Montana Fly Fishing Rivers

							Map of Montana rivers near Bozeman

Montana Fly Fishing Rivers


Yellowstone River

Upper Madison River

Lower Madison River

Gallatin River

Jefferson River

Missouri River

							Rainbow Trout in the air while floating the Yellowstone River on a Fins and Feathers Montana fly fishing trip near Reedpoint.

Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone River flows through Montana, attracting fly fishers from around the world to test their skills against its rainbow, brown, and native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. It offers diverse trout fishing opportunities, from Yankee Jim Canyon to Columbus. Its unspoiled beauty and wild, Montana trout offer a rewarding experience for all anglers.

							Anglers fishing and floating the legendary Madison River near MacAtee Bridge

Upper Madison River

The upper Madison River is a renowned wild trout stream in southern Montana referred to as the "50 Mile Riffle." It is one long riffle dotted with boulders and flowing through the wide-open expanses of the Madison Valley.

Its scenic beauty and abundance of wild trout make it a bucket list destination for anglers from around the world.

							Floating the Gallatin River while flyfishing Montana in the fall

Gallatin River

The Gallatin River boasts of more than 75 miles of blue-ribbon trout water, which can be easily accessed from various roadside turnouts along HWY 191 and throughout the Gallatin Valley. It meets the Jefferson and Madison Rivers to form the Missouri River, near Three Forks in Montana. Wade along the river through the Gallatin Canyon or float the lower river and explore rarley touched waters.

							Flyfish Montana on the lower Madison River while floating.

Lower Madison River

The lower Madison River has diverse wild trout habitats and character between Ennis Lake and Headwaters State Park.

Spring hatches and fall streamer fishing offer opportunities for advanced anglers. The river's scenic beauty makes it enjoyable for novice anglers as well.

							Montana fishing on the Jefferson River near Bozeman

Jefferson River

The Jefferson River starts at the convergence of the Ruby, Big Hole, and Beaverhead Rivers and flows until it meets the Madison and Gallatin. It offers a unique Montana fishing experience through rugged canyons and rural agricultural fields.

The fly fishing experience varies annually and depends on winter snowpack and spring moisture.

							Fins and Feathers guide and guests flyfishing Montana on the Missouri River

Missouri River

This 35-mile stretch of river below Holter Dam offers some of the best Montana fly fishing. Rich in invertebrate biomass, the river supports a robust population of Rainbow and Brown Trout.

Upstream of Holter Dam, the river is a mix of warm and cold-water fisheries, each appealing to a range of Montana anglers.