Montana Fly Fishing Guides

DCF 1.0It always amazes me when anglers from other states or countries buy their fly patterns outside of Montana. Do you remember the Fluttering Stonefly pattern popularized in the early 80’s. I do! It was great! Two years later the trout on the Bitterroot River were largely ignoring the pattern.

As a guide I could consult with other guides and shop owners as to what was the hottest pattern during the Golden Stonefly hatch for that season. When you walk into a Montana fly shop, their reputation is on the line. They are there to serve you and help you catch fish. They are eager to share their expertise and knowledge with you so that you will have a memorable Montana fishing experience and hopefully return to their shop as a happy customer. Buy Montana!

Between the two parks, this site divides into six sections: Northwest, Western, Rocky Mountain Front, Upper Missouri River, Southwestern and the Yellowstone River Drainage. Below is a list of fly shops in Montana separated by region. You can also click on the Google Map or see a list below.

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Montana’s Fly Shops by Region

Northwest Montana FishingNorthwestern Montana

We will begin in the Northwest corner of the state working eastward to the Rocky Mountain Front and than southwards towards Missoula, Montana, as mapped in the Montana Atlas & Gazetteer. Sections 81, 82,83; 80,66,67.

Bigfork, MT

Bigfork Anglers Fly Shop and Guide Service
405 Bridge Street, Big Fork, MT 59911
(406) 360-9991

Libby, MT

Kootenai Angler Email: 13546 Hwy 37, Libby, MT 59923 (406) 293-7578

Ovando, MT

Blackfoot Angler Email: 401 Main Street, Ovando, MT 59854 (406) 793-3474

West Glacier, MT

Glacier Raft Company Email: info@glacierraftcompany 12400 Hwy. 2 East, West Glacier, MT 59936 1 (800) 235-6781

Whitefish, MT

Lakestream Email: 334 Central Avenue, Whitefish, MT 59937 (406) 862-1298
Stumptown Anglers Email:    5790 Hwy. 93 South, Whitefish, MT 59937 (877) 906-9949

map_region_westernWestern Montana

We will begin at the western edge of the state at St. Regis and move eastward to Missoula and then northeast to Lincoln, and then cover the area south of Missoula, the Bitterroot Valley, as mapped in the Montana Atlas & Gazetteer. Sections 52,53,54; 37,38.)

Clinton, MT

Rock Creek Mercantile
73 Rock Creek Road, Clinton, MT 59825
(406) 825-6440

Hamilton, MT

Anglers Roost Fly Shop
815 Hwy. 93 South Hamilton, MT 59840
(406) 363-1268

Osprey Outfitters Guide Service and Flyshop
1963 North 1st Street, Hamilton, MT 59840
(406) 363-1000

Waterstrider Rafts (On-line fly shop and gear)
(406) 375-0251

Florence, MT

River Otter Fly Shop
5516 Old HIghway 93, Florence, MT 59833
(406) 273-4858

Missoula, MT

Blackfoot River Outfitters
3055 North Reserve Street Missoula, MT
(406) 542-7411

Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop
215 West Front Street Missoula, MT
(406) 721-8996

Kingfisher Fly Shop
926 East Broadway Street Missoula, MT
(406) 721-6141

Missoulian Angler
802 South Higgens Street Missoula, MT
(406) 728-7766

map_region_rockyRocky Mountain Front

The Rocky Mountain Front stunned the Lewis and Clark Expedition with its looming peaks thrusting up from the plains. Beginning along the eastern boundary of Glacier National Park southwards to Great Falls and Helena, this is a huge area. See maps in the Montana Atlas & Gazetteer Sections 84, 69, 56, 40.

Browning, MT

Morning Star Outfitters
226 Harper Road, Browning, MT 59417

map_region_missouriUpper Missouri River Drainage

Essentially, this section covers the creeks for the Missouri River from its headwaters at Three Forks north to Townsend, Montana and than northward to Helena, Montana, capital of Montana.

