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Here’s the latest from McConnell’s Country Store... The Montana Fishing Adventure Package - Fish the Missouri, Yellowstone & Madison Rivers: Here is your opportunity to make a short jaunt to Montana, where you will fish the Missouri, Yellowstone and Madison rivers, three of the most productive, beautiful rivers in Big Sky Country. Filled with healthy populations of Rainbows and Browns, it’s not uncommon to see a 20 inch fish attached to the end of a tippet.

The Dates: Fly into Bozeman on August 17 then fly out of Bozeman on August 23. Your room on the 17th and meals on the 17th & 18th will be on your own. We have allowed August 18 for a free day, if you want to fish, there is plenty of water and we can get you into some wadable and productive sections of local water. If you want to spend the day sightseeing you can surely do that. You are just a short drive to Yellowstone Park or you can wander around the town of Bozeman. From August 19 – 22 you’ll be floating these rivers with an experienced guide who knows the territory. McConnell’s Country Store Fly Shop fly fishing adventure also includes most meals and lodging, and is affordably priced at $1587.00 and includes four days of fishing, five night’s lodging, and most meals.

So, now is the time to fulfill your dream of fishing three legitimate Blue Ribbon streams.

The basics: The rivers, the Missouri, Yellowstone and the Madison are teeming with wild (not hatchery – raised) browns and rainbows.

The Missouri is one of the more diverse rivers in Montana with a good population of rainbows & browns throughout the lower section. The Yellowstone River’s inhabitants include 1,300 trout per mile in some stretches, including browns, ‘Cutts and rainbows. During summer months, it offers excellent dry fly fishing, and sub-surface fishing is always an option. The major hatches are Caddis flies in May, Salmonflies in July, and ‘hoppers for the duration of the season. The Yeller stretches 775 miles from Yellowstone National Park to its confluence with the Missouri River. Near Livingston, it flows between the towering peaks of the Absaroka Mountains and the Gallatin Range, and through valleys of hay fields. The Madison River just may attract more media attention than any other Montana stream. No surprise there. ‘Bows and Browns are the quarry, numbering between 1500 – 2500 fish per mile of both species. Between Quake Lake and Ennis, the river is characterized as a “50 – mile riffle” that consistently flows at approximately five mph, its surface broken by a bed of gravel and small boulders. We’ll fish an assortment of dries and nymphs during summer months.

You don’t need to be a casting wiz or etymological genius to catch fish. You do need to be able place a fly 20 feet away from a 16 – foot driftboat. Beyond that, it’s a matter of relying on your guide to help you select flies and find likely holding water.

A Typical Day: Following breakfast cooked at your motel, we’ll spend an hour or so enroute to the fishing hole. That’s a good time to become better acquainted; we’ll learn about your expectations, fishing background, and instructional needs. We will also discuss our plan for the day, and things we’ll do to maximize the experience for you, We typically hit dry land around cocktail time, and will have you back home in time for an early dinner.

Evening meals are served at local restaurants.

Things to bring: Gear - five and seven weight rods are go to equipment along with floating lines. If you have a sink tip, bring it; otherwise, we’ll use BB’s when fishing droppers.

The end of July and August, lightweight clothing does the trick. BUT: to be safe, bring a windbreaker/rain jacket, a lightweight fleece pullover, and hat. You’ll also need sunglasses, tubes of sunscreen, and a camera. Lodging: We’ve arranged lodging in upscale motels in Bozeman, which feature clean, well appointed rooms, and wide screen televisions. Great News!

The Montana Fishing adventure has been affordably priced at $1587.00 per person (double occupancy), and includes four days of guided fly fishing, five nights lodging, and most meals.

Book now as space is limited – don’t miss this opportunity to experience what many call the best flyfishing in the USA! As Mae West said, “You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough!”