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Tahoe City is located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, 14 miles southeast of Donner Pass. It lies at an elevation of 6250 feet. Lake Tahoe, the Upper Truckee River, Truckee river ... moreas well a several reservoirs (Bocca and Stampede) are within easy reach. Tahoe city has a small town tourist feel to it. In the summer folks come to boat on lake Tahoe, visit the local beaches, bike, hike and float down the Truckee river right from town. Fishing is great all along the Truckee. The main river runs between Truckee and Reno, Nevada.
El Portal is located 11.5 miles west-southwest of Yosemite Village, at an elevation of 1939 feet. The population was 474 at the 2010 census. Yosemite Valley is a mere 20-minute drive ... morefrom El Portal along a relatively flat road, which makes El Portal convenient while providing less expensive lodging than the Park itself. Visitors looking for even cheaper lodging could drive further to Mariposa. Those looking to save could drive as far as Merced, but that is quite a haul for visiting Yosemite.
The town lies along State Route 140 by the Merced River located on the western edge of Yosemite National Park. Town buildings include a post office, community center, and a small school. There are two hotels, a small general store, and a gas station, but not much else. Its proximity to Yosemiite national park and the Merced river that make it special.
Fishing permits are available at the El Portal Market. Fishing limits Park Boundary to Foresta Bridge, 2-trout limit, min. fish 12 inches, open all year. Foresta Bridge to Bagby, 5-trout limit, open last Sat. in April through Nov. 15.
Truckee is a charming western mountain town. Truckee is geared toward both summer and winter tourism where visitors can hike, climb, shout into surrealistic caverns, or eat a superb ... moremeal, all before their head hits the pillow. Truckee is located along Interstate 80 and the Truckee river runs on the east side of town down the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada in to Reno, Nevada. Truckee's elevation is 5,899 ft and around 16,000 people call it home. Truckee's annual snow pabck makes it the fifth snowiest city in the United States. For fly fishermen and paddlers alike the Truckee river is the main attraction. The river runs once gentle and through gurgling rapids as it changes its face almost constantly.
Visting fly fishermen will find a lot of options for fly fishing around the Seattle, Washington area. Classic flyfishing rivers with healthy habitats such as the Skagit, Skykomish, ... moreSauk, Nooksack, Snoqualmie, and Yakima are not far away and offer opportunities to chase fish such as summer and winter run steelhead, all five salmon species, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, bull trout, dolly varden, brook trout and cutt-bow trout. Fish live in some of the most incredible habitats in Washington State.
The City of Boulder has a population of around 100,000 strong. Boulder is an outdoor town and the flyfishing community is strong here. The town is famous for its colorful Western history ... moreand being a choice destination for hippies in the late 1960s. Boulder is the home of the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state's largest university. Because of its connection to nature the city of Boulder frequently acquires top rankings in health, well-being, quality of life, education and art.
A number of fly shops and guide services cater to those that want to explore the eastern slope of the rockies. Supreme fisheries are in close proximity. Boulder Creek, South Boulder Creek, Clear Creek, Big Thomson, St. Vrain, Blue River and Rocky Mountain National Part are close by.
The "Park" as locals call it has countless lakes and streams to be explored. If you're up for stalking the most georgeous cutthroat on a fly, this is the place to come to. Visit Moraine Park where you can hunt nice brown trout in undercut banks or stop at any of the high mountain lakes for an adventure or a lifetime.
Find Fort Collins on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range. Fort Collins is situated about 65 miles north of Denver. With a population just shy of 160,000, it is ... morethe fourth most populous city in Colorado Fort Collins is a midsize college town and home to Colorado State University. In and around Fort Collins are many experienced guide services that will introduce visitors to the Cache La Poudre and the many creeks and rivers within easy driving distance.
To locals in Fort Collins Flyfishing is a lifestyle. Within easy reach are the Big Thompson River, Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain Nation Park.
