Guided Trips

Southwest Montana is considered by many to be the Mecca of fly-fishing in the United States. Where else can you float down world-renowned Western rivers like the Yellowstone, Madison and Missouri, walk and wade Paradise Valley’s famous spring creeks, horseback to secluded wilderness waters or fish the fabled Yellowstone National Park? The options are boundless for first-timers or avid enthusiasts. Angler’s West is here to help you take advantage of it all.

Outfitter, Matson Rogers, has assembled a guide staff that live for everything fly fishing. Most importantly, he has chosen guides whose passion is to share their expertise for fly fishing the waters of the Greater Yellowstone region with our guests.  Regardless of whether you have fly fished your whole life, or you are just want to give it a try for the first time, our outgoing, professional, and courteous guides aim to connect our guests with quality fishing and out-of-doors experiences. 

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The First Timer

For first time anglers, fly-fishing may seem to be overwhelming. Tying leaders to knots to hooks to flies, and then actually casting the rod, is a lot to learn. Our 2 to 2 ½ hour lesson located on a private pond, with our professional, patient and encouraging instructors will make what once seemed impossible - possible. We love to see the wide smiles on the face of beginner anglers who discover that fly-fishing doesn’t equal frustration. Instead, it’s the fun you have in learning that makes the experience so much richer.

  • $250 up to 2 participants, $50 for an additional person.
  • Season May-Sept.
  • Includes: Rental equipment, flies, transportation with the instructor from fly shop to teaching location and back, 2 to 2.5 hrs instruction.
  • Excludes: guide gratuity, personal items.
Booking Policies

Float Trips

Whether you choose a full day or half-day trip, there is nothing more relaxing than gliding down any one of southwest Montana’s many beautiful, prime trout-rich rivers. With state of the art hard-bottom boats and rafts, and top-of-the-line fishing gear at your disposal, our experienced, professional and likeable guides will take you to prime holding water in a comfortable, fun and relaxed atmosphere. Know that we’re always happy to offer some advice to help you put that fly right where it needs to be!

  • Full Day $500, 1 or 2 anglers, typically 7-8 hours on the water
  • Half Day $400, 1 or 2 anglers, typically 4-4.5 hours on the water, AM or PM depending upon conditions
  • Season: March-early Nov
  • Includes: transportation to and from the river with the guide from the fly shop, all flies for the guide trip, patient and professional guide instruction, an excellent streamside lunch, all nonalcoholic beverages, and as much fun as you can have while immersing yourself in the wilds of Montana. Half-day trips include everything above but streamside lunch
  • Excludes: Personal fishing gear, leaders or other terminal tackle items aside from flies (guides provide), a valid MT or YNP fishing license, private water access fees, YNP entrance fee (if applicable) or Guide Gratuities.
Booking Policies
"For several summers I've looked to Angler's West to provide a memorable day on the Yellowstone River. And I've never been disappointed. They are personable, knowledgeable, and professional. Their love of the region, and of its trout, is contagious. My trust in them has always been rewarded." Wes Granberg-Michaelson Grand Rapids, Michigan

Walk ‘n’ Wade Trips

For those wanting to walk along the banks of rivers and streams, there are considerable options open to them. In some cases, walk ‘n’ wade access is the only means to get to the trout. Our knowledgeable guides will take you to the best runs and pools where fish are eager to bend your rod. The most easily accessed waters are the Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers, and the spring creeks of the Paradise Valley. Just a bit of a drive from our shop, private access ranch fisheries, as well as the rivers of Yellowstone National Park, await you. Regardless of your skill level, walk ‘n’ wade trips can provide you a true trout stalking experience.

  • Full Day $500, 1 or 2 anglers, typically 7-8 hours on the water
  • Half Day $400, 1 or 2 anglers, typically 4-4.5 hours on the water, AM or PM depending upon conditions A 3rd person can be added for $125 on full days, $100 on half day
  • Season: March-early Nov
  • Includes: transportation to and from the river with the guide from the fly shop, all flies for the guide trip, patient and professional guide instruction, an excellent streamside lunch, all nonalcoholic beverages, and as much fun as you can have while immersing yourself in the wilds of Montana. Half-day trips include everything above but streamside lunch
  • Excludes: Personal fishing gear, leaders or other terminal tackle items aside from flies (guides provide), a valid MT or YNP fishing license, private water access fees, YNP entrance fee (if applicable) or Guide Gratuities.
Booking Policies
Diane and I just finished a great day on the water with our guide Dan. He was everything that you said he would be. Your shop is one of the best that I have had an opportunity to visit. You and your staff are great and have made us feel at home. I would like to tell you this, if all guides were made from the same human fabric that Dan is made from the world would be a better place. We will be back next year to fish with Dan and we are looking forward to visiting your shop. Thank you so much from the Huffman's (Bill and Diane)

