Article Montana Fishing Restrictions Now in Effect

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Trapper Badovinac, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has issued "Hoot Owl" restrictions on the Smith, Dearborn and Sun Rivers.

    With the forecast calling for zero precip and highs in the 90s, other rivers will likely be added to this list soon.


    http://helenair.com/news/local/warm...cle_6f3a6ea2-f02f-11e2-85b1-001a4bcf887a.html
  2. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Also add to his the Big Hole, the Madison, and parts of the Clark Fork. You have to go to Montana FWP to get it all.
  3. Golden Trout Active Member

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    OM: One of the reasons I quit fishing the Madison about 15 years ago was its 75 and higher degree water. Do you believe that the high temps were part of the reasons that led to whirling disease?
  4. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I never really got into that Whirling disease thing. I just tend to stay away from skinny water that has it. I know of a few places that have it but it isn't close to me so I never go there. But it could be, because that skinny water is where it is hot and the water is low and slow. But like I said, I don't know.
  5. GAT Active Member

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    You would never, ever see the ODF&W announce anything like that. That's probably one reason the trout fishing is so much better in Montana than Oregon.
  6. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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  7. Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    I tend to head for higher elevations when the water temps get mid to upper 60s in the lower elevations. Last week I was riding (horse) next to snow! After one long ride I took off my boots and socks to fill up a solar shower for the guests and my feet got so numb I couldn't feel them.

    Trapper