With a wide network of guides and fishing options across Southwest Montana we work with our guests to ensure that they are at the right place at the right time. We utilize our private access leasing program to add variety to our fishing options and ensure that our guests can experience lightly fished waters in addition to the numerous blue ribbon rivers that we guide.
Our guide staff is composed of some of the most seasoned professionals in the region. Most licenses guides and outfitters are excellent instructors and we take great pride in helping both beginners and experts improve their game. We have a full time office staff to ensure that communications and trip planning are thorough and timely. With our wide range of rivers and trip options we work hard to match you up with a customized trip that will match your interests and budget.
We offer all-inclusive packages from April to late October.
We provide rods and all terminal tackle on our trips including flies and leaders. We also have a rental wader program for day trips. On our numerous all inclusive packages waders are included. Day trips include riverside lunches and our overnight programs include all meals and beverages. On back country and river camping trips we provide all camping equipment including cots, freshly laundered sleeping pads, tents, a staffed kitchen and dining tent, and shower tent. Accommodations on our ranch stays are in rustic cabins and with a dining lodges on several different expansive working ranches. All of our expedition programs are all inclusive so you can just show up, fish and relax!
Southwest and Central Montana offers an incredible variety of fishing opportunities. Guests have opportunities to fish the Yellowstone, Madison, Boulder, Stillwater, Bighorn, Missouri, Jefferson, Ruby, Gallatin, East Gallatin, Slough Creek, Soda Butte, Lamar, Gardner and more. In addition to larger rivers Montana Angler offers an extensive private water leasing program where guests can gain exclusive access to large ranches with lightly fished streams, lakes and spring creeks.
April and early May
Early spring offers some of the most explosive dry fly fishing of the season as blizzard hatches of Mother's Day Caddis fill the air. Thick hatches of blue winged olives or March brown mayflies can be equally important. In addition to great match the hatch fishing early spring also offers some of the best trophy fishing of the year stripping big streamers for river browns or leaches for massive rainbows on private ranches. Early spring weather in the Rockies can range from t-shirt weather to a late snow so anglers should prepare with layered clothing.
Mid May to mid June
Rivers begin rising in mid May as Montana's snowpack begins to melt. While some rivers become too high to safely fish, others are moderated by dams and produce the highest catch rates of the season. Water temperatures are on the rise and the prime feeding windows begin can last for ours. This is a great time to rack up high catch rates. Anglers focus on tailwaters, spring creeks and private lakes with few other anglers to contend with. Late spring weather is generally very pleasant but late Pacific storms can produce a steady drizzle when they roll in so anglers should be prepared for both rain and shine.
Mid June to mid July
Early summer produces another bonanza of aquatic insect hatches. The famous salmon fly hatch gains much of the attention as massive 3 insects land clumsily on the water where big browns and rainbows are on patrol. Spring creeks come alive as thick hatches of pale morning duns entice sophisticated trout to go on a feeding spree and let there guard down. Add in multiple caddis species, yellow sallies, and golden stones and many Montana rivers literally become a fly soup. Stillwaters can produce equally exciting fishing as well fed trophy trout patrol private lakes while hunting hatching damsel fly nymphs and adults. Weather is typically perfect with cool mornings and sunny afternoons.
Mid July to mid September
As aquatic hatches wind down trout begin to focus on terrestrials such as ants, beetles and hoppers. While float fishing remains good on the big rivers this is also the peak season for incredible attractor dry fly fishing on many of Montana Angler Fly Fishing's exclusive private ranch waters. Throwing hoppers to deep undercut banks on classic meadow streams or scrambling over boulders in remote canyons can provide for a memorable and rewarding day. This is also a great time to enjoy a classic float camping trip or perhaps ride into the mountains to target gin clear back country streams. Weather is typically cool in the morning and warm and sunny in the afternoon. Afternoon showers are always a possibility in the late summer anywhere in Montana.
Late September to mid November
This is the time of year to swing for the fences and target trout as long as your arm. Big brown trout begin moving out of lakes and into streams and rivers. Giant browns that were in rivers all year long but were nearly impossible to catch begin to let their guard down as the become more aggressive leading up to the spawn. Dry fly fishing is still an option with late season terrestrials providing great hopper action on warm days and fall baetis mayflies producing pods of rising trout on cloudy days.