River Fly Fishing


Did you know?

About 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water.

42,320 cubic miles is from fresh water lakes which is roughly 0.013% of the earths total water.

Major Rivers
Nile: 4,132 miles
Amazon: 4,000 miles
Yangtze: 3,915 miles

United States
Missouri: 2,540 miles
Mississippi: 2,340 miles
Yukon: 1,980 miles
Rio Grande: 1,900 miles
St. Lawrence: 1,900 miles
Arkansas: 1,460 miles
Colorado: 1,450 miles
Atchafalaya: 1,420 miles
Ohio: 1,310 miles
Red: 1,290 miles
Brazos: 1,280 miles
Columbia: 1,240 miles
Snake: 1,040 miles
Platte: 990 miles
Pecos: 926 miles
Canadian: 906 miles
Tennessee: 886 miles
Colorado (of Texas): 862 miles
North Canadian: 800 miles
Mobile: 774 miles
Kansas: 743 miles
Kuskokwim: 724 miles
Yellowstone: 692 miles
Tanana: 659 miles
Milk: 625 miles
Ouachita: 605 miles
Hamilton: 600 miles
Cimarron: 600 miles

Most rivers are primary watersheds combining smaller streams called tributaries. Tributaries may include both spring and freestone water types. Many rivers do not provide the ample shade of smaller streams, so greater temperature fluctuations are common.
Rivers created by reservoir outflows often provide excellent fishing. If the water is released from the bottom of a dam, it often has the necessary ingredients for good trout habitat. This type of river, defined as a tailwater, provides consistent cold water temperatures. Many tailwater fisheries provide an abundance of smaller insect life, such as Chironomidae, and nourish big trophy trout. Catching a large trout on a small hook is difficult, yet extremely rewarding.