With so much great water to fish around Missoula, sometimes locals can forget just how good the river right on their doorstep can be. The Clark Fork as it flows through town is full of red hot rainbows, and some deep water fish that can grab a streamer and take you for a ride. Sure, the wade spot behind the Doubletree hotel might be full on any evening, but there’s a reason why. The water below Rattlesnake creek is home to some very big fish. A walk along the river trails that border each side of the Clark Fork can reveal trout water that gets less pressure from fishing than it does play boats, and a float through town from the newly opened confluence of the Blackfoot or the old dam site below Turah can get you into fish, and out at the newly completed Silver Park in the Old Sawmill District. A guided trip through town can end with dinner with the wife at any of Missoula’s downtown restaurants, or catch a Missoula Osprey baseball game from the boat ramp. When fishing in western Montana, don’t rule out the close stuff. It’s all good here.
|This spot is hiding in plain sight in downtown Missoula.
The fish could give a shit about rooftops instead of trees in the horizon.