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This first article is from a series I was commissioned to write which detailed fly-fishing in many of the US States.
Best Fly Fishing in Montana
Amongst the fly-fishing fraternity, there are some places that hold an almost spiritual reverence. For me, Montana is one of these places, ever since I began fly-fishing it has been on my bucket list for must-fish States.
This yearning to fish the wilds of Montana began as a young, novice fly-fisher fishing the lakes and streams around my home. A gnarled old angler (actually my older brother) suggested the conditions were right to bounce a Montana nymph along the bottom.
Since that day, the Montana nymph has been one of my go to flies and the state of Montana has been top of my fly-fishing wish list. And now, at last, I can say that Montana can be ticked off my bucket list.
And it was everything that it promised to be.
What’s so special about Montana?
Montana is a Mecca for just about every fly-fisher, hundreds of miles of productive rivers, crystal clear lakes and all set against the backdrop of some stunning scenery. Just have a look at this video from renowned fly-fishing guide, Jenny Grossenbacher that was commissioned by the Montana office of tourism.
If you are looking for convenience, then Montana has something for you, if you are looking to head into the wilds to explore remote rivers and creeks then Montana can do that too!
Where to fish in Montana
The options are limitless; a great source of information can be found in the fishing section of the official state website.
When it comes to deciding where to base yourself once you make that pilgrimage, it is easier to firstly break down the options into three main regions then delve into each region in a bit more detail to see what they can offer.
For fly-fishers looking to fish for species other than trout, this is the region for you. With a different climate than the central and western districts, the rivers and lakes here are too warm to support a trout population.
Instead what you get are large and healthy populations of catfish, walleye, and smallmouth bass. The region’s landscape is also a stark contrast to the rest of the state, it is mostly a prairie landscape and sparsely populated. If you want peace and quiet and don’t mind missing out on the trout fishing, then this might be the district for you.
Most of the rivers in the east are accessible by car, so it is brilliant for those who don’t fancy that hike into the wilderness.
The central district where you can get into some serious ‘back-country,’ type fishing. As opposed to the prairie landscape of the Eastern District, this is a landscape of wild rivers and endless forest. This is in essence, the true Montana fishing landscape, where a lot of the more notable fishing is remote. For many fly-fishers this is all part of the overall ‘Montana Fly Fishing Experience.’
However, if you’re not one for wilderness treks to remote rivers, then this might not be the area for you. But even if you aren’t up for those treks, there is still a huge amount of fantastic fishing available.
For those seeking some remote fishing, then rivers like the Sun River, Dearborn River and the Teton River, are all excellent spots. For the less remote rivers there is always the mighty Missouri River or the Smith River.
The closer you get to the mountains in the central district the better the fishing is. The trout thrive in the colder and oxygen rich rivers that tumble from the mountains.
For those looking for a camping experience or basic campsite accommodation then getting close to the mountains is an awesome fly-fishing experience.
Although the north of this district offers some fine fishing, in particular the Kootenai and Yaak Rivers are notable, most of the best fishing is located in the southwest. The scenery and landscape across the whole western district is stunningly beautiful, miles of forestry and rolling hills interlaced with rivers that bubble with trout, this is a fly-fishers paradise.
Many of the rivers that are available in the central district also pop up in the west too, and the trout fishing they offer is phenomenal. And the choice of places to fish is seemingly endless, a few of the more notable rivers that the western district offers are the Yellowstone, Boulder, Ruby and Bighorn rivers, and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet.
Fishing in Montana
Now that you know a bit more about the districts of Montana and the type of fishing available in each, you should have a better idea of what area best suits your needs. In this section we are going to look at each district in turn and give you more specifics if where to fish, available guides etc.
For those looking for a smallmouth bass experience or even looking to hook into some summer pike, then the eastern district is where you should aim for. The species that you will be able to hook into in eastern Montana include: –
And many more, including pockets of trout and some wonderful, stocked trout fisheries.
