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Old 09-21-2009, 12:14 PM
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Default Need Help planning a trip out west

Hello, I am trying to plan a trip out west. Anywhere assuming the following:


1. I will be going in late march early april. I realize this is not the best or most pleasant time to fish but I have to go that time.

2. Somewhat accessible to an airport

3. Ability to find an affordable house that can accomodate about 15 ppl

and not as important but def. a factor

4. Proximity to a town where we could got grab a nice dinner one night / hit some bars

Your help is greatly appreciated,

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Old 09-21-2009, 10:29 PM
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Fishing that time of year your pretty limited to fishing tailwaters in the Rockies. The San Juan offers excellent fishing and is about an hours drive from Durango, CO and it has an airport and you would have access to all of the local restaurants/bars in town. The Big Horn also offers excelent fishing and Ft Smith, MT has multi-room cabins for rent, not sure if you will find something for 15 though and the night life will definitely be limited. The Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir offers excellent fishing and Red Canyon Lodge has multi-room cabins, not sure if they are open that early though and the restaurants/bars in Dutch John are pretty limited, but you could either drive north to Rocks Springs, WY or south to Vernal, UT, I think it is approximately 45 minutes either direction. The Frying Pan/Roaring Fork would also be a good choice that time of year and you are in the vicinity of Basalt/Aspen/Carbondale/Glenwood Springs, CO so there are plenty of restaurants/bars as well as housing opportunities.

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Old 09-22-2009, 08:36 AM
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FishTacos,
This has some bias since I live in the area but Southwest Montana in late March and April can offer some pretty good fishing. The Bozeman Airport is serviced by United, Frontier, Delta, Northwest and Alegiant air. There are several property management companies in the area that can help you with finding a home to rent. Intermountain Property Management is run out of the local ERA real estate office and there is another company called Mountain Home Vacation Rentals. They are both on the web if you do a search. Bozeman has many nice restaurants as well as some good bars. Livingston is 25 minutes to our east and it has some great eateries as well as some fun night life as well. As far as fishing there are many options. If you choose the Bozeman area let me know and I would be happy to provide you with some info on the waters in the area that should be fishing well. Hatches won't be great yet but we will have some midge activity that could provide some good dry fly fishing with the right conditions. Nymph fishing is great that time of year and the only issues for fishing could be weather, which is very unpredictable and can change within the hour. Good luck with your search.

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Default Re: Need Help planning a trip out west

1-The Reno Tahoe area offers great fishing year round throughout the Sierras
2-Airport in town
3-Plenty of hotels or vacation rental houses everywhere
4-The area is a 24 hour area. Casinos, restaurants and things to do everywhere.
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Default Re: Need Help planning a trip out west

I suggest Bozeman, Montana. I fished the lower Madison River this weekend, floated the Yellowstone River last week, took an overnight into Yellowstone to fish the Park two weeks ago, and after work fish the East Gallatin River River a lot. This week I am headed up past Ennis to fish with a buddy that is in town. So much fishing to do around Bozeman!

I use to live in Crested Butte Colorado and also like this area. Just not as many options as Bozeman.
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Default Re: Need Help planning a trip out west

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1-The Reno Tahoe area offers great fishing year round throughout the Sierras
2-Airport in town
3-Plenty of hotels or vacation rental houses everywhere
4-The area is a 24 hour area. Casinos, restaurants and things to do everywhere.
I have to second Reno as a destination, though the winter fishing on the truckee slows down a little because the water is so cold....Bring flannels and wool socks.

The Truckee river, Carson River, Pyramid Lake,
Some NV Places to fish near Reno

Proximity to many california rivers and lakes including Boca, Stampede, Davis, Frenchmans (all about an hour from Reno) if you want to drive a little further, there is a ton more.

CA Online fishing Guide

Now, nobody really knows how good the fishing is here in the high desert and surrounding area, so you have to keep it a secret if you do come this way.

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Old 09-23-2009, 06:35 AM
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Default Re: Need Help planning a trip out west

Hey thanks guys. I thought about tahoe, that would certainly be one of the best as far as lightlife/fishing combo goes. Also, I've heard about Livingston. Anyway, thanks all for the help. I hope it's okay if I inquire further with y'all about your suggestions.
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Default Re: Need Help planning a trip out west

Go to the Gulf of Mexico(Texas part of course)!
Catch some trout, and catch some red fish! You'll be able to get a condo easily!

Check out Houston, TX... airport, close to bay, and there is always good restaurants along the coast!
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:39 AM
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Default Re: Need Help planning a trip out west

it's hard to beat missoula. the only thing better than planning a good fishing trip is going on one.
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Default Re: Need Help planning a trip out west

Missoula looks pretty solid. Are there going to be options during late march early april as far as fishing goes?
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