facebook pixel

Big Sky Fishing Guides

Check real-time availability on Big Sky fishing trips. Online booking | 5 / 5 stars | Guides from $485

Choose a Date
5/5 Average Rating

Experts Available 24/7

Licensed & Insured Guides

100% Weather Guarantee

Recently Booked Fishing Guides Near Big Sky, Mt

Fishing in Big Sky

River Fishing Trip in Big Sky

Half Day Walk And Wade

100% (1)
1 - 3 People From $325
Fishing in Ennis

Lake Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Ennis Lake Float Trip

100% (5)
1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Gallatin Gateway

River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Gallatin River Walk-n-Wade

100% (5)
1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Emigrant

River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Yellowstone River Float Trips

100% (1)
16 ft 1 - 4 People From $500
Damn Good
A Certified Damn Good Guide is someone who goes above and beyond to show you an incredible experience on your trip. Guides earn this badge through quality reviews, quick and responsive communication, and low cancellation rates.
Fishing in Bozeman

Lake, River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Finest Fly-Fishing Guides - Bozeman

NEW
15 ft 1 - 2 People From $575
Fishing in Ennis

Lake Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Ennis Lake Full-Day Jet Boat

100% (5)
1 - 2 People From $750

Most Popular Types of Trips in Big Sky

“Our Damn Good Guides go above and beyond to provide you an incredible trip, and we’ve handpicked every single one. We’re passionate about the outdoors and about empowering people to find the perfect-match guide for the trip of a lifetime, every time.”

Jonathan and Attison   |   Co-founders   |   Austin, Texas

More Fishing Guides Near Big Sky, Mt

Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
trip description for Madison River Float in Ennis

Float from Pine Butte down to Lyons Bridge on the Upper Madison to get away from the crowds and access lower-pressure sections of the river. They call the Madison river ""The 50 Mile Riffle"" as it babbles smoothly down out of Reynolds pass, offering fantastic wading opportunities for the entire stretch of river. The upper portion of the river stays cool throughout the hot summer months as cold water is released from the Hegben Lake Dam, attracting tons of recreational (solo) fishermen to this area. Thus most of the pedestrian access points see a lot of traffic. This trip combines the best of both worlds for those looking to dissect sections of the river on foot. The section of the river above Lyons Bridge cannot actually be fished from the boat and can only be fished on foot; thus, your guide will float you down the river to the best spots and anchor up the drift boat to hone in on the best sections of the river! The Madison River hosts wild rainbow and brown trout ranging in size from 10″ to monsters reaching up to 28″ with an average length of 15″. The Fall spawning run out of Hebgen Lake will give you some of the best fish. In October through November, expect to see big Browns and Rainbows averaging 19 inches with the occasional 28″ Brown Trout. If you go fishing out here in the fall, be ready for winter conditions where temperatures can drop below zero on any given day, and in the summer, be sure to prepare for rain showers as they can pop up out of nowhere! But as they say in Montana: ""If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes!"" Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. Their guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. The guides will provide all the rods, reels, flies and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let us know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with one of our guides! **Nate has several listings for float trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. He wants you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river he may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your float trip on this listing and he will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Madison River Float

100% (5)
1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Madison River
Fishing in Madison River
Fishing in Madison River
trip description for Multi Boat Madison River Float in Madison River

Float your way on the water with one of our experienced guides and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be floating down the Madison River to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Madison River hosts wild Rainbow and Brown trout ranging in size from 10″ to 28″ at an average length of 18″. The Fall spawning run out of Hebgen Lake will give you some of the best fish. In October through November, expect to see big Browns and Rainbows averaging 19 inches with the occasional 28″ Brown Trout. If you go fishing out here in the fall, be ready for winter conditions, where temperatures can drop below zero on any given day. On this half or full-day excursion, your guide will row you where you need to be in a maneuverable drift boat as you take in the beautiful scenery. From here, he'll give you some of his expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Drift boats allow anglers to cover a larger area and access places that may be unsafe for wading. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone, or Fort Smith, Montana – Nate has you covered. He or another one of his guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies, and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let us know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which he will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with one of our guides! **We have several listings for float trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your float trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Multi Boat Madison River Float

100% (5)
1 - 6 People From $1,300
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
trip description for Gallatin Valley Float Trips in Ennis

Float the Upper or Lower Madison, Yellowstone, or Gallatin River fishing with Ikaika and his team for an unforgetable fishing trip through the always gorgeous big sky state! Open to fishing from Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through the first Sunday in November, the Gallatin River is a cold, high-elevation, freestone river with grassy meadows, thick willow banks, pocket water, healthy trout, and little to no crowds. This river won't have as many fish per mile as other rivers closer to Bozeman, but it makes up for this with fish size, incredible scenery and low fishing traffic. Bears and moose have been spotted around here, so be sure to bring some bear spray! On this 8 hour excursion, Ikaika will float you into the river from one of the Yellowstone Park access points. From here he'll give you some of his expert fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Nate is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of your fishing needs, Ikaika's got you covered. Ikaika will provide all the rods, reels, flies and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. You will also need to purchase a special Yellowstone National Park fishing license (no state license is required) and pay a $20 entrance fee to get into the park. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with Ikaika! Read More

