Somewhere over the rainbow is the beautiful state of Montana and in the western part of that beautiful state is the fabulous Rock Creek. Members of the Nahanni Camping and Fishing Club spent a week there in July and a good time was had by all.
Early in the trip there were some minor bumps in the dirt road. Despite the fact that it never rains in Montana in the summer the first couple of days were cool and rainy, very unusual. The planned campsite at Cougar Creek was closed by the Forest Service for re-vegetation. The good news is that the campsite we found may be the second or third best campsite in the world. There were two outstanding fishing areas very close to the site.
One was the stretch right behind the site where a bend in the river flows into a deep pool (sometimes referred to as George’s Pool). About 200 yards upstream was the stretch close to the road and full of active fish – cutthroats, rainbows and browns. When we weren’t busy tormenting the trout we were on the lookout for eagles, both bald and Golden, who would regularly fly around wondering why they could catch fish so easily and we could not!
One of the highlights of the trip was the day trip to Storm Lake. After taking the very rough road up to about 11,000 feet we found the most awesome lake and enjoyed the cool crisp air, spectacular scenery and peaceful solitude. The water was crystal clear and the fish were extremely selective.
Another day trip was spent on the Blackfoot River, which was the main river in Norman McCleans famous book “A River Runs Through It”. Another really beautiful area just a few miles north of Rock Creek.