MONTANA FLY FISHING RIVERS
Fish Yellowstone National Park and the World-Renowned Spring Creeks, Rivers and Lakes of Southwest Montana
A blue-ribbon classic on the longest undammed river in the U.S.
Come to the "Yankee Stadium" of fly fishing with something for everyone on the only 700-mile stretch of undammed river in the lower U.S.
You'll float a classic riffle run broken up by pools, long glides, and productive banks where your casting efforts will be well-rewarded.
Cast in braided channels with your favorite style and gear, whether that's nymphs and streamers, dry-fly fishing, or something else — you'll probably do just fine.
Guides may park to let you wade and sight-fish a promising riffle or pool.
Yellowstone National Park
Fly fish the world's first national park with big views and wildlife
An iconic fishing destination, fishing Yellowstone is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You'll be in stunning locations where you may see everything from wolves and grizzlies to bison and pronghorn.
Most Yellowstone fishing trips head to Yellowstone River within the park, Slough Creek, Lamar River, and Soda Butte Creek with some trips heading to lesser-known hotspots most fishers prefer to keep under the radar.
Choose from easy-access fishing near roads or up the adventure with a quick hike. The latter option will give you an isolated, stunningly beautiful fishing trip few will ever experience, even if the fish aren't always trophies.
Paradise Valley Spring Creeks
Intimate private-water wade and sight fishing on local ranches
Want to put your fly fishing skills to the test? Let's take you to the private, hard-to-book waters of DePuy Spring Creek, Nelson's Spring Creek, or Armstrong Spring Creek on the O'Hair Ranch.
These demanding spring creeks push you to the limit to match the current hatches, stalk fish, and get the perfect angle, drift, and line management.
The reward? Nice-sized trout in idyllic, uncrowded settings.
Even skilled anglers can walk away wiser and learn new techniques. Access fees apply.
Technically friendly lakes to learn to fly fish or hone your skills
These private lakes often offer an easier fishing experience than, say, the spring creeks. That makes it a great place for new anglers or young fishers to try their hand.
And since these lakes only allow four to six anglers a day, you'll hardly see a soul as the water laps at your drift boat.
The trout-rich waters will give you a chance to test your skill at a variety of fishing styles. This can be a good way to mix it up or slow it down during your fishing vacation.
Most likely, though, you'll be sight-fishing with dry droppers from the boat to fish that may intimidate you with their size on these technically friendly lakes. Access fees apply.
Fast-paced fly fishing trip with a side of whitewater rafting
Accelerate your fishing vacation with fast-paced pocket water fishing on a smaller river ringed by the Absaroka Beartooth mountains.
With periodic class I-III whitewater plus fun fishing pools, riffles, and eddy lines, you'll find yourself casting while your guide dodges the namesake boulders of the Boulder River.
Excellent opportunities for dry fly or dry-dropper fishing is the general rule for fishing on the Boulder.
Still water? More like whitewater on this fast-paced fishing float
Rapids and chutes punctuated by teeming pools make this raft-only river a fishing adventure paradise with a misleading name.
If you're not too busy sighting the perfect line in the pockets behind the passing boulders, you'll enjoy the fantastic views of the Absaroka-Beartooth Plateau.
The tight valley and steep gradients keep things interesting, and you'll struggle to cast into all the hot spots you're aiming to hit.
You may also break up the pace with a park and wade for some fun sight-fishing along riffly bends in the river or at fish-filled pools.
The world-famous '50-mile riffle' originating in Yellowstone Park
This long, relatively straight river is a fun, choppy float that never seems to stop moving through a wide, mountain-ringed valley where the breeze keeps you cool even on hot summer days.
And where there's chop, boulders hide prime fishing holes.
This tailwater river and blue-ribbon fishery is filled with clear, cold water and a healthy trout population.
Expect a drift-boat paradise where the fishing is steady all year. Even during peak runoff, to some extent.
5,000 - 6,000 fish per mile make this our 'home away from home'
Want your Montana trophy fish? This is probably where you'll land it.
The "MO" is a slow moving, bug and nutrient-rich river that acts like a giant spring creek. Boasting on of if not the biggest trout per mile populations in the state, there are a ton of 16-20 inch trout.
But they will test your mettle as they are not pushovers and expect to find yourself pushing your fly fishing abilities as you work to match the hatch, make accurate casts and have your act together.