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Stillwater River Fly Fishing

Wilderness Fly Fishing meets Whitewater Floating

Stillwater River Fly Fishing Trips

Fly fishing the Stillwater River with our Montana fly fishing guides is the ultimate Montana whitewater fly fishing experience. The Stillwater River is anything but still. Its origins are high in the Beartooth Mountain Range and it cascades down through some of the most rugged and scenic country in Montana.

Fly fishing day trips on the Stillwater River mean early starts and late evenings for our anglers and guides, but they are rewarded with some of the most scenic floats in the state of Montana and consistently good dry fly fishing. Stillwater River fly fishing trips are all float trips, with the option for wading throughout the day. Our guides use rafts with fishing frames to navigate the many rapids and boulder fields along the length of the Stillwater River. All of our fly fishing guides are experienced professionals with a commitment to safety. The Stillwater River caters to adventurous anglers of all skill levels.

Fly Fishing the Stillwater River

The Stillwater River is swift flowing and littered with boulders that provide a great structure for its wild trout. The many rapids demand excellent oarsmanship. Anglers will find there is never a dull moment on the Stillwater River as the water, the pace of fishing, and action is often all high-speed. It also rewards anglers with some of the best dry fly fishing of the summer.

Strong hatches of stoneflies in July and early August keep the Stillwater River trout well fed and on the feed. Caddisflies and mayflies are also on the menu. By mid-August hopper fishing is solid. What the trout lack in average-size they more than make up for in their willingness to rise to a dry fly.

Our Stillwater River trips are dry fly focused, and all of our guides have the patience, knowledge, and teaching ability to lead anglers to success. Nymphing and streamer fishing can also be productive, but these tactics are rarely employed during the summer months, and best reserved for Spring and Fall fishing.

When fishing is at its best on the Stillwater River it seems like there are trout ready to pounce on your fly behind every rock. River flows are always an important consideration on the Stillwater River as it is only floatable at certain levels. Due to the distance from Bozeman, MT and the variable nature of flows all Stillwater River guided fly fishing trips require advanced bookings, are subject to guide availability, and subject to safe river flows and conditions.

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Plan Your Trip

Prime Season:

July 1-September 15

Notable Hatches:

Salmonflies and Goldenstones (July 1-August 15); Hopper-season (August 1-September 15)

Nearby Towns:

Bozeman, MT; Billings, MT; Columbus, MT; Livingston, MT

Nearby Rivers:

Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, Boulder River, Bighorn River

Trip Offerings

What Our Clients Say


My wife and I had a wonderful experience fishing with Montana Angling Company. Max was able to teach my wife to fly fish from scratch and she caught 5-10 really nice 18-20” fish her first time! He was very patient and knowledgeable. Thank you for such an amazing day! I would highly recommend from beginners to advanced fly fishermen and women.


- Cooper M.

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Max is the perfect guide and teacher. My wife and I are newly retired and wanted to try fly fishing for the first time. We learned tons and caught lots of trout float and wade fishing. Can't wait to come back for our sophomore course. Thanks Max and Peter.

- Cliff B.

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I've been guided by Max and his guides on the Yellowstone, Madison, and Missouri rivers and have had a blast every time. Their guides are knowledgeable, respectful, and patient--even when I tangle my line. The Montana Angling Co is a great choice whether it's your first time fly fishing or you're a seasoned pro--these guys know where the fish are and what they're hungry for.

- Maggie O.

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Max’s professional demeanor, unmatched knowledge of fly fishing, and top rate gear combine to make any guided trip with him a special experience. Regardless of your ability or experience, you will not only catch fish, but you will have an excellent time as well.

- Josh W.

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I have fished with guides across the United States and South America, and can say with confidence that Max's patience, passion, and knowledge of fishing are second to none. Whether you are an expert angler or fishing for the first time, Max is the guy you want to have in your boat.

- Wesley R.

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We had an awesome experience with Montana Angling Co. Max worked with us to make sure we had the perfect day to go fishing. Our guide was Guy Flynn, and he was great. He was very patient with us and we enjoyed the conversation. He was putting us on fish all day long. Overall, we had a great experience, and I will definitely use Max's company again on our next trip to Montana.

- Bryan L.

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