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Water flow: Not applicable
Visibility: 60 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 74 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: All day, especially on these hot summer days, its a good option.
Best stretch: Stewart Mill bay is fishing great but really anywhere you can find cruising fish is where you want to be!
Best access point: Numerous access around the lake.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Sedge Caddis, Callibaetis, Hoppers, and Damsels
Fish species: Rainbow, brooks, kokane
Fishing season: The entire lake is open now
Nearest airport: Missoula International Airport (MSO)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 2X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Clear Intermediate Cool Water Full Sink Fly Line
Georgetown Lake is Montana’s premier flatwater fishery. Rimmed by the Pintler Mountains, it’s also among the state’s most beautiful. But the real attraction is rainbow trout in the 16"- 26" range. Yes, we said 26" rainbows. As if these giant rainbows weren’t enough – there are numbers of brook trout over 16” and many exceeding 20”! You don’t need to travel to Labrador to see fish like this – they live here ...
- and plenty of them. The special regulations imposed now over a decade ago, continue to pay huge dividends. Much of the lake shore is closed to fishing before July 1st to maximize rainbows’ opportunity to grow well into maturity and you must return all brookies to the water immediately. As the water warms in June, these leviathans fresh off the spawn gorge themselves on damsel fly nymphs, leaches, crane fly larva, scuds and midge pupa. Pitch small buggers and leaches to single cruisers and across spring holes through the month. Later in July, continuing on into September, you can fish a nymph or streamer but try sight fishing to them in just inches to a few feet of water. If you’re a saltwater angler, it will remind you of polling the flats scanning for bones, but instead of them rooting out crabs they are toilet bowling dries on the surface. Blanketing damsel fly hatches, early morning callibaetis, gulping midge clusters and the giant olive sedge skating across the water just before dark are the occurrences you don’t want to miss! There is nothing else quite like it in Montana.
Have two rods rigged, one dry and one wet. For your dry, try a single adult damsel (8-12) or a single Goddard (8-10) with the option of dropping either a P.T. or zebra midge off the dry (16-22). Keep it short, 2.5' and we run 5x fluoro. Sight fishing along the shores (even if they aren't looking up) works well. They are still feeding on Damsels but they are liking a little move movement, try skating your Damsel.
We are coming into a cool down this weekend and well into next week! We are very happy about it! Georgetown fishes best on hot, clear days so this week may not be a great option. Lots of rain in the forecast, thunderstorms, and highs in the 70's. The rivers would be a better option until it clears back up. Fishing has been good up there and Phillipsburg is booming, new brewery in town! Stop by our shop, Flint Creek Outdoors, in Philipsburg for the most up to date fishing reports. 406.859.9500. We are open 8am - 5pm every day of the week thru September.