Three Montana rivers serve up tasty mix: fly-fishing, beer drinking

Fly-fishing and beer go together like apple pie and ice cream or peanut butter and jelly. Western Montana offers outstanding fly-fishing streams as well as a surprising number of microbrewing companies to visit after a successful day of fishing.

Western Montana has no fewer than 20 rivers to choose from for fishing. And Montana trout are managed not by stocking with hatchery fish, but rather by protecting habitat along with catch and release restrictions in certain areas to preserve the wild population. That means wild and aggressive trout that are looking for your fly. The Bitterroot River near Hamilton, the Clark Fork River near Missoula and the Middle Fork of the Flathead River near Glacier National Park are all known for their good fishing, clear fast-moving water, great scenery, and wildlife. All three rivers support cutthroat, rainbow, brown and bull trout. What’s not to like about this picture?

Mike Brodwater

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