Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the weather like?
In the spring and fall, daily temperatures range from the low thirties to the mid seventies. In the summer, the highs range from the seventies to the mid nineties, with lows in the forties. Bring rain gear as summer storms come and go quickly.
Do I have to dress up for dinner?
Although the fare is elegant, dress is casual.
Do I need my own fishing gear?
Bring your own if you prefer. If you do, we recommend a 4, 5, or 6 weight fly rod (with reel), chest waders, wading shoes, vest, net, a sun hat, and polarized glasses. If you don’t have or care not to bring your own we’ll outfit you with premium brand equipment.
What clothing or other gear should I bring?
A mid-weight warm coat, fleece pullover, mid or lightweight polypro long underwear, long sleeve sun shirt, hot weather and cool weather hats, sunglasses, camera, sunscreen, and bug repellant.
Do you have to be an accomplished flyfisher?
No. We help seasoned flyfishers master the tradition, and welcome novices with open arms. Just let us know if you’ve never fished before when you make your reservation, and we’ll happily welcome you into the sport.
When To Fish?
Montana has so much of every kind of water you could possibly want to fish, every time is the right time to fish. That said, you’ll find different seasons on various rivers that specifically appeal to you. We encourage you to call us to talk about your experience, what types of fishing you enjoy the most, do you prefer to wade, boat the big rivers, or float tube in solitary waters. We’ll match your skills and desires to particular hatches and watersheds and specifically design a trip for you.
Generally, April and May, prior to run-off, finds Montana’s rivers low with warming water temperatures. With growing activity and no pressure on the rivers, nymph and streamer fishing excels, with occasional dry fly action on the top. June brings out the heavy Stone Flies on the Big Hole and the Madison. Big flies appear after the waters clear in early June, and on the Madison, a huge Salmon Fly hatch usually pops during the last five days of the month. July means consistent dry fly fishing. You’ll experience caddis, mayflies, and small stone flies in great numbers. With incredible fishing, you’ll experience more pressure on the rivers. August means hoppers, beetles, ants and crane flies are fished on the surface for some aggressive large trout. If the surface becomes inactive, you can still fish small nymphs fished off attractor dry flies. September begins like August and transitions into fall like fishing toward the latter part of the month. You’ll spend most of the days fishing nymphs and streamers. October and early November bring incredible vistas and beauty, along with very little pressure to go after large (and careless this time of the year) brown trout.