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Old 03-08-18, 08:32 AM   #1
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So I have the opportunity to go to Missoula, Montana for my first time ever and I am pumped. We are arriving on a Sat. and staying till Thurs. or Fri and then headed to Colorado for a few days. We have a little cabin booked that says it is right near a trophy trout stream about 30 mins outside of town.

Does anyone have any guide, restaurant, things to see or do recommendations? I've been reading up a little on the city but there is just a lot of information to take in and I was interested in some first hand knowledge/tips?
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Old 03-08-18, 09:24 AM   #2
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So I have the opportunity to go to Missoula, Montana for my first time ever and I am pumped. We are arriving on a Sat. and staying till Thurs. or Fri and then headed to Colorado for a few days. We have a little cabin booked that says it is right near a trophy trout stream about 30 mins outside of town.

Does anyone have any guide, restaurant, things to see or do recommendations? I've been reading up a little on the city but there is just a lot of information to take in and I was interested in some first hand knowledge/tips?
When are you going?
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Old 03-08-18, 10:29 AM   #3
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Give Eric Hess, Missoula Fishing Company, at call (406-544-5208). He's been guiding there for over 20 years.
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Old 03-08-18, 11:11 AM   #4
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June 16th through the 21st.
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Old 03-08-18, 01:44 PM   #5
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So I have the opportunity to go to Missoula, Montana for my first time ever and I am pumped. We are arriving on a Sat. and staying till Thurs. or Fri and then headed to Colorado for a few days. We have a little cabin booked that says it is right near a trophy trout stream about 30 mins outside of town.

Does anyone have any guide, restaurant, things to see or do recommendations? I've been reading up a little on the city but there is just a lot of information to take in and I was interested in some first hand knowledge/tips?
You are really going to enjoy this trip. I have visited and fished the Missoula area many times but never as much as I would like to. I was there early July last year and the water and fishing was great. The Clark Fork runs right through town. But, I like to get away and fish some of the other waters. Since, you are staying on a cabin near a trophy stream about 30 minutes away, it could be the Bitterroot, Blackfoot or even one my favorites Rock Creek. There are many smaller streams that I like to explore as well. I fished the N. Fork of the Black Foot near Bonner a few years ago and it was a blast! Beautiful cuts that were eager to take about any dry fly I offered. You really can't have a bad day on just about any river/stream near Missoula. Just driving through the bitterroot valley is amazing. If you are into historical stuff like me, if you do drive thru the bitterroot valley, you will find numerous historical sites from the Lewis & Clark expedition. Fascinating historical information. Contact any fly shop/outfitter (many in Missoula) and they will give you all the info you need for either a guided trip or places to explore on your own. Now.. for food and such, I am going to recommend the Tamarack Brewing Co. in downtown Missoula. Not only a great craft brew establishment that constantly changes their selection but really outstanding food of all kinds (burgers, pizza, tacos, steaks, fish, etc...) good service but it gets busy around sundown. They are also right next door to a fly shop. I think it is Grizzly Hackle?
You are gonna have a great adventure and I can't wait to hear your report!

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Old 03-08-18, 01:58 PM   #6
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Blackfoot is super to fish. Did 2-weeks there for training several years ago. Grizzly Hackle was located downtown, easy to find and a good resource. Not sure if there is an open season yet, but MT has been doing bull trout restoration for years in the area. Enjoy.
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Old 03-08-18, 02:22 PM   #7
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While in Missoula you MUST fish Rock Creek it's just 20 miles from the city.
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Old 03-08-18, 03:34 PM   #8
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The description of the cabin says that it is on Brewster Creek and about a mile from Rock Creek.

I think we are going to book at least one guided day, maybe two, and then try our luck on our own for a day or two. I'm hoping we can venture down to Yellowstone for a day as well just to see it as this will be my first of hopefully many trips to this part of the country. I'm pumped to get out there and see the beauty that I have only seen in pictures and videos.
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Definitely contact a fly shop or two. Rock Creek Mercantile is good, near your cabin, and (now) has a very helpful owner.

Big issue could be snow runoff; spring can be late there, and roil the streams, so ask a lot about the current expectations for June. Snowpack etc. might also impact a trip to Glacier, at least in terms of the Going to the Sun Road being open. Glacier is a lot closer than Yellowstone, and might be rewarding as a day trip; Yellowstone is for stopping on the way to CO, not a day trip from MSO. Easiest mistake for first time visitors to make is to try to see too much, not realize the distances, and spend the trip in the car.

Lolo Creek Steakhouse is on the wrong side of MSO from your cabin, but maybe guide will have you float Clarks Fork closer to it. Food is worth the wait.
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Old 03-08-18, 04:17 PM   #10
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I don't want to throw a damper on your plans but they have had a tremendous of snow in the area and it's still snowing. The snow with the heaviest water content is between now and May. As was stated contact the Mercantile for their predictions on run off. A few years ago they had a big snow and many of the rivers were not fishable until July. I'm just throwing this out to you and hope for the best. It's awesome country.
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