MONTANA

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Good People - Good Water - Good Fish

Our first trip to Montana, September 2010, we have everything, two Labrador Retrievers (Maggie & Baguette), Kayaks, Bikes, and Fly Rods.  We found a four-bedroom cabin at the last minute in Bozman, MT, right on a small trout stream with Cutthroats and Browns.

Brackett Creek runs behind our cabin and finally runs into Yellowstone River.  So, now I have a week to catch my Montana Trout.  We also will experiment on other waters, including the Gallatin River; see the pictures below.

My dogs Maggie and Baguette were in their twilight years.  Maggie was the best trout dog I ever had.  She loved being in the river but didn't start fishing with me until she was 9.  Maggie was 11 in Montana.  When I hooked a fish on this trip, she jumped in the river, put it in her mouth, and lay it in front of me unharmed.  Crazy!

My first trout on Brackett Creek was easy, about 30 minutes, and it was cutthroat.  The best story was fishing with Maggie before the sunset.  Both Maggie and I were sitting on the side of Brackett Creek, being exhausted.  I just spent three months on the couch at home after three surgeries fixing my shattered ankle in a hockey-related accident.   Maggie's head would snap at every fish rise, so I would cast to her snap. Fishing with a dry/nymph dropper, to my surprise, I landed a double. 

Montana Done!

Maggie

Maggie

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Maggie

Our Cabin

Lauren

Lauren

Cabin

Lauren & Baguette

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Lauren & Baguette

Maggie

Gallatin River

Maggie

Maggie

Baguette

Mountain Lake

Backett Creek

Mountain Lake

Mountain Lake

Backett Creek

Gallatin River

Gallatin River

Gallatin River

Maggie

Baguette

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Backett Creek

Baguette

Backett Creek

Baugette

Cutthroat

Our Cabin on Backett Creek

Baugette

Cutthroat

Ford Explorer

Lauren on Backett Creek

Backett Creek

Cutthroat

Backett Creek

Backett Creek
What a Couple

Brown on Backett Creek

Brown on Backett Creek

Backett Creek

Backett Creek

Brown Trout

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Gallatin River

Gallatin River
Gallatin River

Cutthroat

Rainbow

Backett Creek

Backett Creek

Backett Creek

Backett Creek

Cabin

Cabin

Maggie

Cutthroat

Cuttroat

Maggie

Brown Trout

Maggie Bring Me My Fish

Maggie Bring Me My Fish

Baguette

Maggie

Lab Crossing

Cutthroat

Backett Creek

Backett Creek

Baguette

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Mags & Bags

Maggie & Baguette

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Ford Explorer

Gallatin River

Gallatin River

Gallatin River

Gallatin River

Gallatin River

Gallatin River

Maggie

Montana Night

Mountain Lake

Our Cabin

Mountain Lake

Gallatin River