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    On the small stuff.. if you know the rivers you're fishing.. you may be able to pare those down.. check web sites for local fly shops, or locals may chime in

    Like I said, it's river dependant

    And for me.. I carry even number rods #2, #4, #6 - with the 4 being preferred. This year, I'll be trying out a 10' #3 from Allen
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    LOL! I carry the odd numbers, 3-5-7 for freshwater. Its cool how we each have our own preferences.
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    Mr. Mrfzx

    The 3 might come in handy if you find yourself in shaded streams, tightened areas, and the like.

    Montana should be excellent that time of year! Have a wonderful time!

    When I was there last June I had a bit of luck with this. But, it was June…

    Sorry I couldn't copy paste image!

    Well good luck!
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    Depending on the snow pack and temperatures, you could still run into some high water so that will mean you should have a few big streamers to toss into the mix. I like to use a dropper behind the big hopper or Chernobyls. The dropper can be anything from a small nymph (PMD emerger) to small streamer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfzx View Post
    LOL! I carry the odd numbers, 3-5-7 for freshwater. Its cool how we each have our own preferences.
    Hey Mr. Physics, I just found your thread. Mid-July in Western Montana is usually pretty darn good. The Bitterroot should be at a nice flow and still reasonably cool. It has excellent and diverse hatches and gets to be a pretty tough river as the season wares on, but early July it's not at that point. Good for you! The Pale Morning Dun is the major mayfly hatch of the summer and it will be getting under way then, at that time expect a #16 dry to work; it's a pale bug going from pinkish yellow, to pale greenish yellow, with light dun wings -but don't worry too much about that. It's just a real pretty little mayfly, any light bodied parachute or I really prefer the compara dun will work. Also caddis and stoneflies. It's a great river, you won't be alone but you'll love it.

    I've actually never fished the Lochsa (because it's in Idaho) but have heard really good things about the cutthroat trout it there. That river is gorgeous! It will still be very cold and tumbling hard down the mountain.

    As for your rods: it you have the space take one of each, a 3, 5, and 7. But the only place that 3wt will be used is if you stop to fish some of the tributaries of the Bitterroot and Lochsa, and there are many. Otherwise you won't be using it on those bigger rivers. Your favorite 5wt for dries and the 7 for streamers. You are set.

    Anyway, good luck and keep us up to date!

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    +1 on what Dean MT is saying; PMD's! #16 & 18 Comparaduns, Thorax style work great on flatter runs, CDC emergers and spinners are very important. Yellow Sally stoneflies in a #12 & 14 will be about (hence Stimulators) and small hoppers will be beginning most likely in the lower elevations. Bring your eastern fly boxs, you will be surprised how often a fly like March Brown or Cahill will work on a western hatch. Oh, leave the 3-weight home and treat yourself to a present...you deserve it for you first trip to the Big Sky. When you get to Missoula buy yourself a #4, either 8 1/2' or 9' (I have both but like the contrast of the 8 1/2' to my 9'/#5)...no sales tax in MT. You will use your #5 most of the time but the #4 is cool for the calm evening spinner fall (we often fish till 11P in the afterglow) after which caddis likely will emerge (tan and dark elk hair style). If you are staying around the metropolis of Missoula you may set up a float trip on the lower Clark Fork and compare the Dinosaur Cafe to the Cajun food you will have in New Orleans while redfishing.

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    Good to hear from you S&S! You're right, rusty spinners are a must in the evenings. Last summer I had a great night on the Clark Fork right downtown catching fish on spinners and caddis. It stays light till 10pm that time of the year, I mean light. You can easily fish till 10:30 then it get's a little harder to see but also seems to get more fun. Walk up the Dino and have a couple beers in your wet shorts and soggy shoes!

    And I also agree with the 4wt!

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