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Yellowstone River Full-Day Jet Boat

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Fishing in Hebgen Lake

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Hebgen Lake Full-Day Jet Boat

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Fishing in Emigrant

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River Fishing Guides Near Gallatin Gateway, Mt

Fishing in Twin Bridges

River Fishing Trip in Twin Bridges

Overnight Day Trip (Peak Season)

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Fishing in Big Sky

River Fishing Trip in Big Sky

Half Day Walk And Wade

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Fishing in Gallatin Gateway

River Fishing Trip in Gallatin Gateway

Full Day Float (Multiple Rivers)

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Fishing in Twin Bridges

River Fishing Trip in Twin Bridges

Montana River Fly Trip

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Fishing in Madison River

River Fishing Trip in Madison River

Madison River Float Trip

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Fishing in Twin Bridges

River Fishing Trip in Twin Bridges

Multi-Night At Stonefly Lodge

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Fishing in Ennis

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Gallatin Valley Float Trips

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Fishing in Ennis

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Ennis Lake Full-Day Jet Boat

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Fishing in Ennis

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Ennis Lake Float Trip

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Fishing in Sheridan

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Sheridan

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Fishing in Hebgen Lake

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Hebgen Lake Full-Day Jet Boat

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Fishing in Bozeman

Lake, River Fishing Trip in Bozeman

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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 Gallatin Gateway

Madison River Float

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Fishing in Silver Star
Fishing in Silver Star
Fishing in Silver Star
trip description for Jefferson River Float in Silver Star

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 Jefferson River to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Jefferson River is not all about fish numbers. The ""Jeff"" is about solitude and getting away from the crowds for a shot at a trophy fish! Streamers, dry flies, or nymphs are all successful techniques used on the Jefferson River. Fishing the Jefferson is best in March, April, and into May during pre-runoff. The spring offers some incredible hatches with species such as March Browns, Caddis, Skwalla’s, and Blue Winged Olives (Baetis). The late summer months into the fall can be productive with terrestrials such as grasshoppers, beetles, or ants. In the Fall months of October and November, the “Jeff” can offer up big browns. Because the brown trout are more vulnerable during the pre-spawn period, they are willing to eat a streamer that is invading their space. If you’re looking for a scenic float away from some of the higher-pressure rivers then consider a day on the Jefferson! 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 us! **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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Jefferson River Float

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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 Gallatin Gateway

Ennis Lake Float Trip

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Fishing in Twin Bridges
Fishing in Twin Bridges
Fishing in Twin Bridges
trip description for Montana River Fly Trip in Twin Bridges

