The great thing about planning a fishing trip is there are so many great places to go to! The hard part is figuring out which place to visit! When it comes to fly fishing for trout, one of the priorities of the Nahanni Camping and Fishing Club, the challenge is to locate a great camping area that is also very close to a great fishing area.! Fly Fishing in New England is just about our favorite activity… or is it fishing in the Rocky Mountains? In our native New England, our “backyard” so to speak, there are many fine opportunities. Massachusettss offers the Derfield River in the Berkshires, the Swift River in central Mass, Cape Cod’s trout ponds and many other locations that can be reached easily. Vermont’s White River, New Hampshire’s Pemigewasset, Sugar and Androscoggin River, Maine’s Penobscott River, the Rapid River and Grand Lake Stream are just a few of the well known New England fishing targets. One of my favorite books, America’s 100 Best Trout Streams, published by the Trout Unlimited organization, is a great book that provides information about some of the very best streams throughout the US. The book Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die gives similar worldwide information. Locally TU has put out An Anglers Guide to Trout Fishing in Massachusetts which is extremely useful. Your local book store is worth visiting and will provide lots of useful information. (www.tu.org)
Without question the great state of Colorado hold special appeal to the Nahanni Camping and Fishing Club. Many of the photos you will see on this site were taken in Colorado. Within a relatively short drive from the Denver airport are many of the best trout fishing areas in North America. The Rocky Mountain National, the Cache La Poudre River, the Gunnison River, The Frying Pan River, The South Platte River and the Yampa River, along with many others in the area offer spectacular fly fishing opportunities!
Another great region is around Missoula Montana. Many rivers in this area are truely legendary. The Blackfoot, the Flathead, the Bitterroot River, Henry’s Fork etc can all be reached in a easy drive from Missoula. Taking route 12 west from Missoula, known as the Lewis and Clark Highway, brings you to Idaho and some more wonderful fishing locations. It was along this route that the Lewis and Clark Corp of Discovery first collected specimens of the beautiful Cutthroat Trout, the scientific name of the species being clarki (Oncorhynchus clarki).