Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures - Fly Fishing Guide, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Hamilton, Montana

Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures - Fly Fishing Guide, MT


Family owned, and operated since 1969 Montana Hunting & Fishing Adventures makes each trip unique, and personalized while providing professional services at affordable prices. Offering day trips and vacation packages with lodging included. Float fishing or walk & wade. Guiding on the Bitterroot River Famous for its Skwala hatch, and dry fly action, The Black foot River with its outrageous scenery, and spectacular fishery, The Clarkfork River with its pods of hard fighting fish, The Missouri River with thousands of fish per mile, and the Madison River with miles of riffles. Holding USFS permit to walk & wade on six small streams in the Bitterroot National Forest with fantastic opportunities for Tenkara.

Date Range

March through October.

What is Provided to Customer

  • Lunches on full day trips
  • Snacks, water and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transportation to and from local lodging
  • Guide and shuttle
  • Instruction as desired
  • Equipment if needed.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Montana/Bitterroot River, Blackfoot River, Clark Fork River, Madison River, Missouri River, Holding USFS permit to fish on six small streams in the Bitterroot National Forest with Tenkara fishing opportunities.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring fishing March through May Skwala season. The weather this time of year is unpredictable layered clothing with hat, gloves and waders recommended it can be high 60s one minute, and snowing the next. Summer fishing June – August: The average temps range from high 40s in the mornings to upper 80s in the afternoon. Water temps can be cool in June with the fresh snow melt by mid-July the water temp has warmed enough for wet wading if you desire. Fall fishing weather is quite nice with cooler days. Light rain gear recommended in all seasons.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

We meet at predetermined time, and place making plans to accommodate guest’s expectations for the day. Take care of paperwork and head out for the days adventure. At the river have a brief safety, and casting class then set off to have a relaxing fun filled day on the water.


Species You Fish for by Season

At Montana Hunting & Fishing Adventures we fish for a large variety of trout. Although you must work hard and get lucky, it is not uncommon to accomplish a "Grand Slam" of rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat on a single trip. If you are lucky enough to catch four species, you will get our coveted "Grand Slam". Each season brings different specialties, but most of the species can be targeted all year long. The prized pure-strain West Slope cutthroat is a favorite of many of our guests.


What Should Customers Bring?

  • Montana Fishing license
  • 5 or 6 weight Rods
  • Fly selection, Waders if not wet wading
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Camera


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How cool is it expected to be?
A. 50’s in the am high 80’s in the afternoon.

Q. How should we dress?
A. Dress in layers that can be taken off as the day warms up.

Q. What does a fishing license cost?
A. $25 for 2 days.

Q. What size tapered leaders?
A. 9 foot 3x and 4x


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 18 reviews


18 of 18 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Doesn't get any better - 3/30/2015

    My son and I floated the Bitterroot with Jim the end of March. I've done a fair number of float trips over the years and Jim is as good as it gets. It really couldn't have been any better. Knowledgeable, helpful and patient.Overall a fun guy to fish with. Looking forward to doing another trip with him.

  • 5/5

    An amazing day! - 10/20/2014
    By: from Carlisle, PA

    My girlfriend and I had a plan for a week's vacation in Yellowstone, until I hit the jackpot and won a day's float float with Jim thru a Trout Unlimited Raffle. Jim generously donated a full day float on the Bitterroot to a regional TU chapter and I hit what I consider to be the prize of a lifetime, I never win these things. So, our plans changed. Our week in Yellowstone was changed to a half week in the Bitterroot Valley and the other half in Yellowstone. We were there in mid-September and had an icredible day floating a portion of the West Branch, then on down to Darby with Jim. He's very knowledgeable about the river, put us where we needed to be and had us into fish from the time he picked us up until the take out as the sun was setting. He stayed in tune with the river, switching up our rigs throughout the day and even introduced us to the Tenkara style, which Jill took a liking too! Anyways, can't say enough good things about our float, it was above and beyond our expectations; from the fishing, to the local lore and the tasty streamside lunch, Jim is one heck of a guide and I'd recommend him to anyone. Good Times!

  • 5/5

    Pure Joy! - 10/16/2014
    By: from Hamilton, MT

    Caught my first fish!! Now I'm hooked! I wasn't even sure I could hold a fish let alone catch one. I had the most fun I've had in years! Who knew fishing was so exciting? Jim also introduced me to Tenkara. I have a compromised right arm so switching to the lighter weight rod allowed me to keep fishing even when my arm was too tired to use my fly rod. Anyone who loves to fish & wants to introduce that love to a hesitant partner Jim will make sure you both have the time of your life!

