Montana is known for great fishing with countless streams, rivers and lakes to target. Fly fishers target quality fisheries like the Bitterroot, Missouri, Blackfoot, Rock Creek and Clark's Fork in the Missoula area. Add the stillwaters like Marshall, Heart, Flathead and Hemlock and you have an angler's paradise.
Set up shop and test your luck at Flathead Lake (many bays freeze over) and Georgetown Lake. Near Seeley, check out Salmon, Holland, and Placid Lakes.
Types Of Water
Most of the rivers Missoula is know for range in size from 15 yards to 35 yards wide. They range from 2 feet deep to spots well over your and my head. This is prime dry fly water, but don't forget to pack your streamers or jigs and Rapalas. As with many Montana waters, special regulations apply including waters that feature catch-and-release-only regulations. Consult the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Western Region District regulations for specific Missoula information.
Suggestions Near Missoula
Anglers will be best off booking a guide for a day to learn how to fish these waters. Whether ice fishing in the middle of winter or dry fly fishing during the heat of the summer, it would pay to hire a guide for the first day of your multi-day trip to at least get one good day under your belt before you venture out on your own.