You can find good spots for fly fishing in most states, but some
are more epic than others. Allow me to introduce you to heaven on
earth for anglers.
Fly Fishing Heaven In Montana
Montana is an incredibly beautiful state. It is located on the
Canadian border between Wyoming and the Dakotas. It is the fourth
largest state with over 145,000 square miles. The central and eastern
sections of the state are plains, while the west contains the northern
Rocky Mountains. Major rivers include the Yellowstone, Madison,
Missouri and Flathead. Montana also has the shortest river in the
world, the Roe, which is 201 feet long. Just a bit of trivia for
you to throw around on your trip!
The Yellowstone is a tributary of the Missouri River. It is an
excellent fly fishing river. The longest undimmed river in the continental
United States, the Yellowstone drains the Rocky Mountains in the
park of the same name. The river offers excellent trout fishing
up and down practically every area. Cutthroat and brown trout are
plentiful and active. Rainbows are less so, but still common. The
Yellowstone is mostly a no-kill river, so don’t plan on dinner.
The Lamar, Soda Butte and Slough Creek tributaries are easily waded
and not excessively challenging. Although it may get you in trouble
with your mother, the Caddis Fly hatch on Mother’s day is
When it comes to fly fishing in the states, no river is more legendary
than the Madison. For years, nearly every Montana trip started and
stopped with a visit to the Madison. In the early 90s, however,
the fish in the river were devastated by whirling disease. The disease
was accidentally created in fish hatcheries in Europe and spread
across the globe. The criminal element is a parasite that infects
fish and causes neurological disease. The fish tend to swim in circles,
thus giving the disease its name. Fortunately, the fish in the Madison
have been on the rebound for the last five years or so. The last
three years have seen a major rebound, which means the legendary
Madison should be a high on your list.
The Madison is a round rock bottom river and can be slippery. The
current isn’t excessive and you can wade most of it without
problem. Browns, Cutthroats, Rainbows and Graylings are the prominent
fish. The area below Holter Dam is highly recommended by many, but
you need to be an accomplished caster to have a good time. Hatches
start in April and run through the middle of September. The Salmon
Fly hatch in late June is the best, but you really can’t go
As the weather starts to warm up, it is time to start thinking
about breaking out the rods and thinking about potential trips.
Montana should be at the top of your list.
About the Author:
Rick Chapo is with http://www.nomadjournals.com - makers of writing
journals. Visit http://www.nomadjournaltrips.com/fly_fishing for
more fly fishing articles.
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