Maps & Locations

How to get to Tom Smith's Backcountry Angler

By road take Interstate 15 to the Dillon South exit # 62 to business route 15 in Dillon. We are located 3 blocks north of the Western Montana University campus. The nearest airports are Butte(60 miles), Bozeman (112 miles), and Idaho Falls (150miles). Dillon has an airport with a paved runway for private planes.

US domestic airlines serving Bozeman and Butte:

United Airlines/United Express/Sky West 1-800-864-8331
Northwest Airlines 1-800-225-2525
Delta Airlines 1-800-221-1212
Alaska Airlines 1-800-252-7522
Horizon Air 1-800-547-9308
Big Sky Airlines 1-800-237-7788

Rental Car Information is available through the Airport Sites

Bozeman Airport Information Butte Airport Information Dillon Airport Information

Equipment Recommendations


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 ree.


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.

Fishing License

May be purchased online Click here for Online Licenses or available in the fly shop upon arrival.


Camera, dry bag