Lake, River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Gallatin Valley Float Trips

NEW
1 - 2 People From $700
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
trip description for Ennis Lake Full-Day Jet Boat in Ennis

Jet your way on the water with one of our guides and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be propelling yourself around Lake Ennis to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Ennis Lake offers great sight fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout. Casting accurately at the fish is most productive, but not necessary. With its shallow waters, you can either fish directly from the drift boat or fish on the flats with your waders. Occasionally with your guide, you will start off casting to rising trout on Ennis Lake and transition to fly fishing the Madison River. Fishing starts in Ennis Lake when the ice melts in mid-February to mid-March, offering mostly rainbow and brown trout averaging 14″-16″, and larger trout in the 18″-24″ range are not uncommon. In the summer months, large browns and rainbows (""gulpers"") cruise the lake subsurface, rising to catch mayflies and creating a ""gulping"" sound. The warmer months of August into September can present a great opportunity to spend a couple of hours chasing gulpers. Fishing Ennis Lake in the fall, mid-September through October can be a great opportunity to catch a larger-than-average brown trout. On this full-day excursion, your U.S. Coast Guard-certified crew members will use the jet boat to motor you around Ennis Lake and find where the fish are biting. This technique will allow you to access water that is too deep or dangerous to wade fish. From here, your guide will give you some expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. One of their guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for jet boat trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your jet boat trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Ennis Lake Full-Day Jet Boat

100% (5)
1 - 2 People From $750
Damn Good
A Certified Damn Good Guide is someone who goes above and beyond to show you an incredible experience on your trip. Guides earn this badge through quality reviews, quick and responsive communication, and low cancellation rates.
Fishing in Bozeman
Fishing in Bozeman
Fishing in Bozeman
trip description for Finest Fly-Fishing Guides - Bozeman in Bozeman

The bustling college town of Bozeman Montana serves as a hub to access an incredible slew of Blue Ribbon rivers throughout the local Gallatin Valley, and beyond. Right there in the Gallatin Valley you have the Gallatin River, the Lower Madison, and the Jefferson river all three of which flow in from different directions to meet up in Three Forks to form the headwaters of the Missouri River. Only a short distance to the east of Bozeman you've got the Yellowstone river with big flows, big hatches, and even bigger fish! The upper Maddison--known as the 50 Mile Riffle--only a 1.5-2 hour drive as well. Your destination for the day will depend on where your staying and which river is fishing best. Mike's outfit and his slew of incredible guides are committed to offering you the highest quality Montana fly fishing experience available. He and his experienced guides will row the extra mile to ensure this fishing trip is one you’ll remember for a lifetime. The will provide all the terminal tackle (flies, tippet, floatant, etc). They've got you covered on rods and reels if you need them and will provide a gourmet on the river lunch for you as well. Floating **The Jefferson River** is reminiscent of what Montana was generations ago: solitude, sweeping mountain views, ample wildlife, and super-model trout. By Montana standards, the Jefferson may not be the fish factory that other rivers are, but she delivers with a voice that few other rivers possess as she flows north and east 77 miles, meandering its way through pastures and farmland, eventually joining the Madison and Gallatin Rivers in Three Forks to form the Missouri. The Jefferson River has a similar feel as the lower Big Hole with its soft riffles, long runs, and cottonwood log jams left behind from high water. Flanked by the Highland Mountains to the west and the Tobacco Roots to the east, the river changes course and channels regularly here as a freestone river should, and lends itself nicely to drift boat fishing. Down river hatches range from caddis, PMD’s and Yellow Sallies to even Brown Drakes. The best dry fly patterns, water conditions permitting, are likely summer Stones or Hoppers, but the Jeff’s reputation as trophy brown trout water was built on knowing how to trigger the predatory nature of these carnivores. Stripping, and swimming streamers of all manner work wonders. Your guide will teach the needed streamer techniques to entice a hog from his hiding place. If its elbow room and a chance at a really big beautiful brown trout is you seek, join us on a Jefferson River fly fishing trip. **The Madison** has reached legendary status for every fly fisherman, and deservedly so. A blend of freestone and tailwater, it’s hatches are impressive: swarms of Mother’s Day caddis, PMDs, terrestrials, and the mighty Salmon Fly are all on the menu for these hungry trout. With 5000+ browns and rainbows per mile in the Pine Butte section and 2500+ residing in its swift currents throughout the rest of the river, the Madison is stuffed with wild trout. The Madison may look like a simple float and cast-to-the-bank river, but truly she is the siren of Southwest Montana’s rivers. To uncover her secrets takes time, discipline, and many years of experience. Mike and his Guides know this well and they’ll prove it to you by coaxing impressive trout from lies that you would think no sizable trout would ever think to call home. The Madison River is born inside Yellowstone Park at the junction of the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers. It flows 140 miles due north, where it is joined by the Gallatin and Jefferson Rivers to form the Missouri River in Three Forks Montana. It’s from Lyon’s Bridge down to Ennis that many anglers have nicknamed “The Fifty Mile Riffle”. The braided water below Varney Bridge, through the Valley Garden into Ennis Lake, is very different from the single-channel river above, with countless side channels and out-of-the-way spots for large, wild trout to hide. The Madison River enters Ennis Lake – formed by the dam built in 1906 – then rips through the seven-mile Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness Unit. Finally, flowing northward another 28 miles to meet the Gallatin and Jefferson Rivers in Three Forks to form the Missouri River. Join FishTales Outfitting for a fantastic Madison River fly fishing trip that you’ll never forget! The Yellowstone River is one of the greatest trout streams of the world and holds the title for the longest undammed, known as a ‘freestone’ river in the lower 48 states. There is outstanding trout water from its tributaries high inside Yellowstone Park, downstream through Gardiner, the Paradise Valley, Livingston, and down below Big Timber; a total of almost two hundred river miles. We float fish in several different sections of the prime trout water between Gardiner and Big Timber, depending on the time of year, water conditions, and water levels. Highway 89 takes you through the Paradise Valley to the town of Gardiner, the Gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone is a large river varying from 75 to 300 feet. in width. It is wadable later in the summer when flows drop but there is no question it is best fished from a drift boat. You’ll see much more water to present your fly which increases your opportunities to catch fish. The section through “Paradise Valley” is the most scenic and this is also some of the best Montana fly fishing. The sections closer to Livingston holds the highest numbers of trout. Here you’ll find a healthy mix of browns, rainbows, and our native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, and Rocky Mountain Whitefish. The Yellowstone’s hatch list includes Mother’s Day Caddis, Salmon flies, Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallie’s, Summer Stones, and terrestrials. The Yellowstone offers diverse types of holding water, from the fast pocket water at Tom Miner Bridge to Point Of Rocks where the gradient lessens and the river changes to more long, deep pools with wide riffles and wide, flat tailouts. Downstream past Mallards rest through Paradise Valley is where the spring creeks join the river. This section is one of the most popular with breathtaking views of the Absaroka to the east and Gallatin mountains to the west. The section through Livingston known as the “town run” is a local favorite and offers some great wade fishing opportunities once the flows have dropped later in the summer. Read More

