Montana Fishing Books

Anyone who plans to visit Montana for their first time on a fly fishing trip, should consider doing two simple things to dramatically improve the odds of a successful fishing trip.

First, get a good guidebook about fishing in the state. These books, while sometimes a bit outdated, are all good at "pointing anglers in the right direction." Moreover, a good guidebook is something that can help any angler discover new waters they have never considered fishing before.

Second, once the angler has decided on a river to fish, it's generally sound advice to stop at a local fly shop to see what areas are hot - and which areas are not. The local fly shop can also point you to the best performing flies for the day and the week.

Books about Montana Fishing

Click any of the links or images for more information about each guidebook. All books available through Amazon.


Fishing Montana : This book is best used by people who will be lake fishing. It provides Information on 16 Montana rivers and 100 lakes.    
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Fishing the Beartooths, 2nd : This guide answers the questions every angler asks before striking out for a high mountain lake. You'll find up-to-date stocking schedules, information on fish abundance, precise location coordinates, elevation, surface area, and maximum depth for each lake; plus clear descriptions of trails, distances, landmarks, terrain, and even availability of firewood--everything you need to plan your next fishing trip.    
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Fishing Yellowstone National Park, 3rd ed. : This comprehensive guide, filled with an expert's insights, is written for all anglers, regardless of tackle, skill level, or age. There are directions to more than 100 productive fishing sites, with more than 50 maps showing the way up and down the drainages.    
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Fly Fishing Montana : Fly fishing expert John Holt has compiled a complete inventory of Montana's fly-fishing waters, moving across the state, drainage by drainage, devoting plenty of space to the main river of each watershed as well as the many tributaries, small streams, reservoirs, and alpine lakes that frequently get left out of other guidebooks.    
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Fly Fishing Montana : A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters : From the Yellowstone River to the Boulder River, Brian and Jenny Grossenbacher guide you through their beautiful home state of Montana. You'll get the essential information you need to fly fish Montana's outstanding waters.    
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Fly Fishing Montana's Missouri River : Trapper Badovinac, a professional guide who has worked on this stretch of the Missouri River for seven years, shares techniques, humor, his laid-back philosophy of angling, color photographs, dry fly patterns, and advice on clothing and gear.    
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Fly Fishing the Madison : In Fly Fishing the Madison, fly shop owner, guide, and noted author Craig Mathews demystifies the river, offering valuable insights and advice to first-time visitors and veterans alike. Covering the various sections of the river, fishing conditions likely to confront you in all four seasons, various insect hatches-including the famous salmon fly-along with a list proven fly patterns and tying recipes for sixteen of the best.    
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FlyFishers Guide to Montana : This book provides information about fly fishing the primary and some secondary rivers in Montana. This is the updated book to the previous "Fly Fishers Guide to Montana", which is still available.    
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Inventing Montana: Dispatches from the Madison Valley : Every summer for two decades, Ted Leeson and a maverick group of close companions have returned to an old ranch house on the benchland overlooking the Madison River. Trout and fly fishing may be at the heart of their ritual return, but their experience goes far beyond the fishing. Leeson contemplates both the human and natural landscape brilliantly: the fly-anglers' passionate, ironic, and sometimes hilarious allegiances to what they do; the intriguing Madison Valley and its creatures and flowers; the trout town of Ennis; maps and their revelations; the "green-card" experience of living in a place in which you are not native; the nature of leisure.    
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Montana (Flyfishing Adventures) : Flyfishing Adventures Montana is not just another how-to book featuring the Madison, Yellowstone, and other big league rivers, and what flies to use certain times of the year. Do Sage Creek in the Pryor Mountains and the Poplar River of northeast Montana (yes, northeast) sound familiar? I doubt it. The author takes the reader along on his rustic and remote routes, where it isn't the size of the fish or the brand of the fly rod you are waving that matters, but the adventure itself. Trout are not the only stars of the show either; bass, northern pike, and whitefish, all are worthy combatants.    
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Montana On The Fly : An Angler's Guide : A detailed and informative guide to fishing Montana's 14 most renowned rivers and their tributaries, including Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. This comprehensive guide provides everything an angler will need to plan a trip to Montana: how to find a guide or outfitter if you want one, how to pick your destination and directions for how to get there, angling etiquette, and selective listings for where to stay and eat while you're out there. Also includes an informative chapter about threatened fish species, invasive plant species, and other serious biological considerations. 50 black & white photographs, 16 maps.

Montana native Patrick "Paddy" Straub is a fly fishing outfitter and author of The Orvis Pocket Guide to Streamer Fishing and lives in Helena, MT.    

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Montana's Best Fishing Waters: 170 Detailed Maps of 34 of the Best Rivers, Streams, and Lakes : This is the most comprehensive book of angling maps ever created for Montana s rivers, lakes, and streams. There are 170 detailed maps of 34 of Montana s best waters, along with GPS coordinates. Each water has an overview map that shows the entire water. Then each river is broken down into very detailed maps of each section of the water. Each map is in full color and 8 x 12 in size. There are notes on each map with information on the fish, the peak seasons, and the fly patterns. The maps also show dams, islands, and other important features of the water as well as road systems, towns, campgrounds, boat ramps, parks and recreation areas.    
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Montana's Best Fly Fishing: Flies, Access and Guide's Advice for the State's Premier Rivers : Whether you want to target trout sipping Tricos on the Missouri, pack in to the South Fork of the Flathead for a wilderness adventure, or simply find a good spot to fish while on a vacation to Glacier or Yellowstone National Park, this guide is the best place to start for a successful fishing trip. With stunning photos, detailed maps and hatch charts for each river, photos and recipes of the most effective fly patterns, and insider information from local guides and outfitters, Montana's Best Fly Fishing is an essential reference for the best fishing in Big Sky Country.    
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Montana's Last Best River : This is a coffee-table book in the very best sense of the term, giving you a vivid glimpse of a part of Montana history that is really not so distant, and bringing you close to a river that is just a few hundred cubic feet per second shy of being a dream come true.    
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The Yellowstone Fly-Fishing Guide : This fine little guidebook to the best fishing in Yellowstone Park discusses aquatic and terrestrial insect emergences and activity periods, fly patterns to imitate these insects, and effective fishing techniques. Included are specific locations, access points and trailheads, distances, and terrain descriptions.    
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The Yellowstone River and Its Angling : Hughes takes you on a journey to one of the world's finest fly fishing rivers, from high in Yellowstone Park downstream two hundred miles to the Bighorn. All-color book has over 100 dramatic photographs of the river and its fish. Information about fly hatches as well as color fly plates featuring recommendations by local experts. Hughes captures the feeling of the river as well as its history and geology, Full color.    
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Unforgettable Days: Montana Trout Fishing : If you have ever spent a day on a river, you should have this book. It is a reminder of the amazing places that are in Montana. Superb photographs. Note, this is not a "fishing guide" book that provides a break down of the rivers in Montana.    
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