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Montana Fly Fishing Experience

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Service

Phone icon406-249-1482 Phone icon406-210-0511 Email Link
11921 Rippling Water Road
Bigfork, Montana 59911

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The Story

Montana Fly Fishing Experience guide service evolved from a shared lifelong passion for the outdoors and fly fishing—a passion that we strive to foster in those who fish with us. Our outfitter, Chris McCreedy, grew up exploring the rivers of Northwest Montana after his family moved to the Flathead Valley in 1969. Chris and his wife Tara have gained considerable experience in both fresh and saltwater environments across the catalog of fly-fishing destinations. Montana Fly Fishing Experience has been deliberate in their building of a company of genuinely talented guides, chosen first for a work and conservation ethic that exceeds their demonstrated ability to row, cast, and present a fly. At a minimum, our guides are full-time, professional, courteous, and great instructors. We float, and our guides intimately know, rivers throughout the state. Our home waters include the Blackfoot, Clark Fork, Flathead, Missouri, and Swan rivers, all exceptional waters, and all unique in character. From big water to mountain streams or mountain lakes, if you are looking to get off the beaten path, away from bumper boats and the weekend aluminum canoe hatch, we can accommodate that as well. Montana Fly Fishing Experience strives to provide our clients with a personal, customized fishing trip that is tailored to their interests. We want to emphasize a well-crafted, memorable experience on and off the water that is not defined by an arbitrary time frame. We believe that your day on the water is just that— it is your day and it is our task to help you make the absolute most of your fishing day. So, by design, our guides are flexible, and will want you to be on the water at the best possible times, be it early or late. Our guides will speak with you prior to your float to introduce themselves if you haven't met before, to discuss trip details, needs, interests, and expectations. We want this sort of service to be the standard, our normal. Call or email our home office in Bigfork, MT for your next Montana Fly Fishing Experience.


Rates start at $400. for a half-day trip and $500 for a full-day trip.
Full-day trips on a jet boat with a USCG Captain are 650.00.

Pricing information is available by calling or emailing Chris or Tara.


Westslope cutthroat trout
Rainbow trout
Brown trout
Bull trout
Brook trout
Northern pike
Large and smallmouth bass


Montana offers fly-fishing opportunities all year round. We fish all year, and love it!

December-March: Nice weather days will produce fish on the Missouri and Flathead rivers. Some surface activity for dry fly die-hards with nymphs and streamers getting the more consistent bite.

Spring fishing: April-June can be good for all species. His is a great time to look for a trophy pike or some of the first really good dry-fly fishing of the year. High mountain lakes start producing as the ice comes off and their waters warm. Fill the quiver this time of year with streamer, nymph and dry fly rods.

June-October: is peak time in Montana. There are numerous fly fishing opportunities to take advantage of, the choice is yours. Hatches are now prevalent daily on the cold freestone streams of northwest Montana. Dry-fly fishing is the norm during the summer months.

Oct-November: is an outstanding time to be in Montana. Mornings are brisk, rivers are quiet, and you can often have the rivers to yourself. Fall colors are beautiful, days are shorter, and the rivers seem endless. Fishing gets a little tougher, but the rewards are great. Some of the biggest fish of the year throughout Montana will be netted in the fall.


Montana is a big and diverse state. We fish the high plains of eastern Montana to the mountainous terrain of western Montana. Views of Glacier Park, high mountain cliffs, and wooded river bottoms will all be part of your Montana Fly Fishing Experience. We fish remote rivers on foot. Some small streams with tough access require us to float and fish from rafts. Larger rivers are fished from modern drift boats. No matter the river you choose to experience, the views will be incredible and the scenery ever-changing.

All of our trips are custom tailored to your desires and schedule. Depending on the experience you choose, travel time could be 15 minutes to 3 hours.

Typical Weather:

Montana can be a fickle state weather-wise. We try to be prepared for just about anything. Typical summer weather is 40s in the morning followed by daytime highs in the 80s with occasional temps in the 90s. Days are long with peak daylight hours at 5:00 AM to almost 11:00 PM. These long summer days make Montana the perfect place for the outdoor enthusiast. There are endless outdoor activities during the summer months.

Fall can be brisk in Montana. Enjoy shedding layers as the day goes on. Mornings are cool, dipping into the 30s, but daytime highs can reach the 60s and sometime 70.

Spring is Montana is a most beautiful, changing season. There is usually a chance of rain in the spring months, but normally just a passing shower.

What is Provided:

Montana Fly Fishing Experience provides all equipment necessary for your fly fishing trip. Included but not limited to rods, reels, fly lines, leaders, tippet, flies, all terminal tackle, and safety gear. On full-day trips and jet boat trips, you will be served a stream side meal, drinks, and snacks. All of the above mentioned items are included with a 1/2 day trip, minus a full meal. Snacks and drinks will be provided with a 1/2 day trip.

