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Back to the Bighorn River

Finding fishing solitude at Mallard's Landing & Two Leggins Access Sites.

Back to the Bighorn River

The Bighorn is one of Montana’s busiest trout streams, but there are seasons and places where you can have it all to yourself. (Cathy & Barry Beck photo)

It’s a long drive in a Vanagon from our home in northeastern Pennsylvania to the four Aces Saloon in Hardin, Montana. But back in the ’80s, that’s  how Cathy and I made our annual trip. Our plan in that era was always to start in Paradise Valley near Livingston, fish a few spring creeks, and then head into Yellowstone Park for five or six days. After a short stay in West Yellowstone fishing the lower Madison, we’d work our way up the Gallatin and finish with a little spring creek near Belgrade. It was a mix of spring creeks and freestone rivers that had worked for us for a good number of years.

That all changed during lunch at the Four Aces, when we...

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