Next, we’ll consider some of the best fishing spots in eastern Montana.
The Junction of the Missouri, Marias, and Teton Rivers
Situated about 50 miles northeast of Great Falls along Montana Highway 87, this is where the Marias and Teton rivers merge and run together for a mile or so before meeting with the Missouri River.
River confluences are always rich in feeding for fish and therefore rich in fish, here there have been 47 different species documented, so there is plenty of variety to choose from. Some of the highlights include: –
Sturgeon: – plan for late May if you fancy a shot at these prehistoric fish. They fight like salmon and they taste just as delicious, and at that time of year thousands are surging up the Marias to their spawning grounds.
Sauger: – a cousin of the perch, in springtime this fish migrates 100 miles or so up the Missouri river to its spawning grounds. A hardy fighter for its size, it can provide great sport.
Other notable species here are redhorse, river carpsuckers, northern pike and even some resident brown and rainbow trout.
Fort Peck Reservoir
While the fame of the walleye fishery here is sweeping the country the smallmouth bass fishery is less of a secret. The state record was caught here and weighed in at a hefty 6.6 lbs. and biologists reckon there are bigger ones yet lurking in the 250,000-acre reservoir.
There are numerous fish hotspots but as in most reservoirs there are also some dead spots too. For a water this size, particularly if your visit is of short duration, it is best to employ the services of a guide if you want to get the best fishing in.
One of the most thrilling experiences I’ve ever had when fly-fishing was catching my first pike on a light-weight kit. Since then I’ve spent a lot of time pursuing this ‘freshwater shark.’ If you are like-minded then Medicine Lake is a superb location to head for.
The lake offers the perfect habitat and feeding for this top predator, weedy islands and shallows are plentiful as are the fish. Pike were first introduced here to control the carp population and have thrived in the environment.
If you do fancy a go at some of the best pike fishing Montana has to offer, then be aware that annually from the 15th September to 15th November the lake is out of bounds for all recreational use.
A great source of information for places to stay and where to fish can be found here.
The Bighorn River is one of eastern Montana’s trout hotspots. With an estimated 6,000 trout per mile it is crammed with them. Trout fishing here wasn’t always endemic, it started after the Yellowtail Dam was completed in 1966 and changed the characteristic of the river to more suit trout. But the trout that were introduced now breed naturally and are thriving.
There are many local guides and places to stay when fishing here. Including the Bighorn River Lodge offers fantastic value packages if you want to see the best of the fishing.
The problem with the central district is knowing where to start. The variety and the scope of the fishing here can be daunting if you have limited time and little local knowledge. One good way to ensure you maximize your time is to employ the services of a local guide. Montana Fly Fishing Guides is a great place to start if you’re looking for a guide.
You can’t talk about fishing in central Montana without mentioning the Missouri river. This mighty waterway epitomizes the fishing throughout the state. The ‘Mighty Mo’ as locals know it as, is crammed with brown and rainbow trout and because of the power of the current in this river, they are some of the hardest fighting fish to be found anywhere in the world.
Any day of the year large rises of trout make this river the perfect all year-round fishery for dry-fly aficionados. And there is something very special about fishing the Montana nymph in the state it was developed, as you hunt for that 10lb monster in the depths.
Most anglers will tell you that the best fishing is found to the north and begins around the Helena region. In fact, the whole area surrounding this town is a fly-fisher’s dream. A great guide to the Helena fishing can be found on the Visit Helena website.
With incredible mayfly hatches that begin as early as March and olives and caddisflies in May, the Missouri is at its very best in these months. However, at any time of the year the Missouri can offer fishing that beats just about any other river you could put up against it. For instance, the caddisfly hatches continue to provide great fishing right through the summer.
For tackle and fly requirements for the Missouri it is best to carry a versatile rod that can cope with a variety of conditions. Ideally something like a nine-foot rod rated for about 5-6 weight lines. This kit can give you the delicacy you need to gently land that dry fly and if conditions warrant it, it can also throw out that weighted nymph.
