General Fly Fishing Info for SW Montana - Fins & Feathers of Bozeman – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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General Fishing Information - South Western Montana

Montana fly fishing is world renowned because of the overwhelming abundance of quality, wild trout rivers, lakes, and streams. Couple this with ample public access and there just isn't any place in the lower 48 that comes close to the fly fishing opportunities of Southwest Montana. Whether you're here to fish with one of our licensed Montana Guides or trout-bumming around the area on your own, our goal is to ensure that every angler that comes through our shop gets a taste of the world-class fly fishing that lies just outside our doors!

Southwest Montana is best known for its large rivers such as the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin in addition to the many area spring creeks. Stillwater fisheries are also found throughout the area and include both public and private reservoirs in addition to hundreds of small mountain lakes. Countless mountain streams provide seasonal opportunities for the adventurous angler as well. Yellowstone National Park is a couple of hours away and offers a great side trip while in the area. Finally, other regional waters include the Big Horn, Jefferson, Missouri, Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby, and more! There is no shortage of places to fly fish in Southwest Montana!

In addition to the sheer number of places to wet a line around Bozeman, our truly wild trout are what makes these fisheries so amazing. Montana does not stock the rivers of our state with hatchery fish - all of our rivers are home to wild, self-sustaining populations of Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroat Trout. As a result of this management practice, anglers can expect to catch fish in a wide range of sizes. Unlike other western states, the trout that inhabit the rivers of Montana are truly wild (we haven't actively stocked rivers since the early 1970s).

Our fly fishing guides and shop staff spend their free time exploring and fishing around the state. We're always happy to share our knowledge of the area with our customers, so please bring all your questions with you on your next trip to the shop. We'll do our best to make sure that you get to experience the very best of Montana fly fishing, whether you're with one of our guides or on your own.