Pursue a family fly-fishing adventure and you'll wake up in some of the country's most pristine places. Catch and release the fish, but savor the memories for a lifetime at these spots.
1. JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
After a day of fishing along the South Fork of the Snake River, camp out at South Fork Hilton, a fully outfitted site tucked in the pines with a steep canyon wall as backdrop. The second day promises stunning scenery, 16 miles of braided waters and the opportunity to expand the adventure wading around gravel bars and up side channels.
2. CRAIG, MONTANA
The Missouri River is arguably the most productive trout fishery in the West. The small town of Craig is among the numerous launch points from which families explore this storied river. Expect a stunning landscape, trophy trout and the opportunity to imagine Lewis and Clark navigating the same waters.
3. SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
You'll be on the hunt for rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout on Silver Creek, the Big Lost and the Wood rivers as well as in pristine mountain lakes. Tap into the town's vibrant cultural scene or strap on skates for a whirl around the ice rink at the famed Sun Valley Lodge.
4. STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
Fly-fishing opportunities abound along the Yampa River. Test a few trout-rich holes in the morning, then later bike or explore the historic Western enclave. Ask a local guide to lead the way for a multisport adventure, combining a short hike with the opportunity to cast a line into the pristine streams, lakes and reservoirs that dot the region.
5. WELLSTON, MICHIGAN
Introduce your family to the joys of fly-fishing in the north woods of Michigan. The scenic Au Sable River originates north of Grayling and winds for more than 100 miles before meeting Lake Huron. A fly-fishing-only section of the river flows past Burton's Landing and is known as the "Holy Water" for its productive riffles and trout-filled pools.