Missoula River Lodge – Guided Dry Fly Fishing

4 Great Rivers, Solitude

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.

We take care of all aspects of your fishing vacation. Our staff picks up guests at the airport and when you check into our Lodge we pride ourselves on freeing our guests to enjoy a relaxing vacation that is fishing and food focused. If you are new to fly fishing we can supply all your fishing gear at no extra charge. If you can make it to Missoula Montana, we’ll take care of the rest.

Half of our fishing days our guests will not see another angler. The other half will only see a boat or two. The private and quiet Montana fly fishing trip is what we strive to provide for our guests. It’s why we own a private boat ramp on the Clark Fork River and the most commercially limited float permit on Rock Creek. We understand that zero deep at private boat ramp taking your time trumps the “Morning River Rush”. Missoula Montana is still being discovered and we want to share that with you.

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

Map of Western 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.

We take care of all aspects of your fishing vacation. Our staff picks up guests at the airport and when you check into our Lodge we pride ourselves on freeing our guests to enjoy a relaxing vacation that is fishing and food focused. If you are new to fly fishing we can supply all your fishing gear at no extra charge. If you can make it to Missoula Montana, we’ll take care of the rest.

Half of our fishing days our guests will not see another angler. The other half will only see a boat or two. The private and quiet Montana fly fishing trip is what we strive to provide for our guests. It’s why we own a private boat ramp on the Clark Fork River and the most commercially limited float permit on Rock Creek. We understand that zero deep at private boat ramp taking your time trumps the “Morning River Rush”. Missoula Montana is still being discovered and we want to share that with you.

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

Map of Western Montana.

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.

Bitterroot River

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.

Clark Fork River

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.

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.

Blackfoot River

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.

Rock Creek

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.

Missouri River

The Missouri has risen from the depths of Whirling Disease and low flows in the early 2000’s to currently having over 7000 trout per mile. Yes, they are quite large. It has emerged as an outstanding fishery that has shaken its historical tendency for inconsistency by sheer trout numbers. The hatches were equally super charged with high water years of 2008-212. Currently we are enjoying the golden years on the Missouri river with strong flows, large trout populations, and massive insect hatches.

Bitterroot River

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.

Clark Fork River

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.

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.

Blackfoot River

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.

Rock Creek

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.

Missouri River

The Missouri has risen from the depths of Whirling Disease and low flows in the early 2000’s to currently having over 7000 trout per mile. Yes, they are quite large. It has emerged as an outstanding fishery that has shaken its historical tendency for inconsistency by sheer trout numbers. The hatches were equally super charged with high water years of 2008-212. Currently we are enjoying the golden years on the Missouri river with strong flows, large trout populations, and massive insect hatches.

Fly Fishing Videos

Missoula Fly Fishing Videos

These Missoula fly fishing videos below were produced by our Missoula fly fishing guides while on the water with camera in hand. They span the seasons and years fishing the waters of Missoula Montana. Please enjoy stories and images from across Western Montana.

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