Dearborn River
Bowmans Corners, MT

Saturday, April 24, 1993

I tried to access the river at Highway 287, but it was fenced with barbed wire right up to the road. However, a floater did leave his car here, so maybe something can be worked out with the owners. The river here was full of slick rocks and boulders. Lots of places for trout to rest and eat.

Further upriver at Highway 200, I got onto the river. There was fence nearby, but it looks as though I wasn't the first to fish here. The river was in the same condition as down below. The bottom is covered with 95% medium rocks, and underlying that is solid rock which is angled up about 30 degrees. Directly upstream from the bridge a small stream joins the Dearborn. It looks fishable, but didn't have time today. Also upstream, the Dearborn looks like good trout water. I fished downstream for about a quarter mile where there are nice runs of riffles with some turns in the river.

While I was fishing, from 3 to 7, the weather was a mostly sunny 55 degree. The water, though, runs much colder. I saw stonefly nymphs in the stream bed and on the rocky bank. The one in the water was a pale brown, nearly yellow. The one on shore was a grayish brown. Didn't catch anything, but did have a bite.


Saturday, May 22, 1993

I wanted to go as far up the Dearborn as possible to avoid some of the spring runoff. At this time of the year, it just doesn't do much good.

I drove to the Forest Service access at the end of Dearborn River Road. From there, it's a 1.8 mile hike along private property until entering the National Forest. Once entering, it's still another mile to get to any good access areas. That's because most of the river here rushes through a narrow canyon. Now, the water was exceptionally high and murky. Maybe later in the summer it would be clear.

The views of the high canyon walls and distant mountains in the Scapegoat Wilderness along this hike are incredible, as are some of the private cabins.

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