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A fly-fishing high on Montana?s pristine Gallatin River | The Seattle Times
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all being well Montana is marked on the Calendar for August/September for 2018
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I’m also going back to Montana in August/September 2018 for a month.

Planning on spending a week in Missoula fishing Rock Creek, Blackfoot and a couple of the Bitteroot feeders.

Will then go up to Glacier Park region to fish the three forks of the Flathead, probably base ourselves in Hungry Horse.

Then back to Missoula for another Blackfoot fix before flying back.

Has anyone on here got any experiences they can share of the Flathead river system?

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South fork of the Flathead is an amazing river. It takes a lot of effort to get to there though. I mean a lot of effort. ~ 50 miles down a dirt road to the trailhead. And from there is a tough hike to get to fishable water but once you get there, it is amazing.

I have not fished the North Fork but that is more accessible.


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I’m also going back to Montana in August/September 2018 for a month.

Planning on spending a week in Missoula fishing Rock Creek, Blackfoot and a couple of the Bitteroot feeders.

Will then go up to Glacier Park region to fish the three forks of the Flathead, probably base ourselves in Hungry Horse.

Then back to Missoula for another Blackfoot fix before flying back.

Has anyone on here got any experiences they can share of the Flathead river system?

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Surprising to see someone planning to visit Montana who shows a sense of how big the place is. Focussing your trip on just the relatively unpublicized northwest part of the state rather than trying to hop scotch to every famous river here is darn good strategy.
Several years ago my wife won a trip that included a few days guided fishing from a raft on the portion of the South Fork Flathead immediately above Hungry Horse Reservoir. It was great fishing for cutthroat on dry flies. Terrific food at the lodge, too. Several acquaintances have done the full-blown horse pack deep into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area to make the multi-day South Fork float. They all rowed their own craft, but a few outfitters will trail ride you in and float you all the way down. Camp cooking and, undoubtedly, lots of local lore are part of the deal. You WILL see grizzly bear tracks. Certainly one major attraction is that the South Fork of the Flathead is the only river in Montana where you can legally target bull trout (huge char). Both the horse packing and, especially, the package trips are expensive. However, if you have the resources, go for it!

Skip the North Fork for anything other than a boat ride.

Any idea which Bitterroot tributaries you are planning to fish?
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I would love to go to Montana just once. What is the best time of year to go there.
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I would love to go to Montana just once. What is the best time of year to go there.
For river fishing you'ld ideally be here as the streams are dropping and clearing following snowmelt runoff. Lots of edible aquatic insects emerge then. The last week of June through first week of July is usually that sweet spot.

You're not so dependant on judging runoff correctly on the famous tailwater fisheries; Big Horn, Missouri, Beaverhead, but they are sometimes subject to flow manipulations that the fish are sensitive to. But, really, your best timing on these rivers is to avoid the crowded peak summer season and fish early Spring or late Fall.

On balance- late September after the schools have resumed is a good safe bet. Beautiful, mosquito-free, usually forest fire smoke-free, and very productive time to visit Montana. As noted above- don't try to do it all, Montana is larger than all of Great Britain and Ireland combined. We have good (wide!) roads but it takes a long time to traverse the state. Save that travel time for fishing.
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I’ve been looking at Rock Creek as one of our bases for a 50th Birthday Montana trip... there are some nice cabins, I can fish, my wife doesn’t fish, so she can chill out for a couple of days and go horse riding a couple of times...
not sure exactly where else we’ll be heading...
a few days exploring Yellowstone, prob hike out to the 2nd meadows on Slough Creek... but supposedly it does get very busy, so may look elsewhere...
Poss a day on one of the ‘famous spring creeks’
Def at least one day floating one of the large blue ribbon rivers...

It is a bit of a nightmare to plan, so fookin huge and loads to see and plan even before I start planning the fishing days.. another 12months before I’ll need to start making bookings though so no rush
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I’ve been looking at Rock Creek as one of our bases for a 50th Birthday Montana trip... there are some nice cabins, I can fish, my wife doesn’t fish, so she can chill out for a couple of days and go horse riding a couple of times...
not sure exactly where else we’ll be heading...
a few days exploring Yellowstone, prob hike out to the 2nd meadows on Slough Creek... but supposedly it does get very busy, so may look elsewhere...
Poss a day on one of the ‘famous spring creeks’
Def at least one day floating one of the large blue ribbon rivers...

It is a bit of a nightmare to plan, so fookin huge and loads to see and plan even before I start planning the fishing days.. another 12months before I’ll need to start making bookings though so no rush
Plan your trip for after the start of school! Most of the crowds will be gone at that point save for the major Parks. Also keep in mind driving times from one place to another ... really easy to make that 'looks easy' to equate to three hours at highway speeds.

As far as major road ways, regardless of the posted speed limit, expect to average only 50 mph. If you're lucky ...

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And if your rental cars petrol gauge says you've dropped below a half tank .. GET IT FILLED! Even on major routes fuel stops will be few and far between.
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