts at Saco Lake in Crawford Notch and runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It is well-stocked, and known for brook trout and rainbow trout. The main fishing section is from...
Near Hartford and West Cornwall, the Housatonic River is a fly fishing haven. Expect to find hungry rainbow trout, but picky brown trout where patience is required. The best section ranges upstream from the SR112/7 bridge near Lookout Point to downstream near the Cornwall Bridge. This 7 mile stretch, the Cornwall Trout Management Area is an excellent trout stream passing through a rural farming valley. With patience, you may find some 18" wild trout. The Housatonic River is famous for two particular fly fishing sections, including...
Northeast of Mesa near Apache Junction, the Lower Salt River is the closest fly fishing destination for Phoenix residents. The river canyon is actually very scenic and filled with diverse wildlife. The fly fishing on the Lower Salt River is known as stocked tailwater from Saguaro Lake (rainbow trout, along with some bass).