The North American Fly Fishing Forum
Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > Fly Fishing in the United States > Rocky Mountain Range

Rocky Mountain Range Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Post fishing reports, ask for information, discuss this area...


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 07-24-2013, 12:31 PM
grtlksmarlin's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Michigan
Posts: 245
grtlksmarlin will become famous soon enough
Default Spur of the Moment Trip, Mt.-Id.-Wy. Tips needed...

Hello All;

It looks like a friend and I will be flying out tomorrow landing in Bozeman for a quick week long trip to sling some feathers at fish. Our mission being, to take the noble life-time allowable accomplishment of a Trout Royal Slam (Brook, Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat, Golden, Bull, Lake), meant to celebrate a lifetime of fishing experience....and bring it down to our level of banging it out in one week

Why? Well if we fail that means we have to try again next year, clever huh. In any case what we're targeting out West will be the Golden, Bull, & Cutthroat, Laker a plus. The Cutthroat should be no issue. Our intent being, catch one/1/a single, then run like heck to try and get the next. However...

We're currently thinking one of Lightning/Golden Trout/Hidden lakes in Montana for the Golden, and due to current Bull restrictions in Mt., Bull in S.E. Idaho...For the laker we have no idea, yet push come to shove once we return to Michigan some of the local knuckleheads can put us on those on the big lakes.

Any suggestions for the Golden & Bull, heck even Cuts and Lakers out West would be appreciated....Thanks for any help!

B.E.Fleenor
LCWCC-IGFA Liaison
__________________

-To conserve and protect our sporting outdoor heritage
----through responsible wildlife and natural resource
---------stewardship, and educated ethical use.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 07-24-2013, 01:27 PM
dean_mt's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Western Montana
Posts: 2,650
dean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant future
Default Re: Spur of the Moment Trip, Mt.-Id.-Wy. Tips needed...

Your best chance at bull trout this time of the year will be on the South Fork Flathead in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The river headwaters in the wilderness and flows unimpeded to the N until it reaches Hungry Horse Dam. So everything above the damn is as it has always been: Bull Trout, Cutthroat, and mountain whitefish. You can target bulls there and catch quite a few. The challenge is getting there.

If you don't want to try to arrange a pack trip on short notice, you could go to the town of Columbia Falls where the dam in located and drive to the wilderness boundary then hike upstream as far as you want to. Also, on your back South you could stop at Flathead Lake and fish for Lakers, Flathead is the largest natural lake W of the Mississippi and unfortunately full of Lakers. Kill as many as you can.

I do not know of any Golden Trout lakes.

Sounds like a blast! Have fun!
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 07-24-2013, 02:53 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 157
blackbugger has a spectacular aura aboutblackbugger has a spectacular aura aboutblackbugger has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Spur of the Moment Trip, Mt.-Id.-Wy. Tips needed...

Hidden and Golden trout lakes up Portal Creek are pretty easy hikes.
It's been years but they were pretty easy to catch back in the day.

It's not legal to specifically target bull trout anywhere in Montana except the South Fork of the Flathead which is a LONG haul from Bozeman. At least 7 hours, probably more like 8 or 9 though you can catch plenty of Westslope cutties up there as well.
You'd be better off on the N. Fork of the Clearwater, that's still about 6 hours from Bozeman.

Lakers near Bozeman? The only thing that comes to mind is Yellowstone lake but good luck on that one. Shoshone lake, Heart lake and Lewis lake have lake trout as well but It's going to take a boat or packing in a float tube and good luck getting deep enough, with a fly rod anyways.
Flathead lake is a long ways away. Elk Lake down by Red Rocks has some as well but fishing for lakers here would be kind of a waste of time given all the other awesome fishing available.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 07-24-2013, 03:15 PM
grtlksmarlin's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Michigan
Posts: 245
grtlksmarlin will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Spur of the Moment Trip, Mt.-Id.-Wy. Tips needed...

Thanks for the tips thus far....

As to Bulls anywhere except the Flathead being illegal to target, that's exactly why (due to the hike in) we're thinking Idaho. Some may call it a chump's call, yet frankly I ENJOY hunting and fishing by the rules. Though I can't speak as to out west, here in Michigan, our DNR really has made our state a tremendous sportsman's place to play. Besides the fact they know better then I, it's through those very rules and guidelines that our state really turned around with fish and game......So I'm a supporter of Wildlife Managers.

Any other tips as to Bulls in Idaho greatly appreciated.

B.E.Fleenor
__________________

-To conserve and protect our sporting outdoor heritage
----through responsible wildlife and natural resource
---------stewardship, and educated ethical use.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 07-24-2013, 03:50 PM
dean_mt's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Western Montana
Posts: 2,650
dean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant future
Default Re: Spur of the Moment Trip, Mt.-Id.-Wy. Tips needed...

