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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

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Madison River Float Trip

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

Welcome to Montana! We offer guided fly fishing and spin fishing trips on either the river or lake. This is the best way to experience Montana by floating down the river, enjoying the most breathtaking scenery, and working on your skills as an angler. We are centrally located in Ennis, Montana and provide services to nearby Big Sky, Bozeman, West Yellowstone, Three forks, and Virginia City. We operate out of drift boats and rafts and will teach you how to catch fish. Our trips are focused on targeting wild trout. Each trip includes everything needed for fishing (other than a MT fishing license that can be purchased online at ols.fwp.mt.gov). Rods, tackle, water, shore lunch, and transportation to and from meeting location. We recommend bringing a jacket and or rain coat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Weather can be variable all year, but most trips in the summer are shorts and sandals and beach wear. Our main focus on all trips is to have fun and catch fish. We want to make your vacation memorable and fun and will go the extra mile to make sure your day fishing with us is up to expectation. Trip options: 8 Hour full day fly fishing or spin fishing 4 Hour half day fly fishing or spin fishing 1.5 hour scenic float. Evening scenic floats are also available from 6-9 pm Read More

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Madison River Float Fishing

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Fishing in Sheridan
Fishing in Sheridan
Fishing in Sheridan
trip description for Missoula's Finest Fly Fishing in Sheridan

Missoula Montana offers a slew of incredible blue-ribbon rivers within a short distance from downtown. Mike and his guides know the Bitterroot, the Blackfoot, and the Clarks Fork rivers like the back of their hands and fish them all based on what river is fishing best. Generally, the hatches on each of the rivers rotate and trade-off perfectly so there is always action to chase in the vicinity. 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. They 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. Rivers in the Area: **The Bitterroot River** in southwest Montana is a dry fly fishery. Not many rivers in the west can claim such a statement, but the “Root” is a unique stream. The fact that the infamous Purple Haze dry fly pattern was developed/invented by a long-time Bitterroot guide tells you that it’s a special place. A float trip down the Bitterroot River never disappoints and the scenery and caliber of fishing are hard to beat. Although the Root can fish well in the winter months the real start to the season here is March and April with the world-famous Skwala stonefly hatch. This event is one of the few places in the west that offers the angler a chance at catching nice-sized trout on size 10 or bigger dry flies in early spring. March Browns and Blue Winged Olive Mayflies also make a daily appearance and can offer outstanding topwater action. The river is characterized by cobblestone runs, deep pools, and woody debris that hold large Rainbow, Cutthroats, and Brown trout. Summer See’s the usual hatches of PMD’s, Sallies, and Tricos with Grasshoppers keeping trout looking up well into October. The fall is also a special time on the Root, with cooler weather and Mahogany dun mayflies and Hecuba drake’s offering the last substantial meal for trout before winter sets in. **The Blackfoot** is on every fly fisherman’s bucket list, and deservedly so. Blackfoot River Fly Fishing is an angler’s dream come true. A true classic western freestone river and its hatches are impressive: the Giant Salmon Fly, Golden Stones, PMDs, terrestrials, are just some of the hatches you’ll find on the Blackfoot. Come fish the Blackfoot River with Fishtales Outfitting and you’ll want to come back every year! The Blackfoot River or as it’s sometimes called the Big Blackfoot as to distinguish it from the Little Blackfoot in western Montana near Missoula is a truly special place. The Nez Perce of Idaho found this route as the way to the Upper Missouri Basin to hunt buffalo. The Nez Perce name for the Blackfoot is Cokahahalishkit which means river of the road to buffalo. A diverse and dynamic fishery fed by snowpack and springs with all of the main trout species present. Depending on the time of year, you have a shot at a Blackfoot “Grand Slam” catching a rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook, cut-bow. The Blackfoot is characterized by large boulders and pocket water that’s stuffed with wild trout and offers an exciting float trip with outstanding hopper/dropper fishing throughout the summer. Many reaches of the Blackfoot River offer a beautiful wilderness setting with little development on its banks, plenty of wildlife, great trout fishing, and gorgeous scenery to add to the experience! **The Clark Fork River** is one of Montana’s best-kept secrets, hidden in plain sight. Many anglers drive by it on their way to fish other famous Montana rivers like the Bitterroot or Blackfoot. We at Fishtales Outfitting love elbow room and great trout fishing, we think you’ll agree! The largest river in Montana by volume it begins its 310-mile journey near the town of Butte MT, and as it meanders its way towards its terminus at Lake Pend Oreille it offers hundreds of miles of floatable water. The upper river is a smaller stream with many diverse types of water that mostly holds Brown trout and the occasional Westslope Cutthroat. This is fantastic streamer water with a legitimate shot at a trophy Brown. As the river heads west along I-90 towards Missoula it gains volume from many tributaries and becomes a large freestone river in a heavily forested corridor. This lower zone is a dry fly fishery that can rival the best hatches on the Missouri River. Large Rainbow, Cutthroats, and hybrid Cut-bows dominate the water here and eagerly come to the surface to devour the many species of mayflies that hatch here. The lower river also offers the added bonus of being a trophy Northern Pike fishery with some research showing fish of 45″ or better, which can be an exciting change of pace from trout fishing. The Clark Fork is typically pretty low on the visiting anglers’ list of rivers to float fish which makes it one of the lesser crowded in all of western Montana. Read More

