You may have mastered all the fly fishing basics, but do you know where to fly fish?
You go down to the river behind the country store. There is a nice rainbow trout downstream of the big rock!
OK, I’m kidding.
So how are you going to find out where to go fly fishing?
This western Oregon stream has one road in and the hike down (and out) can be less than fun.
There are many trout rivers and lakes with better access and discovering these new spots can be half the fun.
So don't be afraid to take a hike.
There are a lot of people who can help you with this.
There are some new GPS maps available now that can really help you pinpoint waters to fly fish.
In Eastern Oregon: The Owyhee River
“We are from the government and we are here to help.” It is true that they also want to encourage your new found hobby. Getting away from the TV and enjoying the outdoors is good for us all.
If you do a search for “(your state) Department of Fish and Game” you may find where to fly fish. They will help you find everything from fishing and boating access to the stocking schedules of the rivers and lakes nearby.
The Bureau of Land Management and the USGS have maps available.
I just found this tutorial video about USGS GeoPDF maps. These maps are available for free download and are less than four years old. Check it out!
If you have a nice lake nearby, lake trout fly fishing can be fun if you have a good fly fishing boat.
Finally, one of the best places to start fly fishing is on small streams. Once you learn to read the water, and the importance of stalking the fish, you can move those skills to a larger stream.
Catching a trout in a stream you can almost jump over is just plain fun. There are more than a few times I almost made it.
Just study the fly fishing basics and get out there and give it a try!