Trip Report Montana Rivers

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As I just got back from fishing 6 days in Montana with a great bunch of guys!
Allen Zimmerman aka "zimfly" on this forum, picked me to join him and Tony Smith,Dave Swartz, and Alan Fechser, at his cabin in Sheridan Wyoming. The group of guys were a complete delight to fish and spend time with. We fished the Ruby River, Ruby refuge, a private section of about 3 miles along the Ruby with a natural spring with 3 ponds laced along the winding stream that dumps back in the Ruby!
We also fished the Missouri River out side of Helena, and the Bear Trap Canyon on the Madison River! As most of you know I fish Wyoming a lot, and I'm here to say Montana is an amazing fishery that I'm truly in love with! Here is some photos of my adventures and I'll try to caption so you can ride along..
Please enjoy
Rod


Entering Montana




My first Trout in Montana on the Ruby
Just fitting it's a Brown



Allen fishing the Ruby with my Lemon Drop
They increased the flows, water was stained


Ruby refuge



Pond on refuge



Allen fishing a pond with Lemon Drop




We had company



Acted as we didn't exist


Ruby mountain range





Our stretch of heaven on the Missouri River outside of Helena





Missouri River Trout







Leopard Trout
Picture doesn't capture the beauty of this prize!















The big one 27"






Bear Trap Canyon
Madison River






Lemon Drop throwing dries at sippers



Madison Mountain Range




Beautiful Brown on Thomas & Thomas by Kancho




Sunrise on my way back home



Had to post one pic of Wyoming on my way home..
Outside of Sheridan Wyoming




THE END
 

Fast Action Freddie

Having a drink in The Buff
#10
Wow. Great post - thanks for sharing.

So - as a WA guy who's only fished MT in summer - is runoff done?? or is it pre-run off?

One thing you're wrong on ... that picture did capture the beauty of the Leopard Trout. If it was any more beautiful in person, I would have had an existential crisis ... too much beauty ... break down an weep, uncontrollably, overwhelmed. It would have confused the hell out of the trout and would haven been a total interspecies embarrassment. you handled it well.
 
#12
Wow. Great post - thanks for sharing.

So - as a WA guy who's only fished MT in summer - is runoff done?? or is it pre-run off?

One thing you're wrong on ... that picture did capture the beauty of the Leopard Trout. If it was any more beautiful in person, I would have had an existential crisis ... too much beauty ... break down an weep, uncontrollably, overwhelmed. It would have confused the hell out of the trout and would haven been a total interspecies embarrassment. you handled it well.

This was pre-runoff!
Thank you for your nice comments!
Rod
 

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