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Missoula's Finest Fly Fishing

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Fishing in Yellowstone National Park
Fishing in Yellowstone National Park
Fishing in Yellowstone National Park
trip description for Gibbon River Walk-n-Wade in Yellowstone National Park

Wade your way into the water with your guide 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 Gibbon River from the grounds within Yellowstone National Park to target some Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout Cutthroat Trout, and Arctic Grayling. The Gibbon River is easily accessible and walk-n-wade friendly for all ages. This is a smaller stream with notable features such as meandering meadows, cascading falls, and timbered seclusion. In the summer months, you can spend a day wading and expect smaller wild Rainbow and Brown Trout looking to eat a terrestrial. The fall months are the best time to fish for larger run-up rainbows and browns averaging 16″-20″. On these full-day excursions, your guide will wade you into the river from one of the Yellowstone Park access points. 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. 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 special 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

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Fishing in Sheridan
Fishing in Sheridan
Fishing in Sheridan
trip description for Yellowstone River Fish Frenzy in Sheridan

Missoula Montana offers a slew of incredible blue-ribbon rivers within a short distance from downtown. 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. They 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. The Yellowstone River is one of the greatest trout streams in 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. Explore the legendary river with our Yellowstone fly fishing guides for a fun, guided fly fishing day trip in Montana. The quality of the fly fishing is excellent here. 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. Explore and catch cutthroat trout, large whitefish, rainbow trout, and brown trout with our Yellowstone fly fishing guide. Join our guided tour at Fishtales Outfitting and enjoy some fantastic fly fishing on the Yellowstone River today! Read More

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Yellowstone River Fish Frenzy

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Fishing in Yellowstone National Park
Fishing in Yellowstone National Park
Fishing in Yellowstone National Park
trip description for Soda Butte Walk-and-Wade in Yellowstone National Park

Wade your way into the water with your guide and get ready for an action-packed day of Yellowstone Park fishing from some of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be wading into Soda Butte Creek from the grounds within Yellowstone National Park to target Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. With a majority of this body of water bordering highway 212, Soda Butte Creek has stunning scenery, and great structure, and grants easy access. This is perfect for anglers who want the awesome experience of Trout fishing in the northeast area of Yellowstone National Park without a rigorous hike. The average fish size on the lower end of Soda Butte (below Icebox Canyon) to the Lamar River is 12”-16”, but you'll see some fish in the 18”-20” range. The average size of fish on the upper section of Soda Butte is closer to 8”-12”. We require that Soda Butte Creek trips are a two-day minimum. On these full-day excursions, your guide will wade you into the creek from one of the Yellowstone Park access points. 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. 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 get into 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

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What are the best fishing trips in Emigrant?

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

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 6 trip in Emigrant: Yellowstone River Float Trips guided by Jordan.

Our guides in Emigrant are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3246 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.

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What types of fishing trips are common in Emigrant?

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

The most commonly sought after species in Emigrant are: 1. brown trout, 2. rainbow trout, 3. cutthroat trout, 4. carp, and 5. lake whitefish.

The most common fishing techniques in Emigrant are fly fishing, drift fishing, and wading but artificial lure fishing and light tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much does an Emigrant fishing trip cost?

