Why Fish with Backcountry Angler?

Tom Smith's Backcountry Angler Montana fly fishing lodge in Dillon is in close proximity to some of the most famous Southwestern trout streams the lower 48 have to offer: the Beaverhead River, the Big Hole River, the Madison River, and the Ruby River. We fish from mid-April through mid-October.Our rivers are legendary and your experience will be also. Come Join us!
Our cottonwood, evergreen and willow lined streams produce prolific hatches of Caddis flies, Mayflies, Stoneflies, Salmon flies, and Midges as well as Terrestrials. Come test your fly fishing skills against truly wild trout.
Our select staff of professional guides can ensure a quality experience while fishing on our famous waters for truly wild trout. We cater to the experienced as well as the intermediate or novice angler. Float fishing is the most productive method to fish our blue ribbon streams. Your guide with years of expertise will position the boat to give you the best possible cast into the finest holding water. You will also wade fish the most productive runs and riffles. Float trips are accentuated by a tasty streamside lunch. For the best trout fishing adventure we suggest our 5 day/6 night package.
April, May and October can be great fishing while enjoying a solitary experience. However, storms are possible. In the spring hungry trout come alive with the warming waters. The spring can be some of the best fishing of the year with early Caddis, Mayfly, and Stonefly hatches . October is the time that the big Brown trout get more aggressive and the cottonwood trees change into brilliant colors. It is a special time to fish our waters and watch the native wildlife.

Seasons of the Trout

Spring Spectacular

April 15 until 3rd Saturday May

Early Season with few anglers, fish are not educated, one of the most productive numbers of fish caught throughout the year. Beaverhead, Clark Canyon Reservoir, Madison, Big Hole, high Mountain Lakes for Grayling and high mountain lakes at their best.

Big Trout Bonanza

Third Sat. May through June 15

Upper Beaverhead opens third Saturday of May. After opening weekend time period can be the most productive for Big Fish on the upper Beaverhead. When the water levels are right on the Big Hole this is when we catch the largest fish of the season. Salmon Flies come off June 1 to June 20th depending upon run-off on the Big Hole. High Mountain Grayling fishing. Great fishing before the summer vacationer shows-up.

Summer Hatch Heaven

June15 through July 31

Most productive time for consistent hatches, great weather, Salmon Flies, PMD’s Yellow Sallies.

Dry Fly Days

August 1 through September 15

Dry Fly Time - Hoppers, Tricos, Crane Flies, Great weather, fish looking up. Most consistent fair weather. Fewer people than July – Great time period.

Fall Fantasy

September 15 through October

Great fishing, fall colors, solitary experience, Streamers, Beatis & Nymphs - one of our favorite times of the year.

Montana Fly Fishing Shop

Backcountry Angler has a full service fly shop. We are an authorized dealer of top-of-the-line equipment to supply all your fly fishing needs including Sage, Simms, Ross, Scientific Angler Mastery, Rio, Redington as well as other quality brands. This includes a large selection of flies as well as equipment and clothing. Not all equipment is created equal. It takes someone being on the water every day to truly know what is good and what is bad. We’ve seen it all. The worse thing that can happen is to go on a fishing trip and not be able to rely on your equipment. We can guide you through your purchases like no one else. We have a lifetime of experience with which to help you.

Dillon Montana Bed & Breakfast

Located within walking distance to amenities our Dillon Montana Bed & Breakfast is also close to famous fly fishing waters. Backcountry Angler can provide lodging for non-guided guests and travelers at our Fly Shop Inn with advance notice. The cabin can house up to 3 individuals in each private suite. Each suite has 2 bedrooms/sitting rooms, kitchen, private bath, air conditioning, gas fireplace, gas range, refrigerator, microwave, 3 queen beds, 1 twin bed, satellite TV, WIFI, ceiling fans, wooden porch with sitting area, custom tile, and native Douglas Fir log work.

 
 

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