Whilst the central district is rightly dominated by the Missouri River it isn’t the only place that offers fantastic fishing. The Dearborn River is another gem of a river.
Situated on Highway 200 just north of Lincoln and south of Augusta it can be broken down into two stretches, the upper and lower Dearborn. The Dearborn is a true wilderness fly fishing experience and although access is limited and will likely involve a trek, for those who are willing to put a bit of effort in the fishing can be fantastic.
It is perfect for those who like to take a float trip down the river but watch for water conditions as it could be quite a ride! This is one of the reasons that the float trip season is restricted to the period from the 3rd Saturday in May until late June.
The trout has a great stock of rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout and is best fished with larger dry flies or weighted nymphs, the fish seem to be less fussy about what they rise to here than on the Missouri, which makes it an ideal spot for beginners.
The Montana Angling Company is always very helpful and can help you plan your trip if this is the river for you.
Another river that we will quickly mention is the Sun River. One for the wilderness enthusiast this will suit the most ambitious of anglers only. But for those who undertake the challenge the rewards are some of the best fishing Montana has to offer in some of the most beautiful scenery in all Montana.
Finally, we will have a quick look at western Montana. A great place to base yourself if you are planning a fly-fishing to this area is the town of Missoula. The good people at Montana Fly Fishing Guide are specialists in organizing trips and offering advice on the fishing that abounds throughout the area.
Setting yourself in this area means you are based where four great rivers are within easy reach.
A great river for those who like to take float trips, this river boasts nearly a hundred miles of floatable water and has some great fishing with the predominant species being the West Slope Cutthroat trout.
It can be three different fishing experiences on the one river with the upper middle and lower river all offering a completely different experience.
Clark Fork River
Once again this is a river with two different personalities, whereas the upper river is populated with mainly brown trout the lower river is crammed with wild rainbow trout that love to rise to a delicately placed dry fly.
Yes, it is here too! We have already covered much of what the Missouri River has to offer, but it is worth mentioning that if you base yourself in the south-west you still have access to one of the great trout rivers.
It just keeps getting better! I can’t even begin to touch on the range of fishing available in Montana. But the Blackfoot River is where I ultimately achieved my goal of catching a trout in Montana on a Montana nymph, and I think it’s fair to say I was almost in tears.
Set in a stunning backdrop of ruggedly beautiful terrain, it is still readily accessible and has healthy stocks of rainbow, brown and bull trout. This river is the epitome of fly-fishing in Montana and for me although I fished in many other places throughout the state, this is the place where I achieved my dream. And as such I freely admit to being biased.
They say you should never meet your heroes, you will only be disappointed. I was nervous that Montana wasn’t going to be the place I’d always imagined.
It wasn’t, it was far better than I could have ever imagined. The people are friendly and always offering advice and tips on where to fish. And the fishing has to be experienced to be believed. There are no words that can describe the sheer joy of hooking into a wild Missouri River rainbow trout and feeling the line screech from your reel as it powers off downstream.
Montana is surely one of the world’s greatest fly-fishing experiences and one that will stay with me forever. I didn’t even start to experience what the state could offer in the way of fly-fishing before my trip was over. So, one thing is for certain, I haven’t yet ticked it off my bucket list, I can truthfully say: –
Montana, thank you, I will be back.
A Quirky Article on Buying gifts for Content Creators
10 Gift Ideas for Content Creators
Poor content creators, as the rest of the world prepares for the holiday season, there they are beavering away, creating all those holiday season blogs and articles that will make the internet sparkle.
Content creators are a funny bunch to buy for. Content creating is a calling, a lifestyle choice, a hobby and a living rolled into one. For the gift buyer this presents a problem. Content creating doesn’t shout out gift ideas.
If your loved one was a passionate artist or angler, the choice would be easy. There would be a host of obvious choices at the local mall or just a few clicks away.
