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In two weeks I will have closed up another school year, watched my daughter graduate w/ her MBA, and married off my youngest. It's been one of those years and my wife has given me the green light to go fish for a week. Unfortunately, after a wedding and a cross country graduation, the piggy bank is rather empty.

So....I'm looking for suggestions on low cost trips that could be done solo. At this time, none of my fishing partners are available, so it will likely need to be either pontoon or boatless. I don't want to go any farther east than Montana, and no farther south than Orygun. I obviously have no reservations of any kind, so I am at a disadvantage. I will need to camp to make it work. I've thought about the Missouri, but think a boat is a distinct advantage. I've thought about the N. Umpqua for summers, but haven't a clue on that fishery. What are some ideas of places that might work given these parameters. I would chase steelhead or trout, I just need me a soul cleansing trip. Talk to me.
 

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I'm pretty open after the 4th of July until the end of the month.
 

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Congrats Big Tuna on a monumental year. I would recommend the North Umpqua. I take a week every year in July (19-26th this year, usually the week before) and while there are not a lot of fish around, I have always managed to find a few. Susan Creek Campground is ideally located and is magical, big trees and hot showers. I have fished a good part of the west and have yet to find a place as soulful as the NU. Good luck wherever you decide to visit and congrats again!
 

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You could easily go to montana and kill a week just camping and hopping around from river to river and do it very cheap. Either bozeman or missoula would work as central locations will tons of good trout water within an hour or two in any direction. Yellowstone national park would be another option for a week in that area.

You could also probably get a cheap flight to anchorage and fish the road system. Either north or south to the kenai peninsula. Various salmon, rainbows, dollies ect. Again, lots of camping so you will really just need a flight and a rental car.
 

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Canada

Don't rule out going across the border.
With the CAD$ like it is your budget gets an extra 23 cents on every dollar.
 
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