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Fly Fishing Places: Four Horns Lake Montana (Blackfeet Reservation)






When: We travelled to Four Horns the first few days of July. The temperature was in the upper seventies and low eighties and it was fairly windy each afternoon.
Methods: Tactics, Equipment, DIY/Guides
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Four Horns lake is located about thirty minutes south of Browning, Montana on the Blackfeet Reservation. Just east of Glacier National Park, as the mountains give way to the open plains, grasslands dominate the landscape with hardly a tree in sight for miles. The scenery is spectacular. Every time I have travelled the dirt road to this lake I have seen wild horses enjoying the grass or running. The elevation is about 4300 feet and being so close to the mountains it is often very windy.
Travel: Browning is six and a half hours from Spokane Washington. We stayed at Mountain Pine Motel in East Glacier. From Browning travel south on highway 89 and then turn right on Badger Creek Road. The next left is Four Horns Lake Road and there is a sign. This road into Four Horns lake is rough and probably best with a four-wheel drive. It has some deep ruts, so you need good clearance. The road goes all the way around the lake and there is a stream crossing. Go slow and plan for an hour to get into the lake from Browning.
Tactics: We fished from shore casting out over the weed beds that range from ten to thirty feet out from shore. Casting as far as we could most of the time. We tried to find places where the wind was from behind us or to the side, so we could cast better. We used yellow or brown bodied size 8 or 10 Hoppers most of the time but also pulled streamers. The hardest part about the dry fly fishing was watching the fly for long periods of time and always being ready for a strike. It was often difficult to see because of the waves from the wind. We did not catch a lot of fish but the ones we caught were big. In two full days of fishing two of us hooked a dozen fish landing eight.
Equipment: The fish we caught ranged from 3 to 8 pounds and with fish over ten pounds in the lake, we mostly used seven weight rods. Especially with the wind and distance needed to cast our flies. We fished dry lines for all fishing. Always wear eye protection.

How: We fished with superb guide, David Parsons and his assistant Packy. David is owner of Cut Bank Creek Outfitters in Browning, Montana. His phone number is 406-338-5567. David is an authorized Blackfeet guide who knows his stuff. Even though we fished with a guide, it is not necessary, and I think Four Horns lake is a medium difficulty DIY lake. The lake is very big, so deciding where to fish and what to use is a big challenge. We tended to fish where there were weed beds close to shore so look for these areas. If you fish in July and it is windy definitely try hoppers. Boats can really help to get at the fish, but I would suggest a small watercraft and not bringing in a boat on a trailer. If you do use boats be careful of the winds as it can really blow here. If you visit the Blackfeet call David and at least get advice if the lake is fishing well and get ideas on what to use.