Lake, River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Finest Fly-Fishing Guides - Bozeman

NEW
15 ft 1 - 2 People From $575
Fishing in Emigrant
Fishing in Emigrant
Fishing in Emigrant
trip description for Yellowstone River Float Trips in Emigrant

Get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fly fishing when you join Jordan and float your way down the mighty Yellowstone River with one of the most experienced guides in Southwest Montana. On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be floating down the Yellowstone River on a 4 or 8-hour stretch anywhere from Gardiner to Livingston, targeting Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Native Cutthroat and Cut bows. Jordan is a great teacher and can cater his trips to groups of all experience levels. He and his guides will provide everything you need for your trip, including rods, reels, tackle, flies, a fully stocked cooler and sage advice! All you need to bring are weather-appropriate clothes (a rain jacket's always a good idea), eye protection (preferably polarized sunglasses), and a great attitude! Read More

River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Yellowstone River Float Trips

100% (1)
16 ft 1 - 4 People From $500
See All Trips in Big Sky

Other Trips in Big Sky

Fishing in Gallatin Gateway
Fishing in Gallatin Gateway
Fishing in Gallatin Gateway
trip description for Full Day Float (Multiple Rivers) in Gallatin Gateway

Float your way into the water with Ennion for a memorable day of Big Sky fly fishing! Big Sky is well known for its hundreds of miles of Trout-filled waterways, which is why fly fishers are always flocking to this scenic hotspot. Float trips like this offer the advantage of being able to cover more ground than typical wade fishing trips, so get ready for some bites! On this 10-hour trip, Ennion will float you down one of these productive rivers such as the Madison, Yellowstone, Beaverhead, Bighole or Missouri where you'll be targeting Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout and Rainbow Trout. From here he'll give you some of his expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. These rivers are great for throwing your first fly casts or honing in your skills on a relaxing day of river fishing. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Ennion will give you some helpful pointers to help get some fish on your line! Ennion will provide any rental gear you need, transportation to and from the river, snacks and non alcoholic beverages. He will even provide a tasty lunch for you on this float trip. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing License. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Come enjoy the beautiful mountain waters with Ennion! Read More

River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Full Day Float (Multiple Rivers)

100% (1)
1 - 2 People From $650
Fishing in Big Sky
Fishing in Big Sky
Fishing in Big Sky
trip description for Half Day Walk and Wade in Big Sky

Wade your way into the water with Ennion for a memorable day of Big Sky fly fishing! Big Sky is well known for its hundreds of miles of Trout-filled waterways, which is why fly fishers are always flocking to this scenic hotspot. On this half or full-day trip, Ennion will wade you into one of these productive rivers such as the Madison, Yellowstone, Beaverhead, Bighole or Missouri where you'll be targeting Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout and Rainbow Trout. From here he'll give you some of his expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. These rivers are great for throwing your first fly casts or honing in your skills on a relaxing day of river fishing. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Ennion will give you some helpful pointers to help get some fish on your line! Ennion will provide all rods, reels, flies, transportation to and from the river, snacks and non alcoholic beverages. Let him know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which he will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing License. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Come enjoy the beautiful mountain waters with Ennion! Read More

River Fishing Trip in Big Sky

Half Day Walk And Wade

100% (1)
1 - 3 People From $325
Fishing in Madison River
Fishing in Madison River
Fishing in Madison River
trip description for Madison River Float Trip in Madison River