Prices in Emigrant can range anywhere from about $500 to $1,000, but the average price for a half day trip in Emigrant is $536. The average price for a full day trip in Emigrant is $790.

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 Emigrant?

The most popular season for fishing in Emigrant is summer, and most anglers book their trips 13 days in advance.

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

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

What is fishing in Emigrant all about?

Fishing in Emigrant, Montana, offers anglers a quintessential Western experience amidst the stunning landscapes of the Yellowstone River Valley and the nearby Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Situated along the banks of the Yellowstone River, Emigrant provides easy access to some of the finest trout waters in the region. The Yellowstone River is renowned for its world-class trout fisheries, with abundant populations of wild rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout enticing anglers to its pristine waters year-round.

One of the highlights of fishing in Emigrant is the opportunity to explore the iconic Paradise Valley stretch of the Yellowstone River. This scenic section of the river winds its way through picturesque canyons and open meadows, offering anglers a diverse range of fishing opportunities. Whether you're casting from the riverbanks, wading into its riffles and pools, or floating downstream in a drift boat, Paradise Valley promises an unforgettable angling experience amidst breathtaking natural beauty.

In addition to the Yellowstone River, Emigrant serves as a gateway to numerous smaller streams and tributaries that offer excellent fishing opportunities. From the Boulder River, with its scenic canyon stretches and pristine trout habitat, to the Shields River, known for its crystal-clear waters and abundant fish populations, anglers in Emigrant have a wealth of options to explore. Whether you prefer casting dry flies on a tranquil mountain stream or drifting nymphs through riffles and pools on a larger river, Emigrant provides a haven for anglers seeking adventure on the water in the heart of Montana's wilderness.

What are the most popular months to fish in Emigrant?

Fishing seasons in Emigrant, Montana, provide anglers with a diverse array of opportunities throughout the year, dictated by the changing seasons and the behavior of local fish species. Spring marks the beginning of prime fishing season as fish such as trout, whitefish, and walleye 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, springtime brings the spawning season for whitefish, drawing anglers to rivers and lakes to pursue these abundant and hard-fighting fish.

Summer brings its own set of fishing opportunities to Emigrant as temperatures rise and fish seek cooler waters. Anglers can target a variety of warm-water species such as bass, pike, and catfish in the area's lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. 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 River provides excellent opportunities for anglers to target trout, whitefish, and other species in its pristine waters, with scenic views of the surrounding mountains adding to the allure of fishing in this iconic river.

Fall signals the transition to cooler temperatures and a change in fishing opportunities in Emigrant. As the water temperatures drop, trout fishing picks up again, with fish becoming more active as they feed voraciously in preparation for the colder months ahead. Whether fishing from the shore, wading in a river, or casting from a boat, fall fishing in Emigrant 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 Emigrant?

In Emigrant, Montana, anglers have a variety of fishing styles to choose from, catering to different preferences and skill levels. Fly fishing reigns supreme in this picturesque region, with the Yellowstone River and its tributaries providing prime habitat for wild trout. Whether you're casting dry flies to rising trout on the Yellowstone or nymphing through riffles and pools on a smaller stream like the Boulder River, fly fishing in Emigrant offers an immersive experience amidst stunning natural scenery and abundant fish populations.

For those who prefer a more relaxed approach to angling, lake fishing in Emigrant provides a tranquil alternative to the rushing currents of the rivers. Nearby lakes such as Dailey Lake and Yankee Jim Canyon Reservoir offer excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of species, including trout, bass, and perch. Anglers can enjoy casting lines from the shore or launching a boat to explore the calm waters of these scenic lakes, surrounded by the rugged beauty of Montana's wilderness.

In addition to fly fishing and lake fishing, Emigrant also offers opportunities for anglers to explore spin fishing techniques on the Yellowstone River and its surrounding waters. Whether you're casting spinners, spoons, or crankbaits from the riverbanks or trolling from a boat, spin fishing in Emigrant provides a fun and accessible way to target trout and other gamefish. With its diverse fishing options and stunning natural landscapes, Emigrant is a paradise for anglers looking to enjoy the thrill of fishing in the heart of Montana's wilderness.

What species are popular in Emigrant?

