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The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World

Updated July 5, 2020 1.0k votes 147 voters 5.0k views50 items

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What are the top river destinations for fly fishing in the world? This list ranks the best fly fishing rivers on earth. Though fly fishing is largely associated with North American fishing, fly fishing has been introduced in other parts of the world including Spain, Europe, South America, and Asia, and all these countries have beautiful rivers that provide excellent fly fishing. 

In Europe, fly fishing rivers are plentiful in Spain and Great Britain though the two countries aren't often thought of as some of the world's best fly fishing destinations. In Spain, however, the Pyrenees Mountains offer some of the best Spanish rivers for salmon and trout fly fishing. And fly fishing in England is a must for a classic, quaint, countryside fishing experience.

Different countries offer diverse fly fishing experiences. Trout is a popular fly fishing species including the rainbow trout and the brown trout. Another top fly fishing species is the river bass, and carp is popular among more advanced fly fishers since they are larger and can be a trickier catch. 

What are some of the best fly fishing rivers in the world? Cast your votes below for the best rivers around the world that offer unforgettable fly fishing experiences.
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  • 1
    24
    9

    Neretva

    Croatia , Mostar
  • 2
    34
    22

    Missouri River

    Omaha , Kansas City
  • 3
    20
    8

    Skeena River

    British Columbia
  • 4
    12
    0

    Bow River

    Alberta
  • 5
    20
    14

    Bighorn River

    Wyoming , Montana
  • 6
    22
    17

    San Juan River

    Utah , New Mexico
  • 7
    15
    9

    River Erne

    County Donegal , County Cavan
  • 8
    15
    9

    Tamar River

    Tasmania
  • 9
    15
    11

    River Usk

    Newport , Wales
  • 10
    19
    16

    Amazon River

    South America
  • 11
    14
    9

    River Itchen, Hampshire

    Southampton , Northam
  • 12
    12
    9

    Alagnak River

    Alaska , Alagnak Wild River
  • 13
    12
    9

    Altaelva

    Norway
  • 14
    11
    9

    Traun

    Austria
  • 15
    10
    7

    River Avon

    Bristol , Clifton
  • 16
    13
    12
  • 17
    18
    19

    Colorado River

    Arizona, California
  • 18
    9
    7

    River Test

    Hampshire, England
  • 19
    5
    2
  • 20
    10
    11

    Tara

    Žabljak , Montenegro
  • 21
    9
    9

    Rakitnica

    Sarajevo
  • 22
    10
    14

    Futaleufú River

    Argentina , Chile
  • 23
    7
    10
  • 24
    4
    1

    North Platte River

    Wyoming , Colorado
  • 25
    5
    8

    Najerilla

    Spain