Float your way on the water with your guide and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be floating down the Madison River to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Madison River hosts wild Rainbow and Brown trout ranging in size from 10″ to 28″ at an average length of 18″. The Fall spawning run out of Hebgen Lake will give you some of the best fish. In October through November, expect to see big Browns and Rainbows averaging 19 inches with the occasional 28″ Brown Trout. If you go fishing out here in the Fall be ready for winter conditions where temperatures can drop below zero on any given day. On this half or full-day excursion, your guide will row you where you need to be in a maneuverable drift boat as you take in the beautiful scenery. From here, your guide will give you expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Drift boats allow anglers to cover a larger area and access places that may be unsafe for wading. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone, or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. Your guide(s) will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies, and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for float trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your float trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Madison River Float Trip

100% (5)
1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
trip description for Ennis Lake Float Trip in Ennis

Float your way on the water with your guide and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be rowing out into Lake Ennis to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Lake Ennis offers great sight fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout. Casting accurately at the fish is most productive but not necessary. With its shallow waters, you can either fish directly from the drift boat or fish on the flats with your waders. Occasionally with your guide you will start off casting to rising trout on Ennis lake and transition to fly fishing the Madison River in the afternoon. Fishing starts in Ennis Lake when the ice melts in mid-February to mid-March, offering mostly rainbow and brown trout averaging 14″-16″, and larger trout in the 18″-24″ range are not uncommon. In the summer months, large browns and rainbows (""gulpers"") cruise the lake subsurface, rising to catch mayflies and creating a ""gulping"" sound. The warmer months of August into September can present a great opportunity to spend a couple of hours chasing gulpers. Fishing Ennis Lake in the fall, mid-September through October can be a great opportunity to catch a larger-than-average brown trout. On this half or full-day excursion, your guide will row you where you need to be in a maneuverable drift boat as you take in the beautiful scenery. From here, your guide will give you some expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Drift boats allow anglers to cover a larger area and access places that may be unsafe for wading. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone, or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. He or another one of his guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies, and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for float trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your float trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Ennis Lake Float Trip

100% (5)
1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Gallatin Gateway
Fishing in Gallatin Gateway
Fishing in Gallatin Gateway
trip description for Gallatin River Walk-n-Wade in Gallatin Gateway

Wade your way into the water with one of our guides and get ready for an action-packed day of Yellowstone Park fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip you'll be wading into the Gallatin River from the grounds within Yellowstone National Park to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Open to fishing from Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through October 31st, the Gallatin River is a cold, high-elevation, freestone river with grassy meadows, thick willow banks, pocket water, healthy trout, and little to no crowds. This section won't have as many fish per mile as other rivers closer to Bozeman, but it makes up for this with fish size, incredible scenery, and low fishing traffic. Bears and moose have been spotted around here, so be sure to bring some bear spray! On these full-day excursions, your guide(s) will wade you into the river from one of the Yellowstone Park access points. From here, your guides will give you some expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone, or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. Your guide(s) will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies, and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. You will also need to purchase a Yellowstone National Park fishing license (no state license is required) and pay a $20 entrance fee to enter the park. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for wade fishing trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your wade fishing trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Gallatin River Walk-n-Wade

100% (5)
1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
trip description for Ennis Lake Full-Day Jet Boat in Ennis

Jet your way on the water with one of our guides and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be propelling yourself around Lake Ennis to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Ennis Lake offers great sight fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout. Casting accurately at the fish is most productive, but not necessary. With its shallow waters, you can either fish directly from the drift boat or fish on the flats with your waders. Occasionally with your guide, you will start off casting to rising trout on Ennis Lake and transition to fly fishing the Madison River. Fishing starts in Ennis Lake when the ice melts in mid-February to mid-March, offering mostly rainbow and brown trout averaging 14″-16″, and larger trout in the 18″-24″ range are not uncommon. In the summer months, large browns and rainbows (""gulpers"") cruise the lake subsurface, rising to catch mayflies and creating a ""gulping"" sound. The warmer months of August into September can present a great opportunity to spend a couple of hours chasing gulpers. Fishing Ennis Lake in the fall, mid-September through October can be a great opportunity to catch a larger-than-average brown trout. On this full-day excursion, your U.S. Coast Guard-certified crew members will use the jet boat to motor you around Ennis Lake and find where the fish are biting. This technique will allow you to access water that is too deep or dangerous to wade fish. From here, your guide will give you some expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. One of their guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for jet boat trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your jet boat trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Ennis Lake Full-Day Jet Boat

100% (5)
1 - 2 People From $750
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
trip description for Gallatin Valley Float Trips in Ennis

Float the Upper or Lower Madison, Yellowstone, or Gallatin River fishing with Ikaika and his team for an unforgetable fishing trip through the always gorgeous big sky state! Open to fishing from Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through the first Sunday in November, the Gallatin River is a cold, high-elevation, freestone river with grassy meadows, thick willow banks, pocket water, healthy trout, and little to no crowds. This river won't have as many fish per mile as other rivers closer to Bozeman, but it makes up for this with fish size, incredible scenery and low fishing traffic. Bears and moose have been spotted around here, so be sure to bring some bear spray! On this 8 hour excursion, Ikaika will float you into the river from one of the Yellowstone Park access points. From here he'll give you some of his expert fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Nate is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of your fishing needs, Ikaika's got you covered. Ikaika will provide all the rods, reels, flies and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. You will also need to purchase a special Yellowstone National Park fishing license (no state license is required) and pay a $20 entrance fee to get into the park. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with Ikaika! Read More

