Montana Memorial Day Road Trip

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by flyfishmt, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. flyfishmt Active Member

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    Laurel, MT
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    My buddy and I got 4 day Hall Passes for Memorial Day, so we hooked up my drift boat to his pickup and pop up camper for a weekend of fly fishing. With the run off occurring on most rivers, we took off towards the Missouri River with plans to fish some local ponds.

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    The first day, we camped below Hauser Dam and wade fished.
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    Since it was Friday, we had the place to ourselves, which is very unusual for this spot.
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    The weather was absolutely gorgeous, no W and about 65 degrees.
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    The midges were hatching, with the occasional fish rising to them.
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    I caught about 8 real nice fish that day and managed to get a picture of this one.
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    After a great day of wade fishing, we moved on over to Craig, MT for a float down the Mo.
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    We launched a 5:30 am on Saturday, to beat the holiday crowd. We started hooking fish within 100 yards of boat ramp.
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    We caught a nice mix of rainbows and brown, along with this nice bow.
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    That afternoon, we drove over to an area that has some great Stillwater fishing. That evening, we did a little pre-scouting hike.
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    I started fishing around 7:00 am, and caught this one shortly there after.
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    I continued to have an excellent morning and despite setting my buddy up exactly as I was and even switching spots, he never caught a fish. I ended up hooking 10 and landing 8.
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    I have done very little Stillwater fishing in my life, but have to admit it was very relaxing.
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    The fish here were just amazing.
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    This could very well be my favorite fishing picture.
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    No wonder these fish were so big.
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    It was their mating season and they were all over the place squawking and carrying on.
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    The fishing remained good until late in the evening.
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    I never fish or hunt without thanking the Big Man for my blessings. As I was staring around enjoying the sights and the sounds and reflecting on what a great day it was, this came floating by in the water.
  2. Rod Wittner Active Member

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    West Richland, WA
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    Nice. Thanks for the report and pics. The cross was an appropriate end... how cool is that?
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  3. scottybs Active Member

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    Bellingham, WA and IGH, MN
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    Ummm, please stop rubbing it in! Great pics!;)
  4. Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    Renton, WA
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    Yes, very nice. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Skysoldier Trout Hunter

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    Lost in the woods.....
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    Looks like a great trip! Thanks for sharing.