Montana Fly Fishing Vacations

Home to Some of the Best Fly Fishing in the Rocky Mountains

Montana Fly Fishing VacationMontana is home to some of the best fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains, and Low Dog Lodge just happens to be surrounded by three world-class fishing waters: The Gallatin, Madison, and Yellowstone Rivers. Along with that are a number of backcountry lakes and creeks accessed by foot for a magical day on the water. Big Sky area fly shops have a number of experienced fishing guides for half and full-day trips and are more than happy to point you in the right direction depending on what kind of experience you’re looking for. They can also help you pick out the best flies for that time of year to catch brown trout, rainbows, and cutthroats.

Here’s the low down on the Big Sky area rivers:

The Gallatin River, just a few miles from the Low Dog Lodge, runs right through the Big Sky area, where scenes from the infamous fishing movie “A River Runs Through It” were filmed. Known for the spectacular scenery, great fishing access, and an abundant trout population, some days you feel as if you’re the only one on the river. There are also other forks of the Gallatin that can be accessed in different places throughout the Gallatin Canyon and in Big Sky’s Meadow Village. If you’re on a Big Sky fishing vacation, you’ll probably find all you need right here on the Gallatin, or you can venture out a little further to the Madison and Yellowstone.

The lower Madison River is about an hour’s drive from Big Sky, offering great fishing waters and amazing scenery. And the upper Madison, near Ennis, Montana, can be accessed by way of West Yellowstone towards Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake. This popular stretch of river is often accessed either by wading or drift boat, and guides from the Big Sky area fly fishing shops can show you the best fishing holes.

The Yellowstone River is a couple hours drive from Big Sky, offering another option for world-class fly fishing. Stretching from Billings to Yellowstone National Park, you won’t have a problem finding a place to wade, and many anglers use a guide for an unforgettable day on the river via drift boat.

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