Head out with Dan, aka "Rooster," for an action-packed overnight fishing trip in Twin Bridges, Montana! This area of Southwest Montana is home of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby, Madison, and Jefferson Rivers. Experience world-class fly fishing, accommodations, fly shop, and guides located in the heart of Montana's Blue Ribbon Trout Country! Rooster and his team's goal is simple, to give you an experience you will never forget. With the best in the business Montana fly fishing guides, they have packages for all anglers. Stay at the Stonefly Inn, bring your fly rod, your buddy or spouse, and do a self-guided trip and they are happy to point you in the right direction. Rooster and his team consists of a very diverse, seasoned guide staff - one that has been cultivated over the last 15 years. Whether you are a beginner or experienced angler, they make sure to pair you up accordingly. While everyone has their niche - these guides have a very good sense of teamwork and will stop at nothing to make certain you walk away a better fisherman than when you arrived. **Available Waters:** The Big Hole River - Fed by three different mountain ranges, dozens of freestone creeks and flowing over 100 miles, the Big Hole River is one of those places you just can't get off your mind. Often referred to as "The Last Best River", the Big Hole fishes well from ice out in April until the winter weather hits in November. Limited outfitter use makes this river a first choice for many guest anglers. The Beaverhead River - One of the three great tailwaters in Big Sky Country. Stable water flows, dense populations of trout, and great insect life make this river a great option almost any time of year. Multiple spring creek influxes below Dillon create some great clear water opportunities to fish dry flies during the heat of the summer. Big browns on hoppers. A great river to fly fish. The Madison River - They say you have to have an ace in the hole. If Rooster had to pick a river to fit that bill, it would be the "Maddy". Astonishing numbers of trout and good water flows through the summer months keep the rods bent when fishing might be tough elsewhere. The Jefferson River - Formed in Twin Bridges by the confluence of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby Rivers, the Jefferson flows northbound over eighty miles to the confluence of the Madison and Gallatin Rivers to form the Missouri. Receiving less pressure than any of the others, this is one of those fisheries that you have to see to believe. The Ruby River - As our friends refer to secret spots - the Ruby River is a "sleeper". From the dam to Twin Bridges there is over 40 miles of twisting, turning trout water. Good public access makes this a great place to spend an afternoon before, during or after your trip. **Seasons:** There are three main seasons when it comes to Montana fishing. Get your line in the water when the fish are most hungry in the peak season, or get world-class fishing at a discount in the shoulder season. Early season (Shoulder) - April, May, and June – The Rocky Mountains can deliver some pretty severe weather during these early months of the fishing season. You should plan accordingly, and realize that the weather can be here today - gone tomorrow. You will want breathable waders, felt or rubber soled boots, raingear, layers of fleece, gloves, hats, glasses and hats. We could also have summer weather as early as late May, so make sure to pack a couple pairs of shorts and your favorite fishing shirt. Summer season (Peak) - June, July, August, and September - With the summer upon us, you can expect temperatures to range from cool in the early a.m. to downright hot in the afternoons. Long sleeve fishing shirts, broad billed hats, and polarized sunglasses can relieve some of the summer sun. Although shorts and wading sandals are the norm, summer thunderstorms are common in SW Montana, so always have a light rain jacket in your gear bag. Fall season (Shoulder) - September, October and November - As the summer winds to a close, we say goodbye to the dog days and welcome cooler mornings and warm afternoons. September is hopper month in these parts, so a stout 6 wt. is a good choice. By the middle of September the water temps have fallen to the point that you’ll likely be more comfortable wearing waders. For those that plan an October trip to Montana, your gear bag should include layers of fleece, raingear, a warm hat, gloves and of course a good pair of glasses. **Lodging:** For those wanting a true Western fly fishing experience, The Stonefly Inn is the perfect choice. Located in the heart of Twin Bridges on Main Street, minutes from world class rivers that offer the best trout fishing in Montana. These all-inclusive packages cover all Montana farm-to-table meals cooked by an awesome chef, lodging in one of the cabins, guided fishing, flies, rods, reels, all terminal tackle. The recently renovated cabins have upgraded mattresses, new linens and furnishings. The common area is a great gathering place with comfortable seating, TV, screened porch, dining tables, bar. The outdoor fireplace area is a favorite among guests, a great place to hang out in the evenings and they keep it stocked with firewood all season. You have full use of the on site amenities when you book with Rooster and his team. Their fly shop is also located on the property if you need supplies. **Rod, Line and Fly Recommendations:** Rooster and his gang strongly recommend a 9ft or 9.5ft, 6 weight rod. A 5 weight will do almost anything a 6 will, but you might have to work harder to get the fly to the fish in the wind. And yes, the wind has been known to blow out in the Rocky Mountains! They prefer WF lines. Their favorites are the Scientific Anglers Sharkwave and Trout Stalker. When it comes to leaders, anything 7.5ft 2,3 & 4X class will work fine. When you fish with them, the flies are included in your package, and they have plenty of them. Their guides carry hundreds if not thousands of the patterns that work on their local waters and their shop bins are fully stocked with tried and true flies. However, if you would like to tie some flies of your own, they recommend giving the shop a call and they can advise you further. In the meantime you can rarely go wrong with these: 1. Chubby Chernobyl – Peach, Orange, Purple, Tan, size 6-12 2. Prince Nymph – tungsten beads are better, CDC Collars are great, size 12-16 3. Pat’s Stone – Tan, Brown, Black and Olive, size 4-12 4. Pheasant tail – Tungsten, no flashback, size 12-20 **Montana Fishing License Requirements:** You will need to purchase a conservation license, along with a fishing license that will cover the amount of days you plan on fishing. They are sold in 2’s and 10’s as well as a full season. Rooster recommends purchasing your license online prior to arrival, as they are not a license agent – it will help expedite getting you on the river! **Food and Drink:** Your dining experience is certain to be a highlight of your fishing trip! Rooster and his team strive to accommodate all dietary restrictions. If you require any special dietary consideration or have food allergies please do let them know and they will make sure your needs are provided for. They generally serve wine with dinner. If you are someone that enjoys an evening cocktail or beer, there is a liquor store a few doors down that is well stocked. Many guests provide a bottle or 2 to share with their fellow anglers during the course of their stay at Stonefly. Read More

River Fishing Trip near Gallatin Gateway

Montana River Fly Trip

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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

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Gallatin Valley Float Trips

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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 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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Gibbon River Walk-n-Wade In Yellowstone

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Gallatin Gateway

What are the best fishing trips in Gallatin Gateway?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 27 trips in Gallatin Gateway, and the most popular trips in the area are Full Day Float (Multiple Rivers) guided by Ennion and Gallatin River Walk-n-Wade in Yellowstone guided by Nate.

