America's Top Scenic Fishing Destinations A Road Trip Guide

Anglers all over the country have long dreamed about what the “best fishing destination” is. Typically, anglers have a specific type of fishing they enjoy most, whether it’s fly fishing, deep sea fishing, or the go-to of casting off a bank.

There may never be an agreed upon ”best fishing destination”, but the following have topped the list for decades with incredible scenery, a wonderful natural environment, and the shared love for all of the magnificent fishing each area has to offer.

Big Horn River, Montana

The Bighorn River flows through Montana and Wyoming and is an iconic destination for fishermen far & wide. Fly fishing is abundant near Fort Smith and although spinners are allowed, most fisherman claim their trout with artificial flies. This area is known for catch and release by sport fishermen, as regulations are typically very restrictive. Between the natural beauty of the canyon, the peaceful river flow & the abundant fish, this area is sure to be a fantastic destination on any anglers map.

When it comes to the gear you bring, consider the ECHO Single Hand Fly Rod. The short Skagit head will give you confidence in your spey cast and make fishing these types of rivers a sensational experience. Not to mention the rod breaks down great for travel and ECHO offers a lifetime warranty on their rods so you can travel far and wide without worry!

Driggs, Idaho

Driggs, Idaho is a scenic town nestled along the infamous Teton River and is another world renowned destination for guided fly fishing. Whether using attractors, hoppers, or stoneflies, the rainbow and cutthroat trout will be biting ferociously.

If you’ve never experienced fly fishing then this is the ultimate stop for you. You’ll learn the craft of fly fishing without missing a bite. Invest in a perfect beginner fly rod package to get your started, then plan your trip to Driggs for a guided or unguided adventure that you’ll surely talk about for years to come.

Green River, Utah

Green River, Utah may be known for the largest watermelon slice, but to many anglers their travels take them here simply for the fishing. The surrounding beauty below the Flaming Gorge Dam is breathtaking in itself, though coupled with the outstanding fishing that Green River has to offer it’s no wonder the area is known all over the world. Though many guide services are offered that provide all rods, reels, and tackle, nothing beats the tranquility of throwing a line into the crystal clear water while bank fishing for trout along the Green River.

There is truly no one ideal rod for this river, whether you’re bank fishing or floating down from the dam. It’s common to catch fishermen with fly tackle but spinners and Rapalas are equally as effective and fun! Please note that fishing on Green River is restricted to artificial lures and flies.

Ely, Minnesota

Ely, Minnesota is every fisherman's dream due to the endless fishing possibilities available within such a small area. Whether passing through on a trip or planting roots in the area, it’s impossible to run out of places to fish with over 5,000 lakes, streams, and rivers around Ely. From pike and walleye to smallmouth bass and trout, this destination is abundant with premier lake fishing, not to mention the area holds state records for both walleye and trout.

Many of the lakes are so close to town that a lunch break can turn into a wet line on a G. Loomis E6X casting rod and a big smile on your face. Many folks have found that once their journey took them to Ely, they never left the wonderful town, scenery and, of course, the fishing.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores, Alabama provides a once in a lifetime adventure into deep sea fishing, with one of the largest charter fleets on the gulf coast. This type of fishing provides king mackerel, tuna, marlin, swordfish, red and black snapper, bottom fish, and many others at the toss of a line. Many career anglers love the feel of the Blue Marlin Tournament trolling rod, though even a Shimano DepthMaster will do the trick without breaking the bank.

If seasickness keeps you from guided charters offshore, there is plenty of fishing to do from the pier or nearshore. No matter what kind of fishing you decide on, there are a variety of types of fish that will keep you fishing year round. Coupled with the beautiful views of the gulf coast, Gulf Shores is everything a fisherman could dream of in Alabama.

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina is a favorite destination for many fishermen. Here you can fish reefs, offshore wrecks, or from a lawn chair off the piers. Bluefin tuna and blue and white marlin are local favorites to reel in. Typically, surf casting or trolling rods are used--G. Loomis has many phenomenal surf spinning rods, such as the IMX--though with a vast variety of fishing around Cape Hatteras, any rod can be put to good use.

Most folks have found the bottom rig to be most versatile, but with many local bait & tackle shops around the area there are plenty of options for rigging up your line. Amongst the outstanding fishing in Cape Hatteras, the local amenities & entertainment make the trip even better each time.

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