Fly Fishing Guide Service

Our Montana fly fishing guide service can help you enjoy the best of the Big Sky country

Montana fly fishing guide service

Backcountry Angler's Montana fly fishing guide service has a select staff of professional guides that can ensure you a quality experience while fishing on our famous waters for truly wild trout. All of our guides have been hand picked for their overall level of experience and skill, patience, and instructional abilities. We are licensed, insured, and one of the largest authorized holders of special use permits on the restricted waters of the Beaverhead and Big Hole Rivers. We also are one of the few outfitters holding permits to fish the pristine waters in the Beaverhead National Forest. Float fishing is the most productive method to fish our blue ribbon streams. Our fly fishing guides utilize drift boats as well as rafts. 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.

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Float trips are accentuated by a tasty streamside lunch. We offer packaged trips that include guided fishing and lodging at our new river lodge. For the best fly fishing adventure in Southwestern Montana we suggest our 5-day Packages. Our western lodge is very comfortable and convenient. We guide on the famous Beaverhead River, Big Hole River, Madison River, Ruby River, Clark Canyon Reservoir, Poindexter Slough, and private waters. We also fish mountain lakes and streams that are perfect for the novice or those that want a wilderness experience and solitude. We fish for grayling and west slope cutthroat trout on our backcountry trips.

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Fall Big Hole River Brown trout

Tom Smith is the Head Outfitter

Your host Tom Smith, grew up fly fishing and has guided professionally in Southwest Montana since the early 80's . He is one of the most experienced Outfitters in Montana guiding over 100 days most years. The Fly Fishing business has been his only occupation since starting his career in the 70's. He has also guided in the Florida Keys for a number of years for Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit. He is a licensed Montana Outfitter and has been a Captain licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. Tom is the head outfitter for Backcountry Angler, working with a select staff of professional guides to ensure for you a quality fly fishing experience.

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