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montana fly fishing vacations

Are you looking for Montana fly fishing vacation packages? There are a few ways to go about your trip and you really want to focus on finding a place with variety in terms of fishable waters. Being restricted to a single river or section of river is risky because that river can experience swings in flows and even closures depending on the conditions. Here’s an easy guide to help plan a packaged trip.

Flexibility is Key

Again, try to avoid being limited. Some of the highest end, all-inclusive guest ranches are actually very large operations with fishing pressure concentrated on small sections of river. Look for places that offer variety with daily options to fish multiple rivers. In Dillon for example, we fish the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby and Jefferson. The Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers are permitted and that limits the number of commercial outfitters. They also have launch restrictions so the outfitters who do have permits are spread out. This makes for an ideal situation.

Missoula also has a cluster of options with the Blackfoot, Bitterroot and Clark Fork. None of these rivers are permitted but they are quality fisheries. Rock Creek is also close and is permitted with a short float season coinciding with the Salmonfly hatch in June. You will have longer drive times on occasion here as many guides travel over an hour to reach launch sites.

Other common basecamps are situated on the Madison, Yellowstone, Missouri and Big Horn Rivers. These all tend to act as single river sites but they are excellent rivers to explore. Focus your timing outside the peak season if possible because crowds are an issue.

Choose a Great Primary Fishery

When you’re looking for a package deal that offers several river options, it’s nice to have a home river. In Dillon, we have the Beaverhead right through town and fish it all the way up to Clark Canyon Reservoir. The Big Hole is only a few minutes away as well so we really have two home rivers. Depending on your lodging choice, you will be very central to one of these rivers. The Ruby and Jefferson are not far off either, making us lucky to have short drive times. Think about the primary fishery before booking because you will likely spend at least 1-2 full days on that river. We love having the Beaverhead because it’s a tailwater with stable flows and cold water. Prolific hatches and long seasons make it a reliable place to chase big trout.

What Style of Lodging is Best?

Lodging is the last question to consider in a package deal. You can go for a full-scale lodge that includes meals and a room or opt for a private residence. The all inclusive deals are great but they run much higher on the price scale. Private residence rentals on the Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers are surprisingly affordable. If you have a small group, those costs are further reduced. That just leaves you with meals and Montana has no shortage of steak houses and great places to grab a bite. 

Booking Your Montana Fly Fishing Vacation Package

Booking ahead always makes things easier and we are always here to help get the ball rolling. Take a look at our Montana vacation rentals first. We can package these with guides and customize your trip to access the best fishing around. Give us a ring and let’s get your next adventure in the books!