Trout fishing in Montana seems as if it should literally be a way of life. In many ways the term ‘trout fishing’ and the state of Montana are automatically thought of together. I don’t know if it’s because of movies or what, but the state of Montana and trout fishing fit together like a hand and a glove. When many people think of trout fishing in Montana, they automatically think of fly fishing, or flea flicking as my mentor used to refer to it. There is a heavy contingent of anglers who enjoy waving feathers in the air in Montana, but remember: there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and for me personally the only time I get anywhere near a feather is at the local duck pond. I wouldn’t ‘flick a flea’ if you put a gun to my head, and still I mange to catch a lot of trout. That’s right everyone, trout fishing in Montana, doesn’t have to involve a fly rod!
All I know for sure is that trout fishing in Montana is much different than the trout fishing that I grew up with in central Pennsylvania. Why is it so different? Is it the methods and techniques in which the fish are caught? No, the methods and techniques are all the same, the difference is that the trout are much, much larger in Montana. The quality of the trout in the great state of Montana is unlike anything I had ever experienced.
Fishing property around Bozeman Montana is as much about there serenity and incredible scenery as anything. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that there are a lot of large native trout swimming in Montana’s’ waters as well. The trout fishing in Montana really is quite good, and as I alluded to, this goes for spin fishing as well. Whatever your favorite technique happens to be, Montana can probably provide it when it comes to trout fishing. A very popular method (and my favorite) is to pull on a pair of waders and fish the smaller rivers and streams the way God intended…while standing in the water.
Being surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Montana, while catching 15 + inch native trout for hours on end, is a ton of fun. A very effective technique for doing this exact thing is to use a set of gang hooks and live worms. Gang hooks are simply 2 small hooks tied in tandem. Gang hooks are the most effective way to present a live worm, and the trout of Montana fall victim for the technique all the time. Gang hooks actually work on all bodies of water; it’s just that they seem to work particularly well in Montana waters. Make sure you check local regulations because in some area’s live bait can’t be employed. This is an incredibly idiotic law that we all have flea flickers to thank for. The law makes absolutely zero sense, but the fact remains that you should check your local regulations.
The other thing to pay attention to while trout fishing in Montana is the weather. They say that if you don’t like the weather in Montana, wait 5 minutes and it will change. It’s not quite this extreme, but using the weather to your advantage while fishing is a great idea.
The bottom line is that in many cases, Montana trout fishing is as good as it gets anywhere in the country, and the scenery isn’t too bad either. Not to mention the fact that in some parts of Northwest Montana, a bear attack is never out of the question. This little tidbit of information should help keep you on your toes! Actually this would only be a possibility if you were trout fishing deep in the mountains, but still you never know? If you get the chance, find out for yourself how great the trout fishing truly is in the great state of Montana.