Written by: Todd Moen
Dry-fly fishing in Montana’s magnificent Big Sky country is perhaps the closest thing to heaven for most anglers. But during the summer of 2015, I went there and encountered sweltering temps, low water levels, and frequent river closures. Add to this obstacle the region’s tremendous number of summer wildfires, and it could have ended any chance of seeing a fish at all.
Fortunately, my longtime Gallatin Gateway friend and fly-fishing guide extraordinaire, Brian Kimmel, has a heart for Montana carp. Kimmel and Adipose Boatworks founder and co-owner, Tracy Allen, showed how great the carp action could be on the Missouri River near Helena, Montana. Kimmel’s extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for these giant, heat loving, bottom dwelling, big-bellied fish really comes through here.
Todd Moen is a co-founder of the online fly-fishing photography publication Catch Magazine, and he shoots the films for the magazine’s T-Motion Theater.