Originally Posted by dean_mt
Oh, there is Allan. No doubt about it, I am spoiled, it's just fun to get away sometimes and Chico is so fun and the area so great.
But Missoula could be a great base for the gathering too. It's known as Five Valleys because Missoula sits along the Clark Fork River, within a 15 mile radius from the center of town, The Blackfoot and Bitterroot enter it. A smaller tributary, Rattlesnake Creek enters the Clark Fork right in town (nice little stream that headwaters in the wilderness on the edge of town). 20 miles East up I90, Rock Creek comes in. So you have three major rivers to float, plus wading on Rock Ck, the Bitterroot and Blackfoot are fun wading too. The Missouri - world's largest "spring creek" is an hour and half away. Some lesser known streams in the area too. Missoula is a good sized town with lots of amenities from camping to cheap hotels to B&B.
Dean: I agree Missoula or the Yellowstone area would be a good location for a meet, either one would work. Another good location would be to fish the Missouri below Holter Dam to Cascade, MT (30 miles). It has some great fishing and has something like 10 campgrounds right along the river and that section offers several public boat ramps for those that would like to float.