How to Use the DIY Fly Fishing Map

The DIY Fly Fishing Map has many built-in functions and map controls to make exploring and finding places to fish easy. Below is a guide on how to use the DIY Fly Fishing Map.

Map Marker Legend

The map legend is located in the upper-left hand corner of the map. Map markers are color coded.  

  • Orange - Walk-in Access point
  • Blue - USGS stream gauge
  • Green - Boat Access
  • Purple - Point of Interest (POI)
how to filter map markers

How to Select Map Locations

  1. To select a map location simply click on the location with your mouse or tap the location with your finger if you have a touch screen or are on a mobile device.  
  2. A location pop-up window will open
  3. Tap 'Click for more information' to open the location information detail box

Tip: It helps to zoom into the location to make it easier to select the location.

select map location

How to Get Driving Directions

  1. Tap any map location to open the location pop-up window 
  2. Tap 'Click for more information' and the location information detail box will open
  3. Tap on the 'Get Directions' link
  4. Location will open in Google Maps
  5. Tap Directions link
get directions

Get Directions on Google Maps

google map

How to Use Search Function

The map Search Function is located in the upper-left hand corner of the map.  You can search the map for fishing locations by name, or by city, state, park, etc.

Search for Fishing Location by Name

how to search diy fly fishing map by river

Search by City or State

how to search diy fly fishing map by city

Search by National Park

how to search diy fly fishing map by national park

Search by State Park

search map by state park

Search by State Forest or Recreation Area

search map by state forest

How to Filter Map Locations

The map filter function is located in the upper-left hand corner. Click the check box next to each location type to turn map markers on or off.

how to filter map markers

How to Switch Base Maps

The base map toggle is located in the upper-left hand corner. There are two base maps to select from:

  • Topo Map
  • 3D Satellite Map

Topo Map

topo base map

3D Satellite Map

satellite map

How to Locate Yourself on the Map

The geolocate button is located in the upper-right corner of the map.  

  1. Click the button to zoom to your current location.
  2. The geolocate button turns blue when geolocation is enabled.
  3. Your location is shown with a blue dot on the map.

Geolocation Enabled

geolocate map function

How to Move Around the Map

You can move around the map using a mouse or standard hand gestures on touch screen devices.

Computer / Laptop

  1. Hover over map with mouse pointer
  2. Press and hold the left mouse button
  3. Move mouse in any direction to reposition the map

Touch Screen Device (Laptop, Tablet, Phone)

  1. Touch and hold one finger on screen
  2. Move finger in any direction to reposition the map

Hand Touchscreen Gestures

hand touchscreen gesture chart

How to Zoom Map In / Out

The map zoom controls are located in the upper-right hand corner of the map.

Computer / Laptop

  1. Click +/- to zoom in or out on the map, or
  2. Hover over map with mouse pointer and use scroll wheel

Touch Screen Device (Laptop, Tablet, Phone)

  1. Tap +/- to zoom in or out, or
  2. Double tap screen to zoom in, or
  3. Touch screen with two fingers and pinch together to zoom in
  4. Touch screen with two finger and push fingers apart to zoom out

How to Tilt and View Map in 3D

To view the map in 3D, first select the Satellite 3D mode and then tilt the map view as discussed below.

Computer / Laptop

  1. Hold down Ctrl key
  2. Click and hold the left mouse button
  3. Move mouse up to increase tilt, or down to decrease  

Touch Screen Device (Laptop, Tablet, Phone)

  1. Touch and hold two fingers on screen
  2. Swipe fingers up to increase tilt
  3. Swipe fingers down to decrease tilt

3D Satellite Map View

3D map

How to Get Stream Flow Data

The blue map markers (dots) on the map indicate the location of a USGS stream gauge.  

  1. Tap the blue dot to pull up a graph of stream flow data for that location for the past 7-days.
  2. Tap the stream flow graph to go to the USGS website for additional information such as water height and temperature.

USGS Stream Gauge Location

stream gauge marker

Real-time USGS Streamflow Data

usgs streamflow graph

Tap Graph to view more stream condition information on USGS website

usgs website

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About the author

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and find new places to fish. He created DIY Fly Fishing to help you do the same.

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