Willow & Montana Creek Conditions?

trouting_thomas

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A friend and I are planning on floating either Willow from Shirley Town to Deception Ck or Montana Creek from Yoder to Sunshine in one man rafts. Has anyone floated either section recently? I would like to avoid a bunch of portaging.

Thanks for your help.

tt
 

Bushwhack Jack

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A friend and I are planning on floating either Willow from Shirley Town to Deception Ck or Montana Creek from Yoder to Sunshine in one man rafts. Has anyone floated either section recently? I would like to avoid a bunch of portaging.

Thanks for your help.

tt

I haven't floated either of them recently, but I have floated both of the sections you are referring to and all I can say is you will more than likely have some portaging, but probably not too bad. Especially in a one-man cat. Be careful on Willow. There is a lot of crap (nails, plywood, broken glass etc. from the flood a couple years ago) in the upper river to watch out for.
 

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Don't bother. Hardly any fish up that high anymore. Seems like all of the salmon dropped early and the trout followed suit.
 

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Lots of bows on beads from highway down last weekend. Silvers were tough though.
 

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I concur with CToBias, salmon ran early up the river, dropped, and are in the dying mode. Trout would likely be down at the mouth for flesh.
 

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Thanks for the spot on advice. We floated before seeing the comments on the fish having already dropped low in the stream. Still had a good time and caught a few on the Willow float below Deneki.
 

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Any updates? I am heading up that way and was hoping the river was in decent shape. Going to bring both beads and flesh.
 

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It blew up today. Nearly tripled in volume. Can't say what it looks like but be prepared for higher water and dirty conditions for a few days. More rain in the forecast.
 

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Did not fish Willow or Montana; fished a little north of that and watched the river we were on rise as we were fishing it yesterday.
Dan
 

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Water levels are falling fast. Fished/floated Little Willow today and wife and I caught 26 rainbows and 1 grayling- nothing big but a beautiful day!
 
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