Before everyone began associating Montana with fly fishing after Brad Pitt’s 1992 movie A River Runs Through It, that movie was a novella by Norman Maclean. And before that novella paved the road to the popular consciousness that the fly fishing in this part of the U.S. is as bountiful as it is idyllic, the people living here had been growing up with that commonplace reality for generations. All of which is to say this place has the reputation it does for a reason. The rivers in and close to Missoula — the Clark Fork, the Bitterroot, the Big Blackfoot, and Rock Creek — are majestic and teeming with trout, and the country here is as beautiful as you imagine it is.
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