Anyone who enjoys great scenery and prime tailwater fishing (and who doesn’t!) will enjoy Manitou Springs, Colorado. Located near Pike’s Peak and surrounded by national forest, this ... morebeautiful small town of under 5,000 people has a lot to offer fly fishing aficionados as well as other outdoor enthusiasts.
Within a few miles of town it’s possible to reach some of the finest trout fishing in Colorado, if not the country, on the South Platte River. The three top sections along the Platte easily reached from Manitou Springs are Cheesman Canyon and Deckers, northwest of town; the Dream Stream, which runs between Spinney Mountain Reservoir and Eleven Mile Reservoir, and the Eleven Mile Canyon stretch that runs downstream of its reservoir.
There are other great choices as well. The Middle Fork of the South Platte is designated as both a Gold Medal and Wild Trout Stream while the South Fork of the South Platte is blessed with Gold Medal status. These waters are defined as being able to produce at least 60 pounds of trout per acre, and at least twelve 14" or larger trout per acre on a sustained basis. Only 316 miles of Colorado's 9000 miles of trout streams, and three lakes, carry the Gold Medal label. Spinney Mountain Reservoir is one of the few still waters in the region to carry Gold Medal distinction. Downstream from Cheesman is another good section that runs next to the town of Deckers. Deckers has good public access and can be fished throughout most of the year.
While Manitou Springs is now a historical town that attracts tourists and sports minded visitors, it began as a mining town and spa, made famous by its natural mineral springs. Founded in 1872, it became known as a place to go to “get the cure” from the town’s healing waters and serene setting. Situated on the Ute Pass Trail, covered wagons eventually gave way to rail cars when in the late 1880’s the Colorado Midland Railway succeeded in getting tracks through the passage. Today the town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition to any number of outdoor activities, the town also hosts entertaining events. Concerts, speaker series and arts and crafts festivals are well attended. Perhaps the most famous is the Pike’s Peak Ascent and Marathon, so difficult and physically taxing, that runners must pass a qualifying test before being allowed to enter the competition.
There are several ways to get to Manitou Springs, including:
Fly to Colorado Springs Municipal Airport and drive for approximately 20 minutes
Fly to Pueblo Memorial Airport and drive for approximately 45 minutes
Fly to Denver International Airport and drive for approximately 1½ hours
Fly to Albuquerque International Airport and drive for approximately 5 hours
Strategically located near the Blue, Williams Fork and Colorado Rivers, Silverthorne is an ideal destination for great fly fishing. First established as a mining town by Marshall Silverthorn ... morein the mid-1880’s, he went on to become the town’s Hotelier, judge, justice of the peace, postmaster, storekeeper and ferrier. After a long and prosperous run, the interest in mining waned and the town was forced to re-invent itself.
When the state decided to built Dillon Dam and Reservoir in the early 1960’s, scores of construction workers came to the area. After the dam was completed, many workers stayed on and a new town was incorporated. Today, Silverthorne is a small village with less than 4,000 full time residents, but it is entirely focused on tourism, eco-adventures and outdoor sports.
Since the Blue River runs right through the center of town, its actually possible to fish for trout without having to go more than a few blocks from your hotel room. If you happen to be traveling with friends or family less interested in casting off, there is a long list of other things to do. Surrounded by high mountains and scenic beauty, Silverthorne is close to the million acre Arapaho National Forest, the 2 million acre White River Forest, the 1.2 million acre San Isabel National Forest and the 1.1 million acre Pike National Forest, all worth visiting.
Outdoor activities include skiing, both downhill and cross country, horseback riding, white water rafting, zip-lining through the trees, snow tubing, snowmobiling, boat rentals on Lake Dillon, ATV or jeep rentals and tours, snow-biking, mountain biking, golfing … and the list goes on. There’s no excuse for being bored in this neck of the woods.
