Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter / Fly Shop in Bozeman, MT

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Fins And Feathers

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter/Fly Shop


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Bozeman, MT

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The Story

Fins and Feathers of Bozeman is an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing outfitter and fly shop in the business of guiding anglers of all skill levels throughout southwest Montana since 2000. Centrally located in Bozeman, our local, premier wild trout fisheries include the Madison, Gallatin, Jefferson, and Yellowstone rivers. Day trip options vary from simple half-day outings to multi-day excursions, and we can help coordinate local lodging as well.

The large Western rivers that surround Bozeman are uniquely sorted for fly fishing from a drift boat or specially designed raft. The boats enable us to access hundreds of miles of water and to escape the crowds found in the more accessible, wade-fishing stretches of these rivers. Whether you are new to fly fishing or have been at it for decades, floating and fly fishing the water around Bozeman with one of the guides at Fins & Feathers of Bozeman is a great way to experience Montana fly fishing.

The fly shop is just west of downtown Bozeman at the intersections of Highways 84 and 191 (known locally as 4-Corners), right on the way to just about every regional destination including Yellowstone National Park and the Henry’s Fork in Idaho. We offer one of the premier fly selections in the USA with options for everything from local Trout to Tarpon. Our focus is on the fishing side of the business, so anglers can expect a large selection of rods, reels, waders, boots, fly lines, terminal tackle, functional clothing, accessories, and a complete fly-tying department as well. Friendly service with a wide selection of curated gear for the angler is what sets us apart from most fly shops today—we are different!

Our guided trips generally begin and end at the fly shop, with guests riding to and from the river with their guide for the day. In-town pick-ups are available during the busy summer months when we tend to leave before the fly shop opens.

Season:

Year-round angling opportunities can be found around Bozeman with the primary season being between June 15 and September 30. Early season fly fishing in March and April offers quieter days on the water as does late September through mid-October.

Species:

The rivers of southwest Montana are all wild trout fisheries with rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout being the primary species of interest.

Region/Terrain:

Bozeman is the main hub for southwest Montana which is filled with wide-open river valleys lined by the towering peaks in dozens of island mountain chains that make up the northern Rockies. We are based out of Bozeman and primarily operate on the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson rivers of Southwest Montana.

Typical Weather:

The weather is always sure to change, so it's best to be prepared for a variety of conditions. The long days of June, July, and August generally start off in the mid-50s with daytime highs reaching the 80s or even 90s. Afternoon thundershowers are common in July and August. Spring and Fall conditions vary widely with overnight lows near freezing and daytime temperatures ranging between the mid-40s and 70s.

Rates:

Rates start from: $550 for a half-day float for 1-2 anglers.
You can find all pricing information at: https://finsandfeathersonline.com/

What is Provided:

Everything you need to go fishing for the day is included with the exception of your fishing licenses and gratuities. Full-day trips include lunches and non-alcoholic drinks; half-day trips include drinks only. Complimentary use of our rental rods, reels, waders, and boots are available upon request during your guided trips.

Gear Recommendations:

Standard fly fishing for trout gear is all you need for the fly-fishing opportunities around Bozeman. If you are able to bring one fly rod, a 9-foot 5-weight in a medium to fast action is the way to go, paired with a good reel and a floating fly line. A 9-foot 6-weight in a fast action can be very helpful for nymphing and throwing streamers on windy days. Our guides provide all of the terminal tackle and flies, so there is no need to bring any along. Breathable waders with rubber (non-studded) or felt soles are recommended for early and late season trips. Wet wading is the standard during the summer months, so plan on picking up some neoprene socks to pair with your standard wading boots. We highly recommend sandals or wet-wading shoes if you plan to just fish from the boats as you will still need to get your feet wet at times during the day.

What to Bring:

Most of our guided fly-fishing trips take place from drift-boats which allow for plenty of storage for the day. A small bag or backpack that holds all of the essentials such as a fleece pullover, rain jacket, hat, gloves (sun in the summer and fleece in the winter), sunscreen, insect repellent, and polarized sunglasses.

Additional Activities:

Bozeman is a premier destination for outdoor recreation. Located just 80 miles from Yellowstone National Park, many seek out Bozeman as a bucket list destination with lots of hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, camping, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, and so much more. Not to mention, Bozeman is easy to get to with over 16 direct flights to many of the country’s major markets. On top of the abundance of outdoor activities, Bozeman offers a trendy downtown area with great restaurants, shopping, breweries, and distilleries, as well as plenty of lodging options to meet anyone’s needs. Bozeman truly is one of the premier destinations in the Rocky Mountain West.

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