bitterroot river guides hamilton montana


Big Hole River PartyGuided fly fishing trips make memories that last a lifetime: from fifty fish days on the Missouri, to hailstorms and moose blocking the river on the lower Big Hole, these are times to remember.  Bitteroot River Guides are on the water from early spring through the squalls of late fall, pursuing our passion of fly fishing throughout the state and the seasons.  From the high lush waters of May to the golden trickles of  October, we seek out wild trout on the fly.   Experience Western Montana fly fishing at its finest.

What to Expect

Each day’s float trip is planned individually between your party and your guides.  We consider your fishing abilities, preferences of water type, time constraints, travel time from your lodging accommodations, and a myriad of other factors to nail down the best possible fishing experience we can provide you.  On multi-day trips, we will choose a new section of river each day, or even travel to some of the other rivers within a tank of diesel from Hamilton: each day is a brand new adventure.

Montana weather is fickle, especially during the spring and fall seasons, so being prepared with the right gear is essential to a comfortable day on the water.  Gore-Tex waders and rain jackets are a must for early and late season fishing, with fleece or wool underlayers insulating you from the northern elements.  In mid summer we can get away with wet wading in river sandals, as our Bitterroot weather patterns are some of the most temperate in the state.  Always bring that rain jacket, though, as many gorgeous July mornings turn into cold and stormy afternoons,  our mountain weather always changing and unpredictable.

Depending on the season, we use fly rods from four weights for little dry flys to seven weights for the big stuff.  Nine foot five weight fly rods are ideal for ninety percent of the fishing we encounter, so if you only have one to bring, grab that five weight.  Your guide will always be loaded with an arsenal of rods, so we have any fishing situation covered.  Weight forward floating lines are perfect for Montana rivers and streams, and sink tipped lines work well on the big rods for streamers and buggers.

Bring what you can and let us cover the rest.  We have loaner waders and rods for those without, and we provide all the terminal tackle and flies at no extra charge.  We will pick you up in the morning, or meet you at a convenient location, often a fishing access, and bring you back when the day is wrapped up.  We serve large healthy streamside lunches: from gourmet sandwiches and salads to grilled pork chops and BBQ chicken, you’ll be amazed at what we craft up on the riverbank.  We look forward to hosting your Montana fly fishing adventure.

Bitterroot River Float Trips $500

Big Hole River Float Trips $550

Missouri River Float Trips  $550 – two day minimum