Winter Fly Fishing in Bozeman
Things are starting to look a lot like winter in Bozeman. The snow is stacking up and all but the most dedicated of anglers have called it a season. While winter fly fishing in Montana isn’t for everyone, there is still great fly fishing to be had, all throughout our winter months. While we wouldn’t recommend planning a fly fishing trip to Bozeman during the winter, if you find yourself out here and need to wet a line you can count on our Bozeman fly fishing guides being ready to work and show anglers the best winter fly fishing in Bozeman, MT.
Our winter fly fishing trips are always subject to weather as safety is our primary concern. That being said, we frequently get periods of sunny weather that make for great fly fishing even during the dead of winter. Generally speaking temperature highs below 15F are not suited for fly fishing.
Winter Fly Fishing Trip Overview
We offer a special Winter Guide trip rate for anglers fly fishing from December through March with our Bozeman fly fishing guides. We will be changing our rate from $400 per day in 2018 to $350 per day in 2019. Days are shorter in the winter, weather can be challenging, and we generally fish close to town. Our Winter rate reflects that. Winter fly fishing trips are a great way to break up a skiing trip to Big Sky Resort or Bridger Bowl with a great “off day” activity.
Our primary angling destinations for winter guided fly fishing trips are DePuy’s Spring Creek and the Gallatin River. Float fishing trips in Bozeman during the winter are limited by ice-damming on our larger rivers, so we generally focus on wade fishing.
DePuy’s Spring Creek is one of our area’s great fisheries, and offers great fly fishing year round in a unique setting on a large private-access ranch. Warming huts are located along the creek that provide a nice retreat when the weather gets western on our guides and anglers.
The Gallatin River has great access for wade-fishing close to Bozeman and offers great fly fishing throughout the river when the water runs ice-free. By March, guided fly fishing trips in Bozeman generally expand to include the Yellowstone River, Madison River, and Missouri River. Our Bozeman fly fishing guides brush the snow off their drift boats and float trips become an option again.