Trip Report Montana 9-19/9-20

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    nwtroutguy The Tug Is The Drug

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    Due to fires in August, we postponed our trip until September 16th-22nd. Very unfortunate really because it was the peak of dry fly fishing and nice and toasty.Anyway, being the streamer junkie I am, I thought it would be good because the weather and water would both cool and maybe put them on the move. Anyway, we fished the Bitterroot, Blackfoot and Clarkfoot, with a side trip to Rock Creek for about 2 hours.
     
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    Hurry up, OMJ is moist with anticipation.:D
     
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    nwtroutguy The Tug Is The Drug

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    OK, here we go OMJ and everybody else:

    Due to fires in August, we postponed our trip until September 16th-22nd. Very unfortunate really because it was the peak of dry fly fishing and nice and toasty.Anyway, being the streamer junkie I am, I thought it would be good because the weather and water would both cool and maybe put them on the move. Anyway, we fished the Bitterroot, Blackfoot and Clarkfoot, with a side trip to Rock Creek for about 2 hours.

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    First day of fishing. The Bitterroot on a streamer. Had one on just before that I suspect was a very big brown does near a log jam that pulsated a few times and broke me off.

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    Day 2: Blackfoot float from the confluence about 8 miles up. Measured him out at 27". Took a streamer. Biggest Bull to date. Note the head.

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    Day 3: Respectable Brownie on a streamer. Weather was not the greatest. There were lots of opportunities with the artificial log jams that they created that would normally hold browns, but they just were not home in part because I think it might have been a tad early yet.

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    Got this Brownie on the upper section in a nice run. Nice day. The entire road had just opened after being closed to fires. Note the truck. My wife says, lets take this shortcut from Hamilton over Skapaho( Spelling) Pass. The tracks were clear, but very muddy with about 6 inches of snow underneath the truck. Oh well, had to break it in sometime right.

    On a side note, boy Missoula is getting crowded. It almost seemed like I was in Lynnwood or something. Main drag ( Reserve Street or something) bumper to bumper. Outside of town, much, much better.

    Anyway, not bad considering we were in a little bit of a transition period and had to work for them.
     

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    Great fish, that bull trout is awesome! And I hear you about Missoula; three years ago I hit that town thinking it was a "small" town till we headed out of town at rush hour. Thanks for sharing the pictures. (btw - love the crusty ball cap).
     
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    I NEVER venture very far at all off I-90 into Missoula anymore. And the Skalkaho can be an exciting ride during certain times of the year. Nice report & fish!
     
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    Never heard of the Clarkfoot River. Where is that?
     
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    How about ClarkFork Salmo_g?
     
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    Yeah, that one I've heard of and driven along many miles of.
     
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    Confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot, a local secret.:D
     
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    Nice fish, especially that bull. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Awesome pic of bull trout.
     
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    Nice brutes, thanks for sharing.