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Old 10-31-2009, 07:48 AM   #29
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Wondering about Adirondacks - Flyfishing?

I did not make it out to MT or WY yet. However the Adirondacks are only five (5) hours away...Any thoughts for that area?
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:13 AM   #30
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All of this talk of flyfishing and boondocking is making my fingers twitch. Can any of you previous posters provide any updates on the trips you mentioned? I like to keep up on all of the great places to stay and fish.

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Old 11-23-2009, 03:10 PM   #31
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Montana is a great place for flyfishing because the Continental Divide runs through it. East of the divide, at Three Forks,MT., The Madison, Jefferson, and Gallitan rivers converge to create the Missouri river. West of the Divide, you have the Clark fork, Blackfoot, Flathead, Swan, Thompson etc. that eventually become the Columbia River. The point is there are alot of awesome rivers that aren't that far from each other. I reccomend reading "Undaunted Courage" by Ambrose (a great book) that documents the Lewis & Clark journey.

Other tributaries of the Missouri include the Yellowstone and Bighorn rivers (Great Rivers). But then there are the tributaries of the tributaries. At Twin Bridges, MT., the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby rivers converge to create the Jefferson river. You get the idea.

As for boondocking, many of the river fishing access areas allow camping. Most of the rivers have fishing access every 7-10 miles. Many of these spots have large cottonwood shade trees, picnic table, and fire ring, and central pit outhouse. Nightly fee is usually $6. To get to the fishing access, you will want to get off the Interstate and use the frontage roads.

The closest river to me is the Big hole. It is 20 miles south of Butte on I-15. There are a few towns on the river such as Melrose, Wise River, Divide, Dewey. A town is defined as a bar with optional restaurant, hotel, or fly shop. Melrose & Wise River also have RV hookups.

The Yellowstone & Madison river begin In Yellowstone National Park before they flow into montana. You can camp & fish in the Park to start your trip. The Yellowstone river leaves the park at Gardiner, MT goes toward Livingston, MT. The Madison leaves the park at West Yellowstone, MT and goes toward Ennis, MT.
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Thanks for all of the info WheelerImage. I'll bet all of these areas you mention are starting to feel the effects of the winter months and may even have a bit of that funny looking white stuff on the ground. Our flyfishing club just had Dan "Rooster" Leavens from the Stonefly Inn in Twin Bridges come and speak. He put on a great presentation. I'll get up that way for an extended trip one of these days and I'll be putting all of this great info to good use.

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Old 11-23-2009, 04:25 PM   #33
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This is the first year in many that Sam hasn't made to montana for fly fishing. She went to British Columbia instead. Next year we'll both be there (but I don't fish).

Oops, I just saw that she posted earlier.
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Yes, It has been cold since it snowed on September 30. October is usually a good time on the river, but not this year. No fall color. The leaves just froze on the trees. The rivers around here have ice and slush on them. I guess that is why I was bored enough to write such a long post.

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Well, sorry to hear the fishing has gone south but we all benefitted from your informative post so not a total loss.

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Old 03-20-2010, 10:15 AM   #36
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Hi everyone- I have lived in Montana and CO and I would suggest the spots along the Madison just outside of Bozeman/Gallatin Gateway, MT. They are right on the river.

Also, another great area for fly fishing that is beautiful is Rock Creek just outside of Philipsburgh, MT. You can't really camp along the creek but the town of P-burg is very cute.

Also - camping in the northern camp sites within Yellowstone and then visiting the Firehole river or Slough Creek in the Lamar Valley can't be beat. Slough Creek does attract grizzlies so have your bear spray and be alert when fishing there.

I am a bit of a fly fishing addict and am shopping for my airstream right now to support my habit - figure it will make it easier to get out and do what I love. Looking forward to learning on this forum!
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Hi everyone- I have lived in Montana and CO and I would suggest the spots along the Madison just outside of Bozeman/Gallatin Gateway, MT. They are right on the river.

Also, another great area for fly fishing that is beautiful is Rock Creek just outside of Philipsburgh, MT. You can't really camp along the creek but the town of P-burg is very cute.

Also - camping in the northern camp sites within Yellowstone and then visiting the Firehole river or Slough Creek in the Lamar Valley can't be beat. Slough Creek does attract grizzlies so have your bear spray and be alert when fishing there.

I am a bit of a fly fishing addict and am shopping for my airstream right now to support my habit - figure it will make it easier to get out and do what I love. Looking forward to learning on this forum!
Welcome!!!

Don't feel bad about being a fly fishing addict -- I bought my AS to go fly fishing in MT. after a guided trip in 2003 did not happen due to logistics. I decided "hell no" when it did not work out. I am going when I want to fish; where I want to ---- not on someone else schedule.

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.....I would suggest the spots along the Madison just outside of Bozeman/Gallatin Gateway, MT. They are right on the river.
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Yes, It has been cold since it snowed on September 30. October is usually a good time on the river, but not this year. No fall color. The leaves just froze on the trees. The rivers around here have ice and slush on them. I guess that is why I was bored enough to write such a long post.

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I went fly fishing on the Blackfoot in early October. The day started out in the high 40s by the time we left it was snowing on us.
The ice is disappearing from the rivers around Missoula. It's time to get to rod out and check the fly supply!
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Lots of good fly fishing here in BC. There is a lot so close to me, here in Vancouver, that I don't even need to take the trailer out. Hopefully next fall I'll be able to take a trip with the trailer over to the Island for some salmon fishing on the fly. Right now, I hit the local beaches for cutthroat trout. With all the fry emerging from the streams and rivers, the fishing is pretty good right now.
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There is a nice campground below Lewis & Clark Caverns state park in southwest montana. This is along the Jefferson river near Three forks. If you're traveling east on I 90, exit at Cardwell, and get on the old 2 lane highway that parallels the Jefferson river. Campground is on the left. You can get back on I 90 at Three forks.
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