Catching fish on a fly rod involves challenges unique to this specialized form of fishing. Presented here are 25 memorable International Game Fish Association world-record catches made by fly-rodders. These are not all the great fly-rod records one can find in IGFA records by any means, but all 25 are impressive by any measure. They’re listed alphabetically (by species, e.g. Red Drum is placed where “Drum, Red” would go in the list, etc).
After perusing these records, check out our galleries of the 50 Greatest Women’s World Record Catches, 40 Greatest World Record Catches by Junior Anglers, and 28 Greatest World Record Catches by Small Fry Anglers.
Finally, a word of thanks to the IGFA’s Jack Vitek for his help in providing these photos.
Editor’s note: Sport Fishing does not condone or encourage the killing of marlin, sailfish, tarpon or large sharks by anglers. In general, we avoid showing photos of such fish, dead at the dock. However, we make a rare exception in cases where legitimate world records are involved. But generally, we hope young anglers learn the satisfaction that comes from seeing a trophy fish swim away from the boat in great shape.