September Fly Fishing Overview
The winds of fall are in the air and our Montana fly fishing guides are looking forward to a great month ahead full of fly fishing and having fun on the water with our anglers. We have had a great past month of hopper fishing and it looks like there is no end in sight! Looking ahead we are excited to fish with many of our long time returning anglers in Bozeman, MT and on the Missouri River.
September is always a favorite month as hopper fishing transitions to the mayfly hatches of fall, and with it comes some of the best fly fishing of the season in Montana. With cooler morning temperatures we expect the window for good dry fly fishing to be pushed later into the morning, but anglers can expect excellent nymphing and often times great streamer fishing during the morning session. By 11:30AM the dry fly bite is good with hoppers on sunny days and mayflies on cloudy days.
Hoot-owl restrictions have been lifted on the Gallatin, Jefferson, and Lower Madison Rivers. We excited to be back on these great waters with anglers soon. All 3 offer great streamer fishing through the fall and are a great day 4 or 5 option on an extended Montana fly fishing trip.
Generally anglers will find the best fly fishing in September on the rivers near Bozeman, MT through the first half of the month, but by the 15th or 20th the Missouri River becomes the main event. The combination of lower elevation and mild late season weather as well as epic hatches of caddisflies and mayflies can make for some of the best fly fishing of the year on the Missouri River. The streamer bite is also generally strong, and anglers willing to commit to throwing buggers will often connect with truly trophy brown trout.
In Bozeman, MT anglers will have a lot to look forward to. Hopper fishing will continue to be strong on the Yellowstone River and Madison River most afternoons with the possibility of hooking into trophy trout most mornings with streamers. Wade fishing on the Gallatin and in Yellowstone National Park can also be great, with hatches of mayflies kicking off by the middle of the month. September is fly fishing in Montana at its best, with great fishing on all of our rivers and the crowds of summer a distant memory.
Our Montana fly fishing guides are just about fully booked for September and are thankful for the continued support of our anglers. We do still have a few openings the second half of the month and looking ahead into October, many of our top guides are available and ready to work. Anglers interested in a Fall fly fishing trip with the Montana Angling Company are encouraged to contact us today, to learn more and plan your next Montana fly fishing adventure. Fish On!
Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview
August is hopper season in Montana and it is shaping up to be another banner one in 2020. Our anglers and Montana fly fishing guides have enjoyed good to great hopper fishing on all of our Bozeman area rivers over the past weeks. The Yellowstone River has been fishing particularly well, in spite of the heat wave this past week. Further north, up on the Missouri River, our anglers and guides have reported challenging but rewarding dry fly fishing, with strong hatches of tricos daily and good terrestrial fishing in the afternoon with hoppers and ants.
Small stream fishing has also been excellent as of late with great hopper fishing on local freestone streams and spring creeks. August is a favorite month for wet-wading and fly fishing for our guides in Yellowstone National Park, as the Yellowstone River and tributaries offer great terrestrial fishing, cool water, and good flows through the end of the month and on into September. Dry fly nirvana most days.
Looking ahead we look for the hopper bite to only improve. As weather turns back to normal look for water temps to drop and fishing to be great throughout the day. In the meantime, better to start early and end early as things can get tough under the high afternoon sun after about 3-4PM.
August is shaping up to be a busy month for our Montana fly fishing guides with mostly full calendars through the end of the month, but there is still time to plan a Montana fly fishing trip for anglers wanting to get in on the hopper action. It is also shaping up to be an excellent fall fly fishing season with September and October being two of the favorite months for long-time returning anglers. Last year we had the hopper season that never ended with strong fishing through the 25th of October. Will 2020 be the same? We sure hope so! Contact us to book your next Montana fly fishing trip today.
Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report
The Yellowstone River has and will be the primary destination for our guides and anglers through the end of August. The hopper fishing has been solid, with good reports from anglers in Gardiner, MT all the way east of Livingston, MT and beyond. Hopper fishing rewards the committed on the Yellowstone, cut off your dropper, fish the hopper as best you can, and find your reward! Nymphing and streamer fishing has also been productive with the usual fare: stonefly nymphs, caddis nymphs, and big buggers. No better destination than the Yellowstone River for a Montana fly fishing trip during the summer months.
Madison River Fly Fishing Report
The initial push of hopper madness on the Madison River has faded and anglers will find consistently good fly fishing from first light until 3PM or so. Tougher under the high afternoon sun. Hoppers, ants, beetles, and caddis are all in play. Anglers looking for trophy trout will be best off fishing a hopper and fishing it well. It won’t happen every cast, but anglers willing to stick with it will get their shots. Nymphing has continued to remain productive with most anglers and guides opting to drift a streamer or stonefly nymph followed by something “tiny and shiny”. #16-22 lightning bugs and prince nymphs are always good bet.
