James Mitchell

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Hamilton, Montana

James Mitchell


James Mitchell 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

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


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

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