Georgetown Lake is a large; 3,000
acre mountain lake at an altitude just over 6,000 feet. To get
there one must take the 53-mile
Pintler Scenic Byway. The Byway is alternate to Interstate 90
between Anaconda and Drummond, Montana and is breathtaking.
Scenic Byway is along Highway 1, that takes visitors from Anaconda
past Georgetown Lake,
three ghost towns, a waterfall, rock hound areas, and a sapphire
mine. The lake is surrounded by
the Flint Creek Range to the north and the Pintlers to the south.
At Georgetown Lake Kokanee salmon is the most sought after species,
followed by rainbow trout. Fall however provides some excellent
fishing for large brook trout. Georgetown Lake has four public
boat ramps. In winter, Georgetown Lake is used for ice fishing and
snowmobiling. Access to lodging, restaurants, casinos and a marina.
Camping is also available around the Lake at a number of National
Access is easy to
Georgetown Lake; from Montana Highway 1(Pintler Scenic Byway)
following the lake on one side. There are many dirt roads that follows
the lake on the other sides.
Fishing Flint Creek:
The Creek begins at Georgetown Lake, and flows through the middle of
the beautiful Phillipsburg Valley until it meets with the Clark Fork
flows primarily through private land, and at times will
run fairly close to the Pintler Scenic Byway. Roads from
the highway that cross the creek are pretty much the
only access available. The creek does provide a
excellent trout habitat, as there are many undercuts and
some nice runs. The banks of the creek will vary, but
most of the creek's banks consist of grass anywhere from
6 inches to 2 or 3 feet depending on the season.
Fly-fishing enthusiast will enjoy the fine touch require
to fish the narrow waters. The fish tend to be on the
short side of 12 inches on average and spook easily.
Larger browns and rainbows can be found closer to the
Floating Flint Creek is possible during runoff, but
can be very labor intensive due to oxbowing
characteristics of the creek, and the several fences that
cross the creek.
The best time to fish Flint Creek is late spring,
early summer and autumn. Depending on summer temps,
fishing can be very slow in late July and August.
Fishing pressure is normally quite light through out the
year. The hatches consistently match well with Rock
Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brown,
Gear: For most fishing on the Flint Creek any short
fly rod, two or three -weight is a good choice.