Wide rivers, big mountains, open plains — the Bozeman area offers everything a fly fishing fanatic could want.
Bozeman is quintessential fly-fishing country. Just minutes away is the Gallatin River canyon where glinting fly lines were etched into Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It. The Madison, Yellowstone and Missouri rivers are just a few of the other nearby streams fed by the region's many high mountain ranges.
Fishing is available year-round for rainbows, browns, cutthroats and more. The spring run-off (typically lasting a couple weeks starting mid- or late-May) makes some of the main rivers less fishable, but because of the number and variety of streams (including tailwaters), there's almost always something fishing well. Come for the "Mothers Day" caddis hatch on the Madison River, or in late summer when trout hammer hopper patterns in bank-side riffles. Some of the most memorable days of the season occur during the early summer salmon fly hatch, when 20-inch-plus trout gorge themselves on the thumb-sized bugs. Smaller, backcountry creeks and alpine lakes also provide excellent dry-fly fishing throughout the summer. The frost in autumn brings a chance to take large spawning browns with streamer patterns.
Most of the region's streams are wadeable, but drift floats open up access to more remote stretches of water and are often the best way to fish the bigger rivers like the Yellowstone. Most guides accommodate both wade and drift fishing. Several lakes and reservoirs offer opportunities to take trout, bass and other species on fly or spin tackle.
Yellowstone National Park is less than 80 miles from Bozeman, and the fishing here is set against an immense landscape. From almost any stream of lake, the mountains are in view under Montana's Big Sky.
- 39° 24° Dec-Feb
- 56° 49° Mar-May
- 81° 64° Jun-Aug
- 63° 45° Sep-Nov
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Our Montana fly fishing guides offer unparalleled trips on North America's highest density of blue ribbon wild trout waters. We offer a variety of angling experiences that include day trips, lodging packages and wilderness camping adventures. Our dedicated crew has over 100 years of combined experience on over a dozen blue ribbon rivers and world class spring creeks. We specialize in unique trips that include float fishing, whitewater canyon adventures, multi-day overnight floats, backcountry wilderness horse packs, and wade fishing on private water. Our customized packages include accommodations with the regions finest fishing lodges, hotels, cabins and rental homes. We are happy to design the perfect fishing vacation that maximizes your valuable time away from home!