Cast a Line and Experience the Best of Montana Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is a cherished pastime here in Big Sky. Beginner and expert anglers alike travel from all over the world to experience Montana fly fishing. The Wilson Hotel is located near multiple blue-ribbon trout rivers for you to explore. Keep reading to learn how you can have the best Montana fly fishing trip ever. 

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About Montana Fly Fishing

If you want to try your hand at fly fishing, Montana is the place to be. According to Gallatin River Guides, “the fish populations hover around 2,500 to 3,000 fish per mile.” The most popular fish species that you’ll catch are brown trout, rainbow trout, whitefish, and cutthroat trout. 

Although fly fishing is a sport that can be enjoyed during any time of the year, the prime time is from June through October. 

Where to Find the Best Montana Fly Fishing

Gallatin River

The Gallatin River begins at Gallatin Lake, located in Yellowstone National Park. It flows for a majestic 115 miles until it meets the Missouri River in Three Forks. As it leaves the park, the river flows through the mountainous countryside. Downstream of the town of Big Sky, you’ll find stretches of whitewater rapids. You’ll find a wide variety of water with excellent river access throughout the Gallatin River. It features relatively low fishing pressure and gorgeous, picture-perfect scenery.  

Madison River

The iconic Madison River flows for more than 140 miles through exceptional scenery. It begins in Yellowstone National Park and reaches the Missouri River in Three Forks. Fisherman travel from near and far to fish along the Madison River. It’s popular among fly fishers, as well as nymph fishers, and streamer fishers. It is home to some of the finest fishing in the state for wild trout.

Yellowstone River

The majestic Yellowstone River is the longest in Montana. It begins in Yellowstone National Park and travels to North Dakota. When you’re fishing this world-class river, it’s most productive by boat. Shore fishing is also popular and effective, but boat fishing allows anglers to access the deeper and broader portions of the water. Sometimes these are the best fishing spots!

Fly Fishing Guides in Big Skyfamily on fishing trip

Do you want to fly fish at the hidden spots that only Montana locals know? There is an array of fly fishing guides and outfitters located near Big Sky that can show you the ropes. They offer day trips, including wade fishing, jet boat trips, lake fishing, Yellowstone National Park trips, and more. Some of our favorite local fly fishing guides include:  

Be Surrounded by Beauty and Stay at the Wilson Hotel

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When you want to stay near the best of Montana fly fishing and unparalleled natural beauty, look no further than The Wilson Hotel. When you stay with us, you can embrace the beauty of Big Sky by day, and enjoy the comfort of our stunning guest rooms by night. Incredible amenities, easy access to all of the area’s most exciting activities, and proximity to Yellowstone are just a few of the things that secure The Wilson Hotel’s spot as the best place to stay in Big Sky, Montana.

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