My wife sent me a message on my phone, containing a message that would make me incredibly happy and excited. She said that she is ready to move to Montana! What we need as far as choices to live, would be: a school with a nursing program for her, and preferably a town with a Wells Fargo bank (I currently work there and would like to just transfer) As of right now, we will probably have to move into an apartment for 6 months, as we are primarily focusing on school and jobs at first. We will buy a home after being able to get settled down in a city that we like. We both love to fly-fish and I am primarily a bowhunter, so we are thinking possibly Missoula, then Bozeman as our "favorite" cities. Do you guys/gals have any recommendations? Any advice or pointers would be great, as far as locations, what we should be on the lookout for etc.
Missoula is much bigger than Bozeman, about 1,000+ ft lower in elevation. More stores. Weather throughout the year, I think is pretty comparable.
Bozeman is in a much bigger valley, probably gets more wind, but better air quality in winter. If you want land close to town, probably easier in Bozeman, otherwise, probably about the same.
Bozeman is in a little boom right now for jobs and housing, not sure about Missoula.. dean might weigh in.
The 2 schools are about the same size in attendance this year (Missoula usually has more)
It sort of comes down.. which one has the rivers you like to fish (I'm assuming both schools have RN programs).
I like being close to YNP. Missoula is closer to Glacier. Bozeman to Missoula - drive is 3 hours.
I think I remember her saying that there is a community college in Missoula that offers a nursing program, otherwise Montana State has a nursing program. Truth be told I would like to stay with Wells Fargo, but if I have to look elsewhere my heart won't be broken! It isn't a career for me, just something to pay the bills until my wife finishes school and I can go back. I have only fished in Montana one time back when I was probably 11-12 so I am beyond excited!
Hawkeye, I wish you the best of luck, this sounds like some seriously awesome news! Just make sure wherever you end up staying has a guest bed or a couch for your forum friends Dave gives a good start, hope Dean can weigh in an balance it out with even more info! Good luck, you lucky dog!
Thanks! I have a Cabela's Fish Eagle II that my dad bought for me when I was a bit younger, 5wt I believe. I will get the specs on it when I get home. I am not sure what kind of reel I have, nothing fancy. I do have a what I believe to be decent pair of hip waders and boots. What I am lacking is a different array of flies, and I would really like a 2/3wt for dry fly fishing, and something a little bigger than my 5wt. Also I am due for a new vest, just need to decide what I like and where to buy it from. I have thought for a while about some type of Allen reel (very good reel from the sound of it, especially for the price) and am no closer to choosing what brand of rod I would like. I don't have much $ to spend and will hopefully be able to spend $500.00 for a new setup including line etc.