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6 Top Trout Destinations for the Purist in All of Us


Where are the top trout fishing destinations for those of us who yearn for the purity of the sport?

You know you’ve thought about it: where can I go on a trout fishing trip to catch iconic fish, witness beautiful scenery, and travel to some of the best places in the U.S.?

We’ve rounded up a few great choices, but want to hear yours as well. The list isn’t complete until you chime in, and ultimately isn’t a success until you book your trout trip and ideally let a local guide show you the ins and outs of that particular iconic stream or river.

Not sure how to find a guide for your trip? Stop by Fin & Field to search guides and outfitters in all of the top locations.

San Juan River, New Mexico


This super productive fishery is home to tons of large rainbow, brown, and rainbow-cutthroat hybrid trout.

Bristol Bay, Alaska

Alaska has a lot covered when it comes to being a sportsman’s paradise. Look to rivers like the Alagnak for rainbow trout.

Beaverkill River near Roscoe, New York


Roscoe refers to itself as “Trout Town USA,” so you can’t really go wrong. The famous Delaware River is close by as well.

Blackfoot River, Montana

Who wouldn’t want to say they fished in “A River Runs Through It” author Norman Maclean’s home river?

Hat Creek east of Redding, California

Some say the rainbows are so picky on this river, that a fly fisherman could go through a whole box of flies without a take, then return to their fish only to find success.

Deschutes River, Oregon


The lower Descutes is probably Oregon’s best-known spot, so don’t expect to be alone. But if you know what you’re doing, you can tap some of the greatest rainbow trout waters of the Northwest.

Remember that Fin & Field’s community of outfitters and guides excel in all of these destinations and more, and they’re all just a few clicks away.

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6 Top Trout Destinations for the Purist in All of Us