Though trout tend to get all the glory, southwest Montana offers prime fly fishing opportunities for carp as well. A sport that’s grown in recent years, the thrill generated from casting flies to this unique sportfish is nearly impossible to describe. Almost identical to flats fishing for redfish or bones, the sight fishing opportunities presented by carp are second to none. As a bonus, casting dry flies to surface feeding carp is not uncommon.
From tailing and mudding fish to single cruisers, rooters and wolfpacks, anglers will experience a variety of interesting visual scenarios throughout the day as these hard fighting fish are not only big (6-25 lbs), they’re also plentiful. Though spotting and stalking is a possibility, most fishing occurs from the bow of the boat as we ease quietly down the river looking for tails or snoots. Prime time is mid July though mid August. You’ll have to see it to believe it.