Guide School Updates

Our fourth and final session of the season for the Montana Fishing Guide School is set for October 11-17 and there are still seats available. This will be a Bozeman/Big Sky based school that focuses on freestones and spring creeks. We can help you or someone you know take your game to the next level through an intensive and fun seven day course that covers all aspects of advanced fishing and rowing skills.

MFO Co-sponsors the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School

Looking to be a better angler? Do you think fly fishing is just for the boys? can always improve AND fly fishing is not a "boys-only" endeavor. In fact, women anglers are coming to the sport in high numbers. In fact, the demand is so high we created the five-day Montana Women's Fly Fishing School. Below is the school itinerary. For more information contact us or visit the school's website.  

Fly fishing is equal parts challenge and fun. At the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School we’ve also learned our relaxed approached is a huge part of our success. This doesn’t mean we don’t get after it. Our week-long school is full of fishing and learning, but there is also plenty of time to put your feet up and enjoy the view. We like to think of our chilled-out style as “drinking champagne out of the bottle.”

Our school itinerary and schedule is one of a kind. Mornings are spent enjoying coffee and breakfast while in a classroom environment, then it’s off to the river. Evenings are unstructured for you to wind down on your own time.

Day One: Monday. Arrival in Big Sky by 8 AM.

Classroom: Introductions.

Casting instruction: fundamentals, fixing mistakes, and specialty casts like the roll cast, double haul, reach cast, and more.

Fishing: Professionally guided Gallatin River walk-and-wade fishing. On the water topic: reading the water.

Day Two: Tuesday

Classroom: Breaking down the tackle and gear mystery. Right gear for the right time. Fitting women’s specific gear, waders, and fly rods.

Fishing: Professionally guided float fishing on the Upper Madison River. On the water topic: hooking, fighting, landing, and release fish.

Day Three: Wednesday

Classroom: Tie better knots. Learn the basic knots and some special knots. Clinch knot, blood knot, double surgeon’s and more.

Fishing: Professionally guided float fishing on the Yellowstone River. On the water topic: Prospecting with a dry fly.

Day Four: Thursday

Classroom: Entomology 101 and fly pattern selection. Learn the bugs the trout want to eat and the flies that work the best.

Fishing: Professionally guided fly fishing on one of the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks or angler’s choice. On the water topic: Take what the river gives you: fish specific to the conditions.

Day Five: Friday

Classroom: Advanced strategies. Headhunting with dry flies, deep-water nymphing, reading water, and everything else under the sun!

Fishing: Professionally guided fly fishing on area waters—angler’s and guide’s choices. On the water topic: Photography. Get the best from your fishing pictures.

Evening: graduation party with a guest speaker.