Best Fly-Fishing in Montana

This list represents the most popular fly-fishing in Montana. Use this list to plan your next Montana fly-fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Belly River Drainage in Glacier National Park


This eTrail includes these fishing destinations in the Belly River Drainage: Belly River, North Fork of the Belly River, Whitecrow Creek, Mokowanis River, Mokowanis Lake, Glenns Lake, Cosley Lake, and…
From the guidebook "Fishing Glacier National Park"
Babb, MT - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Gallatin River


Short take: Lots of trout, and great for beginners on upper section. Fish become larger and angling more challenging downriver. Running more than 100 miles from its headwaters—a little creek running o…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Big Sky, MT - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Nelson's Spring Creek


Smaller, shorter, tougher sibling of Armstrong’s, across the Yellowstone River. If you have only one day to fish a spring creek in Paradise Valley, it probably ought not be Nelson’s, unless you want t…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Livingston, MT - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Smith River (Montana)


Only one way to fish this water—take a raft. If you want to get away from it all, try the Smith River, 63 miles of twisting, turning, cold water that flows through the low valley between the Little Be…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Great Falls, MT - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Bitterroot River


A model water agreement brokered by TU ensures the preservation of this magnificent fishery. Generated from snows that cling to the Bitterroot Mountains to the west and the Pintler Peaks of the Sapphi…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Hamilton, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#6. Missouri River


Big river, big tailwater, big trout. The scale of the Missouri River is simply huge. The Missouri is the largest river in the United States. Its upper reaches, so favored by anglers for trout, span mo…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Helena, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#7. Firehole River


The most exotic free-flowing river in the country, with trout to match. Half an hour ago, you pulled into the parking lot, rigged your five-weight, struggled into your ‘prenes, laced and tied your fel…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
West Yellowstone, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#8. Armstrong's Spring Creek


A controversial berm preserved this bit of dry-fly heaven, albeit for a price. As you stand on the west bank, the Yellowstone is running high, wide, handsome, and brown—brown with meltwater, streaming…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Livingston, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#9. Beaverhead River


This river of contrasts yields rainbows in the upper runs and browns below to those who figure it out. Issuing from the base of Clark Canyon Reservoir 20 miles or so south of Dillon, the Beaverhead fl…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Dillon, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#10. North Fork of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park


The mystery of the North Fork, and the Middle Fork for that matter, is when and what type of fish you will catch on a given stretch of river. Biologists and anglers alike realize that the North Fork b…
From the guidebook "Fishing Glacier National Park"
Columbia Falls, MT - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Two Medicine River Drainage in Glacier National Park


This eTrail includes these fishing destinations in the Two Medicine River Drainage: Two Medicine River, Lower Two Medicine Lake, Two Medicine Lake, Pray Lake, Upper Two Medicine Lake, Upper Two Medici…
From the guidebook "Fishing Glacier National Park"
Browning, MT - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. McDonald Creek Drainage in Glacier National Park


This eTrail includes these fishing destinations in the McDonald River Drainage: McDonald Creek, Lake McDonald, Apgar Creek, Fern Creek, Fish Creek, Howe Creek, Upper Howe Lake, Lower Howe Lake, Spragu…
From the guidebook "Fishing Glacier National Park"
Columbia Falls, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#13. Saint Mary River Drainage in Glacier National Park


From Gunsight Lake to Saint Mary Falls, the river is slow and marshy. At times it holds an occasional rainbow or two, but access can be boggy, fishing can be slow, and the bugs can be tough. The Mirro…
From the guidebook "Fishing Glacier National Park"
Babb, MT - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Big Hole River


Upper reaches hold brookies and among the last fluvial grayling in the continental United States. Lower waters, great browns. With 150 miles of outstanding free-flowing trout water, and much more in i…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Wisdom, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#15. North Fork of Cut Bank Creek Drainage in Glacier National Park


In the quest for good small stream fishing in Glacier National Park, I always try to make Cut Bank Creek seem better fishing than it is. There is something pleasurable about fishing long and hard for…
From the guidebook "Fishing Glacier National Park"
Browning, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#16. Lakes & Creeks of the North Fork Flathead River in Glacier National Park


This eTrail includes these fishing destinations in the North Fork of the Flathead River Drainage: Sage Creek, Spruce Creek, Kishenehn Creek, Starvation Creek, Kintla Creek, Kintla Lake, Upper Kintla L…
From the guidebook "Fishing Glacier National Park"
Columbia Falls, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#17. Bighorn River


Classic western tailwater sans solitude. Ask anyone to name the top western tailwater, and odds are that the Bighorn will make a very short list, right up there with the Green below Flaming Gorge and…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Fort Smith, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#18. Middle Fork of the Flathead River in Glacier National Park


The Middle Fork of the Flathead River is probably better known for its rapids than for its fishing, but many anglers get the chance to fish it because of the easy access from U.S. Highway 2 and the fo…
From the guidebook "Fishing Glacier National Park"
Columbia Falls, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#19. Madison River in Yellowstone National Park


Looks so easy, but it ain’t. From the junction of the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers, the Madison River flows happily along the park’s west entrance road for about 14 miles. A drive along the road will sh…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
West Yellowstone, MT - Fly-Fishing
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#20. Lakes & Creeks of the Middle Fork Flathead River in Glacier National Park


This tributary of the Middle Fork is rarely fished and in places awfully scarred by the straightening of U.S. Highway 2. However, being near a road has its advantages, and on your way to or from fishi…
From the guidebook "Fishing Glacier National Park"
Columbia Falls, MT - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides