People travel for various reasons. One person’s reason to travel isn’t necessarily better than the next person’s, it’s just the type of traveling a person does. Some people travel mostly for various sporting events, some people travel to taste different foods across the world, and some travel for their jobs. If you’re an “outdoorsy” type of person then hearing that people travel the world to go fishing won’t sound strange at all to you.
Your Fly Fishing Excursion
Whether your reason to travel is to tackle your bucket list destinations or face your biggest bucket list fears, you have to include fly fishing on your bucket list, if you haven’t already. People just picture fishing as the boring activity where you sit on a boat waiting for a bite but that’s not fly fishing at all. To get the ultimate fishing experience, you have to go trout fishing!
Aside from catfish, bass, and panfish, trout comes in as the 4th most popular fishing in the USA. The best part about trout fishing is that they’re not an easy catch! They’re definitely going to put up a good fight before letting you catch them.
Now, if you’re going to go trout fishing and actually travel to various destinations to do it, you have to know where to go. Trouts are usually found in cold water locations and you’re more likely to catch them in moving waters like rivers and creeks. There are three main species of trout and those are:
- Rainbow Trout
- Brook Trout
- Brown Trout
One of the biggest aspects of trout fishing that can make or break a fly fishing excursion is the type of trout fishing lures you use. If you don’t have the right type of fishing equipment, it can really make your fishing trip feel pointless, especially when you’ve traveled just to go trout fishing, so make sure you have all the right equipment needed.
Now’s the time to get into the actual USA destinations where you will get the best trout fishing experience. Take a look at these “trout towns” to see where you’re next fly fishing excursion will be!
1. Brevard, North Carolina
Brevard, North Carolina, can hold its own weight in being one of the top destinations for any type of outdoor activities you want to engage in, but its most popular attribute that brings people from all over the world is fly fishing.
The Davidson River is one of the main rivers that are ideal for trout fishing. Trout Unlimited actually named the Davidson River as one of America’s best trout streams, so if that doesn’t make you want to put on your fishing gear and hop in the river, nothing else will!
Avery Creek is also a great location to trout fish too. It’s nowhere near as big as the Davidson River, of course, but it is still a great alternate location in Brevard to go fishing.
2. Lewisburg, West Virginia
In Lewisburg, West Virginia, you are going to be fly fishing for Mountain State trout. Located in the heart of Greenbrier Valley, Lewisburg is a trout town that offers anglers access to the most plentiful parts of the Greenbrier and Meadow Rivers. Those are two of Lewisburg’s tributaries full of trout but one of the other great tributaries is Anthony Creek.
According to flyfishingsmokymountains.com, Anthony Creek is one of the best trout fishing locations if you’re trying to teach kids how to fly fish. It’s a creek easy enough for them to be able to catch fish as well as easy enough for them to get in and get their own feel of the many joys of fly fishing.
3. Blue Ridge, Georgia
The entire northern region of Georgia has earned its title of being a popular destination for fly fishing but it’s the small town of Blue Ridge that embodies the title of being the “trout capital.” Blue Ridge is located in Fannin County and its Toccoa River is where you can catch some of the biggest trouts in the area. If you just spend a few hours in Blue Ridge, you’ll see that it’s clearly a fishing town.
If you are to take a quick walk down Main Street, you will not only run into two upscale fly shops but you will also encounter an inn that was inspired by fishing and a fishing workshop by the famous Bill Oyster. To get your fly fishing fix, head to Blue Ridge, Georgia, and try your luck in Georgia’s trout capital!
Where’s your favorite trout fishing place? Let us know in the comments below!