1What to Bring?


The Rocky Mountain West is noted for weather changes throughout the day. Hot and dry to cold and wet throughout the fishing season. Below is a list of items to bring or buy at our fully outfitted fly shop. Click for Fly Shop Call and we will set items aside for your trip.

Waders, NON-CLEATED boots, shorts or wading pants, long-sleeve fishing shirt, polarized sunglasses, rain gear, brimmed hat, under wader wear, warm socks, layering outerwear, extra clothing, gloves

Rods, Reels & Line

8'6" to 9'6" length 4-6 weights with a floating quality line and reel.


Backcountry Angler will help you with your selection upon your arrival. We have all the patterns necessary to fish our waters throughout the season. Conditions vary from day to day and from river to river making prior selection impossible. We use many local patterns. Please see our hatch chart under Montana Fly Fishing Report for an approximation time of specific pattern use.

Tippet & Leaders

We carry a full selection. Sizes will vary dependent on time of year and conditions.

2How to purchase a fishing license?
May be purchased online Click here for Online Licenses or available in the fly shop upon arrival.
3When is the best time to fish in Montana?
“Whenever you can get here” From our River Lodge we are very fortunate to have many different waters to choose from at different elevations plus a trophy tailwater fishery and quality spring creeks. Therefore, we always have a good place to fish no matter what the conditions. We start fishing in April and fish through October.
4Why 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. 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.
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