I didn't realize that you are coming from Michigan. In that case why do you want to try to catch Lakers and Brookies in Montana? They are both abundant and native to Michigan and an invasive species in Montana - in the case of lake trout, which have devastated the cutthroat populations in Flathead and Yellowstone Lakes or sort of a waste of time to find in Montana as they are small and inhabit only the upper most reaches of streams. Unless of course you wanted to find some lake dwelling Brookies like at Georgetown Lake, where they grow to good size.

I think it's honorable to follow the laws in place and not "chumpish" in any way. Plus this time of the year you will no luck targeting Bull Trout anyway except maybe in some special spots.

Good luck on the Idaho advice. Have you considered Alberta, Canada?
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 07-24-2013, 08:10 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Cheyenne, WY by way of SD
Posts: 304
two_nymph_rig is a jewel in the roughtwo_nymph_rig is a jewel in the roughtwo_nymph_rig is a jewel in the roughtwo_nymph_rig is a jewel in the rough
Default Re: Spur of the Moment Trip, Mt.-Id.-Wy. Tips needed...

I have caught lakers out of the green river, below the green river lakes. Quite a haul from bozeman though. As far as the others go, good luck, I have no knowledge of Montana
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 07-24-2013, 09:57 PM
grtlksmarlin's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Michigan
Posts: 245
grtlksmarlin will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Spur of the Moment Trip, Mt.-Id.-Wy. Tips needed...

Thanks again dean_mt, blackbugger & SdDryFly...

@dean_mt; Well, the *plan* is to Golden first, Bull second, Cutthroats along the way (as who can resist walking by water with a rod in hand, the rest if we encounter them...However, the must haves for out West are the G/B/C....

Further, time starts with the first cast, and does not pause so we get 168 hours. Travel time is time lost. So we fly in late Thur., expect to be fishing late Friday, then fly out mid-afternoon Wednesday and should make it to N. Mich. before dawn Thur.. So at best I expect 36 hours to nab whatever remains.....Naturally, fail on the G/B/C and the game is over.

The Brook, Brown, and Rainbow we can nab in a half day all on the same very little river I love to fish here in Michigan (Pine out of Oscoda off the AuSable)....In fact, a river run holdover Steelhead is not that surprising, and during the run Salmon are ridiculously thick.

The real fly in the ointment are the Lakers. Besides being down deep due to the time of year, in Michigan the place to catch them is in the big lakes. So worse comes to worse if we don't get one out West we'll need to jump on a boat and so then they'll have to be on heavy tackle. All 7 on the fly is our ideal goal....and yes, Spring is the ideal time to do this.

Simply put.....It's what dull witted over 50 types do when they're too cheap to buy Ferraris. Attempt things that would tax younger men, then claim failure was due to lack of Geritol in our prune juice.....So you have to try again next year.

Thanks again!

B.E.Fleenor

p.s....I think for the Bulls we'll try either the Clearwater per blackbugger or Salmon in Idaho....and I now get 18 hours to figure it all out. Maybe the plan is not so good afterall
__________________

-To conserve and protect our sporting outdoor heritage
----through responsible wildlife and natural resource
---------stewardship, and educated ethical use.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 07-24-2013, 10:47 PM
dean_mt's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Western Montana
Posts: 2,650
dean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant futuredean_mt has a brilliant future
Default Re: Spur of the Moment Trip, Mt.-Id.-Wy. Tips needed...

If you intend to fish Idaho water and have only a few days to get all these fish, you be better off flying into Missoula, Spokane or Boise.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 07-25-2013, 04:57 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Houston
Posts: 66
jimbaker488 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Spur of the Moment Trip, Mt.-Id.-Wy. Tips needed...

Quote:
Originally Posted by dean_mt View Post
If you intend to fish Idaho water and have only a few days to get all these fish, you be better off flying into Missoula, Spokane or Boise.
And don't forget, if you are packing much luggage including a rod case, you get 2 freebies on Southwest which is the only carrier I'm aware of which doesn't charge for either of the first 2 bags. And unfortunately Southwest doesn't serve Montana.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
North Georgia- fishing tips needed! bradleycmetz Southeast U.S. 1 05-19-2012 08:29 PM
Colorado to Montana Road Trip Advice Needed arkharv Rocky Mountain Range 3 06-27-2010 10:08 PM
Trip Tips --- advice needed! jacksrf Rocky Mountain Range 5 05-04-2010 10:03 AM
Tilapia Tips Needed jaybug General Discussion 3 12-19-2008 01:53 PM
Fishing/Backpacking Trip Recommendations Needed daretowin Mid-Atlantic Area 4 09-02-2008 07:06 PM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.