TroutRoutes: Fly Fishing Maps 4+

Find Access & Public Water

Trout Insights, LLC

Designed for iPad

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



TroutRoutes is the #1 GPS mapping tool for trout streams and fly fishing. It is the industry's first mapping tool that includes interactive GPS fishing maps for every trout stream in the continental United States, providing comprehensive information for each stream and river. Today, TroutRoutes has detailed access maps of over 50,000 trout streams, quickly becoming one of the most useful GPS maps within the fishing app category.

Our top features include:
- Interactive Trout Streams: Industry's first comprehensive and interactive map of every stream and river that inhabit trout, with detailed local information for each stream.
- GPS and Directions: Get real-time GPS and driving directions to know where you stand and avoid private property.
- National Trout Quality Classification System: Industry's first national river classification system based on many factors, including habitat quality, access opportunities, trout species abundance, and more. This color-coded quality system helps anglers quickly explore the top waters in the U.S.
- Public and Private access: intuitive and comprehensive public access layers, including fishing easements, national forest, local parks and any other parcel boundaries that offer public access to trout streams.
- Access Points: Over 500,000 unique and hand-curated access points for every stream, including parking locations, bridge access, public access routes, trailheads, boat ramps, put-ins and other designated access points.
- Fly Shops and Fishing Stores: Find and interact with local fly shops around the country. We have every shop with interactive links to websites and directions, everything you'll need for your next fly fishing adventure.
- Interactive Elevation Charts: Provides slope and contour details for every stream and river. This feature helps anglers understand rivers before getting to the water, including detection of tailwaters, reservoirs, headwaters, meadows and other important river features.
- Real-time river flows and gage charts: Get real-time river flows and charts with our USGS gage layer.
- Offline Maps: No internet? No problem. Take our interactive maps completely offline with our offline maps. Available by river or region.
- Personal Content and Markers: Create custom maps by leveraging our mapping tools that allow you to save notes, customizable private markers and shapes.

- Regulations: See detailed special regulations for rivers around the country, and leverage our Regulations Map overlay to see color coded regulation sections for each state.

Our mapping tool is now endorsed and sponsored by fly fishing professionals and industry partners. You can find more information about our product in local fly shops such as Orvis. Get started for free with our Basic Plan or start a free week trial of PRO to leverage the features listed above.

What’s New

Version 5.0.12

- New splash screen
- Various bug fixes and quality of life updates
- We plan to drop support for iOS versions prior to 16 within the next couples of weeks, so make sure your device is up to date to at least iOS 16 to continue to receive all updates of TroutRoutes!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

Mat Pankratz ,

Was great, then 4.0.0 Came out

Absolutely hate this update. It’s impossible to zoom in without changing the angle you’re viewing at (why would anyone want to view the map at an angle anyway??) and it always rotates so north isn’t at the top when you don’t want it to. Worst of all, the stream gauges are all gone. They still show in the legend, but you can’t actually use them on the map, and especially this time of year that’s a major feature!

Update: I should say that I figured out how to get the gauges back again, so that’s good at least, still a wonderful app but man, it’s way more difficult to use now.

Developer Response ,

Woofta. We will work on this.

tywalkerdev ,

Not a complete waste, but not worth the price.

I used TroutRoutes premium as a primary way to plan my last fly-fishing trip. Here are some of the pros and cons.

- a good starting place to highlight campgrounds, hikes, streams, creeks, and rivers
- good information on water levels if a dam is further up river
- multiple layer maps to help you determine the difficulty of accessing a point in the river

Now the bad:
- inaccurate stream info. At one point the River I was fishing— Watauga in western North Carolina— went way farther than the map suggested. Further up there was a public park that you could access the river that locals said was amazing to fish— wasn’t even included on the app. This leads me to…
- The parking suggestions are a joke. You CANNOT rely on this information. I probably wasted 2-3 hours PER DAY driving to a “parking spot” that had signs everywhere saying you couldn’t park there.
- inaccurate class information. Different classes were given than my state wildlife gave
- contains little information, tips, suggestions, or locations that quick google search couldn’t give you.

Ultimately, you’re better off using the free version to start your trip, but only if you’d like to find smaller, less popular streams— double edged sword may be that they are unpopular for a reason. Even popular rivers contain missing or inaccurate information on an area.

Save your money and buy a few flies at a local fly shop. Get tips and info from them.

Developer Response ,

Hi Ty,
Appreciate this thorough feedback here. Sounds like you had a poor first impression using the parking layers, and for that alone I’d be happy to offer a refund if you reach out to our support team.

But let’s dive into some specifics. We have the Watauga starting off in Inver Lochy Lake just above Hwy 185, which I think is correct. We have it ending on Hwy 321 based on NC Wildlife data, perhaps this is what you’re referring to? There are two fly shops on that river with probably 10-15 parking locations, most of which seem very legit in designated parks or pull-offs. I will say there is a prominent access point/park we have missing right on HWY321 (Watauga Gorge), which could be the park your referring to as well? Based on some of these findings our team is actively working on revamping the whole NC state for new access opportunities.

Lastly, I do want to mention we *do* have all of the NC regulations and classifications correctly in the app; this is an important feature that can be very valuable if you know where to look. When you tap on any river in the U.S., we display special regulations and local classifications. For the Watauga, you’ll see its Wild Trout Waters with special Delayed Harvest regs detailed in the stream card in the app. To visually see all of the regulations and classifications, we have a regulations layer mode that color codes them all based on local color schemes.

Hope all this helps, and thanks for the feedback. We continue to refine and improve our base layers based on helpful user feedback like this. -Zach

Oldgraymidge ,

Helps Guide Me to Public Water

I have only been using it for about a month but have found it quite useful in excluding trips to small creeks with limited or no public access. On the other hand, it has drawn my attention to a few blue line creeks that had heretofore slipped under my radar. The ability to put private notes at a certain location (such as what worked under what conditions) or drawing lines on maps to mark routes and trails more boldly is a great tool for later trips. A lot of thought has gone into how to make this useful for fisherfolk. Kudos to the creators.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the detailed review!!

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