Missouri River Fly Fishing Report
August is a favorite month of anglers that enjoy fly fishing the Missouri River with less crowds and honest fishing. Good casts and drifts will result in caught fish. Dragged flies and less than stellar presentation will not. Anglers can expect plenty of water to themselves during the week and plenty of rising fish. Start early and fish hard. For the truly dedicated angler that enjoys the challenge of technical fly fishing there may be no better time to fish the river than August. Terrestrial fishing continues to improve daily with hoppers, ants, and beetles all putting trout in the net.
Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report
August is one of the best months for fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park. Rivers are clear, flows are stable, and the terrestrial fishing can be out of this world. The Lamar Valley is where our anglers and guides will be found with excellent dry fly fishing on the Soda Butte Creek, Lamar River, and Slough Creek. Start early, go for a hike, tie on a hopper, and go fish!
August 2020 Fly Fishing Overview
The hoppers have arrived on the rivers around Bozeman, MT and August is shaping up to be another great hopper season for our anglers and Montana fly fishing guides. We have already had some great fun-filled days of trout rising to terrestrials on the Yellowstone River and Madison River and look for conditions to only improve throughout the month. Hopper fishing rewards the committed, the anglers willing to fish through the lows for the highs, and the results speak for themselves: there is likely no better time to see the largest average sized trout on dry flies than during the prime window of hopper season.
Looking ahead warm weather in the forecast will continue to mean early on and early off the river. Most of our anglers have been meeting guides between 6:00AM-7:00AM and wrapping things up before the heat of the day. The fly fishing has been excellent in the early morning hours with great dry fly fishing right out of the gate. Look for this trend to continue if the warm weather sticks around.
Flows are ideal for wade fishing many of our smaller streams and float fishing our famous blue ribbon rivers. August is always a great month for exploring new water as anglers can count on good fishing across all but the warmest of our rivers. Streamer fishing can also be great on most our rivers as limited aquatic hatches force trout to consider alternate options.
The fly fishing has been excellent so far in 2020 on all of our rivers in Bozeman, MT and we look for the trend to continue in August. Look for our guides and anglers to spend most of their days on the Yellowstone River, Madison River, and in Yellowstone National Park. The Missouri River is also a great option during August and will continue to spoil anglers with challenging but rewarding dry fly fishing as tricos, hoppers, ants, and caddis are all on the menu.
Our Montana fly fishing outfitter and guides are just about fully booked for August, but we do still have availability towards the end of the month. Looking beyond that we have received a few cancellations for September that have opened prime slots on the Missouri River and on the rivers closer to Bozeman, MT. October dates are filling fast. Contact us today to book your 2020 Montana fly fishing trip.
July Fly Fishing Overview
July in Montana is always a favorite for fly fishing anglers, and July 2020 stands to be great one. Flows are shaping up well for excellent fly fishing daily on the rivers near Bozeman, MT as well as the Missouri River near Craig, MT. The salmonfly hatch has already kicked off on the Madison River and Yellowstone River, and the action looks to only improve through the first 10 days of July. Our Montana fly fishing guides are looking forward to great trips with anglers throughout the month.
July is freestone season in Montana. The Yellowstone River, Madison River, Jefferson River, Boulder River, Stillwater River, Gallatin River, and the many streams of Yellowstone National Park are all on the menu for anglers in Bozeman, MT on a daily basis. Strong hatches of stoneflies, caddisflies, and mayflies, as well as terrestrials by the end of the month, make July one of the premier months for dry fly fishing in Montana.
Higher than average flows on the Missouri River are set to come down by early-mid month, and when they do anglers can expect an extended dry fly season, with PMDs and caddisflies quickly transitioning to tricos, hoppers, and ants. Our fly fishing guides expect the fly fishing to remain great on the Missouri River through the end of the month, into August, and beyond in 2020.
July is the best month for hitting the road and exploring all of Montana’s great rivers. On a 7-day Montana fly fishing trip, anglers could expect to never fish the same body of water twice, and enjoy excellent fly fishing daily. Float fishing trips and wade fishing trips are both productive, with the widest diversity and destinations centered around Bozeman, MT.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of anglers during this crazy year, guide availability is limited for July. While there is still time to book a Montana fly fishing trip in July for 2020, anglers interested are encouraged to contact our outfitter today. See you on the water soon!
June Fly Fishing Overview
There is a lot to look forward to for anglers fly fishing in Montana in June 2020. Starting 6/1/2020 Montana is officially open to out-of-state travelers, which means anglers from all over will once again be able to enjoy fly fishing in the Big Sky State. Summer weather is also in the near-term forecast along with the first great summer hatches of caddisflies and Pale Morning Dun (PMD) mayflies that come with it. Put up your waders, grab your flip-flops and fly rods, and let’s go fishing.
