Montana Fly Fishing For Trout

Your Montana fly fishing trip can truly be a trip of a lifetime. 

In Montana you can find anything from a slow meandering spring creek to a classic freestone river.

Be sure to check out the links to Montana fishing regulations and their guide to river access locations at the bottom of this page.  Enjoy!

Here are rivers to start with written by Huston Heatherly. 

Madison River Fly Fishing

The Madison River might be the most iconic and well-known trout fishery in the United States. The river begins in Yellowstone National Park and flows through south central Montana for nearly 140 miles with much of this stretch being accessible for fly fishing.

To learn more about the Madison River click here.

Fly Fishing the Gallatin River in Montana

As the Gallatin river runs through Montana, it changes its character several times. From a slow meandering meadow stream, to faster riffle, run, pocket water, back to a classical freestone river. It provides all types of fly fishing the angler might be interested in from delicate dry fly presentation, heavy nymphing, to attractor patterns in fast moving riffles and runs. To learn more about the Gallatin River click here.

Bighorn River, Montana

The Bighorn River, in its entirety, is 461 miles in length and is a tributary of the Yellowstone River. The most fished portion of the river is located in Montana below the Yellowtail Dam and offers 30 miles of pristine trout fishing. Further down from the Yellowtail Dam is the Afterbay Dam which keeps the water at a level flow and helps to maintain a nearly constant water temperature making it an ideal trout fishery year round.

To learn more about the Bighorn River click here.


Montana Fly Fishing Regulations and Property Rights

Montana Fishing Regulations

Rights and responsibilities of the landowner and the fisherman in Montana

Other Useful Links for Fly Fishing in Montana

Montana Fishing Access Guide 

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