Montana Fishing Trips, Guides and Adventures
Thanks for visiting us at Montana Fishing Outfitters
We are here to help you make your Montana fly fishing trip come to reality. We consider Montana to be the premier trout fishing destination in the country, and MFO to be Montana’s most unique guide service because we offer top-notch angling adventures with our team of top-shelf fly fishing guides throughout the Big Sky state. From our home water, the trout-filled Missouri River in central Montana, to the classic Blackfoot River in western Montana to the picturesque Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley, we get around.
We have been chasing trout across Montana since the mid-90s, but Montana Fishing Outfitters was founded from a lifetime of angling across the country and around the world. Our roots are in Montana, it's where we love to live, and we look forward to sharing our passion for all things fly fishing with you; amazing Big Sky landscapes, fantastic rivers, days afloat with good friends, and we’ll definitely catch some trout too!
We've got a wide variety of blue-ribbon trout waters, professional and courteous fly fishing guides, and detail-minded personal customer service just waiting for your arrival. Let us help make your Montana fly fishing trip happen this year and you will not be disappointed.
This is the weather forecast that Montanans have been dreaming about for the last 2 months, which is about how long it has been since it last rained here. As you may have heard among reports on hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the rocky mountain west has been having some natural disaster issues of our own, namely severe drought and major wildfires in Montana and across areas of the pacific northwest. Somehow we went from a big snowpack year with a nice wet spring to one of the driest and warmest runs of weather we have ever seen before, and it has led to a summer of way to many hot and smoky afternoons in Montana.
We are exactly one month away from the Autumnal Equinox, but in Montana the 1st of September usually announces the end of summer and the start to our favorite season, the Fall. Archery hunters are already afield chasing pronghorn antelope, upland bird hunting opens next week, elk will be in full rut within a month, and some of our best fishing of the season is still to come.
Summer roared in like a blast furnace bringing a string of days with highs in the 90s to most of Montana. It has been H-O-T Hot. Too hot. Melt in your driftboat about about 3PM hot. Can't drink enough ice water hot. It has not been awesome. You know what has been awesome though? The morning and evening trout bite, that's what. It's our saving grace in the short sweaty season in Big Sky Country.
Here's the secret short list to get through the next 6 weeks of the fishing season:
Make no mistake about it, the future of fishing lies in the hands of impressionable youngsters like these two hardcore fish-heads, and our mentorship of them. There may be no greater way to teach trout and river life skills than a 60 mile float down Montana's fabled Smith River. It is a full immersion experience in a fully captivating environment - Montana's Disney World.
If you are the kind of angler who tracks snowpack and streamflow reporting, then you know the scoop; it was a big snow year in Montana, with dumps of low elevation snow falling as recently as last week, and we've had plenty of spring rain along with a couple short periods of warmth and sun. What has that all added up to currently? Lots of blue-ribbon rivers in some state of run-off and most are unfishable.
That's my driftboat anchor on the right. The one on the left belongs to some other deadbeat fishing guide who hasn't been around quite as long. His is pretty new and mine is certainly not. I've been dragging this particular anchor around Montana for at least a decade now and I've become fairly emotionally attached to it.
We have some great news from the Montana FWP about our beloved Missouri River. According to a presentation given from biologist Jason Mullen earlier this week, our fishery below Holter Dam is in great shape. The fish are in good health which not only bodes well for our current fishing season, but for the future of the river as well. Read below for some of the highlights from Jason's presentation, it is interesting to compare our notes and thoughts as anglers to the scientific research that is done by the biologist gurus from the state.
April 15th is the date in Montana where we transition from measuring snow to rain for our precipitation, so it's a good time to look at the current SNE (Snow Water Equivalent), in our watersheds and try to forecast what's to come in the next 3 months.
There is a well known English idiom that states, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So instead of chattering along about the details of our first two sessions of The Montana Fishing Guide School; here is a 12,000 word essay written via my camera lens while tagging along with two groups of students during their week long journey Montana.
You’re intently studying the river and feeding a few sipping trout in a foamy seam along the bank of The Missouri River. Your focus is sharp, the excitement level is high, and the beauty of your surroundings overwhelms the senses; everything unimportant to the moment fades into the background. Suddenly, a golden eagle flies overhead casting a shadow over the lazily rising brown trout you’re attentively examining. For its own safety, the trout instinctually stops rising. The eagle put it down, at least for the moment.