Sunday, August 14, 2016


The height of the tourist season is here in Southwestern Montana. You can easily escape the crowds if you are willing to walk from the access sites. You can leave even more people behind if you chose to fish the so called "B" waters or smaller mountain streams. If you want to leave EVERYONE behind, throw a rod on your backpack and hike over 4 miles that gains at least 2,000 feet of elevation. Here you will find eager wild fish and nobody to compete with.

Feisty Grayling 
This is what I have been doing the last 2 weeks. There is something special about hiking switchback after switchback and being rewarded with a high alpine lake that sits below the peaks. The fish can sometimes be hard to locate, but once you find them they are typically eager to eat. My lake fishing game was pretty poor during the first few outings, but I've honed in my skills and started getting into some fish. The lake fishing season is pretty short around here, so if your sick of the crowds, strap the rod on your back and get hiking.
This Was The Honey Hole 

Little Wind Helped The Fishing Out Today 

Mid Air Shot 

Patterns Didn't Matter

Gallatin Range Lake

Clean and clear water 

Getting away from the crowds 

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