Fishing the Rivers in Montana

The Montana Dry Fly Experience 
From first time anglers to experienced trout chasers A Classic Journey Outfitters offers professional guided fishing packages for all levels of anglers on the best waters in Montana. Outfitter # 9438.

The Montana Dry Fly Experience
Professional guided fishing packages for all anglers on the best waters in Montana. Outfitter #9438.


Fly fishing for wild trout in a mountain river among beautiful scenery is the dream of many anglers. In Montana, that fly fishing dream becomes a reality. Montana offers superb fly fishing for wild trout in dozens of beautiful rivers and countless alpine lakes. The scenery is spectacular, and while some waters are quite popular, fishing pressure on most of the rivers and lakes in Montana can be surprisingly low.

Yellowstone River at Mallards Rest

Unique among other western trout waters, Montana manages most of its rivers for wild trout; meaning hatchery born fish are not introduced into these rivers. Instead, protection of habitat along with catch and release restrictions are used to enhance fishing.

The result is that an angler who seeks to fly fish for wild trout cannot choose a better place to fish than Montana. Excellent fly fishing, beautiful scenery, along with many other outdoor recreational activities, makes a fishing trip to Montana like no other.

This section of Big Sky Fishing provides detailed information of 42 rivers in Montana, from the popular Madison River to the frequently forgotten waters such as the Marias River and the Flathead River. Information covered for each river includes:

  • Overview and general description.
  • Detailed fly fishing information, including types of fish in the river, fly selection, various techniques used to successfully catch fish, all broken down by river segments.
  • Floating information, including river miles.
  • Photographs

We hope you find the information contained in this site helpful for planning a Montana fly fishing trip. Also, any angler visiting Montana to fly fish in its many fine rivers should also consider purchasing a fishing guidebook or enlisting the services of a licensed guide. The rivers in Montana are incredibly diverse and change on an almost daily basis. An up-to-date guidebook or licensed fly fishing guide who is intimately familiar with their waters can make all the difference between success and failure.

The Rivers of Montana

Northwest Montana Rivers Northwest Montana Rivers
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