Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter / Fly-Shop in Hamilton, Montana

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Bitterroot Fly Company, Outfitter / Fly Shop

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon406-821-1624 Email iconbitterrotflycompany@gmail.com Link iconbitterrootflycompany.com
808 N. Main #2
Darby, MT 59829

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The Story

Bitterroot Fly Company 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. .

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.

Species You Fish for by Season

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.

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

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

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fly Fishing We used it and when we casted it, sometimes we caught some fish. It was a lot of fun and with this rod I could start fly fishing and hopefully get better at it.
Date published: 2021-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great day of fishing Another great experience with Bitterroot Fly Company. We love Jim and Bonnie and enjoy going into their shop and hanging out and visiting. There is always something we find there that we need. Today we fished again with Jim. It was an epic day on the river. The weather was great, there were no other boats and we caught a bunch of fish. Jim made us a really delicious riverside lunch and we had a super day fishing with him. Our French bulldog (Duke) even went on the trip with us.
Date published: 2021-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best fly fishing shop in the Bitterroot valley! OUTSTANDING guide service! Many great days on the river with Jim.
Date published: 2021-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Very knowledgable hard working guides that love to fish
Date published: 2021-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First fly fishing We had an awesome experience with Russ, our fishing guide. We went a full day which literally was a full day from 10 am till 5 PM. He was patient with us, explained a lot and never even flinched when we lost yet another fly. We even caught some fish, my husband caught 4, I caught 1, which i thought was pretty good for first timers. All in all, i would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2021-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Good Guides Great fishing experience. No better father and son experience than a day on the bitterroot with these guys
Date published: 2021-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice folks Would go again BBC VCR gimpyes love this place it's awesome
Date published: 2021-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shop! Good info and selection, lots of knowledge, will return
Date published: 2021-04-11
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