In addition to the Blue and Williams Fork Rivers, there are also other places to fly fish. Gore Creek, a bit west of town, is a Gold Medal trout stream, while a little east of town you can fish the Fraser River, a designated Wild Trout fishery. There are also myriad creeks to try, including the Ten Mile, Muddy, Troublesome, Boulder, Indiana and Willow. You can cast off at Dillon Reservoir from shore, and if you’re lucky, you might just snag a rare artic char.
There are many ways to get to Silverthorne, including:
Fly to Denver International Airport and drive for approximately 1 hour
Fly to Grand Junction Regional Airport and drive for approximately 2 ½ hours
Fly to Colorado Springs Municipal Airport and drive for approximately 2 hours
Fly to Wyoming’s Cheyenne Regional Airport and drive for approximately 1 ½ hours
Grayling, named long ago for the Artic grayling that once populated its nearby streams and rivers, is now appreciated as the home of Trout Unlimited, the sport fisher’s most active ... moreadvocacy and conservation group. Located in the center of northern Michigan, Grayling is surrounded by great trout fishing rivers, including the Au Sable and its legendary Holy Waters, the North Branch of the Au Sable, the South Branch of the Au Sable and the Manistee.
If that’s not enough water to cover, there are other tempting places to cast off. Just west of town is the Boardman River. In addition, there is the Little Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers near Traverse City, an increasingly sophisticated resort area for both summer and winter sports. While Michigan is called the Land of the Lakes, there is also an abundance of other rivers within a short drive from Grayling. These include the Sturgeon, Pigeon, Black and Jordan Rivers, not to mention the numerous stillwater options.
Kayaking and canoeing are Grayling favorites, attracting tourists from around the globe. One of its biggest draws is the annual Au Sable River Canoe Marathon, a night and day race which starts in Grayling and ends in Oscoda, 120 miles down river. Cycling is also well supported here with an annual mountain bike race and festival. Inside the Hanson Hills Recreation Area there is a 20+mile, single track trail. The town even offers its own Bicycle Turnpike with 6 ½ miles of paved trails.
Replete with historical narratives, the area hosts Lovells Township Fly Fishing Museum, the Crawford County Historical Museum and the Hartwick Pines Logging Museum. Every April the nearby town of Kalkaska officiates over its National Trout Festival and the area’s Grayling Fish Hatchery brings people to the area year after year. Appreciating more than just fish, Grayling and its environs are home to art galleries, artisan restaurants and a wide choice of hotels, motels and lodges.
There are several ways to reach Grayling including:
Fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport and drive approximately 3 hours
Fly into Cherry Capital Airport (Traverse City) and drive approximately 1 hour
Fly into Chicago O’Hare International and drive for approximately 5 hours
Fly into Sault Ste. Marie Airport, Canada, and drive approximately 2 hours
The town of State College, home to Penn State University, is a place where you can fish for trout in amazing streams and take college level courses in fly fishing at the same time. ... moreState College, founded in the mid-1800s as an “AG” school, over time became home to Penn State University. Even though the name of the school and its post office appellation changed in the early 1950’s, the town has retained its original name.
Fly fishing has long been a part of the University’s tradition. George Harvey, an early pioneer of physical education and competitive sports, began teaching fly fishing courses in the mid-1930s. By the late 1940’s his classes became part of the school’s curriculum; to this day, fly fishing classes are offered as for-credit.
A short distance from campus is Spring Creek, a wild, trout filled, limestone stream. There are several other fine streams for both students and sportsmen to fish within reach of town, including the Little Juanita River, Penn’s Creek, Fishing Creek and Spruce Creek. Great efforts have been made to successfully restore these waters from industrial pollutants with the assistance of several conservation groups. Sport fishing groups include the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Fly Fishing Club at University Park.
If traveling with friends or family not interested in fishing, State College offers all the rich cultural, social and athletic activities you can expect to find in a university town, such as the performing arts, film festivals and art fairs. Outdoor activities consist of hiking, golf, mountain biking and boating. During the season, Beaver Stadium, home to the Penn State Nittany Lions, is packed with fans.
