West Boulder River

Details

Location:
Big Timber, MT
United States United States
Coordinates:
45.6607, -110.1017
Distance:
29 Miles
Description:

West Boulder River

and some very nice brown trout. The fast pocket water of the upper West Boulder holds mostly smaller rainbows, but you can usually catch a lot of them. A good hiking/horseback trail runs from the campground at the upper end, all the way up the West Boulder, and over into the Yellowstone drainage. For energetic hikers, the fishing in the big pools below the falls is almost always terrific. The rainbows average 8-10 inches up here, and a big one will go a foot long. What they lack in size, they make up for in numbers! Attractor drys like a Royal Wulff or Elk Hair Caddis are all you'll need to catch a ton of fish.

The West Boulder Meadow water offers opportunities to catch some very nice browns as well as rainbows.

The lower reaches of the West Boulder are populated mostly by browns, with some rainbows and a few cutthroats. This is one of the prettiest streams in Montana, and worth fishing just to see the country.

Game Fish Opportunities:

Brown Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

Cover/Structure:

Big pools below the falls, pocket water, deep runs, log jams, and small riffles.

Tips/Tactics:

The fast pocket water of the upper West Boulder holds mostly smaller rainbows, but you can usually catch a lot of them.

For energetic hikers, the fishing in the big pools below the falls is almost always terrific. The rainbows average 8-10 inches up here, and a big one will go a foot long. What they lack in size, they make up for in numbers! Attractor drys like a Royal Wulff or Elk Hair Caddis are all you'll need to catch a ton of fish.

West Boulder Meadows: Here you will find rainbows, cutthroats, and browns cruising in the slower flows, and holding in deep clear runs.

Look for fish in a deep slot at the beginning of the meadow. From there keep fishing up river until you reach the timber. This is where you will find deep runs, log jams, and small riffles. Expect to see some PMD's in the summer, but small foam hoppers and beetles should be your go to flies.

Applies to entire water body:

Open entire year.

Combined Trout: 2 daily and in possession, only 1 over 13 inches.

Spot Access:
Parking (car/truck), Shore fishing access, Camping, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating
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Map for 45.6607, -110.1017
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Fish

Browntrout-240-fw

Trout, Brown (Salmo trutta)

Freshwater
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Trout, Cutthroat (Oncorhynchus clarki)

Freshwater
522
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Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

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Whitefish, Mountain (Prosopium williamsoni)

Freshwater
131

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