Craig, MT

Head Hunters Fly Shop
145 Bridge Street, Craig, MT 59648

The Missouri River Trout Shop
275 Bridge Street, Craig, MT 59648

Missouri River Store & The Fish Inn (store open Apr.-Oct.):  311 Bridge St.,Craig, Montana 59648    (406) 235-3433

Helena, MT

CrossCurrents Montana Fly Fishing  326 N. Jackson St., Helena, Montana 59601 (406) 449-2292

map_region_southwesternSouthwestern Montana

From West to East, we will first cover the Phillipsburg to Anaconda area and the area south, which covers the Big Hole River and the Wise River near the communities of Wisdom. From here we will move eastward below Butte to cover the Twin Bridges area. Twin Bridges, Montana is the beginning of the Jefferson River, which is formed by the Beaverhead River, the Wise River and the Ruby River. The Jefferson River heads north and than eastward to Three Forks, Montana. It is at Three Forks, Montana that the Missouri River is formed from the Jefferson River, the Madison River and the Gallatin River to finish the Southwestern Montana section. See maps in the Montana Atlas & Gazetteer Sections 38, 39, 40; 24, 25, 26.

Big TimberMT

Big Timber Fly Fishing
840 Boulder Road, Big Timber, MT 59011
(406) 932-6597

Bozeman, MT

The Bozeman Angler
23 E. Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 589-9111

Fins and Feathers
1801 Gallatin Road, Bozeman, MT 59718
(877) 790-5303

Greater Yellowstone Fly Fishers
29 Pioneer Way, Bozeman, MT 59718
(406) 585-5321

Montana Angler Fly Fishing
76 Lucille Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718
(406) 522-9854

Montana Troutfitters
Email: mttrout@
1716 West Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-4707

The River’s Edge
20132 N. 7th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 586-5373

Wild West Flyfishing(See ad on this site.)  Email:  926 Brentwood Ave., Bozeman, MT 59718 (406) 580-2426

Butte, MT

The Stonefly Fly Shop
2205 Amherst, Butte, MT 59701
(406) 494-0707

Dillon, MT

Frontier Anglers
680 N. Montana St., Dillon, MT 59725     1-800-228-5263

Ennis, MT

Madison River Fishing Company
109 Main Street, Ennis, MT 59729

The Tackle Shop
127 Main Street, Ennis, MT 59729

Gallatin Gateway, MT

Headwaters Guide Service
PO Box 311, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730

Gardiner, MT

Parks’ Fly Shop
202 Second Street, Gardiner, MT 59030
(406) 848-7314

Livingston, MT

Dan Baileys Fly Shop
120 S. Second Street, Livingston, MT 59047
1 800 356-04052

Hatch Finders Fly Shop
5237 Hwy 89, Livingston, MT 59047
(406) 222-0989

Montana Fly Fishing Guides
PO Box 817, Livingston, MT 59047
(406) 223-3488

Sweetwater Fly Shop
5082 Hwy. 89 S., Livingston, MT59047
(877) 628-3474

Yellowstone Angler

5256 Hwy. 89 South, Livingston, MT 59047
(406) 222-7130

Melrose, MT

Sunrise Fly Shop
Melrose, MT
(406) 835-3474

Twin Bridges, MT

King’s Motel Flatline Outfitters
307 South Main, Twin Bridges, MT 59754
(800) 222-5510

4 Rivers Montana
201 N. Main Street, Twin Bridges, MT 59754

West Yellowstone, MT

Jacklin’s Fly Shop
105 Yellowstone Ave., West Yellowstone, MT 59758  (406) 646-7336

West Yellowstone Fly Shop
(406) 646-1181

map_region_yellowstoneYellowstone River Drainage

The Yellowstone River heads north out of Yellowstone National Park to Livingston, Montana. From Livingston it heads due East to Billings. Headwaters Guide Service, Gallatin Gate, Montana

Big Timber, MT

Big Timber Fly Fishing
Big Timber, MT
(406) 932-6597

Billings, MT

Bighorn Fly and Tackle Shop
485 S. 24th Street, Billings, MT 59102  (406) 6567-8257

East Rosebud Fly and Tackle

805 24th Street West, Billings, MT 59102
(406) 839-9397

Columbus, MT

Stillwater Anglers

637 N. 9th Street, Suite 130, Columbus, MT 59019

Fort Smith, MT

Bighorn Trout Shop
Fort Smith, MT
(406) 666-2375

Bighorn Fly and Tackle Shop
(406) 666-2253

Fort Smith Fly Shop and Cabins
Fort Smith, MT
(406) 666-2550