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Old 08-01-2019, 02:13 PM
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Default Trout fishing USA- reccomendations

Looking for people who have does this before..preferable soemone who's done it a lot

Wanting to do a Trout fishing Trip... float or non float... Preferable out west...scenery counts
Wanting mostly to keep busy with action..big fish second.

Wyoming? Montana?

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Lake Michigan in Chicago for big lakers, browns, and rainbows. Fish all day while the Mrs shops, then go get a fantastic steak dinner. And you don't have to crap in the woods.
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
Lake Michigan in Chicago for big lakers, browns, and rainbows. Fish all day while the Mrs shops, then go get a fantastic steak dinner. And you don't have to crap in the woods.

lol, walked my son around Northwestern on a college visit and saw a big fish I thought it was a laker at a bridge,,,and the group left me behind...wish I had my rod

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Montana for sure. We spent a month fishing all the big Rivers last year. Amazing place, hungry fish, wild fish, things all over that can kill you, epic terrain, etc. Its amazing! Streamer fishing turned into crack for me, as soon as you start you can’t stop! Kelly’s place is super cool and has great water all around it. Pm me for a list of your going to MT. We’re in NC Mountains now and all I can think of is how bad ass Montana fishing it.
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I second Montana. I lived in Missoula for a couple of short stretches in the 1990s. Great places to see and lots of water to fish. Keep in mind that you need to time your trip to get the best fishing on a given river or rivers. Snow melt can mess up the rivers for weeks right around the time of the salmon fly hatch. Well worth the expense to hire a guide who can take you on a float trip. Also think about the type of fishing you like - dry flies, sink-tip nymphing, etc. Different times and places offer different types of fishing.

I highly recommend the Big Hole river as part of any western Montana trout fishing expedition. The scenery is outstanding! The upper part of the river has grayling and some of the tributary creeks have nice small water to fish. Last time I was there in 2008 we rented a cabin right on the Big Hole in Melrose, MT. The upper Bitterroot River is also worth considering, upriver from Hamilton, MT and the west fork. I caught the largest brown trout of my life just down river from the bridge at Hamilton!

The well known national Parks are also a nice place to visit, but probably not where you want to focus for fishing.
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We just fished the Henry’s Fork in Idaho with Trouthunter.com. Search my posts for a report. The state limits the number of guides if crowding is an issue. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by FishHarder View Post
lol, walked my son around Northwestern on a college visit and saw a big fish I thought it was a laker at a bridge,,,and the group left me behind...wish I had my rod
The bulk of the lakers will be deeper and further south. There are a few reefs in the south basin where they hang out and 20 pounders are not uncommon. But they can be found almost anywhere. NW area is a great place to catch browns. They like to set up in the rocks along the shorline in that area. Also a great place for smallies.

That same area is great for steelhead around Thanksgiving. They come in to feed on Chinook Salmon spawn. Float some natural egg sacks on light tackle.

It's really under appreciated fishery over there. I know it's not the type of trout fishing you are looking for, but if you are ever in the area, give it a chance.
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I live in Hamilton Montana, about 100 yards from the bitterroot river. I'm not much of a Bugchucker anymore, but... as stated previously: West/East forks and main stem of Bitterroot River, Big Hole river, upper Clark fork, Missouri, Madison, Beaverhead, Jefferson, Blackfoot.... fly fisherman's paradise. Lots of creeks too if small water is your thing. Wade fishing can be just as productive as floating.
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Check out the Green River in Flaming Gorge. Amazing scenery and great float trip if you want do that. My brother just fished it a couple weeks ago and said the cicada hatch was the best it'd ever seen and he fishes it 3 or 4 times a year.
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Man I'm not sure you could go wrong with the whole WY/ID/MT sort of vicinity. So much beautiful terrain and nice water.
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There are numerous outstanding rivers in ID, WY and MT. I live here and fly fish them all. If I had to pick one river it would be the Big Horn in Montana.

Exactly what date date are you looking at? Send me a pm if you want and we can talk on the phone.

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I did a trip 3 years ago, starting on the Big Horn in MT, then down thru Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. All stops had some great fishing. Most memorable was the UM Creek out of Torrey Utah where I caught about 80 Tiger trout in a day and I didn't move 200 yards all day up or down stream. Big Horn out of Ft Smith was also good
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Green River WY
Gunnison, CO (Gunnison River, Blue Mesa Reservoir, East River, Crested Butte)
Aspen / Basalt, CO (Frying Pan River, Roaring Fork River, Colorado River - all within 30 minute drive)
Madison River, MT (plus Gallatin River)
Durango, CO (Animas River)
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I have a place out in CO on the Roaring Fork River. Lots of action. Can float or wade several places and fish Frying Pan, Roaring Fork and Colorado all within a few miles.

Just got back from 9 days out there. Green Drake hatch was going off. Fished 45 minutes in evenings and caught 20 fish. Lots of scenery and close to Aspen. Great area. Been out there every summer since late 70s.
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Mt. Sopris! Lot's of runoff this year.

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Frankly anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. I am including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming. I have even fished lakes in Utah. Check out Northwest Fishing Reports Home - NWFR
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South Louisiana is ‘out west’ for someone in Islamorada. We have action and monsters.

Sorry, I just had to. I couldn’t resist.



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I'll throw in some other places just for variety (and since I've never fished for trout out west). Central Pennsylvania has some good trout fishing. The Yellow Breeches, Letort, Clark's Creek, Pine Creek... all of them and lots of others are fine trout streams. The Susquehanna river is nearby with smallmouth fishing that was once world class and is making a really solid comeback. The whitefly hatch is probably going on now and that is a "Planet Earth" type of spectacle. There is lots of variety in the area.

Alaska is another place that isn't really thought of so much as trout country because of the salmon, halibut, cod, rockfish, etc. but has lots of rivers loaded with huge trout that get little pressure. An adventurous guide can probably take you to a stretch of river that hasn't been fished in weeks, months, or even years.

Don't discount someplace like Mew Mexico, either. My dad went on several trips there and the pictures he showed me had some of the most beautiful scenery I could imagine. Just a high, cool desert where you know for certain there isn't another human within many miles. Not the best trout fishing numbers or size wise, but numbers and size aren't exactly the point of flyfishing when you want to get away.
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Just got back to weeks ago from Colorado. Pine Jct Area. About an hour west/southwest of Denver. Platt River. Look up Blue Quill Outfitters. Our Guide was Chris. Did outstanding and caught em all day. On a 5wt fly rod, was a blast. Highly recommend.
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