Where Is the Fly Fishing Capital of the World?

Fly fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in the world. It has a long and rich history, stretching back centuries. But where is the fly fishing capital of the world?

The answer likely depends on who you ask. Many people believe that Montana is the fly fishing capital of the world. Montana has numerous rivers and streams that are ideal for fly fishing, including some of the best trout waters in the United States. The state also hosts a number of renowned fly-fishing tournaments and events each year, making it an attractive destination for anglers from around the world.

On the other hand, some people believe that New Zealand is actually the true fly fishing capital of the world. New Zealand boasts some of the best trout fishing in all of Australasia, with vast numbers of both brown and rainbow trout inhabiting its numerous rivers and streams. New Zealand also offers anglers unparalleled scenery and access to some incredible wilderness areas.

In addition to Montana and New Zealand, there are other contenders for this title as well. Patagonia in South America is home to some excellent trout waters, while Scotland has long been renowned for its salmon fishing opportunities. There are also many other countries around the world with fantastic fly-fishing opportunities, such as Canada, Norway and Iceland.

Ultimately, it is impossible to definitively declare one country or region as being ‘the’ fly-fishing capital of the world – each location has its own unique characteristics and advantages when it comes to fly-fishing opportunities. However, there is no doubt that both Montana and New Zealand have earned their place amongst some of the best destinations for anglers around the globe!

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Daniel Bennet