Georgetown Lake lies in the shadows of the towering Pintler Mountains; part of the Anaconda Range. Here winter comes early and is decidedly stubborn about leaving.
Easy to get to on Montana Route 1, the lake is enjoyed by families, anglers, and boating enthusiasts. This would not be a place to come if you are looking for a solitude wildernes experience. Spring and fall see less traffic on the lake, but in mid-summer, there are many folks enjoying this lovely body of water.
Georgetown Lake Hatches
Georgetown is famous for its damsel fly hatch. Hatching in early July, delicate bright blue and black barred damsel flies are the target of the lake’s big rainbows. Stuart Mill Bay, located in the southeast corner of the lake, is a shallow cove rimmed with low bushes and wetlands; perfect damselfly habitat. A feeder stream brings fresh, Stuart Mill Creek, cool water water in nearby.
Use a damselfly pattern or a hopper to imitate the adult damsel. Add some action to the fly to draw attention and then hang on!
These large caddis or sedge, hatch about 20 feet offshore in late June and early July on Georgetown Lake. Opening their new wings and and scrambling for shore, these big bugs (size 10) cause quite the ruckus as they struggle in the surface film. As you can imagine, the big rainbows watch this scene unfold and then, sip them off the surface.
Fishing a Goddard Caddis is a great way to imitate the traveling sedge. Smack it on the surface and give it a little action, and wham – fish on.
In summer you’ll see caddis, midges, hoppers and ants, and callibaetis. Buggers, leeches, and egg patterns work as do small nymphs such as a flashback pheasant tail stripped very slowly.
If You Go
There are many campgrounds, picnic areas, and boat launches on the lake. The public areas offer good access to the lake. The wind can bring whitecaps to the lake quickly and summer afternoon thunderstorms can end fun on the water quickly. Keep an eye to the sky and never be too far from shore. The better dry fly fishing is not in the middle of the lake but rather 30′ from shore or less.
There is cell reception on much of the lake. If you are not camping, Philipsburg and Anaconda offer lodging and RV hook-ups.