RAINBOW GIANTS ON THE MISSOURI RIVER

RAINBOW GIANTS ON THE MISSOURI RIVER

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Rainbow trout are a species of trout that is abundant in the western part of the united States and Alaska. It is a larger species than the Brown Trout.The rainbow trout is native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in North America. The steelhead,  a form of the coastal rainbow trout  usually returns to fresh water to spawn after living two to three years in the ocean. Adult freshwater stream rainbow trout average between 1 and 5 lb , while some lake and coastal trout of this species grow to 20 pounds. Introduced into the  Wyoming and Montana River  these fish have created world class sport fishing.

The 2,300 mile river valley is estimated to hold a rainbow and brown trout population of approximately 15,000,000. What a fisherman’s wonderland.

The Missouri River  starts its journey  2,300 miles  long and drains one-sixth of the United States, and is the longest river valley in the U.S.A. Eventually, the river ends up converging with the Mississippi River. Rainbows, introduced into the area, have found and populated the river and provides 2,300 miles of trout fishing. Most fishing here is dry fly. The waters are cool and from about the end of August until mid october remain at about 59 degrees F. an ideal temperature for rainbow trout. Although many areas along the 2,300 mile journey offer trout fishing, the area around clarke Montana, seems particularly suited for larger fish spawning. The river in the valley has a population of 3000 browns and about 1500 rainbows per mile or about 15,000,000 fish in the valley.

Clark is located in Lewis and Clarke Counties, and is located along interstate 15, near Helena. It sports a fly fishing store, lodging, and other small stores.Craig has many ranches and cabins as well as fishing cabins that are popular during the season. The people of this metropolis, however, are ritualistic in their New Year Start off, Every New Year’s Day  the residents line up to  take the Polar Bear Plunge into the 25 degree F  waters. The event is billed as a  hangover panacea, but in Montana it makes the news.in a big way.