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The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World 

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Updated July 5, 2020 613 votes 130 voters 4.6k views 50 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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Bighorn River is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Wyoming , Montana
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Skeena River is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Skeena River British Columbia
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San Juan River is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Utah , New Mexico , Colorado
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Alagnak River is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Alaska , Alagnak Wild River
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Neretva is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Neretva Croatia , Mostar , Herzegovina
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Silver Creek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Idaho
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River Test is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
River Test Hampshire, England
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Missouri River is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Omaha , Kansas City , North America
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Tamar River is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Tasmania
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River Erne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
County Donegal , County Cavan
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Au Sable River is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
ehjewett@hotmail.com added Michigan
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Traun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Traun Austria
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Futaleufú River ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
FutaleufĂș River Argentina , Chile
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River Avon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
River Avon Bristol , Clifton, Bristol
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River Usk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
River Usk Newport , Wales
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Bow River is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Adam Freeman added Bow River Alberta
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North Platte River is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
gabriel.morath added North Platte River Wyoming , Colorado , Nebraska
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Fryingpan River is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
gabriel.morath added Colorado
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South Platte River is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
gabriel.morath added South Platte River Colorado , Nebraska
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River Itchen, Hampshire ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
River Itchen, Hampshire Southampton , Northam, Southampton
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Altaelva is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Altaelva Norway
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Orange River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
daniel.grant16220071 added Orange River
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Tusket River is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Tusket River Nova Scotia
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Colorado River is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Arizona, California, Nevada
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Amazon River is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
South America