Private Water

Over the years, we’ve made a lot of good friends. Lucky for you, some of them happen be owners of substantial ranch properties that are home to several of Montana’s more prized and secretive streams. Between these "hush-hush” locations, Paradise Valley’s famed spring creeks—including Depuy’s, Armstrong’s (O’Hair), & Nelson’s, N/A (?)—there is considerable access to incredible fishing on private lakes, such as the Story, Merrell, Burn’s and Sitz. Though it might be their land, you’ll own its trout-filled water for a little while.

  • Full Day $500, 1 or 2 anglers, typically 7-8 hours on the water
  • Half Day $400, 1 or 2 anglers, typically 4-4.5 hours on the water, AM or PM depending upon conditions A 3rd person can be added for $125 on full days, $100 on half day
  • Season: March-early Nov
  • Includes: transportation to and from the river with the guide from the fly shop, all flies for the guide trip, patient and professional guide instruction, an excellent streamside lunch, all nonalcoholic beverages, and as much fun as you can have while immersing yourself in the wilds of Montana. Half-day trips include everything above but streamside lunch
  • Excludes: Personal fishing gear, leaders or other terminal tackle items aside from flies (guides provide), a valid MT or YNP fishing license, private water access fees, YNP entrance fee (if applicable) or Guide Gratuities.
  • Rod Fees: Vary depending on each properties access rules and policies. Typically $75-150/angler/day during the summer season.

There are some locations that have sliding scale based on time of year (Paradise Valley Spring Creeks).

Some locations are bound by the General Fishing Season by state of Montana which is 3rd Sat in May through Nov 30 each year.

Advance Reservations are a must

Booking Policies
Everything about our fly fishing experience was positive. Our guide, Pete Holman, was fabulous and he worked hard to get us into the nooks and crannies of the Yellowstone where the trout were. Plus, he has a great "instructor" approach and we learned alot from him. Brian and I had a great day. The entire staff at Anglers West were courteous and helpful. We'll be back!

Destination Trips

Every year during the "off season” months of winter, Angler’s West staff and guides look to get out of the Montana cold and travel to exotic locations in search of adventure. Most often it’s with fly rods in hand.

Whether it’s exploring the saltwater flats of the Caribbean in search of tarpon, bonefish and permit, or searching for new freshwater fishing experiences in South America, these are fun-filled experiences. We invite you to join us on one of these special excursions.

I commend all of you on your professionalism and outstanding ability to provide the best guide service and fishing experience we have ever had! Angler's West has one of the best guide staffs we have ever had the pleasure of fishing with. We look forward to many more memorable times on the river. The Chaneys

Multi-day River Trip

A classic float down a fabled Montana river doesn’t have to end when it gets too dark to see your fly. Angler’s West offers a five-day float trip that gives you the opportunity to fish 60 miles of the beautiful Smith River. From lush meadows to sheer canyon walls, shallow flats to deep pools, burly browns to smashing rainbows, the Smith’s diversity is as dramatic as it gets in Montana. Each night, recount the day’s glory by the campfire, enjoy gourmet streamside meals and sleep soundly under Montana’s starry night in total comfort. Then, wake up, have some breakfast and do it again! It doesn’t get much better. Angler’s West books Smith river trips through Joe Sowerby’s Montana Fly Fishing Connection. Joe is a licensed and permitted outfitter (Lic # 5157) on the Smith River.

  • Five day / Five night trip: $3900 per person
  • (includes first night's lodging in White Sulpher Springs)
  • Season: March-early Nov
  • Single Angler Surcharge - $125 / day
  • Email for trip date availability
Angler's West was a delight to work with. Your patience & expertise was much appreciated. Your guide’s knowledge base is outstanding. I have nothing but praise for you all and the quality experience I received. A wonderful day. Can't wait to get back to Montana to do it again!
G Heiser, Illinois