North America has more lakes than every other continent and over 143,744 miles of coastline. That is a lot of potential fishing spots. We found the very best – the ones abutting great towns, lovely islands, and hatcheries so thick with scales that a long day of casting passes in ceaseless flashes of scaly anger. None of these is the best spot to fish on the continent because there is no best spot to fish. There are only options, incredibly great options.
Glacier's Grizzly Lake, Montana
You're on the western shore of Elizabeth Lake, 10 miles deep into Glacier National Park's Belly River Valley, and it's safe to assume the trout haven't seen a fly all summer; they'd probably strike a piece of fur with a hook in it, but for your telltale shaking hand. The only footprints you passed on the trail had five toes and three-inch-long claws. So you take a deep breath, steady your wrist, and cast, hoping the fly will land softly and the fight won't take too long, so you can land the trout and get back to your tent before the sun is gone and the elk on the far ridge start bugling, drowning out your bear calls. See Russ Schneider's 'Fishing Glacier National Park' (FalconGuides) for strategy.
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