The Fishing: Wise River

The Complete Fly Fisher: Montana Fly Fishing Lodge
The Complete Fly Fisher: Montana Fly Fishing Lodge

The Wise River, whose name is a derivative of Lewis and Clark's original name for the Big Hole, the Wisdom river, is more of a large creek than a river. 

Like the Big Hole it is a freestone river. It tumbles out of the pioneer mountains dropping almost 500 feet in some 25 miles. Big boulders and willowed banks outline it's path and make for fabulous pocket water angling. Although there are times that an angler can float the “wise” it is best wade fished. This is pocket fishing at its best with muscled up eager trout looking for an easy meal.