  • 5/5

    Great Guide Great Fishing - 9/29/2014

    We had the pleasure to fish with Jim Mitchell in July 2014. We had two great fun and fish-filled days on the West Fork of the Bitterroot and the main Bitterroot Rivers. Flow was good and fishing was excellent. We caught Cutthroats, Rainbows, and Brown trout. Jim is an excellent guide. He knows how to read the water and put you where you need to be in order to have success catching fish. He provided all the flies as well as a very nice stream side lunch. We recommend Jim to all our friends who are looking for a great fishing trip in Western Montana.

  • 5/5

    Greatest Vacation of Our Lives - 9/12/2014
    By: from Houston, TX

    Contacted Jim Mitchell and talked to him about a fishing trip. I made it clear that my wife and I were new to the sport of fly fishing. He assured me that it would be fine and made us feel comfortable so we booked the trip. Jim did a fantastic job of taking care of our hotel accommodations for the entire trip. Picked us up the first morning and made us feel at ease right away. He started with some simple instructions and terminology we would need to know. Thanks to Jim we are now fly fishermen for life. Jim has a great personality and is very patient. Throughout the three days he continued to teach and educate us in a very gentle way. The lunches were really nice and done with a personal touch. Jim answered all my wife's questions, which was a lot. He has great knowledge of the rivers and the surrounding towns. Jim's help did not end on the river, he helped us with the local eateries and sites. We are looking forward to our next trip with Jim and his company. I would highly recommend Jim and Montana Hunting and Fishing Outfitters to everyone. Jim will make it the experience of a lifetime.

  • 5/5

    Very Fine fishing experience - 8/14/2014
    By: from Cross Lanes,WV

    As usual Jim Mitchell's guiding provided high energy and high results fishing on Montana's Bitterroot river and we look forward to 2nd trip in late Sept.

  • 5/5

    great experience - 8/12/2014
    By: from missoula mt

    Went fishing down the blackfoot with Jim and my son. We are new to western montana and fly fishing. Great trip. Great fun. Beautiful territory. Jim was a great guide. Good teacher. Patient and forgiving of losing lotsa tackle. But learned from it. Will do it again next year. Jim did a wonderful job.

  • 5/5

    Father/Son/Grandson Get-a-way - 8/4/2014
    By: from Kellogg, ID, USA

    I had planned a fishing trip with my two sons and grandson for almost a year. I visited with Jim Mitchell to book this trip on August 2, 2014 and explained how important this outing was to me and the boys, as we have so little time off together this needed to be a special day. Jim provided himself and fellow guide Justin and worked our way down the West Fork of the Bitterroot. My teenage grandson was new to fly fishing, so Jim guided our boat and within the first couple of hours he provided fly fishing instruction to my grandson. Justin put my sons on large fish and we all caught a good number. Jim provided a wonderful day for all of us, so much so, we want to make it an annual event with Jim and Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures. My grandson is now a fly fisherman for life.

  • 5/5

    Jim does it again! - 8/2/2014
    By: from Charlottesville, VA

    My husband has fished with Jim many times, but this was my first. Jim was thorough and professional from the outset, scheduling our five-day trip including hotels. Having lived his entire life in the area, he was quite knowledgeable about the area: history, flora and fauna, hiking tips, etc. Each morning he arrived eager and excited to get us on the river. We caught cuts, browns, and rainbows on the Blackfoot and different sections of the Bitterroot. Our pleasure was Jim's only agenda as we started early and fished late each day. And lunch--what a treat! Jim accommodated our dietary needs in spectacular fashion. We'll be back!

  • 5/5

    Great Trip - 6/30/2014
    By: from Tennessee

    I, along with my son and son-in-law, just returned from our 4th year to fish with Jim Mitchell. That alone should speak to what kind of experience we have had. Jim is just a great guy and guide. He is what you want a guide to be - organized, knowledgeable, patient, and fun. He knows where the fish are, and how to catch them. As is always the case, there are many variables in fishing and only a few of them are controllable. But you can count on Jim to work very hard to maximize your experience. If you plan to fish in Montana with a guide - Jim Mitchell is the only name you need to know.

Montana Hunting & Fishing Adventures
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
James Mitchell
870 Sleeping Child Road
Hamilton, MT 59840

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