Our guides in Gallatin Gateway are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2710 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.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Ennis, Bozeman and Madison River.

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

What types of fishing trips are common in Gallatin Gateway?

River fishing is the most popular in Gallatin Gateway as well as lake fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Gallatin Gateway are: 1. brown trout, 2. rainbow trout, 3. cutthroat trout, and 4. brook trout.

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

How much does a Gallatin Gateway fishing trip cost?

in Gallatin Gateway prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $2,458, but the average price for a half day trip in Gallatin Gateway is $534. The average price for a full day trip in Gallatin Gateway is $1,285.

What month is best for fishing in Gallatin Gateway?

The most popular season for fishing in Gallatin Gateway is fall, and most anglers book their trips 7 days in advance.

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

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

What is fishing in Gallatin Gateway all about?

Fishing in Gallatin Gateway, Montana, offers anglers a chance to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Gallatin River Valley while pursuing a variety of trout species in pristine waters. Situated at the gateway to the Gallatin Canyon and Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin Gateway serves as a convenient base for anglers looking to explore the abundant fishing opportunities in the area. The Gallatin River itself is a renowned trout fishery, known for its wild rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout populations, as well as its stunning mountain scenery.

One of the highlights of fishing in Gallatin Gateway is the opportunity to experience the diverse fishing environments along the Gallatin River. From the fast-flowing currents of the canyon stretches to the meandering meadows further downstream, the Gallatin River offers anglers a range of fishing experiences to suit their preferences and skill levels. Whether you're casting dry flies to rising trout in the riffles or nymphing through the deeper pools, fishing on the Gallatin River promises excitement and challenge amidst breathtaking natural surroundings.

In addition to the Gallatin River, Gallatin Gateway provides access to other nearby fishing destinations, including tributaries such as the Taylor Fork and East Gallatin River, as well as nearby lakes and reservoirs. Whether you're exploring the secluded mountain streams of the Taylor Fork or casting lines in the tranquil waters of Hyalite Reservoir, Gallatin Gateway offers a wealth of fishing opportunities for anglers of all persuasions. With its convenient location and abundance of fishing options, Gallatin Gateway is a paradise for anglers seeking adventure in the heart of Montana's wilderness.

What are the most popular months to fish in Gallatin Gateway?

In Gallatin Gateway, Montana, fishing seasons follow the rhythms of nature, marking a time when the region's rivers and streams come alive with activity. Spring heralds the opening of trout season, drawing anglers from near and far to test their skills against the prized catches found in the pristine waters of the Gallatin River. As the days grow warmer and the snowmelt feeds into the waterways, the fishing action intensifies, offering plentiful opportunities to reel in rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout amidst the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

Summer brings its own allure to the fishing scene in Gallatin Gateway, with longer days and balmy temperatures enticing anglers to cast their lines into the cool, refreshing waters. The Gallatin River teems with life during this season, as insect hatches abound, providing a veritable feast for hungry trout. Whether wading in the shallows or floating downstream in a drift boat, fishermen and women can expect thrilling battles and memorable catches against the backdrop of lush greenery and azure skies.

As autumn casts its golden hues over the landscape, the fishing season in Gallatin Gateway reaches its crescendo. With the arrival of cooler temperatures, trout become more active, eagerly chasing flies and lures in preparation for the winter ahead. Fall also marks the peak of the spawning season for many fish species, adding an extra element of excitement for anglers hoping to hook into trophy-sized specimens. Against the backdrop of fiery foliage and crisp mountain air, fishing enthusiasts revel in the abundance of nature, savoring every moment spent on the water before the chill of winter sets in.

What types of fishing are popular in Gallatin Gateway?

In Gallatin Gateway, Montana, anglers have a variety of fishing styles to choose from, each offering its own unique experience amidst the stunning landscapes of the Gallatin River Valley. Fly fishing reigns supreme in this picturesque region, with the Gallatin River and its tributaries providing prime habitat for wild trout. Whether you're casting dry flies to rising trout in the riffles or drifting nymphs through the deeper pools, fly fishing in Gallatin Gateway promises an immersive experience amidst breathtaking natural surroundings and abundant fish populations.