Lake, River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Gallatin Valley Float Trips

NEW
1 - 2 People From $700
Damn Good
A Certified Damn Good Guide is someone who goes above and beyond to show you an incredible experience on your trip. Guides earn this badge through quality reviews, quick and responsive communication, and low cancellation rates.
Fishing in Bozeman
Fishing in Bozeman
Fishing in Bozeman
trip description for Finest Fly-Fishing Guides - Bozeman in Bozeman

The bustling college town of Bozeman Montana serves as a hub to access an incredible slew of Blue Ribbon rivers throughout the local Gallatin Valley, and beyond. Right there in the Gallatin Valley you have the Gallatin River, the Lower Madison, and the Jefferson river all three of which flow in from different directions to meet up in Three Forks to form the headwaters of the Missouri River. Only a short distance to the east of Bozeman you've got the Yellowstone river with big flows, big hatches, and even bigger fish! The upper Maddison--known as the 50 Mile Riffle--only a 1.5-2 hour drive as well. Your destination for the day will depend on where your staying and which river is fishing best. Mike's outfit and his slew of incredible guides are committed to offering you the highest quality Montana fly fishing experience available. He and his experienced guides will row the extra mile to ensure this fishing trip is one you’ll remember for a lifetime. The will provide all the terminal tackle (flies, tippet, floatant, etc). They've got you covered on rods and reels if you need them and will provide a gourmet on the river lunch for you as well. Floating **The Jefferson River** is reminiscent of what Montana was generations ago: solitude, sweeping mountain views, ample wildlife, and super-model trout. By Montana standards, the Jefferson may not be the fish factory that other rivers are, but she delivers with a voice that few other rivers possess as she flows north and east 77 miles, meandering its way through pastures and farmland, eventually joining the Madison and Gallatin Rivers in Three Forks to form the Missouri. The Jefferson River has a similar feel as the lower Big Hole with its soft riffles, long runs, and cottonwood log jams left behind from high water. Flanked by the Highland Mountains to the west and the Tobacco Roots to the east, the river changes course and channels regularly here as a freestone river should, and lends itself nicely to drift boat fishing. Down river hatches range from caddis, PMD’s and Yellow Sallies to even Brown Drakes. The best dry fly patterns, water conditions permitting, are likely summer Stones or Hoppers, but the Jeff’s reputation as trophy brown trout water was built on knowing how to trigger the predatory nature of these carnivores. Stripping, and swimming streamers of all manner work wonders. Your guide will teach the needed streamer techniques to entice a hog from his hiding place. If its elbow room and a chance at a really big beautiful brown trout is you seek, join us on a Jefferson River fly fishing trip. **The Madison** has reached legendary status for every fly fisherman, and deservedly so. A blend of freestone and tailwater, it’s hatches are impressive: swarms of Mother’s Day caddis, PMDs, terrestrials, and the mighty Salmon Fly are all on the menu for these hungry trout. With 5000+ browns and rainbows per mile in the Pine Butte section and 2500+ residing in its swift currents throughout the rest of the river, the Madison is stuffed with wild trout. The Madison may look like a simple float and cast-to-the-bank river, but truly she is the siren of Southwest Montana’s rivers. To uncover her secrets takes time, discipline, and many years of experience. Mike and his Guides know this well and they’ll prove it to you by coaxing impressive trout from lies that you would think no sizable trout would ever think to call home. The Madison River is born inside Yellowstone Park at the junction of the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers. It flows 140 miles due north, where it is joined by the Gallatin and Jefferson Rivers to form the Missouri River in Three Forks Montana. It’s from Lyon’s Bridge down to Ennis that many anglers have nicknamed “The Fifty Mile Riffle”. The braided water below Varney Bridge, through the Valley Garden into Ennis Lake, is very different from the single-channel river above, with countless side channels and out-of-the-way spots for large, wild trout to hide. The Madison River enters Ennis Lake – formed by the dam built in 1906 – then rips through the seven-mile Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness Unit. Finally, flowing northward another 28 miles to meet the Gallatin and Jefferson Rivers in Three Forks to form the Missouri River. Join FishTales Outfitting for a fantastic Madison River fly fishing trip that you’ll never forget! The Yellowstone River is one of the greatest trout streams of the world and holds the title for the longest undammed, known as a ‘freestone’ river in the lower 48 states. There is outstanding trout water from its tributaries high inside Yellowstone Park, downstream through Gardiner, the Paradise Valley, Livingston, and down below Big Timber; a total of almost two hundred river miles. We float fish in several different sections of the prime trout water between Gardiner and Big Timber, depending on the time of year, water conditions, and water levels. Highway 89 takes you through the Paradise Valley to the town of Gardiner, the Gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone is a large river varying from 75 to 300 feet. in width. It is wadable later in the summer when flows drop but there is no question it is best fished from a drift boat. You’ll see much more water to present your fly which increases your opportunities to catch fish. The section through “Paradise Valley” is the most scenic and this is also some of the best Montana fly fishing. The sections closer to Livingston holds the highest numbers of trout. Here you’ll find a healthy mix of browns, rainbows, and our native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, and Rocky Mountain Whitefish. The Yellowstone’s hatch list includes Mother’s Day Caddis, Salmon flies, Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallie’s, Summer Stones, and terrestrials. The Yellowstone offers diverse types of holding water, from the fast pocket water at Tom Miner Bridge to Point Of Rocks where the gradient lessens and the river changes to more long, deep pools with wide riffles and wide, flat tailouts. Downstream past Mallards rest through Paradise Valley is where the spring creeks join the river. This section is one of the most popular with breathtaking views of the Absaroka to the east and Gallatin mountains to the west. The section through Livingston known as the “town run” is a local favorite and offers some great wade fishing opportunities once the flows have dropped later in the summer. Read More