All trips include professional, courteous instruction.

What to Bring:

Montana fishing license available at:

  • Medications
  • Bug Spray
  • Phone
  • Cash for guide gratuity

Gear Recommendations:

We typically use 9 ft., 5 and 6 wt. fly rods for trout. Floating lines with 9 ft. leaders size 3X-5X can be used for dry-fly and nymph fishing. Pike and bass are typically targeted with 7-9 wt. fly rods rigged with a dry line or slow sink-tip fly line.

Polarized sunglasses for eye protection and cutting glare on the water. We recommend some sort of lanyard to keep your sunglasses around your neck when not in use.

  • Camera, waterproof is best
  • A billed or brimmed hat for sun protection
  • Sunscreen
  • SPF clothing
  • Packable rain jacket
  • Personal dry bag
  • Extra warm layer
  • Wading boots, sandals, shoes you don't mind getting wet, or waders, depending on the season

Additional Activities:

Montana Fly Fishing Experience is a full service fly fishing outfitter. We offer itinerary assistance in helping our customers customize their Montana trip and guided fly fishing experience. Our guides are specialized on multiple Montana rivers allowing us to take care of the first time fly fisher, families, corporate groups, or an expert wanting to fish multiple rivers during their Montana stay.


Can I row?
Sure! No seriously, we are often asked. Don't feel bad if your guide doesn't let you row. They really, really want to see you catch fish.

Can I bring food and beverages?
Yes, we do provide and offer great food and drinks on our fishing trips, but you are certainly welcome to bring more. We will make room in the cooler.

Will we see wildlife?
There is always a chance, but they are wild animals. We see a lot of wildlife and birds on our fishing trips. We recommend you take time to look around and enjoy Montana's beauty.

Do you practice catch and release?
Yes! We see the fish and rivers as our business partners.

Can we come back next year?
Absolutely, we would love to have you back!

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Float trip Great experience. Wonderful and knowledgeable guide-Chris McCreedy
Date published: 2020-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chris McCreedy - S.Fork Flathead River 1st time w Guide Chris McCreedy for 2 late July Float Days. Been down the River for many years. Chris was very engaging, shared dry fly fishing tips + technekes, landed many “cuts” each day, spectacular water, views, and fish - a Great balance of professional guiding, conversation, fishing, beautiful & many Trout. Already planning to return next season & book Chris again for the 2021 season. We really enjoyed each day with Chris and can’t wait until next year. Chris E - Lincoln, NE
Date published: 2020-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fishing!!! Always a joy to fish with “Montana Fly Fishing Experience.” Although I am legally blind, with Chris or handpicked members of his guide team, I am able to successfully compete with with any of my sighted fishing companions!!!! Quite frequently I will catch the most and/or the largest! Wouldn’t be possible without the expert guide assistance of calling out strikes, mends, casting direction/distance, and never losing sight of my fly. Looking forward to the next river!!!! Bruce
Date published: 2020-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fishing!! Wow.....what a great time fishing with Chris and his guides! My husband and I have fished with Chris and his team for many years and consider him to be a premier outfitter and guide. His guides are extremely skilled and adept at selecting flies and are always familiar with the best holes to fish. We never cease learning new fishing techniques and always enjoy the guides spontaneous and genuine enthusiasm.
Date published: 2020-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from None better!!!! lways a joy to fish with “Montana Fly Fishing Experience.” Although I am legally blind, with Chris or handpicked members of his guide team, I am able to successfully compete with with any of my sighted fishing companions!!!! Quite frequently I will catch the most and/or the largest! Wouldn’t be possible without the expert guide assistance of calling out strikes, mends, casting direction/distance, and never losing sight of my fly. Looking forward to the next river!!!! Bruce Woodmansee, President of The Woodmansee Group
Date published: 2020-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Guide and fishing teacher! I have fished several times with Chris when we make our annual trip to Montana and always catch great fish, eat well and have a fun day on the river. Chris can always coach me on the river when things aren't going my way, he knows what the fish are biting on and keeps refreshing your flies. I look forward to fishing every year with him in Montana!
Date published: 2020-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No better guide. I was fortunate enough to go to Mexico with my husband and a couple of friends and fish with Chris McCreedy for bonefish and permit. What a wonderful and well organized trip it was! We all caught fish every day. Chris has incredible knowledge about saltwater fishing and did an amazing job organizing this trip. A must do trip for anyone who wants a saltwater experience with one of the best!
Date published: 2020-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional guide My wife and I fished with Chris McCreedy recently on the Missouri River in Montana. The Missouri has always been a challenge for us and we absolutely chose the right guide. Chris has the knowledge and patience to make sure you have a memorable trip, putting you on remarkable fish. I have also fished Chris on the Swan River in Montana and caught the biggest fish I have ever caught on that river, not to mention I had a spectacular float. I highly recommend Chris McCreedy.
Date published: 2020-07-06
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