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The Missoula Area

The Missoula Area is a true gem in the fly fishing world with more than 400 miles of floatable water within an hour-and-half drive of town. Four main rivers run nearby: the Blackfoot River, the Bitterroot River, the Clark Fork River and Rock Creek, each having its own character making for pristine fishing from both a boat and wading.

Water Details

    Best Time to Fly

    Clark Fork River: Spring around the first of April and fall through October; Bitterroot River: Hatches start in March and continue through April; Blackfoot River: Salmonfly and Golden Stone hatches occur in late June or early July; Rock Creek: Skwala hatch happens in April and is fishable until November.

    What You'll Catch

    • Cutthroat trout
    • Brook trout
    • Bull trout
    • Rainbow trout
    • Brown trout
    • Whitefish

    Recommended Flies

    • Dry flies
    • Streamers

Fishing Reports and Trips

  • Fishing Reports

  • The Tackle Shop Fishing Reports are full of data to help you find the best place to get on the fish. The most up-to-date reports provide information on recent hatches, flow data from the U.S. Geological Survey and current water conditions.

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  • Montana fly fishing guides
  • Float Trips

  • Book one of The Tackle Shop’s all-inclusive, full-day or half-day float trips to ensure you get a chance to fish the world-renowned Montana waters that are known for producing some of the most prosperous fishing some have ever seen.

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  • Walk/Wade Trips

  • The Tackle Shop offers full-day and half-day walk and wade trips so you are able to immerse yourself in the entire Montana fly fishing experience. Book with us today to take advantage of the pristine waters in the Madison River Valley area.

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