I've always been one for adventures, This past April I was able to get in on another one for some early spring fishing in Montana. What originally started as a plan to spend 3 days on the Missouri River in Montana immediately changed to take a mini tour of southwest Montana to experience some of the best fishing opportunities.
We were all set up to spend out time at the Missouri. Tents were pitched in Craig, beers were consumed at Izaaks, the only thing missing was the fish. They were being picky, picky. No one could quite figure out exactly what they were on, or where they were at. Waking up the next morning and checking the weather was talking about gusts upwards of 20-30mph. When you're out in the water on the boat those winds aren't the kindest to the fly angler. All it took was one drive up to the Holter dam planning to drop the boat there when we saw the look on the guides faces. It was cold and windy, not what we were looking for. So we decided to pack our bags and head to the Big Hole.
Getting into Melrose around 2pm, we grabbed a quick shuttle from the Sunrise fly shop and headed to put on. We were planning to be pushing it with our float getting off right at sundown. Instead of fishing size #20s such as on the Missouri, the skwala's were starting to go off so we were fishing dry dropper rigs with #8 chubby's and rubberlegs. Thankfully we were greeted with better fishing, and an amazing dinner of elk that was shot the previous season.
Getting done with the float and dinner around 9:30 we loaded the boat and headed towards Ennis to spend our 3rd day on the Upper Madison.
Once again more fish were brought to hand, and more of the beautiful scenery that Montana has to offer was seen. It's amazing the diversity of public, floatable rivers that Montana offers. There's something different on each piece of water. From the technical big water fishing of the Missouri to the smaller more intimate fishing on the Big Hole, and the striking landscape of the Upper Madison.