Fishing the Backcountry

BACKCOUNTRY FLY FISHING

Mountain BeargrassAfter months running the big main rivers like the Bitterroot, Big Hole, and the Mo, I’ve been itching to get out into the great wild country of Montana’s national forests and wildernesses to get back to the simple parts of life.  With a few days off from guiding, the wife and I loaded up the camper and the kid and off we flew to find some solitude and scenery.  The good thing about this state is one never has to look too far to find an untrampled view and clean mountain air.

Mountain CutthroatBeing someone else’s secret spot, I won’t disclose our fishing location, but really spots like this are frequent in this country.  Take the pavement until it turns to gravel, then another ten or so miles of bumps and washboards, and pretty soon you are fast approaching the base of some killer country wherever you are in Montana.  Another bit of sweating up the trail and that’s all it takes to be on some prime fishing with the place all to yourself, not to mention the huckleberry bushes loaded to the gills everywhere you look.

High mountain MontanaSo after a few days of gritting it out in our 22″ camper, sounds rough eh?, we were tickled to pull back into civilization and grab a burger and beer at the first place we passed.  Another few hours and the family and I arrived home with an entirely new look on life, happy to have the little things like showers and cell service: OK maybe not the cell service, but it does have its strong points.  So if you’re tired of seeing the same old stretch of river day after day, just lace up those beat up Vasques and hit the mountains for your own personal trout stream.

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