There are several ways to reach State College, including:
Fly to Harrisburg International Airport and drive for approximately 1 hour
Fly to Pittsburgh International Airport and drive for approximately 2 ½ hours
Fly to Philadelphia International Airport and drive for approximately 3 hours
Cotter, Arkansas heralds itself as the trout capital of the USA. Nine states including Vermont, NY, NC, PA, and NH, have declared the brook trout as their state fish. And, some folks ... moreup north have crowned brookies the Provincial Fish of Nova Scotia. But ask anyone in Rangeley and they’ll unabashedly tell you that their little town in Maine is the undisputed brook trout capital of America.
No doubt, Rangeley is steeped in fly fishing history. An 1877, 15-page article about the Rangeley region published by Harper’s New Monthly Magazine attracted huge publicity, encouraging railroads to expand and tourists to arrive in large numbers. By 1900 there were already over 200 fishing guides in the watershed. Wealthy anglers acquired land and established homes and private camps, a tradition that to some extent has not been broken. Famous guides like Herbie Welch drew tourists, including former President, Herbert Hoover. During the late 1920s and 1930s large hotels were built and many guests brought their own chefs and staff. It was the “Golden Age” of Rangeley.
Other notables include Carrie Stevens. Born before the turn of the 20th century, she became a milliner before working with her husband/guide throughout the early 1900s from her camp on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. She studied the fish and the waters around Rangeley and applied her millinery skills to developing flies that soon became famous – the Blue Charm, Gray Ghost and Golden Witch to name a few. Still in use today, Steven’s flies and appearances on the cover of Field and Stream helped secure Rangeley’s stature as a premier fly fishing destination.
Today Rangeley is much lower key but the tradition of private camps and limited access still persists on sections of its neighboring lakes and rivers. However, guests arriving now have a wide range of lodging options, from luxury living to tent camping. Restaurants are plentiful, the town calendar of events is full and there is a wide range of activities for anyone coming along that doesn’t care to fish. Opportunities for outdoor sports such as boating and biking are nearly unlimited, while hikers can easily find their way to the Appalachian Trail. Winter skiing remains popular with many ski-runs named after legendary river guides and flies.
There are many options for traveling to Rangeley, including:
Fly to Bangor International Airport and drive for approximately 2 ½ hours
Fly to Portland International Jetport and drive for approximately 2 ½ hours
Drive from Boston, approximately 4 hours
Drive from Manchester, less than 4 hours
Named after founding father, John Hancock, this town sits at the confluence of three great fisheries – the West Branch, East Branch and main stem Delaware Rivers. Close by are three ... moreadditional fly fishing favorites – the Beaverkill, Willowemoc Creek and Neversink Rivers. The town itself is a compilation of several villages, including Hancock Village, a quaint town square known as the “gateway” to the Delaware. Located in the Catskill region, widely thought to be where the sport first started, Hancock is surrounded by a heavy concentration of fly shops and fly fishing schools, not to mention the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.
Once home to several Native American Indian tribes, European settlers came to the area to exploit its natural resources including timber and stone quarries. Hancock found a bit of fame by supplying wood for making Louisville Slugger bats. Iconic ball players including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio, scored home runs with Hancock timber. Several New York City icons are made from Hancock bluestone, including the Empire State building and the Statue of Liberty.
Despite these delightful historical notes, even Hancock’s history remains best known for its location at the headwaters of the Delaware and for the surrounding rivers and streams. Once a wilderness, by the late 1800s the region was already attracting anglers in droves. Along with them came writers, conservationists, fly makers, and entomologists, to fish, observe and chronicle the spectacle. Luminaries came to be seen and to experience the fish – brook trout, brown trout, rainbow and steelhead – and developed new flies by imitating insects found in local waters.
