Let me 'splain a few things.? MT owns the stream banks to some level.? Access to the streams is along the banks and you can walk them as long as you are below the high water marks even though the property immediately adjacent is privately owned.? There are state owned fishing access sites and also where ever a state, county etc., road crosses the river you can access on the road right of way.? Some land owners will try to stop you but it is in the regulation, or it was the last time I looked.
Some have even fenced off the banks.? Usually I cut the wire and go through.? I have met a few sheriff deputies that way but they have always backed me up.? And Yes, I do carry when fishing!!? There are bears in MT.? VBG