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Old 04-18-2003, 10:48 PM
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Best Fly Fishing State?

If you guys had to pick one state that ranks the highest in your eyes for the most productive fly fishing state what would it be? I haven't fly fished many states, but it would have to be a state where no matter what time of the year it is there is always something to fly fish for.

My vote is for my home state OHIO!
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Old 04-18-2003, 11:01 PM
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Say Yes to Michigan !!

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Old 04-19-2003, 12:22 AM
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Very Northern Washington....

Sometimes refered to as "British Coloumbia" is pretty hard to beat.
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Old 04-19-2003, 02:50 AM
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Talking LOL Moonlight

I'd second WA and N. WA (aka BC). LOL. But, born and raised here. Fished all over the world, but prefer my homewaters. For me, it's the Olympic Peninsula. Spent many a days in early fall, and have caught big kings, steelhead, chums, and silvers all on the same day. Then, add cutts, dollies, and if you prefer gear Sturgeon. Then, all the saltwater species too (bottom fish, etc). Everything, including a blue ribbon trout stream. Plus, you have the beautiful Olympic Mtns and Cascade Mtns to view while we're fishing.
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Old 04-19-2003, 05:57 AM
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Old 04-19-2003, 06:51 AM
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Experience dictates.....

that I respond in the following way.....

Having travelled to a few places, but NOT extensively, and having spent some time in the Military and travelling as a businessman, both here and in other countries (including the far east), YOU CAN FIND GOOD FISHING ANYWHERE!

But that requires some ground rules:

1. You have to be a determined fisherman;
2. You can't be a "species snob";
3. You have to be able to communicate to locals;
4. You have to "get along with common people"
5. You have to be adventurous and be willing to explore;
6. You need time to explore.

In addition, never argue about religion, politics and baseball - that's a good way to get yourself killed (or maimed)!

But if you are a DETERMINED fisherman, there are few places in this world (possible exceptions - the Sahara and the South Pole) that don't normally have good fishing. You may have to lower your "species sights", but hey - do you want to fish, or cut bait???

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Old 04-19-2003, 10:26 AM
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Wisconsin the only problem is that all of the rivers and lakes are not in my area
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Old 04-19-2003, 10:31 AM
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Florida. Definitely NOT Maine!
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Old 04-19-2003, 10:58 AM
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Gonna have to say right here in the Great Land.

BobK's theory and ground rules are dead on, though.
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Old 04-19-2003, 04:24 PM
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I would have to say Oregon. Almost all the rivers offer excellent flyfishing!
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Old 04-19-2003, 04:32 PM
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Having never been there, but always wanting to go I would have to say Alaska.

2nd best , the state of confusion...
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Old 04-20-2003, 02:31 PM
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Florida.... for the greatest variety and lots of fish, just gotta know where to go and avoid the crowds.
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Old 04-21-2003, 05:18 AM
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Montana for Freshwater Flyfishing because of the great water. Missouri, Big Hole, Madison, and the Big Horn rivers. Saltwater Mass. can't beat the Cape.
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Old 04-21-2003, 10:56 AM
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I have to say Montana. see water. fish water.. catch big trout.. it's really that easy. even though there are no longer any steelhead there (the only reason i don't live there) i have to say that montana has the best fly fishing I have experienced anywhere in the world.. well since i have only fished oregon Washington Idaho Montana and BC maybe i am not the best judge
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Old 04-22-2003, 01:08 AM
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As someone else has stated: The best fishing can be found where you live. I grew up and lived in PA for 25 years and had very good fishing for trout, smallmouth bass, large mouth bass, pickerel, sunfish, blue gill, and crappie, and fished New York's Catskills many times before leaving PA.

I then went to fly fisherman's purgutory, South Dakota, and found excellent large mouth bass, crappie, walleye (a ball on a fly rod), northern pike, and very good trout fishing in the Black Hills. Couldn't stand more than one year in SD though.

Montana was my next stop for 12 years. I loved it. Great trout fishing (unfortunately, it spoils you and make regular good trout fishing seem to be poor fishing), excellent northern pike fishing (with pike up to 40 pounds on the fly), really good smallmouth fishing (that very few Montanana take advantage of) in eastern Montana (the lower Big Horn is tremendous smallmouth fishing), very good largemouth fishing, good whitefish (yep, they are a ball to catch in February and early March, especially when they run to 5 pounds or so), and the ubiquiitous squawfish in the middle and lower Clark Fork.

Then on the my current home state of Washington where there is steelhead, coho, kings, chum (love to catch the large (15 to 15 pound), fresh-run chum on the Skagit in November, pinks in the odd years, trout (unfortunately most of the good trout fishing within 5 hours of me is in lakes), smallmouth bass, and some very fine largemouth bass fishing within 15 miles of home (with virtually no fishing pressure).

Ah BC........ Steelhead, salmon, and some tremendous trout fishing in the rivers in southeastern portion of the province, not to mention the Kamloops lakes.

Which is best? It depends on the time of the year and the species you are chasing.
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