The Bitterroot River
-The Bitterroot is our home river here in western Montana, and we spend more days on it then any other due to the fact it is our most diverse and consistent producing river. It has one of the longest dry fly fishing seasons anywhere in North America, as we usually enjoy up to 7 months per year of rising trout and prolific hatches. This river offers a little bit of everything. The upper Bitterroot gives you the opportunity to be able to throw big attractor dry flies all day long to opportunistic cutthroats, while the middle and lower river gives you the opportunity to pick off pods of rising browns and rainbows. As many of our long-time clients will tell you, the Bitterroot is truly a dry fly fisherman’s paradise, and a river that will keep you coming back year after year.
**Best Dry Fly Months: March, April, June, July, August, September, October
The Blackfoot River
Originally made famous by the film and novel “A River Runs Through it”, the Blackfoot is one of the most scenic trout rivers found anywhere in the country. Its limestone cliffs, enormous boulders, and deep emerald pools provide a stunning backdrop to a great day of fishing. But this river isn’t just about the scenery. The Blackfoot is one of the best trout fishing rivers in Montana, and offers some incredible flyfishing to BIG native and wild trout. June and July are great months to be on the Blackfoot, as we see extremely prolific Salmonfly and Golden Stonefly hatches. Giant Browns, Rainbows, and Cutthroats come to the surface to destroy these huge bugs, and we catch some of the biggest fish of the year during this time. The Blackfoot is also the best area river for streamer fishing. Fall is the best time to strip streamers for big fish, putting on the feed before winter. The Blackfoot offers the best chance to hook into native Bull Trout that can push over 30 inches.
**Best Dry Fly Months: June, July, August
The Clark Fork River
The Clark Fork is western Montana’s largest river and is arguably the most underrated trout fishery in all of Montana. Its upper stretches east of Missoula offer opportunities to tons of aggressive Brown Trout lying underneath grassy banks, while its lower stretches west of Missoula offer technical dry fly fishing to rising rainbows and cutthroats that average 15-19 inches. During the spring and fall, we see prolific mayfly hatches that seemingly bring up every fish in the river to the surface. Once you hook into a Clark Fork Rainbow, you will quickly realize that these are some of the hardest fighting and strongest fish in Montana. If you are looking to fish dry flies to rising fish during the autumn months in Montana, this is your river!
**Best Dry Fly Months: April, June, July, August, September, October.