For those seeking a more relaxed approach to angling, lake fishing in Gallatin Gateway provides a tranquil alternative to the rushing currents of the rivers. Nearby lakes and reservoirs such as Hyalite Reservoir and Storm Castle Creek 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.

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

What species are popular in Gallatin Gateway?

In Gallatin Gateway, Montana, anglers are spoiled for choice when it comes to fishing species. The Gallatin River and surrounding waters are home to a diverse array of fish, each offering its own unique challenge and allure. Trout, particularly rainbow, brown, and cutthroat, reign supreme in these pristine mountain streams. Renowned for their fighting spirit and vibrant colors, these trout species attract fishermen and women from far and wide, eager to test their skills against these prized catches.

Beyond trout, Gallatin Gateway boasts opportunities to target a variety of other fish species. Whitefish, with their silvery scales and feisty demeanor, provide excellent sport for anglers seeking a different kind of challenge. Additionally, the rivers and lakes in the area are home to species such as mountain whitefish and Arctic grayling, adding further diversity to the fishing experience. Whether fly fishing in the shallows or casting from the banks, anglers can expect thrilling encounters with these lesser-known but no less exciting species.

For those seeking a truly unique fishing experience, Gallatin Gateway offers opportunities to target native species such as the Yellowstone cutthroat trout. These majestic fish, with their distinctive red slash marks beneath their jaws, are a prized catch for many anglers and represent a connection to the region's rich natural heritage. Whether casting a line in the Gallatin River, exploring hidden mountain streams, or venturing out onto one of the area's pristine lakes, fishermen and women in Gallatin Gateway are sure to find a fishing adventure to remember.

What are the best places to fish in Gallatin Gateway?

In Gallatin Gateway, Montana, anglers have access to some of the best fishing spots in the region, thanks to the town's prime location near the Gallatin River and its surrounding waters. One of the top fishing destinations in Gallatin Gateway is the renowned Gallatin River itself, known for its world-class trout fisheries. This picturesque river winds its way through the Gallatin Canyon, offering anglers opportunities to catch wild rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout amidst stunning mountain scenery.

Another must-visit location for fishing in Gallatin Gateway is Hyalite Reservoir, a serene lake nestled in the Gallatin National Forest. Hyalite Reservoir provides 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 this scenic lake, surrounded by the natural beauty of the forest and nearby mountains.

Additionally, Gallatin Gateway serves as a gateway to other nearby fishing destinations, including tributaries such as the Taylor Fork and East Gallatin River. These smaller streams offer secluded fishing experiences and opportunities to catch a variety of trout species in a more intimate setting. Whether you're casting dry flies on the Gallatin River, trolling for trout at Hyalite Reservoir, or exploring the smaller streams in the area, Gallatin Gateway promises an unforgettable fishing experience amidst some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Montana.

Other things to do in Gallatin Gateway

Gallatin Gateway, Montana, offers a wealth of activities beyond fishing for those looking to explore the natural beauty and rich culture of the region. Outdoor enthusiasts can lace up their hiking boots and hit the trails to discover the breathtaking vistas of nearby mountain ranges such as the Bridger and Madison ranges. With trails ranging from leisurely strolls to challenging treks, there's something for every skill level and inclination. Hikers may encounter diverse wildlife and stunning wildflowers along the way, adding to the allure of exploring this rugged landscape on foot.

For those seeking adrenaline-fueled adventures, Gallatin Gateway serves as a gateway to some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the West. Thrill-seekers can satisfy their craving for excitement with activities such as whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River or embarking on an exhilarating zip-lining tour through the forest canopy. With experienced guides leading the way, adventurers can safely navigate the rapids or soar through the air, immersing themselves in the thrill of the great outdoors.

Gallatin Gateway also offers opportunities to immerse oneself in the region's rich cultural heritage and vibrant community life. Visitors can explore historic sites such as the Gallatin Gateway Inn, a charming landmark dating back to the early 20th century, or browse local art galleries and boutiques showcasing the work of talented artisans. Additionally, the area hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from music and food to outdoor recreation and cowboy culture, providing visitors with a chance to connect with the local community and experience the unique spirit of Gallatin Gateway.

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

  • ★★★★★
    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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