In Emigrant, Montana, anglers have access to a diverse range of fishing species that inhabit the pristine waters of the region's rivers, streams, and lakes. One of the most sought-after species by anglers is trout, which includes rainbow, brown, and cutthroat varieties. These trout thrive in the cold, clear waters of Montana's waterways, making Emigrant a haven 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 breathtaking landscapes of the Rocky Mountains.

In addition to trout, Emigrant offers opportunities to catch whitefish, a species that is abundant in many of the region's rivers and lakes. These hard-fighting fish provide anglers with an alternative fishing experience and can be caught using a variety of techniques, including fly fishing, spin fishing, and bait fishing. Whether fishing from the shore or a boat, anglers can enjoy the challenge of hooking into whitefish while enjoying the scenic beauty of the surrounding wilderness.

Furthermore, Emigrant boasts excellent fishing for warm-water species such as bass, pike, and walleye in the area's lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. These species provide anglers with additional opportunities for exciting fishing adventures, whether casting from a boat, kayak, or the shoreline. With its diverse range of fishing opportunities, Emigrant offers something for anglers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy amidst the natural splendor of Montana's landscapes.

What are the best places to fish in Emigrant?

In Emigrant, Montana, anglers are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding the best fishing spots, thanks to the town's proximity to some of the most renowned trout waters in the region. One standout destination is the Yellowstone River, which flows majestically through the heart of Emigrant. Known for its world-class trout fisheries, the Yellowstone River provides ample opportunities for anglers to hook into wild rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout amidst stunning natural surroundings.

Another top fishing spot in Emigrant is the Boulder River, a picturesque tributary of the Yellowstone known for its scenic canyon stretches and pristine trout habitat. Whether you're casting dry flies to rising trout in its riffles or drifting nymphs through its pools, the Boulder River offers an immersive angling experience amidst the tranquil beauty of Montana's backcountry. With its abundant fish populations and stunning landscapes, the Boulder River is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Additionally, nearby lakes such as Dailey Lake and Yankee Jim Canyon Reservoir provide excellent fishing opportunities for anglers looking to escape the rushing currents of the rivers. These scenic lakes offer tranquil settings for casting lines and soaking in the natural beauty of Montana's wilderness. Whether you're targeting trout, bass, or perch, the calm waters of these lakes are sure to provide memorable fishing experiences for anglers of all skill levels. With its diverse range of fishing options and breathtaking landscapes, Emigrant promises an unforgettable angling adventure in the heart of Big Sky Country.

Other things to do in Emigrant

While fishing is undoubtedly a highlight in Emigrant, Montana, the area offers a wealth of activities and attractions to explore for those seeking alternative experiences. Outdoor enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the stunning natural beauty of the region by embarking on scenic hikes or leisurely nature walks along the numerous trails that wind through the nearby mountains and forests. The nearby Gallatin National Forest offers miles of trails, providing ample opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting, and birdwatching amidst the rugged wilderness of Montana.

For those looking to add a dose of adrenaline to their adventure, Emigrant serves as an ideal base for exploring the nearby Yellowstone River, a designated Blue Ribbon trout stream renowned for its world-class fly fishing and breathtaking scenery. Visitors can take guided float trips or kayak excursions along the river, enjoying the thrill of navigating its pristine waters while soaking in the stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Additionally, the nearby Yellowstone National Park offers a myriad of outdoor activities, including wildlife viewing, scenic drives, and hiking trails, providing visitors with endless opportunities to explore the wonders of nature.

History buffs can delve into the rich heritage of the area by visiting local landmarks and historic sites. The nearby Chico Hot Springs Resort, a historic hot spring resort dating back to the late 1800s, offers visitors the chance to soak in the healing waters of its natural hot springs while learning about the resort's colorful history. Additionally, the nearby Yankee Jim Canyon provides opportunities for exploring historic mining sites and remnants of the area's gold rush era, offering a fascinating glimpse into Montana's frontier past. With its diverse range of attractions and activities, Emigrant invites visitors to experience the best of Montana's outdoor adventures and cultural heritage.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Great float trip!

