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    I grew up on the Blackfoot and let me tell you, you can spend a month and never hit the same hole twice, but as far as making a trip I would recomend Bozeman area. It has the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson within a short driving distance, plus it has easy access for walk in. Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewmalek55 View Post
    I grew up on the Blackfoot and let me tell you, you can spend a month and never hit the same hole twice, but as far as making a trip I would recomend Bozeman area. It has the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson within a short driving distance, plus it has easy access for walk in. Hope this helps!
    Andrew, welcome aboard. Where on the Blackfoot did you grow up, you lucky devil, and are you still in the area?

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    Well Im from Lincoln, but at the moment im attending college at MSU-Northern, so im kind of far away from any good rivers, So I do allot of traveling

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewmalek55 View Post
    Well Im from Lincoln, but at the moment im attending college at MSU-Northern, so im kind of far away from any good rivers, So I do allot of traveling
    I just got back from an overnight trip to Great Falls...the upper Blackfoot looked soooo gooood. As a matter of fact, I am just sitting on the coach scouring the those pages of my map. I have only fished up near Lincoln once...I feel terrible every time I remind myself that. All those little tribs up there have me very curious. Without naming any names...would it be worth the 80 mile drive for me to explore some of those little cricks? It always worth it, but you know I mean.

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    I have been wondering the same thing about the creeks in the Missoula area Dean_mt. I intend to find a few during my visit and I hope you can join us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dharkin View Post
    I have been wondering the same thing about the creeks in the Missoula area Dean_mt. I intend to find a few during my visit and I hope you can join us.
    Do you guys like to walk? It's a 6 mile walk - not even a "hike" really - very gradual incline on a old road bed up the Rattlesnake to the fishing boundary. You have to go that far because the creek used to be Missoula's water source, now it is the auxiliary or emergency source so they still haven't changed the rules. Anyway, 6 miles up, a very nice scenic stroll and you are in a nice meadow, the creek is small and cold and beautiful and the cutthroat fishing is really fun.

    Otherwise, I can point you to a couple of the creeks in the Bitterroots, that I like best.

    What are you dates again? We will definitely have to fish at least once.

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    Yes! well worth it, Right now would be a good time to go before the snow melt is in high gear. But after the big melt the fishing is awesome, usually late june and then on.
    Live to fish, Fish to live

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    Hey Dean_Mt,

    We arrive on Friday the 14th of September and depart Saturday the 22nd. Walking isn't a problem with us and the size of the fish doesn't matter. The more secluded and natural the surroundings are the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by houli View Post
    The wife has offered me a 4 day trip to fish in Montana for my birthday. I've done some research online but figured I'd put it out on the forum for some recommendations (rivers, streams, creeks, time of year, guides, places to stay etc.). If there are multiple spots in a relatively close range that's great too.

    A bonus would be staying in a cabin riverside ..... but not a requirement.

    Please PM if you don't want to put spots on blast.

    Thanks a bunch in advance for any/all help.

    Ryan
    Blimey where does one start?
    I would also go along with the Madison as a nice float trip.
    I spent a whole week on Rock Creek see Big Horn Bed & Breakfast in Philipsburg, MT | Big Horn Bed & Breakfast they also do cabins, you wont need a guide on Rock Creek, but i think drift boats are banned after 1st July.
    Hopefully i am over to hunt your deer/elk later this year, and will throw in the fly rod as well as the gun.
    Cheers
    Richard

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    Hey Gents-

    I'm a bit new to the forum, but I've been fishing the Bitterroot valley for the last 5/6 years, and will be up again this August (6-16). I've got family in Hamilton (on Skalkaho Creek!) and will be free to travel around the SW MT region, as the wife and kids won't be coming this trip, and the family I'm coming to visit will be away for a few days, so I'm thinking i'll hop in the truck and do some fishing. I'd love to meet up with some of you locals for some trouting!

    Oh, and I've got a few spots in the area you may want to check out! More wade fishing than floating, but if you're looking for some tribs/creeks, try Skalkaho southwest of Hamilton, and I'm a huge fan of the east fork of the Bitterroot. It's always in the shadow of the big rivers further downstream (Main Fork of the Bitterroot, Clark Fork, etc. in the missoula area), but i've YET to have a bad day fishing there- almost all cuts on hoppers, and most over 12"- some 18"+.

    There's still tons of water to cover- you almost can't go wrong up there.

    best luck and here' s wishing you all noisy reels this summer.
    sp

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