Since the announcement of the re-opening of Montana for June we have been steadily busy booking Montana fly fishing trips for the summer and fall months. Our Montana fly fishing guides are looking forward to sharing great days on the rivers of Montana with our anglers safely and responsibly this season. Prime dates for June and July are just about re-booked back up and it is shaping up to be a great fall season. Our outfitter handles all bookings personally and is always available to talk fly fishing in Montana. Contact us today to book your 2020 Montana fly fishing trip.
We are looking to June 2020 as a fresh start. With the turmoil of the last few months behind us we will be on the water looking forward to reconnecting with life through fly fishing and the outdoors. There will also be plenty of lines connecting with trout too.
June is a favorite month for dry fly fishing in Montana. Flows are shaping up to be perfect for great hatches of caddisflies and PMDs on the Missouri River, which makes for some of the best sight fishing for trophy trout of the season. We are guessing the bugs will come sooner rather than later this year as summer weather has already arrived. Anglers with trips planned from June 10-30 should be right in the thick of it this year.
The annual salmonfly hatch is the main event for our anglers and fly fishing guides in Bozeman, MT the second half of June. When will the big bugs hatch on the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers? Still too early to call but runoff is well underway and we are hoping for bugs flying and trout rising by the 22nd of June on the Madison River and by the 28th of June on the Yellowstone River.
In the near-near term nymphing will continue to be king on the Missouri River. We have had guided trips out daily now for the better part of the last few weeks with anglers enjoying quality fly fishing with our guides on a daily basis. Sowbugs have been the top producing nymph on the upper river with good results on larger attractor flies including annelids and crayfish further downstream. The Dearborn River has been all over the map with flows but things are looking to stabilize moving forward and we expecting great fishing from Holter Dam all the way down to Cascade, MT in the coming weeks.
The entrances to Yellowstone National Park in Montana are set to open in June, and the fly fishing season will be in full swing on the Firehole River, Gibbon River, and Madison River when they do. These rivers make for the best most productive fly fishing for anglers looking to wade fish near Bozeman, MT until run-off subsides. You also cannot find a more picturesque destination to catch a wild trout than the Firehole River in early June. Strong hatches of caddisflies and PMDs make for exciting days of dry fly fishing to eager trout throughout the month.
Good hatches and good weather make for easy living and some of the best fly fishing of the year in Montana in June. Our Montana fly fishing guides are beyond thankful for the support from local anglers over the past month and extremely thankful for our anglers that have remained flexible and held onto trip dates for June, in spite of so much uncertainty. These anglers are set to reap the rewards of uncrowded rivers, quality dry fly fishing, and memorable days on the water on their Montana fly fishing trips in June 2020. Fish on!
We are excited to announce that Montana will be open for travel effective 6/1/20. As per Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s recent COVID-19 update and announcement, the existing 14-day self quarantine requirement for out of state travelers will be lifted on the 1st of June. We are looking forward to being back on the water with anglers safely and responsible for the 2020 Montana fly fishing season!
We want to give one more big THANK YOU to all of the local anglers that have supported our outfitter and guides over the last month. It has been a tough last few months for the fly fishing industry in Montana but thanks to the overwhelming support from local anglers, we were fortunate to stay busy on the water, guiding anglers from all across Montana. Thank you all!
We would also like to give a big THANK YOU to the traveling anglers with trips planned for June and July that opted to hold-off on cancelling trips and for their flexibility during these unprecedented times. We are now looking forward to full summer of guiding anglers on their Montana fly fishing trips!
We will continue to prescribe to best sanitation guidelines and practices, and keep in place measures to best ensure the safety of our anglers and guides. We will also continue to update our Booking Policy to provide the most flexibility for anglers during these uncertain times. Full information regarding policies and practices can be found on our Booking Policy page.
Anglers now interested in booking dates for the 2020 Montana fly fishing season are encouraged to contact us directly to learn more. We have prime dates available for Montana fly fishing trips in June on the Missouri River and in July and August on the rivers in Bozeman, MT. Our Fall season is booking us quickly, due to increased demand for later in the season and rescheduled trips. If you are interested in a Fall fly fishing trip in Montana, consider booking your trip now for the best guides and availability.
We hope all of our anglers and their families continue to remain safe and healthy during this pandemic. We are optimistic that conditions will continue to improve around Montana and the rest of our country. We feel strongly that there is no better healing than that of the great outdoors and are looking forward to much more time outside in the coming months. Be well and fish on!