Lake, River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Finest Fly-Fishing Guides - Bozeman

NEW
15 ft 1 - 2 People From $575
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
Fishing in Ennis
trip description for Madison River Float in Ennis

Float from Pine Butte down to Lyons Bridge on the Upper Madison to get away from the crowds and access lower-pressure sections of the river. They call the Madison river ""The 50 Mile Riffle"" as it babbles smoothly down out of Reynolds pass, offering fantastic wading opportunities for the entire stretch of river. The upper portion of the river stays cool throughout the hot summer months as cold water is released from the Hegben Lake Dam, attracting tons of recreational (solo) fishermen to this area. Thus most of the pedestrian access points see a lot of traffic. This trip combines the best of both worlds for those looking to dissect sections of the river on foot. The section of the river above Lyons Bridge cannot actually be fished from the boat and can only be fished on foot; thus, your guide will float you down the river to the best spots and anchor up the drift boat to hone in on the best sections of the river! The Madison River hosts wild rainbow and brown trout ranging in size from 10″ to monsters reaching up to 28″ with an average length of 15″. The Fall spawning run out of Hebgen Lake will give you some of the best fish. In October through November, expect to see big Browns and Rainbows averaging 19 inches with the occasional 28″ Brown Trout. If you go fishing out here in the fall, be ready for winter conditions where temperatures can drop below zero on any given day, and in the summer, be sure to prepare for rain showers as they can pop up out of nowhere! But as they say in Montana: ""If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes!"" Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. Their guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. The guides will provide all the rods, reels, flies and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let us know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with one of our guides! **Nate has several listings for float trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. He wants you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river he may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your float trip on this listing and he will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

River Fishing Trip near Big Sky

Madison River Float

100% (5)
1 - 2 People From $500

Need a Place to Stay?

Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Big Sky

What are the best fishing trips in Big Sky?

Why should I book a fishing trip in Big Sky with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 11 trip in Big Sky: Half Day Walk and Wade guided by Ennion.

Our guides in Big Sky are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3247 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Big Sky? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Big Sky.

What types of fishing trips are common in Big Sky?

River fishing is the most popular type of fishing in Big Sky as well as lake fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Big Sky are: 1. brown trout, 2. rainbow trout, and 3. cutthroat trout.

The most common fishing techniques in Big Sky are fly fishing, drift fishing, and wading.

How much does a Big Sky fishing trip cost?

Prices in Big Sky can range anywhere from about $485 to $1,350, but the average price for a half day trip in Big Sky is $564. The average price for a full day trip in Big Sky is $916.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Big Sky?

The most popular season for fishing in Big Sky is summer, and most anglers book their trips 12 days in advance.

Do I need a Big Sky fishing license and what are the bag limits in Big Sky?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Big Sky, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Big Sky. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Big Sky.

What is fishing in Big Sky all about?

Fishing in Big Sky, Montana is an experience that blends the serene beauty of nature with the thrill of angling in pristine waters. Nestled within the majestic Rocky Mountains, Big Sky offers anglers a diverse range of fishing opportunities, from tranquil rivers to crystal-clear mountain lakes. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice enthusiast, there's something truly special about casting your line against the backdrop of Montana's breathtaking landscapes.

One of the highlights of fishing in Big Sky is the chance to reel in some of the West's most coveted trout species, including rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. The Gallatin River, which winds its way through the valley, is renowned for its exceptional trout fishing. Anglers can also explore nearby streams and lakes, such as the Madison River and Hebgen Lake, each offering its own unique angling experience. From wading in shallow riffles to casting from the comfort of a drift boat, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy the thrill of fishing in Big Sky.

Beyond the excitement of landing a trophy trout, fishing in Big Sky offers a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with the natural world. Whether you spend a quiet morning on the water or embark on a multi-day fishing adventure, the tranquility of Montana's wilderness is sure to leave a lasting impression. And with the stunning peaks of the Rockies towering overhead and the soothing sounds of rushing water all around, it's easy to see why fishing in Big Sky is a bucket-list experience for anglers around the world.

What are the most popular months to fish in Big Sky?

