When A River Runs Through It hit big screens in 1992, the iconic image of Brad Pitt shadow-casting on a rock was filmed in Gallatin Canyon, a prime mid-summer fishing destination on the Gallatin, because the water stays cooler there than in other parts of the river. “It’s some of the most beautiful country out there,” says Patrick Sumrell of the Bozeman Angler. “You’re surrounded by high canyon walls and a river filled with 10–14 inch wild trout. It’s really special.” The Gallatin is open to wade fishing only, and aside from the scenery, you’ll be rewarded with eager trout and strong hatches of yellow sallies in the morning and caddis in the evening. The fish aren’t huge, but the landscape is. And you might even get to fish from what’s now called Brad Pitt Rock.
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