Slow and steady is the mantra for winter fishing in the Bozeman, Montana area. The trout live in different water in the winter than they do in the summer. You want to find the slower pools or deeper, slower moving water. The trout are conserving their energy, working as little as possible when water temps are below 42 degrees. The only bugs hatching this time of year are midges, and they are sporadic and day-to-day.
This year we are offering our popular “Spring Special” again. From now until April 30th, all full day float or walk wade trips are $475 for one or two anglers. Save 20% and fish uncrowded waters. Coming to Big Sky to ski? Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park? Why not add on a day of fly fishing?
If you haven’t visited Bozeman, Montana before, you're in a for a treat. Bozeman is the fourth largest city in Montana, with a population of about 50,000. It has the busiest airport in the state servicing many different major carriers. It is a college town with an outstanding downtown area filled with many different restaurants and shops.
The big news is, on the early hours of November 30th, the Hebgen Dam, which controls the flow for the Madison River had a malfunction and reduced flows immediately from about 650 CFS to about 150 CFS. No one knew about this till the following morning. There was a lot of confusion at the beginning.
Due to wet weather and cooler temperatures, closures and restrictions were lifted on several rivers and sections of rivers at 2 p.m. on August 23rd.
Temperatures have taken a nose dive this week and we are seeing cooler days and plenty of precipitation from the heavens. Montana FWP has lifted the “Hoot Owl” restrictions on the Upper Madison, Missouri and Stillwater rivers. There should be more restrictions loosening as cool temperatures are projected for the upcoming week.
Several angling restrictions on rivers in southwest, north-central and south-central Montana went into effect July 20, 2021 due to warming temperatures and low flows.
The restrictions include what are commonly known as “hoot owl” restrictions, which means fishing is closed from 2 p.m. to midnight each day. Some waters are under full fishing closures, which prohibit fishing at all times of day. These closures and restrictions will stay in effect until conditions improve.
Why would you choose Bozeman, Montana as a destination to fly fish?
There are many reasons to choose Bozeman, Montana as a place to base your Montana fishing trip out of. We have the biggest and busiest airport in the state. Although it doesn’t compare to O’hair or Atlanta, it is the hub for great fishing in SW Montana and the Yellowstone area. It’s easy to get in and out of without much hassle.
Fly Fishing Montana in July is prime time. It doesn't get much better than at this time. Every river we guide is an option and available to fly fish. July in Montana brings some great hatches and some of the most consistent weather.
Bozeman Yellowstone International airport just added four more cities to its non-stop destinations. New direct flights from San Diego, Oakland, Austin and Phoenix make 25 direct flights to Bozeman, Montana to date. A few of these are seasonal, but offer the peak summer months, making it easier for anglers to travel to Bozeman, Montana during prime time fishing.
Lush green hillsides, comfortable weather and energetic guides will welcome you to Southwestern Montana. There is some great dry fly fishing to be had in the early summer month of June. Here are some of the bullet points for fly fishing in Montana during the various weeks in June: