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    Default Montana in July

    Well, I am finnally going to do it. That is, fish west of the Mississippi (other than Alaska). Two of my buddies have asked me to accompany them to Monatana the second week of July to fish the Bitterroot, the Selway, and Lochsa rivers/streams/creeks. The problem is I have no experience with the midwestern waters. I want to start planning now.

    I am pretty sure my Winston Biit 9' 5wt, and my BVK 9' 5wt will cover most everything I am likely to encounter. One is matched to a Hardy 5000DD and a Rio Gold WF5F line. The other is matched to a Marryat MR7 and a Wulff long belly WF5F, so I think I am good with rods/reels and hardware (tell me if I am wrong).

    They have told me to plan on stimulators and terrestrials.....ok.....details please. I know some of you are more than familiar with this area, and I am begging for some help. What should I start tying? Patterns, sizes color variations, etc. please.
    Homer

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    People closer will chime in I'm sure.. but July is usually a little early for hoppers.

    But it's usually PMD season in a big way.

    All the mayfly patterns Linehans mentions look good.. but, like above, that's out of my range. One thing I'd add is your favorite PMD emerger.

    ETA: Hoppers always seem to work, but that's just not the peak..
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    You choice of gear sounds fine to me.
    I haven't fished the Bitteroot, but I've fished the Lochsa a couple of times and spent a week backpacking on the Selway. I found the fishing very good and not very challenging. Standard attractor patterns and small leeches on the Lochsa worked well. Had very high catch rates on the Selway with the Chernobyl Ant and/or hoppers, but I can't remember if it was July or August when we were there. Anyhow, I wouldn't get too stressed about it - it won't be rocket-science fishing.
    And I hope you have a great trip.

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    Arrow Re: Montana in July

    Depending how the summer weather has been, Chernobyl Hoppers and Chernobyl Ants may be the terrestrial ticket.

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    To follow on Bobs.. last year: Chubby Chernobyl's were the rage.. purple and red
    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhayden View Post
    To follow on Bobs.. last year: Chubby Chernobyl's were the rage.. purple and red
    Thanks everybody! "Chubby Chernobyls" .....not familiar with that one. have to look that one up. I carry a variety of sizes/styles of PMD's evrywhere I go.....even Alaska.....although I can't say I've ever used them there. Of course, I am known by my friends as a pack-rat, and habitually carry/pack way more of everything than I need. I guess thats the boy scout in me!

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    One more thing.....

    Here in the east, I often fish flies as small as and smaller than 18's. My friends are telling me to leave that tiny stuff at home? Thoughts?
    Homer

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    Roger on the rod choices, but I'd also bring along a 3wt. I suspect you'll use that more than the 5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfzx View Post
    Here in the east, I often fish flies as small as and smaller than 18's. My friends are telling me to leave that tiny stuff at home? Thoughts?
    It's all river dependent.. I have a box of LBBs (Little Bitty B*******) that go down to 24s.. that are required in some places here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredaevans View Post
    Roger on the rod choices, but I'd also bring along a 3wt. I suspect you'll use that more than the 5.
    Okay, can-do on the 3wt. I have the BVK 3wt with the conversion pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhayden View Post
    It's all river dependent.. I have a box of LBBs (Little Bitty B*******) that go down to 24s.. that are required in some places here.
    Okay, I'll bring my "midge" box too. (I call anything smaller than an 18 a midge.....I know its wrong, but I am anything but a slave to appropriateness)
    Homer

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    Anger is like peeing in your pants: everyone can see it, but only you can feel it. ~Jeff Yalden

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