Trip Overview 

Rather than working with one single outfitter out of the Bozeman area, we’ve organized a team of the area’s finest guides, outfitters, and lodging options to create a network that ensures that you’ll be matched with the best guide, on the best waters, at exactly the right time of year. Simply put, when you book your Southwest Montana fly fishing trip through Yellow Dog, you can rest assured that you’ll be fly fishing Montana with the top professionals in the business. We live in the Bozeman area and know the overall guide and outfitter situation better than anyone. We’re proud of the guides that we work with, and will be happy to create the perfect Southwest Montana fishing itinerary for your next Big Sky adventures. We call it the “Southwest Montana Sampler” – a fully customized fishing itinerary that let’s you experience a variety of different waters and different areas over the course of a single trip. 

Destination Quick Facts 

Yellow Dog Outfitting - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Bozeman, Montana

SEASON: April - October

CAPACITY:  Groups of any size can be accommodated. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Bozeman, Montana (BZN)

TARGET SPECIES:  Rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Montana fishing license and a valid Identification

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com


Lodging Details
For each custom “sampler trip,” accommodations can vary from four-star lodge options to clean, inexpensive hotel rooms. There are dozens of lodging options throughout the Bozeman area and the surrounding region. Please feel free to contact us here at Yellow Dog, and we will be happy to make suggestions or help in any way with recommendations and logistics. In Bozeman itself, we recommend hotel options that include the Wingate Inn, the Hilton Garden Inn, the C’Mon Inn, and the GranTree Best Western Inn. The closest fishing-focused lodge to Bozeman is the Gallatin River Lodge, which is located approximately 15 minutes out of town.

Food and Beverages
All meals (with the exception of you daily lunch on the river) in Bozeman for the Montana sampler and day trip packages are on your own. The number of restaurants and dining options in Bozeman and throughout the surrounding area is impressive. With regards to your fishing day, the guides always have fully stocked coolers, plenty of food, and all non-alcoholic beverages. Some of our favorite restaurants in the Bozeman area for dinner include The Mint, John Bozeman’s Bistro, Open Range, Montana Aleworks, Ted’s Montana Grill, and Chico Hot Springs Restaurant.

Typical Length of Stay
Each package is completely customized. Trips of any length can be arranged - from single day trips to week-long, multi-river packages.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers, the state of Montana offers many outdoor recreational activities including trips to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, horseback riding, hiking, sight seeing, whitewater raft trips, mountain biking, kayaking, and much more. Following is a list of area attractions and things to do:

Yellowstone National Park
Experience this world famous park; a short drive from Bozeman.

Alder Gulch
Site of one of the largest gold rush in the United States.

Lewis & Clark
The two famous pioneers of the American frontier traveled throughout this country, and especially along the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby and Jefferson rivers.

Virginia City & Nevada City
Two old west gold-rush cities turned ghost towns during the Alder gold rush. During the summer months, guests can enjoy plenty of activities, stores, playhouses, and more.

The Big Hole Battlefield
Home of the Nez Perce War where, in 1877, a bloody five month conflict erupted between the federal United States and the Native Americans of the region

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge at most hotels in Montana. Most cell phones work in Southwest Montana as well.


General Information
Some of the waters that can be included in the “Montana Sampler Package” include the Madison, Yellowstone, Missouri, Beaverhead, Big Hole, Gallatin, Jefferson, Big Horn, Stillwater, Boulder, and a variety of spring creeks in Paradise Valley, private waters, smaller streams, and backcountry creeks. For those interested in stillwater fishing, we also offer a variety of options on high alpine lakes and area reservoirs.

Springtime is probably the best-kept secret in Montana. All the rivers are fishing well and are generally low and clear. Spring run-off usually doesn’t begin until late May or early June, and you can expect a lot of streamer and nymph fishing with possibilities for early caddis and mayfly hatches. This is a great time to experience Montana as things begin to “green up.” You can expect some aggressive feeding from fish.

This can be a transition month in Montana. While some years high water might be a problem, June can still offer some tremendous fishing. In anticipation of the salmon fly hatch this is a good time to fish a lot of stonefly nymphs for big browns.

July – August
Lots of fun and sun. Late June and early July brings out the salmon flies on the Madison and the Big Hole. July offers a lot of great caddis fishing, and in August its time to start thinking big dry flies! The hopper fishing is tremendous and this is the time to fish big attractor patterns.

This is the local’s favorite time of year, and the fall in Montana is beautiful. You can still fish hoppers and big attractor patterns, and the fish are beginning to turn on to big, gnarly streamer patterns. You can expect temperatures to be in the 70’s and the rivers are low and clear.

If you like fishing streamers, you can expect a lot of action from aggressive fish during the fall months. The weather can be somewhat unpredictable, but the fish don’t seem to care. This is also a great time to do cast-and-blast combos.

Boats and Equipment
Float fishing on area rivers is done via McKenzie-style drift boats designed for fly fishing. The Stonefly Inn has a fully-stocked fly shop with all of the major equipment brands for sale, and a full line-up of rental and demo gear for client use.


How To Get There
The predetermined fishing itinerary will dictate your arrival city in Montana. Most packages will begin and end in Bozeman, Montana which is accessed via the Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport (BZN).

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
If flying, guests will be met at the airport and transferred to their lodging or river of choice. If driving to Montana, guests will be met at pre-determined lodging for the fishing days ahead. This is a completely customized trip, so there is no set arrival city. However, most trips will originate in Livingston, Bozeman, West Yellowstone, or Missoula.

Documents Required
Montana fishing licenses are available at all area fly shops and sporting goods stores, or online by visiting the following website: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. You will need to present a valid driver's license in order to purchase your fishing license.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.


Package Rates
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 per person and quoted in US dollars. All daily guide rates are for one or two people, and trips of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Full Day Float or Walk/Wade = $495.00 to $550.00 per day*
*Depending on the river and outfitter

What's Included

  • Full guide service for each day of fishing
  • Transfers to various rivers and lodging
  • Top of the line fishing rods, reels, lines, flies and terminal tackle
  • Bottled water and soda, and lunches are included on full day trips only
  • Accommodations may be included depending on type of package arranged

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from original destination to Montana
  • Accommodations and meals
  • Fishing licenses and non-angling activities
  • Gratuities for guides

All Montana guided trips arranged through Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC are operated under a number of different Montana Outfitting Licenses, each number based on the specific outfitter handling and physically guiding each trip. Please contact Yellow Dog for a full list of guides and outfitters that we work with.

Client Testimonials

"My wife Shari and I had one of our most memorable flyfishing experiences with Yellow Dog. The trip to Bozeman was seamless. Being that we are from the east coast, the brown trout fishing was epic. We almost never see a 17 inch trout, and our last day fishing with Yellow Dog we could not catch a fish smaller then 17"! The 21" brown that Shari caught is a trophy to us. Yellow Dog's professionalism excels - the guides are patient, kind, and they concentrate on your needs and skill level. All I can say is that we had a great trip and Yellow Dog put us where we needed to be!"

- R.C. Carusi

“When God made Montana, he created a beautiful, majestic landscape with rugged mountain peaks, ever-flowing winding rivers, and the paradise of all paradises for trout anglers to visit” 

- Harold G. (West Palm Beach, FL)