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OUR HOME WATERS

The Madison

The Madison River is our home stream and we spend a good part of the season on this body of water. The Upper Madison runs through the town of Ennis, Montana, our home base and jumping off point for amazing fly fishing in every direction. Join us for a day or two on one of the world most diverse and famous fly fishing destinations, the Madison River.

The Madison

Affectionately known as the 50 mile riffle, the Madison is a fast, mostly shallow river that carves its way down from the alpine regions of Yellowstone National Park through a dramatic wide glacial valley into a beautiful braided section of river with lots of channels and undercut banks, and eventually into Ennis Lake, just a few miles from town. The Madison river is world famous for its unmatched natural beauty and hard fighting rainbow and brown trout. Fishing from the boat is our primary tactic and we cast dries, streamers and nymphs to the banks and riffles, in search of hungry trout. Fish in the 18″-22″ class are fairly common with a two footer being a exceptional trophy.

Location Downtown Ennis, Montana
Species: Brown, Rainbow and Cutbow Trout
Methods: Drifting, Wading, Dries, Streamers and Nymph Fishing

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The Missouri

Follow the path of Lewis and Clark and explore the amazing fishery that is the Missouri River. Starting at the confluence of the Gallatin, Jefferson and Madison rivers in Three Forks, Montana. The Mighty Mo, as it is affectionately known, flows through a chain of lakes as it slowly meanders its way to NE through Montana, before it enters into North Dakota.

The Missouri

The Missouri is our home away from home.  The Mo is a great fishery almost year round, but we focus our fishing efforts here from April – Mid July. Then again in September and October. Because of the impressive size and volume of the Missouri River, we primarily fish this from our RO drift boats. Anchoring above rising pods of fish or nymph fishing on the fly as we make our way down river. The stretch of river that we fish the most is out of Craig, Montana. Starting below the dam at Holter lake, this is a classic western tailwater. Long shallow flats, slow sweeping bends, weedy buckets and channels dominate the nature of the river.

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The Gallatin

The Gallatin River is an amazingly scenic river - winding through high alpine meadows, dropping into the rocky Gallatin Canyon, and flowing out into the Gallatin Valley. It is an exceptionally popular fly fishing destination for rainbow trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish. Portions of the river are designated as a Blue Ribbon trout stream, the remainder designated Red Ribbon by the Montana Fish & WiIdlife.

The Gallatin

The Gallatin is a classic western  freestone river with braids, riffles, runs,  and pocket water. We fish the stretch below the Gallatin Canyon through the Gallatin valley, down to the confluence of the Missouri River. On the lower stretches of the river, we like to float it in our RO drift boat, getting out to wade the side channels and big bends in the river. The Gallatin can fish well almost year round except during the peak of the run off and the coldest months in the winter. Some of the most productive fishing will be done with nypmhs, but good dry fly fishing can also be had during the hatches.

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The Jefferson

The Jefferson river is one of the three main rivers that create the Missouri River. It forms at the confluence of the Big Hole, Beaverhead and Ruby Rivers in Twin Bridges, Montana. The Jefferson is another one of Montanas legendary rivers. It holds many hidden gems beneath its under cuts and willow chocked banks. The Jefferson makes it way north through a beautiful agricultural valley with scenic mountain vistas all around.

The Jefferson

The Jefferson fishes best early and late in the season with streamers and dries. We try to avoid the Jefferson during the heat of the summer. The river is not known for large populations of fish, but holds some incredibly massive brown trout for those anglers looking to put in the work hunting for them. The Jefferson in located in the heart of Montana ranch country and has limited river access sites. So we like to float the river in our RO drift boats casting to the banks and riffles, holding hungry trout. These floats can be long so expect a long day on the water. Join us for a day on the Jefferson River and possibly land the brown trout of a lifetime.
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The Yellowstone

The Yellowstone is a spectacular big western river. It is also the longest un-dammed river in the country, with unmatched scenery and natural beauty. The Yellowstone river meanders out of Yellowstone park, down through the Paradise Valley and out into the Yellowstone prairie. It is lined with cottonwoods and willow chocking banks and dressed in spectacular mountain backdrops.

The Yellowstone

We like to fish this out of our RO drift boat, and while we fish both from the boat we also stop to wade the many productive side channels in the river. We fish the Yellowstone river from above Emigrant, Montana all the way to Big Timber Montana, approx. 100 miles of river. The Yellowstone can produce some big hatches and some spectacular dry fly fishing in the pre-runoff months of March and April and then again in the fall. During the summer when the river clears, big dries and big droppers are the norm and it’s a spectacular site to see a big Yellowstone River Cutthroat come up and eat your stonefly pattern.
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The Ruby

The Ruby River is one of Montanas lesser known rivers, but is a spectacular fishery that should not be overlooked. It is much smaller in size and our go to river to escape and do a little wade fishing. The Ruby river although smaller in stature holds some hefty brown and rainbow trout. Many undercut banks and willow chocked bends will hold large browns in search of a well placed dry fly.

The Ruby

The Ruby River is one of Montanas lesser known rivers, but is a spectacular fishery that should not be overlooked. It is much smaller in size and our go to river to escape and do a little wade fishing. The Ruby river, although smaller in stature, holds some hefty brown and rainbow trout.

Many undercut banks and willow chocked bend will hold large browns in search of a well placed dry fly. Streamer fishing can be very effective for these fish as well. Be prepared for a lot of walking on the Ruby. Access is limited and we have to do a little hiking to get into the best waters. Rainbow and brown trout in the 14” to 18” class are common with fish of 20” to be considered trophy class.

Location: 45 Minutes west of Ennis Montana
Species: Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout
Methods: Wade Fishing, Dries and Streamers

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