Annual trip to Montana ideas...

MNguyendc

Member
Hey all, this will be my 4th!! annual trip to Montana to do a week-long fly fishing bonanza. End result is a worn out shoulder and fried brain.

I know protecting sacred water is everyone's utmost priority, so rather PM me instead of responding below. Thought I would give it a shot...

I'm looking advice on guide services, lodging, small fun places to stop by along the way, secret streams etc etc etc. Had a bad experience with a guide once so no more going by feel. Will probably do 1 day of guide service on the Missouri R. as well as renting a drift boat from Headhunters fly shop.

My cousin and I will be in Montana June 22 - July 2nd, road tripping from Oregon. We plan on primarily fishing and floating Missouri River for 3 days from Holter Dam to Cascade, then jump on over to the Gallatin and fish it for a few days before ending our trip with 1-2 days on the Henry's Fork. Also, if any recommendations for our trip I would love to hear them!!

We like to camp for most of our trip and finish up with 2-3 nights at a nice lodge. Since we will be ending our trip on the Gallatin/Henry's fork, any recommendations on lodging on those rivers would be great!

If there are any fun streams or creeks worth visiting that anyone is willing to share but I not holding my breath ;)


Thanks for reading WFF members! :)

Cheers,

Michael
 

Penobscot

Active Member
Anybody who drives from Oregon to Montana has driven by some better water to begin with. If your’re not fishing along the way you should be.
PM me some of what you’re thinking about and I’ll help you with a few others.
 

802flyfish

Active Member
I’d skip the Gallatin and spend a few days fishing the upper Madison. The Salmon Fly hatch should be starting just as you arrive. The Henry’s Fork is a short drive from the Upper Madison
 

MNguyendc

Member
Hey 802! Thank you for your input. We fished the Madison a little bit last year but will take a peek as conditions get closer. I’ll keep that in mind thank you!
 

Kyle Smith

Active Member
It is starting to look like you should have some options in SW MT. I would just fish down in Idaho. It is already a great summer down there, and the Ranch opens this week!
 

MNguyendc

Member
I was looking at Idaho and they seem to be doing very well. Montana a bit early.... >_< we may have to change the course of our trip
 

Itchy Dog

Some call me Kirk Werner
Put the Big Hole on your list and connect with Chris or Seth at 4 Rivers Fishing Company in Twin Bridges. Was just there last week and we did really well despite zero viz and high flows. It should be dropping into shape in the next few weeks.
 

MNguyendc

Member
Itchy,

We were hoping to DIY most of the rivers and dry fly action. Might not be the case this year but shall look into the guides depending which river will be getting most dry action ;)
 

802flyfish

Active Member
Got on the Gallatin for a few hours last night. It’s a greenish Tea color now. Caught several rainbows on San Juan’s and stone fly patterns. Some risers, but no takers.
 

fishingAK14

Active Member
I drove through that area on my way from Alaska to Iowa and the rivers were raging. Hopefully they cooperate and come down in a hurry for you. Have a great trip.
 

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