Montana Trout Fishing
For anyone who spends time up to their waist standing in flowing rivers, does anything conjure up more intense images than the term ‘Montana trout fishing’? When you think of trout fishing, you automatically think of the state of Montana. Montana and ‘ fall fishing Missoula trout fishing’ fit together like Ohio State and losing national championships (I’m a recovering Buckeye fan)! The bottom line is that trout fishing and Montana have become almost synonymous.
Montana has hundreds of thousands of miles of river and streams for trout fishing, including some of the most famous blue ribbon trout waters in the United States. Trophy trout are a common occurrence in Montana waters. It’s a true story that the state of Montana is truly a trout angler’s paradise.
All of the main varieties of trout (rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat) can be found in Montana from Billings to Missoula, and north to Kalispell. Trout are planted by the Montana fish wildlife & parks, and the number of ‘native’ trout is unmatched anywhere in the country. If you’re a flea flicker, Montana has what you’re looking for and if you’re a bait fisherman, Montana can accommodate you as well. Paying attention to local regulations is key, because as usual the flea flickers seem to get preferential treatment.
There are entirely too many great trout waters within the state of Montana to list, but some of the most popular are the Big Horn and Gallatin rivers. If you have to visit only one are within the state for trout fishing, the town of Bozeman would be your best bet. Bozeman has more than four blue ribbon trout waters within easy access, and more guides available than you can imagine. You can’t swing a dead cat in the Bozeman area, without hitting a fly fishing guide.
The scenery that Montana has to offer while fishing, especially from Bozeman west is as good as can be found anywhere on earth. This adds to the allure of Montana trout fishing and in some of the more remote area’s a bear attack is never out of the question, which adds to the excitement factor as well. That’s right, you don’t have to go to Alaska to “feel the excitement” of fishing in the same area’s that grizzly bears reside.
If you use your basic fishing skills, like always fishing when the trout are the most active by it will do nothing but help you when trout fishing in Montana. The principles are all the same, it’s simply that in Montana the trout are bigger and more prevalent.
The bottom line is that Montana trout fishing is as good as it gets. If you’re a trout angler, Montana is the place for you. The only problem is that because of weather and run-off you only get about six months a year for prime river and stream fishing. This is okay though, because those six months are so bloody good. If you consider yourself to be any form of trout angler, Montana is a place you have to visit at least once.