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  1. FT

    FT Active Member

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    ReelFlyBro,

    I was well out of high school and had finished a degree from Penn State before I moved to Montana at age 25 in 1979. Lived there until 1991 when I saw the light and moved to northwest WA where the temps don't get so cold in winter and the rain makes for much better fishing than snow and frozen rivers. I lived in Great Falls, Cascade, Billings, Hot Springs, and Boulder. The only month I was never snowed on in the valleys was July. Heck the last year I lived there (1991), I was living in Boulder and it snowed 12" the 2nd week June. Granted the temp was 80 degrees 3 days later, but it sure wasn't 80 degrees when the foot of snow stuck to the ground.

    I also very vividly recall fishing the upper Madison the 3rd week of August in 1981. I was tent camping and woke up to 4" of snow on the ground and it was still snowing. And on Labor Day in 1984, I was fishing at the mouth of Beaver Creek on the Missouri when it started snowing and by 10 that night it was below zero where I lived in Cascade. Again, granted, it warmed up to the mid-70's a few days later. But when it starts to snow at around 3800' elevation in the afternoon when the morning temp was about 60 when I left the house, and by 10 that night it is below zero, that is darn cold.

    To be fair, I've also seen the temp in Montana stay in the 50's and 60's until after Christmas, and then it would drop below zero. Heck, I recall many old timer saying there were 2 seasons in Montana, 9 months of winter and 3 months of summer.
     
  2. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    It didn't stop freezing until the fist of June this year and then snow in September. Well summer was only three months long and now we are back in Winter.

    But fishing in Montana in the winter time is good because it isn't raining all the time. I have fished in Washington for many years and fishing in the winter time is mostly a hit and miss thing. If it rains the rivers go out and then you have to wait for them to come down. But if you get alot of rain they don't come down for weeks on end. Here it is cold, no rain but some snow. And the rivers don't get blown out every time it sprinkles. But in the middle of winter most rivers are bank to bank ice. But a few are open. Had a good time on the Beaverhead last year.

    Jim
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Go across the street to Grandma's, get ya a nice tall, hot cup a jo and hire a local yute to do the clean-up:thumb:
     
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    My wife works there. I only go there every once in a while. Food ain't that great.
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Whatdayamean "food ain't that great".... you have a full line of FritoLay, SlimJim and Nally products to choose from. Of course, if you don't like those options, a right turn to TB or a left towards the sprawing metropolis of Whitehall offers an array of choices for the palate:D Give the yute a couple extra bucks to throw the chains on before you go...
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I've eaten in TB and the food ain't that great either. What is missing is all the fast food places like in Washington. Here there is a Micky D's and the DQ is not open in the winter time. And the restaurants are over priced. So I stick to fried pies and candy bars. It sure ain't good for my waist line.

    Jim