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Fly-Fishing in Montana

Montana, United States, North America: Fish tales: Big Hole River, in southwest Montana, is rife with rainbow and brown trout's insider take:

Much to some locals' chagrin, it is no secret that Montana has great trout waters, with at least six world-class rivers. Picking the best one to fish can be difficult (and makes for a great way to spark an argument in a fly shop), but none is more accessible than the Gallatin River around Big Sky. Highway 191 snakes alongside the river through the Gallatin Canyon: Spy a fishing hole and just pull over. Summer evenings here bring reliable caddis hatches and 16-inch rainbows to the surface, but be forewarned: The river's got a heck of a current. For a more serene experience, stop by Dan Bailey's in Livingston. This world-famous fly shop will set you up in a McKenzie River Boat, a flat-keeled drifter that's perfect for floating down the lazy Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley (406-222-1673; For the latest river report or a guide to tune your casting stroke, or if you'd like to venture further to the Madison or Missouri rivers, stop at the Bozeman Angler (800-886-9111;

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