Montana Fly Fishing in May 2021
May is right around the corner and with it our anglers and guides will kick-off the prime Montana fly fishing season. As water temps climb out of winter lows, some of the first great hatches of the year will arrive on our Montana rivers. Great hatches mean great dry fly fishing.
The mother’s day caddis hatch on the Madison River, Yellowstone River, and Missouri River is usually the star of the show early-mid May. This hatch gives a whole new meaning to the term “blanket hatch” with mats of caddis piling up in every river eddy and trout rising to take them. Mixed in on overcast days anglers will also find hatches of Blue Winged Olive (BWO) mayflies continue on through the middle of the month. Anglers with a keen eye will also find March Brown mayflies, skwala stoneflies, and even a few early season terrestrials mixed in as water flows come up.
Spring run-off on our area freestone rivers has held off for now but with day time highs in the 70s it is a matter of days before the Yellowstone River, Gallatin River, Jefferson River, and other area freestone rivers run high and muddy. With that anglers in Bozeman, MT will find the best fly fishing on the Lower Madison River, Upper-most Madison River, Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, and private water lakes through late-June. Yellowstone National Park opens for fly fishing the Saturday of Memorial day weekend and is a great option for wade fishing later in the month of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers.
Anglers fly fishing on the Missouri River near Craig, MT will be treated to some of the best fly fishing of the year through the month of May. The Missouri River tailwater is not affected by spring-run off due to snowmelt and projected flows below average for 2021 should make for excellent dry fly fishing. The nymphing on the Missouri River is always some of the most productive of the year with high catch rates and the largest average sized trout of any river in Montana. We are also hopeful that lower flows could make for some of the best streamer fishing in recent history.
Montana Fly Fishing Trips in May 2021
Our Montana fly fishing guides are looking forward to a great May 2021 with anglers able to safely travel and enjoy Montana fly fishing trips after our operations were closed for April and limited in May of 2020. We do still have good guide and lodging availability for anglers planning a last-minute Montana fly fishing trip. We offer all-inclusive guided fly fishing and lodging packages with the Missouri River Ranch that make for a truly incredible trip.
Looking ahead past May guide and lodging availability is extremely limited from June 1- August 15. Anglers interested in booking a Montana fly fishing trip in Bozeman and on the Missouri River during this time frame can contact our outfitter to start the planning process.
We are looking forward to another great season of fly fishing in Montana, see you on the water soon!
Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview
Spring has sprung in Bozeman, MT and April is always a favorite time for fly fishing in Montana for our anglers and fly fishing guides. Cooler mornings make for great nymphing and streamer fishing, with mid-morning hatches of Blue Winged Olive (BWO) Mayflies, midges, skwalas, and larger March Brown mayflies making for excellent dry fly fishing or dry-dropper fishing most afternoons.
The rivers around Bozeman, MT are quiet and anglers can expect solitude on the water most week days. Nicer weather on weekends has brought anglers out of their winter slumber, but a short drive past the popular put-ins will make for weekend solitude as well.
The Missouri River has been the star of the fly fishing show as of late with above average catch rates nymphing on the upper river. Closer to Bozeman, the Yellowstone River and Madison River have also been productive with the best fly fishing in the afternoon. Our anglers and guides have found success daily with nymphs, streamers, and dry flies all accounting for trout in the net.
Due to ever increasing demand for fly fishing in Montana and COVID-rebookings from the 2020 season our Montana fly fishing guides already have limited availability for most of the prime-2021 season from May thru October. Anglers interested in booking a Montana fly fishing trip are encouraged to book as far in advance as possible, last minute availability for trip booked inside of 2 weeks will likely be non-existent for June, July, and August.
Contact our Montana fly fishing outfitter today to learn more and book your next Montana fly fishing trip with our professional guides.
Missouri River Fly Fishing Report
The Missouri River is the go-to river for our anglers and Montana fly fishing guides in April. 2021 has spoiled us so far with great fly fishing from Holter Dam, thru Craig, and downstream to Cascade. Nymphing has continued to be the most productive tactic with anglers enjoying above average catch rates on the upper river. Streamer fishing has been productive downstream of Craig, MT and dry fly fishing opportunities have been available daily. Expect the dry fly fishing to only improve as we move late into the month and into May with BWO hatches improving daily. Overcast and rain will be the best forecast for the bugs to show and trout to rise.
Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report
The Yellowstone River has been rock solid since mid-March and looking ahead conditions will remain great until flows spike due to snowmelt. Nymphing has been great with stonefly nymphs #8-14 and a variety of mayfly, caddis, and midge attractor flies #12-18. Mornings are still cold so no rush to the water: anglers will find the best bite from 1PM-5PM. Strong hatches of BWOs and midges have made for the most consistent dry fly fishing in the Bozeman area.
Madison River Fly Fishing Report
Good to great on both the Lower and Upper Madison River as of late. The streamer bite has been solid and anglers willing to commit to the strip will find big brown trout. Nymphing will put numbers in the net. The trout have started to spread out, but deeper slower runs have remained the most productive. Consider stopping and wade fishing. Dry fly fishing has been limited to slower water and slicks, but keen anglers will find rising trout in shallow riffles as BWO hatches improve on overcast days.
Paradise Valley Spring Creeks Fly Fishing Report
DePuy Spring Creek, Armstrong Spring Creek, and Nelson Spring Creek are always spring favorites for anglers in Bozeman, MT. The best wade fishing around. Nymphing has been productive daily with strong hatches of midges and BWOs on cooler, overcast days. Look for these hatches to remain strong through late-May with “bad weather” making for the best fishing. Walk slow, observe the stream, and match the hatch!
Montana Fly Fishing in April 2021
April is a favorite month for our Montana fly fishing guides and anglers and 2021 is shaping up to be a great one. April is the official kick-off to the fly fishing season each year and it is amazing to think how far we have come over the last year and how much we have to look forward to in 2021. Anglers from all over the country will be joining us in the next month for Montana fly fishing trips on the Missouri River, Madison River, Yellowstone River, and more as life and fly fishing have started to take a step back to normal.
Spring fly fishing in Montana means streamers and nymphing in the morning with great dry fly fishing in the afternoon. This pattern is exemplified on our western rivers in April with great late afternoon hatches of BWOs, March Browns, and skwala stoneflies that reward the anglers that sleep-in and stay out late. No rush to the water.
Looking ahead the weather is moving into a spring weather pattern that should make for ideal conditions. A solid snowpack will make for good flows all season. The freestone rivers near Bozeman, MT should hold through at least the 25th of the month with reliable flows and clarity. The Missouri River will only get better as temperatures warm and flows increase.
April 2021 Montana Fly Fishing Trips
Planning a Montana fly fishing trip for April 2021? There is likely no better destination in the US than the Missouri River. The nymphing, streamer fishing, and technical dry fishing will treat even the most seasoned of anglers. We still have good guide availability and lodging capacity thru the end of the month.
Closer to Bozeman, MT the Yellowstone River offers great early season dry fly fishing most afternoons. Dense hatches of mayflies and midges make for exciting action. The Madison River offers reliable subsurface fly fishing, with great wade fishing at early spring flows.
Solitude is plentiful on Montana’s rivers in April. For anglers willing to roll the dice on weather, there is no better month to come on a Montana fly fishing trip. Contact us to learn more about our Montana fly fishing guides and book your next trip with the Montana Angling Co.
2021 Guided Fly Fishing Trips on Montana’s Missouri River
Our Montana fly fishing guides are excited for another great season of guided fly fishing trips on Montana’s Missouri River. Anglers joining us in 2021 will have a lot to look forward to: stable flows that should make for excellent dry fly fishing in May and June on the Missouri River, a solid snowpack that should yield another great hopper season in the summer, exclusive private water offerings on small streams, and adventure trips on nearby freestone rivers.
Winter & Spring Special Trips have been a hit this year and we are looking forward to being on the water daily in April 2021. Anglers will be treated to great fly fishing at a discounted rate. We still have good guide and lodging availability for April, contact us today to book your Spring fly fishing trip on the Missouri River.
With the prime season just around the corner we are excited to see many of our long time anglers back in May and June that were unable to join us in 2020. Our Missouri River Basecamp trips are a favorite for our anglers and fly fishing guides and we look forward to great days on the Missouri River, Dearborn River, and more.
Lodging will be limited in 2021 as the prime dates are already mostly booked for May, June, and July. We recommend booking your trip in advance and to contact us today to get the booking process started. All-inclusive lodging packages at the Missouri River Ranch and the Lodge at Eagle Rock are the premier option, with good availability still for May and early-June.
Can’t make it out until fall? Fall fly fishing trips on the Missouri River are always a favorite time for our anglers and guides with great fly fishing and plenty of solitude from mid-September, thru October, and into November. Dry fly fishing you have to see to believe.
We are proud to work with the hardest working and professional Missouri River fly fishing guides and excited to give our anglers the best Missouri River fly fishing experience in 2021. Contact us to learn more and book your next Missouri River fly fishing trip.
2021 Missouri River Fly Fishing Trip Highlights
- The best fly fishing in Montana in May and June: Late spring and early summer are prime time on the Missouri River. The catch rates and size of wild trout speak for themselves. Great hatches of BWOs, March Browns, PMDs, and Caddisflies make for the best dry fly fishing of the season. Demand is high for 2021 and guide availability is limited, contact us today to book your trip.
- All-inclusive Fishing and Lodging Packages: We are proud to offer our anglers all-inclusive lodging and fishing packages with the premier lodges on the Missouri River. We work directly with the Missouri River Ranch and the Lodge at Eagle Rock to offer anglers lodging and fly fishing packages complete with 5-star accommodations, fine dining, and guided fly fishing with our Montana fly fishing guides. We make a Missouri River fly fishing trip easy, fishy, and fun for all anglers.
- Exclusive Private Water and Adventure Trip Offerings: While the Missouri River is the star of the show, we offer anglers exclusive access to leased private water fly fishing near the Missouri River. Access is limited to our anglers and guides and anglers can expect quality fly fishing in total solitude. Adventure trips on the Dearborn River and other nearby freestone rivers are a great way to add variety to any Missouri River fly fishing trip. Our fly fishing guides use high end rafts with frames to access these seldom fished rivers the offer a unique fly fishing experience.
Contact us to learn more about Missouri River fly fishing trips with the Montana Angling Company in 2021, and to book your next fly fishing trip today!
Guided Fly Fishing Trips in Bozeman, MT
Spring has arrived to Bozeman, MT and our Montana fly fishing outfitter and guides are looking forward to kicking-off another great season of fly fishing in Bozeman. Early season Bozeman fly fishing trips on the Yellowstone River, Madison River, and Paradise Valley Spring Creeks have been going out daily and, looking forward to April, our guides are expecting ideal conditions for Spring fly fishing trips in Bozeman, MT.
2021 is shaping up to be another great season with a solid snowpack that should make for steady flows, cold water, and great fly fishing trips in Bozeman throughout the spring, summer, and fall fly fishing seasons. Our Bozeman fly fishing guides are hopeful for another great terrestrial year with excellent dry fly fishing in August and September.
Due to rebookings as a result of COVID-19 in 2020, our guides and Montana fly fishing lodges are booking well in advance. Dates during the prime season and hatches are booking fast and we would encourage all anglers interested in a Bozeman fly fishing trip to contact us today to learn more.
We are proud to work with the hardest working professional fly fishing guides in Bozeman, MT and excited to give anglers the best Montana fly fishing experience in 2021.
2021 Bozeman Fly Fishing Highlights
- Salmonfly Hatch in Bozeman, MT. The salmonfly hatch is always the kick-off to the summer fly fishing season for our anglers and guides. 2021 is shaping up to be a banner salmonfly year with snowpack levels that should make for good flows on our freestone rivers during the peak window of the hatch. 6/20-7/10 are the prime dates on the Madison River and Yellowstone River for 2021.
- Fly Fishing Float Trips in Bozeman, MT. Bozeman is the best destination for a summer and fall fly fishing float trip in Montana. We offer guided fly fishing float trips on all of Bozeman’s best rivers including the Yellowstone River, Madison River, Gallatin River, Jefferson River, Boulder River, and Stillwater River. Trust our guides to make your Bozeman float trip safe, memorable, and fun.
- All-inclusive Montana Fly Fishing Lodges. Book your lodging and fly fishing package in Bozeman, MT with our professional guides. We offer all-inclusive packages with the best fly fishing lodges in Montana. The Yellowstone Valley Lodge, Madison Valley Ranch, and Gallatin River Lodge are the premier lodges near Bozeman, MT and the perfect destinations for a 2021 Bozeman fly fishing trip.
Learn more about our Bozeman fly fishing trips and our Montana fly fishing guides. Contact us to book your 2021 fly fishing trip today!