Let’s be clear about this up front: America is a big country. Really big. And inside that vastness are lots and lots of mountains, streams, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and canals. There are more than 95,000 miles of ocean coastline and, beyond that coastline, lots of deep water accessible by half- or full-day boat trips.
So when rounding up the 11 best places to fish in the U.S.,there may be one or two folks out there who think they know a place that was overlooked. And they’re right. But these are the best places to catch the widest range of fish, with a nod to geographical diversity and wilderness beauty. With that out of the way, here you have it - an arguably indispensable list of must-fish destinations in the U.S.
Missoula, Montana: Fly Fishing
Before everyone began associating Montana with fly fishing after Brad Pitt’s 1992 movie A River Runs Through It, that movie was a novella by Norman Maclean. And before that novella paved the road to the popular consciousness that the fly fishing in this part of the U.S. is as bountiful as it is idyllic, the people living here had been growing up with that commonplace reality for generations. All of which is to say this place has the reputation it does for a reason. The rivers in and close to Missoula — the Clark Fork, the Bitterroot, the Big Blackfoot, and Rock Creek — are majestic and teeming with trout, and the country here is as beautiful as you imagine it is.
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