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trip description for Full Day Float Trip in Missoula

These trips are on the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, or Bitterroot rivers. These trips are a full day on the water. We are usually out for up to ten hours from when we meet to when we part ways. They all include drinks and a full lunch and snacks; all the flies; tippet; etc. He can also provide rods and reels if you do not have them. Times can change based on the environment. The fish are very much in charge of this game. Anything can turn them off to eating such as weather, water temperature, or whatever emotions fish feel. There IS a possibility that we could be skunked. Just keep that in mind as we are enjoying all Montana has to offer us outside. There is always more to the adventure than catching fish, such as the bald eagle flying over the boat or the deer drinking from the shore. To out smart these awesome sportfish, you'll be using Dry flies, Nymph rigs, or Streamers depending on the weather and time of year. Read More

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Fishing in Sheridan
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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

River Fishing Trip in Sheridan

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Bozeman Montana area includes the Yellowstone, Madison, both of legendary status. The Sheridan area that is home to the Ruby, Big Hole, Beaverhead and Jefferson. Craig is on the banks of the Missouri. Missoula Montana offers a slew of incredible blue-ribbon rivers within a short distance from downtown. Mike and his guides know the Yellowstone, Madison, Ruby, Big Hole, Beaverhead, private water on the Beaverhead, Missouri, Blackfoot, Bitterroot, 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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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Clark Fork River

What are the best fishing trips in Clark Fork River?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 3 trips in Clark Fork River, and the most popular trips in the area are Missoula's Finest Fly Fishing guided by Michael, Full Day Float Trip guided by Bryan, and Finest Fly-Fishing Guides - Sheridan guided by Michael.

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What types of fishing trips are common in Clark Fork River?

River fishing is the most popular in Clark Fork River as well as lake fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Clark Fork River are: 1. brown trout, 2. cutthroat trout, and 3. rainbow trout.

The most common fishing techniques in Clark Fork River are fly fishing and drift fishing.

How much does a Clark Fork River fishing trip cost?

in Clark Fork River prices can range anywhere from about $575 to $700, but the average price for a half day trip in Clark Fork River is $575. The average price for a full day trip in Clark Fork River is $683.

What month is best for fishing in Clark Fork River?

The most popular season for fishing in Clark Fork River is fall, and most anglers book their trips 1 days in advance.

Do I need a Clark Fork River fishing license and what are the bag limits in Clark Fork River?

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

What is fishing in Clark Fork River all about?

Fishing in the Clark Fork River, located in western Montana, offers anglers a pristine and picturesque setting amidst the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains. The river is renowned for its diverse fish populations and excellent fishing opportunities, making it a favorite destination for fly fishermen and spin anglers alike. The Clark Fork River is home to a variety of trout species, including rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout, providing anglers with plenty of options for targeting these prized fish.

Fly fishing is particularly popular in the Clark Fork River, thanks to its clear, cold waters and abundant insect life that sustains the trout population. Anglers can cast a variety of dry flies, nymphs, and streamers to mimic the natural food sources of the trout, such as mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies. With its numerous riffles, runs, and deep pools, the Clark Fork River offers a diverse range of habitats where trout can be found, providing anglers with endless opportunities to test their skills and enjoy the beauty of Montana's wilderness.

In addition to trout, the Clark Fork River also supports populations of other fish species, including mountain whitefish, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. Anglers can target these species using a variety of fishing techniques, such as spin fishing with lures or bait, or fly fishing with streamers and nymphs. Whether you're a seasoned angler looking for a challenging adventure or a beginner seeking a relaxing day on the water, fishing in the Clark Fork River promises an unforgettable experience amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Montana wilderness.

What are the most popular months to fish in Clark Fork River?

The fishing seasons in the Clark Fork River, located in western Montana, vary throughout the year, each offering unique opportunities for anglers to pursue their favorite catches. Spring marks the beginning of the fishing season in the Clark Fork River, as warmer temperatures thaw the river and trigger insect hatches that attract hungry trout. Anglers can expect excellent fly fishing during this time, with trout actively feeding on emerging insects such as mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies. Spring is also prime time for spawning runs, with fish like rainbow and cutthroat trout moving upstream to spawn, providing anglers with opportunities to target these fish in the river's shallower waters.

