Spring descends upon Southwest Montana and the landscape begins to be filled with emerging hues of green. Snow-capped mountains surround the Gallatin Valley while the rising sun warms the legendary Montana fly fishing waters near Bozeman.
The rivers begin to come alive with hatching insects as the temperatures increase and the trout quickly follow suit. This pre-runoff time of time of year is welcoming to both experienced and novice anglers alike.
The Mother’s Day Caddis hatch starts on the lower Madison River in late April, offering the season's first significant dry fly fishing event.
Blue-winged olive and March Brown mayflies emerge on all of the local rivers during calm, overcast conditions. Steady rising trout can be encountered mid-day during these spring hatches.
Although unpredictable and sparse, Skwala hatches on the Jefferson River are often overlooked and bring trophy Brown Trout to the surface in early April.
April is a favorite for our Bozeman fly fishing guides as the rivers are uncrowded and offer a variety of fishing scenarios throughout the month.
The Yellowstone River is a half-hour from Bozeman and is a great choice for anglers of all skill levels in April. Floating through Paradise Valley is a great learning experience for novice anglers. The lure of early season streamer fishing for the legendary Brown Trout in Livingston.
The upper Madison is ideal for float and wade trips with experienced anglers on our April day trips.
Contact Us to learn more about the various guided fishing opportunities on the blue-ribbon trout waters around Bozeman.