Re: Missoula bound
Posted by Ben Simmons on September 15, 1998 at 17:18:20:
In Reply to: Missoula bound posted by Osprey on September 13, 1998 at 19:23:23:
> any updates from out west... I leave thurs. for rock creek & the bitteroot.
> Steve, did you have any trouble on the shoals down on the flint. I have been itching to try it.
My oldest son (Scott)attended The University of Montana in Missoula (but he finished this summer and is @UGA now). Great school and fantastic fly fishing. What could be better? My entire family has spent untold hours on both of these streams and I have a hard time deciding which to fish when I go. This year I would concentrate on the Bitter0root at Bells' Crossing. Scott has had more success there recently than Rock Creek. He attributes this to the whirling disease problem that is more evident on Rock Creek than the Bitter root. I personally enjoy fishing Rock more but it's such a close call ! I know the crossing is a superb area and if I were going I would fish it hard. If you have time, the Bob Marshal Wilderness area is the best there is but you have to hike in 6-10 miles to get to what we think is the best fly fishing in the state.
PS. My youngest son (MATT) works at the Athens Fly Shop (706)369-1797. He can give you some more details on guides etc. if you need it. My favorite shop and service is The Grizzly Hackle in downtown Missoula but he knows more people out there than I do.