The rainbow are rising.
Grab your gear, tie one on, and we’ll see you on the river.
Located at the junction of four great trout streams, Butler Creek Lodge is within an hour in every direction of over 150 miles of wild rainbows, cutthroats, brookies, browns, and combined trout.
To plan a fishing adventure, here are a few of the great Fly Shops in the Missoula area:
Blackfoot River Outfitters – Missoula Montana Fly Fishing Guides
Missoula, Montana’s family owned Orvis endorsed fly fishing company. Sharing Montana rivers with anglers for over 20 years.
Call: 406 542-7411
Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop Missoula Montana – Grizzly Hackle Fly Fishing Guides
For over 20 years the Grizzly Hackle has been providing exceptional gear, clothing and guided trips for fly fishing enthusiasts around the world.
Kingfisher Fly Shop & Outfitters Missoula Montana Fishing Guides
Midway between Glacier National and Yellowstone parks, in the heart of the Northern Rockies, Missoula, Montana, is a trout fishing Mecca.
The Missoulian Angler Fly Shop – Missoula Montana Fly Fishing
Serving Montana fly fishing anglers since 1987. We provide one-stop shopping for all your Western Montana fly fishing needs.
Some of the best local fishing rivers.
Clark Fork River
The river that literally runs through Missoula is the Clark Fork. The Clark Fork River is wide, flat water where rainbows and browns pod up along rip rap banks, in current seams and in large eddies to gulp a smorgasbord of mayflies. It’s a dry fly purist’s dream. Hatches include PMDs, mahogany duns, baetis, caddis, and hoppers.
The Blackfoot is a timeless river. Sheer cliffs reach from deep green pools where westslope cutts, browns, rainbows, and bulls seek relief from the river’s hydraulics. It’s truly mystical trout water. Hatches include salmonflies, golden stones, green drakes, October caddis, baetis, and hoppers. The Blackfoot also offers up some of the best streamer fishing around.
The Bitterroot River is lined by the jagged mountain peaks of the Bitterroot Range as it cuts straight north to its confluence with the Clark Fork. Along its journey, short riffles give way to long flats, deep pool,s and undercut banks. This is a brown trout paradise. Hatches include skwala stones, drakes, caddis, and hoppers.
Rock Creek River
If a fly fisher could create a stream, Rock Creek would be it. It’s riffle, run, pool character is easy to read. It has a high population of cutts, rainbows, and browns. It even has a dependable salmonfly hatch. It’s utter perfection. Hatches include salmonflies, golden stones, drakes, PMDs, caddis, and hoppers.
The Missouri is a tailwater river that offers up over 5,000 fish per mile. It’s long and wide, which offers up a variety of fishing styles. Although the “MO” is primarily a nymphing river, there are plenty of opportunities for dry fly action.