Montana Memorial Day Road Trip

flyfishmt

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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.