In Big Sky, Montana, fishing seasons offer anglers a spectrum of opportunities that vary with the changing seasons and the behavior of local fish species. Spring heralds the beginning of prime fishing season as fish like trout, salmon, and whitefish become more active after the winter months. Anglers eagerly anticipate the opening of trout season in April, when rivers and streams are stocked with rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. Additionally, spring marks the spawning season for salmon and whitefish, drawing anglers to rivers and lakes to pursue these prized gamefish.

Summer brings its own set of fishing opportunities to Big Sky as temperatures rise and fish seek cooler waters. Anglers can target a variety of warm-water species such as bass, pike, and walleye in the region's lakes and reservoirs. Whether casting from a boat, kayak, or the shoreline, summer offers anglers the chance to enjoy leisurely days on the water while trying their luck at catching a variety of freshwater fish. Additionally, nearby Yellowstone National Park provides excellent opportunities for anglers to target native trout species in its pristine rivers and streams.

Fall signals the transition to cooler temperatures and a change in fishing opportunities in Big Sky. As the water temperatures drop, trout fishing picks up again, with fish becoming more active in preparation for the winter months. Anglers can enjoy excellent fly fishing opportunities in rivers such as the Gallatin, Madison, and Yellowstone as trout feed voraciously on aquatic insects and other prey. Additionally, fall marks the start of the spawning season for brown trout, drawing anglers to rivers and streams in pursuit of these elusive and prized gamefish. Whether fishing from the shore, wading in a river, or casting from a boat, fall fishing in Big Sky provides anglers with the chance to experience the beauty of the autumn foliage while enjoying some excellent fishing opportunities.

What types of fishing are popular in Big Sky?

In Big Sky, Montana, fishing enthusiasts have a wide array of options to explore, catering to every angler's preferences and skill levels. Fly fishing reigns supreme in this picturesque region, with its pristine rivers and streams teeming with trout. Whether you're wading into the Gallatin River, known for its challenging currents and trophy trout, or floating down the Madison River, famous for its prolific hatches and breathtaking scenery, fly fishing in Big Sky offers an unmatched experience for those seeking adventure on the water.

For anglers looking for a more relaxed approach, lake fishing in Big Sky provides a tranquil escape amidst the stunning mountain landscapes. Hebgen Lake, just a short drive from Big Sky, offers excellent opportunities for both shore and boat fishing. Anglers can cast their lines for trout, salmon, and other gamefish while soaking in panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Additionally, many of the smaller alpine lakes scattered throughout the area provide secluded spots for a peaceful day of fishing away from the crowds.

For those seeking a true wilderness adventure, backcountry fishing in Big Sky delivers an unparalleled experience. With countless remote streams and high-altitude lakes accessible only by foot or horseback, the backcountry offers solitude and serenity for intrepid anglers. Whether embarking on a multi-day trek into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness or exploring the hidden gems of Yellowstone National Park, backcountry fishing in Big Sky promises unforgettable moments amidst some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the American West.

What species are popular in Big Sky?

In Big Sky, Montana, anglers have a diverse range of fishing species to target, thanks to the area's pristine rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. One of the most sought-after species by anglers is trout, including rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. These species thrive in the cold, clear waters of Montana's rivers and streams, making Big Sky a paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts. Whether casting dry flies, nymphs, or streamers, anglers can test their skills against these elusive and prized gamefish while surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Additionally, Big Sky offers excellent opportunities for anglers to target salmon, particularly kokanee salmon, in its lakes and reservoirs. These landlocked salmon provide anglers with exciting fishing experiences, especially during their spawning runs in the fall. Anglers can target kokanee salmon using a variety of techniques, including trolling with downriggers, casting spoons and spinners, or jigging with bait. Whether fishing from a boat or the shoreline, anglers can enjoy the thrill of hooking into these powerful fish while taking in the breathtaking scenery of Big Sky country.

Warm-water species such as bass, pike, and walleye are also abundant in the lakes and reservoirs of Big Sky, providing anglers with additional opportunities for exciting fishing adventures. Whether casting from a boat, kayak, or the shoreline, anglers can enjoy relaxing days on the water while trying their luck at catching a variety of freshwater fish. With its diverse range of fishing opportunities, Big Sky offers something for anglers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy amidst the natural splendor of the Montana wilderness.

What are the best places to fish in Big Sky?

In Big Sky, Montana, anglers are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding the best fishing spots. One standout destination is the Gallatin River, which flows through the heart of the valley and offers exceptional trout fishing opportunities. Known for its challenging currents and diverse aquatic insect hatches, the Gallatin River provides a thrilling experience for fly fishing enthusiasts. Whether you're casting from the riverbanks or drifting along its meandering stretches, you'll have a chance to hook into rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout amidst the stunning backdrop of the surrounding mountains.

Another must-visit location for fishing in Big Sky is Hebgen Lake, a scenic reservoir nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Madison Range. Hebgen Lake is renowned for its trophy-sized trout, including rainbow, brown, and cutthroat species. Anglers can fish from the shore or launch a boat to explore the lake's pristine waters, where abundant insect life sustains a healthy fish population year-round. Whether you're targeting trout with traditional bait and lures or testing your skills with fly fishing techniques, Hebgen Lake offers an unforgettable angling experience for anglers of all levels.