Today, visitors to Hancock can drive thirty minutes and visit Historic Roscoe, NY, better known as Trout Town USA or visit the museum and its Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. For anyone tagging along but not interested in fishing, Hancock is located just outside the 650,000-acre Catskill Park. Within the park are nearly 100 mountains 3000 feet or greater. It’s possible to camp, hike, canoe, view wildlife, bike on trails or simply take in the impressive Catskill Forest Preserve. The renowned Bicycle Route 17 follows the Upper Delaware Scenic Highway for approximately 70 miles. Other attractions include the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the Catskill Art Center in nearby Livingston Manor.
There are several options for traveling to Hancock, including:
Drive approximately 2 ½ hours from New York City
Drive approximately 2 ½ hours from Newark, NJ
Drive approximately 3 hours from Hartford, Connecticut
Drive approximately 4 hours from Boston, MA
Our goal at the St. George Area Tourism Office is to help you find and plan for upcoming calendar events, adventure guides, golf courses, lodging, dining, meetings & conventions, ... moreand other things to do in the St. George and Zion National Park area!
This is an area that offers the perfect combination of excitement, relaxation and adventure. You may want to download our St. George and Zion National Park Vacation Planner for vacation ideas and information.
Plan on staying more days in our clean & hospitable hotels, dining at our excellent and diverse restaurants, shopping at an exciting variety of stores, and visiting some of the most incredible scenic wonders on the planet. The St. George Utah area landscape folds out like an open book, revealing a geologic history that stretches back millions of years and exposes the most striking scenery found anywhere. This is a region of contrasts, from the Mojave Desert at 2,000 feet above sea level to the 10,000-foot Alpine wilderness on the ridges of Pine Valley Mountain. The crown jewel of it all is Zion National Park. Add to that the 12 golf courses, state parks, ghost towns, canyons, coves, cactus gardens, historical pioneer buildings, mountain biking, horseback riding, road cycling, hiking, photo opportunities, and you will realize that St George and Zion National Park are places where you’re going to want to stay a few nights longer. Let the St. George & Zion Area Tourism Office assist you in making the best vacation possible!
Its name may say house, but this is a town. Located in west central Alberta, the town is near the confluence of the Clearwater and North Saskatchewan Rivers. Toward the end of the ... more18th century, the town was established as a trading post for the British and Canadian fur traders as they expanded westward. Formed in 1799 by the Hudson Bay Company and the North West Company, the trading post opened and closed several times but the name of the settlement lived on.
Today one of the town’s primary industries is tourism, and given its location, great attention is given to outdoor sports and activities. Anyone not interested in fishing can find a number of things to go do and see. More exotic choices include guided trips to Siffleur Falls, a sled ride with dogs, or an off road safari. Basics like golfing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, biking and golfing are all readily available, depending on the season. Like other tourist towns, there is a wide selection of restaurants and accommodations.
Fortunately for anglers, the area is host to some of the best freestone fishing in the Rockies. Described as rich and fertile, these streams give rise to daily insect hatches throughout the spring, summer and fall. Sport fish include brook trout, brown trout, native cutthroat trout, golden trout, lake trout and rainbow trout. Other species include burbot, goldeye, lake sturgeon, mountain whitefish, northern pike, sauger, walleye and yellow perch.
There are many options for getting to Rocky Mountain House including:
Fly to Calgary International Airport and drive for approximately 1½ hours
Fly to Edmonton International Airport and drive for approximately 2 hours
Fly to Red Deer Regional Airport and drive for approximately 1 hour
Fly to Rocky Mountain House Airport and drive for approximately 10 minutes
Completely encircled by imposing Rocky Mountains, Fernie is a small, charming resort town that resides in the midst of a huge, majestic setting. Nestled in the East Kootenay region ... moreof the Elk Valley, Fernie is strategically located near the Crowsnest Pass that provides passage through the Rockies and largely accounts for the town’s formation and history.
The Elk River, famous for its fly fishing, runs through town. Three tributaries of the Elk River – the Coal, Lizard and Fairy Creeks – start in the surrounding valleys and eventually join with the Elk not far from the town center. There are many waters to explore near Fernie including the Wigwam River, St. Mary River, Michel Creek, Oldman River, Fording River, Bull River and not surprisingly, the Crowsnest River.
