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Fishing

Lakes, Streams, and Rivers

Southwest Montana is becoming known by many people as "the Mecca of fly fishing in the lower US." Our area has some of the most famous rivers in the West. The Beaverhead, Big Hole, Jefferson, Ruby, and Madison rivers are known as high-quality blue ribbon natural trout streams. A place considered to have the last un-crowded blue ribbon fisheries in the U.S. These rivers in Southwest Montana are probably the most diverse geographically and possess very big benefits for anglers. First, all of the rivers are located in close proximity to each other, allowing many different options for each day's fishing. Second, this diversity allows anglers to experience different conditions, water structures, and scenery for each day of fishing. An angler can literally fish a different water for 30 days straight without ever fishing the same water twice. The weather and river conditions may differ markedly among the various rivers. While one river may be running high-and-mighty due to run off, an angler can usually venture to another river nearby which is running clear. Most of our guided trips are what we consider to be float/ wade trips. On float/wade trips, the anglers fish from the drift boat while going between riffles/runs and then get out of the boat to fish as much as they want and river conditions allow. Flyfishers, beginners and experienced alike, find challenges while fly fishing the many rivers in this part of Southwest Montana, plus the many spring creeks and ponds which receive little fishing pressure.