Plan Your Trip

Plan Your Trip

When to Book a Trip (fishing highlights)

  • March/April – The first consistent hatches begin with blue-wing olives, march browns,  and the water is still clear.
  • April/May– The first caddis hatches begin.  Truly great dry fly fishing
  • Mid May/Mid June –  Freestone rivers are big. Lots of bugs are moving.  The Missouri River, and other tailwaters are great options.
  • Mid June/Early July – Big fish are eating salmon flies and golden stones. Spring creeks are active with PMDs.
  • July/August – The rivers are busy with bugs! Grasshoppers, ants, golden stone flies, and beetles.
  • September/October – Hoppers, streamers and spawning browns.
  • November – It’s hunting season!

Getting Here
If you are flying, Bozeman, MT is the easiest place to get in and out of.  Gallatin Airfield, located 8 miles outside of Bozeman, is served by major carriers.  There are many car rental places that serve the airport.
If you are driving your own vehicle, Livingston is located directly off of Interstate 90.

Fishing Licenses
A Montana fishing license is required to fish our area rivers and lakes. You must purchase a conservation license $10 and a invasive species pass $7.50.  Licenses can be purchased online at the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Online Licensing Site.

Non-resident anglers 16 and older fees:
1 Day: $31.50 ($14 per additional day)
5 Day: $73.50 ($14 per additional day).

Nonresident 12-15                                                                                                            1 Day $24.                                                                                                                               5 Day $66

What to Bring
Montana has all kinds of weather to offer.  So it is best to be prepared for rain, snow and sunshine!  Bring your waders and or a rain suit.  Its always good to have them available. A pair of sunglasses are a must for eye protection.  In the summer months, it may be 90 degrees full sun all day.  Don’t forget sunscreen!   It is also helpful to have a second rod – one rod set up for dry flies and one for nymph and streamers.  If you don’t have a rod or do not want to travel with them.. No problem we will provide them.

Additional Information
If you have any diet or health problems, please inform us prior to the trip.

Fly Fishing Guide for Montana