Fly Fish the beautiful rivers near Missoula
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The Blackfoot River, the Clark Fork River, the Bitterroot River, and Rock Creek are all close to Missoula, Montana—the town made famous in Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It. If you’re visiting Missoula for a day as part of a Montana vacation or spending a few days in the area en route to another location, we can easily arrange a great day of guided fishing on any of the iconic rivers in the area, including a trip to the Missouri River.
Missoula fly fishing trips offer fantastic Fly Fishing Day Trip options that will allow you to experience the area’s great fishing in a relatively short period of time. With our home base in Montana, we have first-hand knowledge with many of the area’s best outfitters.
Accommodations are not included with these Fly Fishing Day Trips basing out of Missoula, Montana. For travelers planning to overnight in the Missoula area, we can recommend some local hotel options across many budgets and with various amenities.
Food and Beverages
Your guide will provide a packed cooler with lunch and assorted beverages, including water. Beer and alcohol are not included. Lunches are often had stream-side with tables and chairs or enjoyed while sitting in the boat enjoying the scenery.
Typical Length of Fishing Day
The standard fishing day is six to eight hours long, with most guides amenable to varying times to suit your needs. Typical days have you departing between 7 and 8 AM and returning between 4 and 6 PM.
Where To Meet Your Guide
Most Missoula fly fishing day trips will meet at your lodging, a local fly shop, a pre-determined common meeting place. Meeting place and times will be well communicated prior to the start of your Montana fly fishing trip arranged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures.
How To Get There
The fly fishing around Missoula, Montana is very easily accessible. Within an hour’s drive from the hotels around Missoula or in downtown Missoula, over forty guided float fishing trips exist on the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Clark Fork Rivers, and Rock Creek. The Missouri River is a scenic two-hour drive up and over the Continental Divide.
Missoula is serviced by Missoula International Airport via Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, and United. Located less than two hours from Glacier National Park and a day’s drive from Yellowstone National Park, Missoula is a popular Montana vacation destination.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Even within a single day of guided fishing near Missoula, Montana, numerous fishing options are available. Depending on weather conditions and the time of year, you can fish for wild Montana trout on a variety of rivers and creeks.
Ideally suited for anglers of all abilities the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Clark Fork Rivers, and Rock Creek all offer beautiful scenery, dry fly and subsurface fishing for wild and native trout, and all with outfitters and guides that are safe, professional, and knowledgeable.
Boats and Equipment
Guides fish from specially designed boats and rafts meant for fly fishing rivers in Montana These fishing trips most often include the use of quality gear and equipment, including rods and reels, leaders and tippet, and all necessary flies.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are quoted in US dollars.
Full-Day Trip (1 or 2 anglers) = $500 – $600
- Full day of guided fishing for either one or two anglers
- A packed cooler lunch and bottled water
- All necessary equipment, flies, and tackle
- All applicable taxes
What’s Not Included:
- Beer and alcohol
- Fishing license for each angler
- Gratuities for the guide
Day Trip Payment & Cancellation Policy for Cruise Ship Travelers: Deposits and Payment are refundable, minus a $25.00 cancellation fee, only if we are notified within 24 hours of your day fishing trip. Cruise ships sometimes unexpectedly cancel their stop in Belize. If for some unexpected reason this happens, please call Yellow Dog directly and let staff know. If the guide has not left for the day, we can refund your trip (minus $25). If cancellation is not made 24 hours in advance and the guide waits for the angler, the no-show/cancellation fee is $200.00