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Float your way on the water with Nate 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 Bighorn River to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout....Read More
Offering year-round fly fishing, the Bighorn is considered the cream of the crop, not only in Montana but in the fly fishing world! In the first 13 miles from the Afterbay to Bighorn fishing access, the fish average 14 inches, though it’s not uncommon to take Trout over 20 inches. With all this excellent fish, it can be hard to find a time when you are the only boat on the river, especially during the summer months. To avoid the crowds, Nate recommends floating from November through April.
The Bighorn River is a fertile tailwater fishery that offers a high fish per mile population. Using a drift boat allows you and your guide to jump from spot to spot, not only fishing from the boat but also stopping to wade fish several runs holding numerous rainbows and browns. All guided trips on the Bighorn are two-day minimums from November 1st through April.
On this half or full-day excursion, Nate will row you where you need to be in a maneuverable drift boat as you take in the beautiful scenery. From here he'll give you some of his expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Drift boats allow anglers to cover a larger area and access places that may be unsafe for wading. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Nate is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line!
Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone or Fort Smith Montana – Nate has you covered. He or another one of his guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water.
Nate will provide all the rods, reels, flies and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. He will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let him know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which he will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing License. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with Nate!
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!
Captain Nate is your one-stop-shop for fly fishing Montana. Captain Nate and his crew go wherever you can find Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. Their guides are located in Bozeman, West Yellowstone, Ennis, Helena, Cascade, Three Forks, and Cameron, Montana and fish the Madison, Missouri, Yellowstone, Gallatin, Jefferson, Ruby, Firehole, Gibbon, Lamar, and Bighorn Rivers while also offering guided fly fishing trips on Holter, Hebgen, and Ennis Lakes and Soda Butte and Slough Creek....Read More
Captain Nate's Montana ties date back to the late 1800s when his great-great-grandfather decided to call Billings, Montana home after passing through as a cook on a cattle drive. While fishing was in Captain Nate's blood, he didn't pick up a fly rod until 13, which is the age Nate dates his addiction to the sport back to.
Captain Nate regularly explored the Bighorn, Yellowstone, Stillwater, and Boulder rivers and began guiding in 1999 while attending Montana State University.
Twenty-plus years later Captain Nate is still guiding anglers, and enjoys imparting his knowledge to younger, up-and-coming guides. Captain Nate couldn't image it any other way- he cherishes the opportunities he's had to work with anglers from age 8 to 90 of all skill levels, those with disabilities or terminal diseases, families, and large groups. As Captain Nate puts it, "I know how important it is to take time to teach people the skills they need to get the most out of their fly fishing experience, making memories that last a lifetime for the client and for me."
Captain Nate is a single father living in Bozeman, Montana with his two young daughters, Emily and Elizabeth. He makes a daily commute to the waters he guides and looks forward to exploring them with you and your friends.
Fill in date, party size, trip duration, and start time above to book and get out there with Captain Nate and Captain Experiences!
Jackson K.· ·
Our experience with Nate was definitely one to remember. My father, myself, a friend and his father, fished the Madison, Gallatin, and Missouri rivers in Montana. With our skill levels being all over the map, Nate was very patient and showed exceptional expertise and patience while on our trip, and ...Read More was a joy to be around. We all caught fish every day! We look forward to fishing again with Nate!
Nicholas O.· ·
Nate never disappoints! Nate is the man and will go above and beyond to make sure you and your people are taken care of every time.
Lars H.· ·
Best outfitter / guide anywhere. Professional, competent, encouraging, thoroughly knowledgeable on the water, hatches, and fish. Maneuvers the drift boat with ease. Brings extras of everything just in case clients forget something. Flies? Literally thousands in his suitcase size boxes to meet any situation. Can untangle knots faster than Houdini. ...Read More Never saw the need for a guide until I went out with Nate; now make time to fish with him whenever in Montana. Learn something every trip and always have a great time. Wife even asks to come along to fish with Nate. Highly recommended and money well spent.
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No cleaning service provided.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
Guide, lunch, non-alcoholic beverages, all tackle including flies, leaders and tippet, the shuttle service for the guide’s vehicle from boat put in to the take-out. Your guide will supply rods if you do not have your own.
At an Additional Rate
Wader and Wading Boot Rental – Let us know when booking if you need rental gear and we will arrange to have them upon your arrival. $20 for half day rental and $30 for a full day wader and boot rental. (*if you have studded boots let us know so we can have proper mats for the drift boats*).
Hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglassses, Rain jacket
Montana fishing license
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
Yes, cancel for free up to 60 days before the trip.
Where to Buy a Fishing LicenseFind out more about licenses here.
Bighorn 3 Mile Access, Saint Xavier, MT, USA | Bodies of water fished: Bighorn River