Who's this Site for?
Well, I think the name sums it up pretty well. If you like figuring things out for yourself and you enjoy exploring and finding new places to fish, DIY Fly Fishing is the place for you.
Where to Fish?
That's what we all want to want to know, right?
Every time you watch one of those fly fishing videos with the cranking tunes and guys catch monster trout, what's the first thing you say to yourself? "I wonder where that is?"
Sure we'd all love to fly out to Montana, stay in a beautiful lodge and hire a guide for a week to show us where all those beautiful fish live.
But for most of us that's a once-in-a-lifetime deal. The rest of the time we're figuring it out for ourselves. And that's what DIY Fly Fishing is all about.
Maps for the 21st Century
Many state agencies publish fishing maps but most are only available in pdf or on some hard to use website. The goal of DIY Fly Fishing is to convert all this information into something that is far more useful, an easy to use digital map that you can access from your computer, tablet or phone.
At the heart of DIY Fly Fishing is an interactive map (like Google Maps) with over 30,000 of the best places to fish in the US. Click on a location and get driving directions to the nearest access point or boat ramp. That's all we really want, right?
Real-time USGS Stream Flow Data
Most fisherman are stream flow junkies, especially you Steelheader's, right? To make life easier, all 9,000+ active USGS stream flow gauges have been added to the DIY Fly Fishing Map.
Just click on a stream gauge and a graph of real-time stream flow data for the past 7 days will pop-up. If the flows are good, you go fishing. If not, you find another place to fish or stay home and tie flies.
Who Am I?
My name is Ken Sperry and I've been a DIY fisherman for 40+ years. I live in Pennsylvania and am humbled by all the great places we have to fish, most of which I'm still exploring. I hope you'll join me and get out and find some new places to fish!
Enjoy DIY Fly Fishing!