As summer arrives, the fishing season in the Clark Fork River shifts focus to early mornings and late evenings to avoid the heat of the day. During the summer months, trout seek refuge in the river's deeper pools and runs to escape the warmer surface temperatures. Anglers can still find success by targeting these areas with nymphs, streamers, or terrestrial patterns, as well as fishing in shaded areas where trout may be more active. Additionally, summer presents opportunities for fishing for warmwater species such as smallmouth bass and northern pike, which become more active in the river's slower-moving sections.

Fall ushers in another exciting fishing season in the Clark Fork River as temperatures begin to cool, triggering changes in fish behavior. As water temperatures gradually decrease, trout become more active and feed aggressively to build up reserves for the upcoming winter months. Fall is an excellent time to target a wide range of species, including trout, whitefish, and pike, as they actively forage in preparation for winter. Anglers can take advantage of the pleasant weather and vibrant foliage to enjoy productive days on the water before the arrival of winter.

What types of fishing are popular in Clark Fork River?

Fishing in the Clark Fork River, nestled in the scenic landscapes of western Montana, offers anglers a variety of techniques to pursue its diverse fish species. Fly fishing reigns supreme on the Clark Fork, drawing enthusiasts from far and wide to its pristine waters. With an abundance of insect life and clear, cold currents, the river provides ideal conditions for trout, including rainbow, brown, and cutthroat, making it a haven for fly fishermen. Anglers can cast a variety of dry flies, nymphs, and streamers to entice these elusive fish in the river's riffles, runs, and deep pools.

Spin fishing is also a popular method employed by anglers on the Clark Fork River. Using spinning rods and reels, anglers can cast a variety of lures, including spinners, spoons, and plugs, to target trout and other fish species. This technique allows anglers to cover more water and explore different depths of the river, providing versatility and accessibility for both beginners and experienced fishermen. Whether casting from the shore or wading into the river's currents, spin fishing offers exciting opportunities to hook into a variety of fish in the Clark Fork.

Bait fishing rounds out the trifecta of fishing techniques utilized in the Clark Fork River. Anglers can use natural baits such as worms, salmon eggs, or minnows to attract trout and other species in the river's pools and eddies. This method is particularly effective for targeting bottom-dwelling species like whitefish and catfish, as well as for enticing trout during periods of low activity. Bait fishing is a straightforward and accessible option for anglers of all skill levels, offering a relaxing way to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Clark Fork River.

What species are popular in Clark Fork River?

The Clark Fork River, nestled in the picturesque landscapes of western Montana, offers anglers an abundance of fish species to target throughout the year. One of the primary targets for anglers in the Clark Fork is trout, with rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout being the most prevalent species. These trout thrive in the river's cold, clear waters, making it a haven for fly fishermen and spin anglers alike. Whether casting dry flies, nymphs, or streamers, anglers can expect to encounter healthy populations of trout in the river's riffles, runs, and deep pools, providing ample opportunities for exciting catches.

In addition to trout, the Clark Fork River also supports populations of other sought-after species, including mountain whitefish and northern pike. Whitefish can be found throughout the river, often congregating in deeper pools and runs where they feed on aquatic insects and small fish. Anglers can target whitefish using a variety of techniques, including fly fishing with nymphs or spin fishing with small lures. Northern pike, known for their aggressive strikes and formidable fighting abilities, are another prized catch in the Clark Fork. Anglers often target pike in slower-moving sections of the river using large streamers or baitfish imitations, enjoying the thrill of hooking into these powerful predators.

Furthermore, the Clark Fork River offers opportunities to catch a variety of warmwater species such as smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and walleye. These species can be found in the river's slower-moving sections, where they seek refuge from the strong currents and colder temperatures. Anglers can target warmwater species using a variety of fishing techniques, including spin fishing with lures or bait, as well as fly fishing with streamers or poppers. Whether you're a fly fishing enthusiast, a spin angler, or a fan of warmwater fishing, the Clark Fork River provides diverse opportunities to pursue a wide range of fish species amidst the stunning scenery of western Montana.

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