Anglers come from the world over to fish in Montana. And happily, Montana has very “wade friendly” waters to fish. Unfortunately, these wade friendly areas tend to be quite crowded and fished heavily since most wade friendly areas are very accessible.
Because of the crowds, more and more anglers are turning to using a fishing boat to reach quieter areas on Montana’s famous rivers.
Advantages of a Fly Fishing Boat
A fishing boat for fly fishing provides numerous advantages. These include the following, among others:
Reach Inaccessible Areas – This should go without saying, but with a fishing boat, you can reach areas that a wade angler could never reach.
Cover Far More Water – This is one of the greatest assets of a fishing boat – to cover large amounts of water during a day. While this isn’t always a good thing (its all too easy to blow right by a good area without knowing it), by and large, its usually better to cover more water than not. Besides, with a boat, you can float to good water and then start to wade fish – giving you the best of both worlds.
Fish in Low Pressure Fishing Areas – Ever fish around a busy fishing access site in Montana? The fish tend to be very spooky, due to all the commotion and the frequency of anglers hucking flies their way. By hopping in a boat, you can reach areas on a river that see greatly reduced fishing pressure.
Fun – Yes, fishing is lots of fun. But you know what, so is floating. Even when the fish ignore you, there are far worse ways to spend a day than floating a scenic Montana river.
Types of Fly Fishing Boats
There are numerous types of “vessels” that work as a fly fishing boat. Fact is, “anything that floats” works as a “fishing boat.”
This section, however, doesn’t cover “everything that floats.” Instead, this section on Big Sky Fishing.Com introduces anglers to the various boats that are dedicated to fishing. Some boats are traditional, such as the drift boat. Others are inflatable, such as the new generation of inflatable fishing kayaks.
Always remember that before purchasing a boat, it is crucial to determine what type of fishing you’ll be doing and where you’ll be doing it. A beautiful drift boat won’t do you any good if you don’t have a trailer to haul it and if there isn’t a boat ramp available at your favorite fishing hole.
In other words, there is no such thing as the “best fishing boat.” A far better way to describe it is that the “best fishing boat is the boat that best meets your fishing needs.”