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Old 06-01-2012, 07:36 AM
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So I will be in Bozeman till Thursday of next week and was thinking one or two of the days I would like to get out and do some fishing. I would prefer not to have to drive a long way but just looking for some suggestions. Any hep would be appreciated, thanks.
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Don't know how you define "a long way" drive-wise, but I'd hit the Gallatin. Don't know what the run-off situation is, either. I bet you'll get a batch of sound advice from the guys out there, though.
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Any fly shops that you guys would recommend?
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See if you can book a rod on DePuy's or Armstrongs in Livingston. Not far and guaranteed conditions.
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I was also looking at milesnick ranch I think it's $75 per rod.
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Fly Shops.. there's 5 good ones.. depends on what your looking for
  1. Bozeman Angler (downtown - on Main st)
  2. Trout Fitters (about in the middle - Main and 19th) Montana Troutfitters -- Bozeman's oldest and most trusted trout shop
  3. The Rivers Edge (North of I-90, off 7th st)
  4. Fins and Feathers (4 Corners - on the way to Gallatin and Madison - south of the intersection) Fins and Feathers - Montana Fly Fishing Guides and Fly Shop
  5. Greater Yellowstone FlyFishers (4 Corners - on the way to Gallatin and Madison - north of the intersection)
For current online reports - check Fins or Troutfitters

If you've never fished the Spring Creeks.. I'd recommend DePuy - right now, same price - it takes about 45 minutes to get there... I-90 east, H-89 south.. it's right there.. and a couple of good fly shops down there too: Dan Baileys and Yellowstone Anglers - also - DePuys has a small fly shop on the northern stretch (accessible from Armstrong too) Spring Creek Specialists - up to date advice and local flies.. and in case you needed any emergency stuff.
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dhayden...you give the most helpful posts to us outtastaters that can't wait to come catch your fish...Thanks. I read every one of them...-Mike
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Thank you all for the quick replies. I did get an opportunity to go to the rivers edge this morning. Spent about an hour in there, very very nice guys. So they advised to do a section of the Madison right now as the gallitan is really high and fast. I may hire a guide and do a float not sure yet. But thanks for all your informative posts so far. I will try and keep you guys posted and hopefully have some fishy pics to show.
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I tried to add some river information. and the browser croaked... I'll try again:

Gallatin, just west of town.. FAS access all along Jackrabbit/Gallatin RD. From I-90 south into the canyon.. then in the canyon, access everywhere. But, right now the Gallatin hasn't decided if it's in run-off mode or not - almost day by day.

Lower Madison - 15 miles to the west of 4 Corners (H191 H84 intersection).. very easy access.. Norris road runs along it.

Upper Madison - Ennis - about 45 miles west and south. You have to make one turn at the town of Norris - Ennis is a cool town to check out

Spring Creeks - all are within 45 minutes or so
(DePuy, Armstrong, Nelsons, Milesnick - about 10 minutes from here)

I'd look over the most current online reports.. and make my plans.

Right now.. the Madison is the ticket.. upper or lower

If you want to go further.. lots more rivers come into the fold

ETA - I was typing while you were - glad you got hooked up - if you go on a float - just have the guide take you to the best spot - might be the Yellowstone right now - but it's very changeable
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Well I did milesnick today. I caught a few small bows a medium and two rather large ones. Fantastic day! I am gonna try the lower madison tomorrow.
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