Final Stop: Fuse Lake, Montana
Fuse is just a short 21⁄2-mile hike off one of Montana's most scenic seasonal roads, Skalkaho Pass, and offers anglers a chance at something unique--wild, lake-dwelling grayling. The trailhead is just beyond the pass's eastern downslope, on the north side of the road about 1 mile east of Crystal Creek campground. Use a 3- or 4-weight rod, floating line, and long 5X leader. The fish usually aren't tough to fool with reliable patterns, such as Hare's Ear and Prince Nymphs, Elk Hair Caddis, and Parachute Adams in sizes 14 to 18.
Tube Tip: Slow Down**_
Fish here typically strike nymphs and small streamers retrieved with long, slow strips, instead of the short and jerky strips you'd typically make in moving water.