(DILLON)- It's a bit of a drive from everywhere, but if you're willing to spend some gas hitting Southwest Montana's "spring creeks" can be some of the most fun fishing you can have in the Treasure State. That's not a knock against "big water" like the Blackfoot and the Yellowstone, just a nod to a completely different fishing experience.
There's nothing like grabbing the fly rods, waders and lunch (and don't forget the deet later in the season) and striking around for the nooks and cranies of a great creek.
Historically it was pretty easy to just jump a fence and head out for your favorite hole. But nowdays it's best to make a rancher friend and get some local intel before you start. Local fly shops are a great place to get not only the latest information on access, but conditions, which can change rapidly easpecially through early summer.
Brian McGeehan of Montana Angler Fly Fishing in Bozeman has a great write-up here about the McCoy Spring Creeks outside Dillon.