For those seeking a more secluded and rugged fishing adventure, venturing into the backcountry of Big Sky presents endless possibilities. From high-alpine lakes tucked away in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to remote streams flowing through Yellowstone National Park, the backcountry offers pristine fishing opportunities amidst some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the region. Whether you're hiking into a secluded mountain lake or casting your line into a remote stream, the solitude and serenity of the Big Sky backcountry provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable fishing expedition.

Other things to do in Big Sky

While fishing is a popular activity in Big Sky, Montana, there's no shortage of other attractions and activities to enjoy for those seeking alternative experiences. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the stunning natural beauty of the area by hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding along the numerous trails that wind through the surrounding mountains and forests. Big Sky is home to an extensive network of trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging backcountry routes, offering opportunities for adventurers of all skill levels to immerse themselves in the rugged wilderness of the Rocky Mountains.

For those looking to experience the thrill of high-altitude adventure, Big Sky offers a range of adrenaline-pumping activities such as zip-lining, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting. Visitors can soar through the sky on zip lines that offer panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, scale towering rock faces under the guidance of experienced guides, or navigate the exhilarating rapids of nearby rivers and streams. Whether seeking an adrenaline rush or simply looking to challenge oneself in the great outdoors, Big Sky provides plenty of opportunities for adventure and excitement.

In addition to outdoor activities, Big Sky boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene, with galleries, museums, and cultural events that showcase the creativity and talent of the local community. Visitors can explore art galleries featuring works by local artists, attend live performances by musicians and performers, or immerse themselves in the history and culture of the region at museums and heritage centers. Additionally, Big Sky hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, celebrating everything from music and food to outdoor recreation and conservation, providing visitors with opportunities to connect with the local community and experience the unique spirit of Big Sky, Montana.

Does Big Sky have good fishing?

Big Sky, Montana, nestled in the picturesque Gallatin Valley near Yellowstone National Park, offers anglers a pristine and scenic backdrop for fishing in the Rocky Mountains. The area is renowned for its abundant rivers, streams, and alpine lakes, which provide excellent habitat for various trout species. Anglers visiting Big Sky can target prized game fish such as rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, and brook trout, among others. The Gallatin River, Madison River, and Yellowstone River are popular fishing destinations known for their clear waters and scenic surroundings, offering both challenging fly fishing opportunities and serene angling experiences.

Fishing conditions in Big Sky vary with the seasons, providing anglers with different opportunities throughout the year. Spring and early summer are typically prime times for fishing, as cooler temperatures and snowmelt runoff create optimal conditions for trout feeding and spawning. Anglers often find success using dry flies, nymphs, or streamers to entice trout in the rivers' riffles, pools, and runs. Fall fishing can also be productive, with trout actively feeding before winter sets in, providing anglers with a chance to experience the beauty of Montana's changing seasons while pursuing their favorite game fish.

In addition to its exceptional fishing opportunities, Big Sky offers anglers a range of outdoor activities and amenities to complement their fishing adventures. The area's rugged terrain and mountainous landscapes provide opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and exploring nearby national forests and parks. Anglers can also enjoy the town's hospitality, with local fly shops, guides, and outfitters ready to assist with equipment, fishing licenses, and expert advice. Whether seeking solitude along a remote mountain stream or casting into a renowned river's currents, Big Sky, Montana, remains a top destination for anglers seeking memorable and rewarding fishing experiences in the heart of the Rockies.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Jordan is an absolute Master of his craft. His understanding of fish is unparralled. Honestly its like he is one. The yellowstone was blown out due to heavy rains so we audibled to a 17 mile float on the Lower Madison. We fished a new and totally unique set of techniques fishing indicators with crayfish pattern followed by a nymph. He told me exactly when to mend, when to let the flies drag a hair, and when to re adjust with a new cast to get the perfect action on the flies. I missed a lot of big eats and landed some beautiful (and fat) rainbows and browns! Back at the ramp no one had the succes we did. I learn so much from Jordan everytime im out there. Can’t reccomend booking a trip with him enough.

    David I. with Jordan G. of Emigrant, Montana

  • ★★★★★
    The trip was great, from beginning to end. Ian was very helpful on the phone booking the trip, especially since we only booked it the night before. Nate and his team were helpful, and Matt was particularly generous with his time. His enthusiasm for his job and for our trip were contagious. We had a beautiful day on the water and had some success with the fishing, but the trip would have been great even if they weren’t biting that day.

    Danny O. with Nate S. of Gallatin Gateway, Montana

  • ★★★★★
    Had a really great time fishing the Yellowstone, Upper Madison on drift boats. Caught nice browns and rainbows. Wades the Gallatin and caught nice fish on dry flies. Our guide was Matt and he was great to work with not to mention he’s a trained chef so the lunches were fantastic. Highly recommend these trips. The booking process was simple and effective thanks to Captain Experiences.

    Jay W. with Ennion W. of Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Didn't Find What You Were Looking For?

Our guides are Damn Good Guides, which means they’re licensed, insured and vetted by our team of outdoor experts who know them on a first-name basis. We hand pick our Damn Good Guides, and our network spans all across the country and beyond.

The proof is in the pudding, and we’re incredibly proud of our 4.9 / 5 average review score. Hit the button below to see more trip options:

See All Trips in Big Sky