    Emmet D. with Nate S. of Yellowstone River, Montana

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    One of the things I wanted to be dang sure I did while I was there was fish the Yellowstone in a drift boat, and was lucky enough to get it done. With lots of fishing travel under my belt you never know how it will go and in this case the plan came together and it was a good day to be alive. The Boss and I met our guide Nathan at the ramp at 8:00 and it was not long before we were on the water. The Boss and I are really fly fishing neophytes with lots to learn and Nathan was a perfect guide and teacher for our day on the water. He has fished those rivers for 35 years, was patient, technically proficient, and just an overall good guy to spend the day with. As I noticed in the park there were lots of grasshoppers and it turned out to be our plan for the day. In my case catching any particular fish on topwater is the bomb, and we spent most of the day fishing larger hoppers with a smaller floating “something or other” on a dropper around 8″ behind. And it was so interesting to see the fish react. A few smashed it, (At least for a trout.) most barely slurped it under, and others could not resist rolling on it, or just taking a look. It took me a bit to get the hang of setting the hook like you need to and after a while I managed to toss a couple of small rainbows completely over the boat. It really was a new way to fish for us and it took a while to get the hang of it but I intend to put those lessons to work in Colorado when I head there this fall. Since this was our 5 or 6th run at it the Boss commented that each place and method was different, it is all part of the learning process. I probably went about 10 for 20 with one whitefish, the Boss struggled. So late in the day Nathan put us on a nymph rig with an indicator. (Or as we regular folks call it, a bobber.) He wanted to be sure the Boss caught a fish and she finally boated a rainbow and a native whitefish. But the Boss was happy just sitting in the back and enjoying the day and the view, but I give her credit, she kept casting like a trooper. He was so patient as we tangled, crossed, casted like the rookies we are, and he just continued to act like the professional he is. (Except we all laughed like crazy when at one point when we were thrashing multiple messes he said; “Stop casting!”) Of course I told him I would trash him here so let me do it now – One of the best guides to spend the day with I have had the pleasure to fish with. So take that homie. From the Great Barrier reef, Belize, Colorado we have fished with our share and today was one of the best all around experiences we have ever had. The fishing was not fast by any means, but the bite was consistent. I was not surprised by the number of refusals with the traffic and it being late in the season. Nathan made several fly changes during the day until we finished the day with the nymph rig and put the last couple in the boat. He worked hard to put me on a little bigger fish and his efforts were appreciated. Probably if I would have bullshitted less and fished harder I might have boated one of the better fish I missed, but I could have cared less as numbers were not the reason for the day. Being a Saturday there was quite a bit of traffic, but it is a big river, and when compared to Froggie’s on the weekend no big deal. Of course we had a few incidents where both guides and the public cut us off, or were just plain were clueless. (Sound familiar you coastal boys?) As you know one of my rules to live by on our busy waterways – Be nice, be the bigger man, and just because you have the right of way let them go. Nathan naturally lives and practices that making our day on the water pleasant and fun and he is a credit to the profession. I can be pretty hard on guides. It really was comfortable fishing from the drift boat. The Boss loved the safe manner he operated and being able to stand up and cast from the leaning post, or whatever it is called. I learned a lot about the drift boat and how it preforms on the water. As we accelerate our search for our place in the mountains Montana has made the list. Of all the places I have fished Montana gets an A+ for the access available to the public. (So thanks Nathan for offering to be my new best friend and take me fishing all the time if we end up in the area. At least I thought I heard him say that!) And a big thanks to Jonathan of Captain Experiences for booking and following up on our trip. The home of Damn Good Fishing Guides, this site has guides all over the country and they lived up to their name when they hooked us up with Nathan. Nathan guides out of Bozeman, Montana, fishing the Yellowstone, Madison, and a couple of other great Montana rivers. Nate, the owner, kept us informed with a full written itinerary, with constant follow up both before and after the trip. It was a professional job all the way around. So if you are looking for a guide anywhere, or wanting to fish the Yellowstone area, give Jonathan a call and he will put you with the best. Overall a first class trip. So when it is all said and done it was a great way to spend a day along with our park expedition. And here is a taste of what is next, as soon as I organize all of the park stuff. We saw almost everything we wanted to this trip and were so fortunate to see the wolves everyday along with enough wildlife to keep us happy. (For a while!) And to Nathan, I have added the Madison to my bucket list. Thanks for reading my stuff.

    Doug C. with Nate S. of Yellowstone River, 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

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