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Stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian Mountains, Alabama offers anglers the chance to fish everything from inshore brackish waters and famous bass lakes, to mountain streams and tailwaters. As the birthplace of the modern bass tournament, Alabama waters are best known for healthy populations of largemouth and spotted bass residing in the many large lakes and reservoirs, but as you head north, crystal clear mountain streams give fly anglers plenty of options for wade fishing in beautiful natural areas.
Although only a small portion of the state makes contact with the Gulf of Mexico, the saltwater fishing in and around Mobile Bay is some of the finest you'll find in the South. Fly anglers float the inshore marshes and estuaries in skiffs casting to species like redfish and speckled trout, but a quick trip into nearshore waters can put you on bigger game like cobia, Spanish mackerel, jacks, and even migratory tarpon. Fishermen from all over the country flock to the "Alabama Bass Trail" which is made up of lakes and reservoirs all throughout the state that are loaded with healthy populations of largemouth bass, spotted bass, and striped bass. The streams, rivers, and tailwaters of North Alabama are where most of the state's fly fishermen call home. The Little River, accessible by either the Little River Canyon National Wildlife Preserve or DeSoto State Park, is where fly anglers go to catch redeye bass on lightweight rods in a beautiful mountain setting. Those seeking trout can head to Elk River or Sipsey River ? tailwaters stocked with rainbow trout on a regular basis.
Alabama has year-round fishing, and with the exception of red snapper in the Gulf, there is no closed season. During the hot, humid Alabama summers, many anglers head to the hills to fish shady mountain streams, but when fall rolls around saltwater action picks up bringing fly casters back down to the coast to hook into redfish and specks.
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When the winter weather sets in, fish get lazy
posted on Tue Feb 7
Well it’s officially winter here on the east coast. For me, winter means bundling up next to the fire tying dozens of flies at the vice and eating pizza on an almost nightly basis. My winter activity is actually very similar to how trout act in th...
Choosing the proper fly rod
posted on Sat Jan 21
Proper fly fishing gear is essential. Along with the reel, flies and line, the most important gear is the fly rod. Fly rods may vary in length from 6 - 12 feet and come in different weights, colors, actions, materials and types. Understanding the rod...
6 Tips to take better photos of your catch
posted on Fri Jan 13
Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here ...
Guides based in Alabama
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of