Map of Missoula fly fishing float area

Missoula Fly Fishing – 400 Miles of Options

The Missoula fly fishing map is diverse in its options, geography and personality of water.  The sheer scope and size of the five river complex allows for vast differences in hydrology which in turn produces trout species diversification along with widest breadth of aquatic hatches in the Western United States.

Missoula Fly Fishing: Bitterroot River

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The Bitterroot River is our most dynamic water with over 90 miles of floatable water.  The boat ramp options begin near Missoula Montana and stretch all the way to 25 miles south of Darby.  In the upper river the main species is the West Slope Cutthroat trout.     They are plentiful and rise easily to dry flies. If you decide to enjoy some Missoula fly fishing, then the Bitterroot river will be at the top of the list.

Missoula Fly Fishing: Lower Clark Fork River

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The Clark Fork River near Missoula Montana is a river of two worlds.  The Lower river is home to our biggest population of wild rainbow trout. Montana doesn’t stock any fish in our rivers and it is joy to fishing in long flats of the Clark Fork river for wild risers with small dry flies.

 

Missoula Fly Fishing – Upper Clark Fork

Missoula fly fishing Upper Clark Fork

The Upper Clark is a small meandering meadow river whose trout population is over 90% brown trout.  She is lightly fished with most anglers focussed on the lower 20 miles before it meets the Blackfoot river near Missoula Montana. Fishing with streamers and big dries are the most effective techniques and can produce exceptional results.

Missoula Fly Fishing – Blackfoot River

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The Blackfoot is diverse in its reach with a mixed population of rainbows, cutthroat, browns, and Bull trout. This is river near Missoula that has become a treasured destination for anglers fishing in Missoula Montana.  The scenery is unmatched and the fishing is consistent. As a note bull trout are rare and never targeted. They are merely the sign of a clean, clear, free flowing river in Western Montana.

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Missoula Fly Fishing – Rock Creek

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Rock Creek is a limited access river near Missoula Montana. We have one of three float permits on Rock Creek which allows us to add it to our Missoula Fly Fishing menu.  If you are fishing in Missoula in June, we highly recommend taking a ride down Rock Creek.  The float options are numerous and cut through one of the prettiest valleys in Montana.

Missoula Fly Fishing Options – 4 Great Rivers, Solitude

Man fishing in Missoula Montana

 

Missoula is the hub and these great Montana fly fishing rivers are the spokes of the wheel. So diversity is convenient logistically with short drives to the River from our Montana Fishing Lodge.  If you are staying at Missoula River Lodge and fishing the Clark Fork river there isn’t even a drive, it is a walk of the front porch to a waiting drift boat.

Many of our guests choose to fish a different river each day. The Bitterroot River, Clark Fork River, Blackfoot River, Missouri River, and Rock Creek.  All have distinct personalities that reward the traveling fly fishing angler in new ways.

Diversity and scope to a Montana fly fishing complex also assures solitude and durability. Over half of our days of guiding we will not see another boat. Yes, even in today’s popular fly fishing culture there is water that is only lightly fished. Nothing like fishing in Montana on your own personal water. With so many different fly fishing cards to play we can always find a great options. If the Blackfoot River is fly fishing slow, no problem hit the Bitterroot River. If the Bitterroot river is funky, head to Rock Creek. Or Maybe it’s a Clark Fork River to Missouri River trip that makes the most sense. We have so much fly fishing water to choose from the fly game is always afoot.

Please check out the individual River pages (Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Rock Creek, Clark Fork, Missouri)  for more information on Missoula fly fishing.