Let me add one photo of my friend, Steve, who picked up this nice fat muskie on 8 lb test while fishing for walleye at Merritt. It was over 50 inches long! Can u imagine one of those on a fly rod, lol?
The 2nd photo is just one of the pike I have caught at the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge fly fishing[photo courtesy Bill Hays]
Obviously, the point is the area offers some world class diversity to fish for. If you haven’t tried it, you may want to consider looking in to it. In years when the river flows are 400-835 cfs, the fishing on a fly rod at Merritt can be fruitful , especially for Pike, Musky, Channel catfish, walleye and other species.