Local anglers in the know are out there fly fishing in winter and early spring, casting their lines for the abundant trout that swim in the local rivers and creeks. With reduced fishing fees, a chance to see local wildlife such as elk and moose, and the gift of having all that wide open space pretty much to yourself, winter fly fishing is one of the best kept secrets in Montana.
With nymphs and streamers readily available, along with midge and Baetis hatching when the temperature rises to over 40 F, bait is all around you. Let the snow fall, let the rivers freeze, you’ll be still sure to find ample pickings in Montana’s famed fishing waters.
Head over to the Bitterroot River and Rock Creek in Glacier Country where the trout are more than happy to play around your line. Take a morning ski run at Moonlight Basin or Big Sky Resort and then bring your rod over to the Gallatin River where you can spend the rest of the day angling in the serene setting. Over in Custer County you can find 16 inch browns and rainbows as well as Mountain Whitefish, otherwise known as Big Sky Bonefish.
Don’t let a little cold weather fool you. Fly fishing in Montana is alive and well in the winter months. Bundle up, cast your line, and enjoy.
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