Field & Stream puts Redding among nation’s top 20 spots

Larry O. Doss Saturday, January 19, 2008

Field & Stream puts Redding among nation’s top 20 spots
Redding makes top 20
These are Field & Stream magazine’s top 20 places to live if you like to fish:

1: Glenwood Springs, Colo.

2: Mountain Home, Ark.

3: Traverse City, Mich.

4: Bozeman, Mont.

5: Minocqua, Wis.

6: Apalachicola, Fla.

7: Nantucket, Mass.

8: Bend, Ore.

9: Guntersville, Ala.

10: Morehead City, N.C.

11: Missoula, Mont.

12: Ely, Minn.

13: Page, Ariz.

14: Driggs, Idaho.

15: Jasper, Texas.

16: Tahlequah, Okla.

17: Beaufort, S.C.

18: Eufaula, Ala.

19. Redding.

20: Montauk, N.Y.

Field & Stream magazine, in its February edition, listed Redding as the 19th best town for anglers to live.

The magazine polled the nation’s top angling professionals to determine the list and narrowed it down to communities with a total population of 100,000 or less. Glenwood Springs, Colo., came in first.

Redding was California’s lone entry.

“Surrounded on three sides by millions of open wilderness acres, Redding, in the Shasta-Cascade region of Northern California, is the fly-fishing mecca of the Golden State,” the article says. “The beauty of this part of the country is that you can be up in the cool mountains, ordown in the warm valley within minutes. The seasons are mild, and the overall town atmosphere, while maintaining some California-tourism flair, is ultimately quite genuine.”

Towns were judged on the availability of year-round fishing opportunities, cost of living, fishing culture and outdoor-related economy, quality of life, and diversions other than fishing. The towns range in size from single-stoplight crossroads to boomtowns, all with populations less than 100,000.

To view the piece, which includes a picture of Redding guide Kirk Portocarrero holding a lower Sacramento River wild rainbow trout, go to

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