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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 mustBooking Policies
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.
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.