In the late 1880’s a pioneer named Michael Phillip’s discovered coal deposits and the Crowsnest Pass, making it possible to mine and transport the ore outside the region. Capitalizing on Phillip’s find, a prospector named William Fernie created the Crowsnest Pass Coal Company and mining dominated the area directly around Fernie for nearly a century. After many cycles of boom and bust, the mines nearest to Fernie closed and tourism became the town’s main focus.
During the winter season Fernie is famous for its great skiing. Resorts such as the Fernie Alpine on the Lizard Range, receive among the highest annual snowfalls of any area in the Canadian Rockies and are especially noted for great powder skiing. During the warmer months, those not interested in fishing can enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities including biking, hiking, white water rafting, boating and aerial parks with multiple zip-line opportunities.
Worthy of note - One of the local outfitters and their guides has started an innovative program in Fernie called Fish for Change. The goal of the organization is to protect wild fisheries “through education, service work, and sustainable tourism.” So far they have worked with students and fly fishing experts in Honduras, Colorado and British Columbia.
Fernie is a 45-mile drive from the US Montana border and a 3-hour drive from Calgary, Alberta, CA
International Airports serving Fernie Include:
Calgary International Airport
Kelowna International Airport
Calgary is a modern, cosmopolitan city that has succeeded in maintaining some of its old world charm while blending contemporary architecture and amenities to its urban vocabulary. ... moreRanked as the third largest municipality in Canada, it is also home to the second highest number of corporate headquarters of the country’s 800 largest companies. Among its many distinctions, the Elbow River and the Bow River join together downtown at the site of Fort Calgary, forming an integral part of the city’s history and character.
No stranger to the outdoor life, Calgary was the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games, an honor achieved in 1988. An affinity for outdoor sports and living may possibly be attributed to the fact that the city rests in a transition zone between the Canadian Rockies foothills and the Canadian Prairies. The city itself actually lies within the foothills of the Alberta Parkland Natural Region and the Grasslands Natural Region, habitat areas protected by the government.
Eco-friendly, the city prides itself in a large number of urban parks such as Fish Creek Provincial Park, Nose Hill Park, Bowness Park, Edworthy Park, Prince Island Park and the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Nose Hill Park is the largest municipal park in Canada. The parks are inter-connected by a citywide network of walking, biking, and skate paths.
Like any sophisticated city, Calgary is host to many live theaters, active music venues, art museums and other cultural endeavors. It has also become a darling of the American film industry with many recognizable film credits including Brokeback Mountain, Doctor Zhivago, Unforgiven and The Revenant. A city this size has a full complement of lodging choices as well as a large selection of restaurants. Should anyone lose interest in fishing, there are many other things to see and do in Calgary.
The most efficient way to get to Calgary is to fly into Calgary International Airport.
We offer three excellent lodge fishing experiences in the Ketchikan Alaska area. You’re bound to find exactly what you are looking for at one of these lodges!... more
Our fishing lodges in Ketchikan, Alaska offer excellent fishing packages, each with a unique experience. For guided saltwater or freshwater fishing, look no further than The Cedars Lodge. For a purely self-guided expedition, Silverking Lodge is your destination. And if you want to customize your experience, with some guided fishing and some self-guided, spend some time with us at Clover Pass Resort. Now is the perfect time to schedule your fishing trip!
Grizzly Creek Lodge offers world class fishing trips in the last true wilderness area on earth.
A small village located in Eastern North Carolina on the banks f the Neuse River
Moosehead Lake is the largest mountain lake in the eastern U.S. and also the largest lake in the state of Maine. Bordered by the towns of Greenville and Rockwood, Moosehead Lake presents ... morea charming location for hunters and anglers alike. The lake features over 80 islands. Hunting and fishing lodges along the shore provide ample opportunities for scenic hunting and fishing trips, and the Kennebec river is home to some excellent drift fishing.
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