Outdoors The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World  

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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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17 7
San Juan River is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Utah , New Mexico , Colorado

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11 2
Alagnak River is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Alaska , Alagnak Wild River

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14 11
Missouri River is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Omaha , Kansas City , North America

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Silver Creek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Idaho

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8 6
Neretva is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Neretva Croatia , Mostar , Herzegovina

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Tamar River is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Tasmania

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5 3
Skeena River is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Skeena River British Columbia

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Au Sable River is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
ehjewett@hotmail.com added Michigan

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5 4
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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4 3
River Test is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
River Test Hampshire, England

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3 2
Traun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Traun Austria

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3 2
River Avon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
River Avon Bristol , Clifton, Bristol

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2 1
Sana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Sana Bosnia

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Colorado River is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Arizona, California, Nevada

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Provo River is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World

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5 5
River Itchen, Hampshire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
River Itchen, Hampshire Southampton , Northam, Southampton

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2 2
Vrelo Bosne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Vrelo Bosne Bosnia and Herzegovina

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1 1
Pliva is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Pliva Bosnia

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1 1
Beaver Kill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
ehjewett@hotmail.com added Beaver Kill New York , Rockland

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Amazon River is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
South America

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3 4
Rakitnica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Rakitnica Sarajevo

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Göta älv is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
beneluxian added Göta älv Gothenburg , Sweden

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Usora is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
beneluxian added Usora

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Namsen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fly Fishing Rivers in the World
Namsen Nord-Trøndelag