For content creators the choice isn’t always so obvious. But your worries are over, this article will give you some great ideas for what to buy for that blogger in your life.
1 Anything Coffee Based
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Except for the clatter of manic typing as that looming deadline approaches.
Content creators spend their days and nights in dim caves producing blogs, vlogs, videos, newsletters, and whatever manner of content needs creating. Most of them keep this lifestyle going through extensive use of coffee.
In fact, it would be fair to say that coffee is the fuel of the internet.
However, there are instances when caffeine overload has occurred. In these instances, sometimes a content creator will turn to fruit teas as a substitute.
This collection of flowering fruit teas and glass teapot will give them something to stare at as they pray for inspiration.
2 A Good Book
One thing that will almost certainly drag a content creator from their work, is a book about content creating.
So, if hearing the thump of head against a desk has become a bit of a soundtrack to your routine, then it is likely that the content creator in your life is struggling to find inspiration.
The Content Fuel Framework: How to Generate Unlimited Story Ideas (For Marketers and Creators), might just be what they need to bring a smile back to their faces.
Or for those video creators a handy guide on all aspects of creating great content might be just what they ever wanted. Become a Content Brand by Chris Carter is a highly rated guide.
3 A Selfie Stick and Ring Light Kit
For many content creators selfies are essential, videos and photos make up a large percentage of their content. Bring a smile to that selfie with an all singing and dancing selfie kit that comes complete with a make-up bag, Bluetooth remote and lighting system.
4 Show them you care by protecting their eyes
By the very nature of their craft, content creators spend an inordinate time of their life sitting staring at computer, tablet, and smartphone screens. It goes with the territory, help them help themselves by giving them a pair of fit-over glasses that cuts the amount of blue light they bask in daily.
OK the glasses might never see the light of day, but as long as they see the light of the computer that’s all that matters.
5 Simplify their Life with a Blog Planner
Sometimes content creators spend so much of their time creating stuff that they don’t get a chance to step back and see the bigger picture. If that blogger in your life always seems to be catching up without ever doing so. Then perhaps it’s time to help them get organized.
A useful gift for any blogger is a blog planner. With this in hand they will approach the New Year with at least a chance of getting on top of that ever expanding work load (well it can’t do any harm!)
6 Ease Their Aches and Pains with Some Much-Needed Support
Those hours spent sitting at the keyboard typing frantically typing or trying to work out why your editing software has decided not to play anymore can just fly by. And then you stand up and every bone in your body creaks.
For Content creators sitting at their computers for hours on end is just what they do. Ease those associated aches and pains with some added support and back protection with this nifty back massager and spinal support system for their seat.
7 Help them Sleep
Content Creating isn’t 9 to 5, often creators work into the early hours of the morning before they crash into bed exhausted and promptly don’t sleep. Hours of computer lighting and research can’t just be turned off.
If this sounds familiar then perhaps a White Noise Sleep Sound Machine will help them turn off at the same time their computer does!
8 Wireless Headphones
Music is the key to sanity for many content creators, for others in the household those 2.00am photoshop sessions with Spotify blaring out has the opposite effect. Make everyone happy with a high-quality set of wireless headphones.
9 Ergonomic Keyboard
We’ve protected their eyes, dealt with the back problems, and helped them sleep. Now it’s time to move to the wrists. An ergonomic keyboard can help prevent RSI or ease existing RSI.
A good ergonomically designed keyboard could be the perfect gift for a content writer or blogger.
Probably as much for your own benefit as for the content creator in your life. Sometimes even content creators stop working and wouldn’t it be nice to sit and sip at some home-made flavored gin together.
When used in combination with a Sleep Sound machine, you might even get some peace.
We hope this guide has been a useful tool for finding that perfect gift for a content creator. They can be a tricky bunch to buy for, but with a bit of thought and a handy guide that was created by a content creator, hopefully you will find some inspiration.