Fishing the Big Sky Country

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The three rivers that create the Missouri cover a large area of western Montana they all come togeather in Three Forks, Mt. The West Gallatin begins south of Yellowstone park, the fishing is excellent after spring run off until the middle of Aug. There is about a 2-3 month slow down period then as the water gets warm and low due to irrigation. The other half of the Gallatin River is the East Gallatin created by numerous small streams that drain the Bridgers, Hylite canyon and the Horseshoe Hills. The trout fishing is excellent from spring to late fall, the creeks and river have a mix of Rainbow, Brown trout, Brook trout and Whitefish.The Madison River is one the the hot spots for floaters.

During the spring Salmon Fly Hatch the fishing is great for Rainbow and Brown Trout.Travelers come from all over the state for the hatch.The Madison also has its slow time because of the water temperature.The Jefferson River starts in Twin Bridges, Mt where the Ruby, Big Hole, and the Beaverhead all came together. The Jefferson runs the most water of the three so it is fishable all most all year.The fishing is good for Rainbows, Browns and Whitefish. The three rivers are all considered to be excellent waters for the Fly Fisherman as well as bait, lures and spinners.

Anglers come from all over to fish the Headwaters of the Missouri and its tributaries. the Spring and fall bring an assortment of hatches so the Fly Fisherman has a large selection of flys that will work, dry and wet, Also there are Campgrounds where you can bring the family. Bait fishing all most all ways produces some fish regardless of the time of year. The Three Rivers are some of the most beautiful fishing waters in the state, some is easy to get to and some is truly an outdoor adventure.

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