Flowing from the Montana/Idaho border, the Bitterroot River offers any fly fishing angler access to incredible fishing. The river is home to wild Cutthroat, Rainbow and Brown trout, all of which will readily take a dry fly, streamer or nymph. For its’ entire 85 mile length, the Bitterroot River offers incredible scenery, solitude and fantastic fly fishing.Float and fish, while looking deep into canyons and peaks of the Bitterroot/ Selway Wilderness. Much of this river is permitted to maintain the aesthetic integrity of the waterway. We are fortunate to have a permit to share this fantastic Montana river with our guests. Join us to follow in the steps of Lewis and Clark, and we’ll show you the beauty of this part of western Montana.
Best Bugs: skwalas, green drakes, caddis, ant/hopper, trico, baetits, hecuba.
Steeped in amazing history, revered for its’ beauty and native trout, the Blackfoot River offers fly angling adventures to suit any skill level. It is home to wild cutthroat and rainbow trout. It is also one of the last strongholds for the magnificent Bull trout. Our special permit allows our guides to provide tailored float trips along the entire 75 mile length. It is host to incredible dry fly hatches and the trout come eagerly to inhale a salmon fly or mayfly pattern. We also enjoy strong streamer fishing at the proper times. A gentle mix of whitewater and long placid pools, the Blackfoot river is a fly angler’s dream. Oh yeah, and there are a few Grizzly bears…
Best Bugs: skwala, salmonflies, golden stoneflies, green drakes, ant/hopper, trico, October caddis, baetis.
If you have always thought that fly fishing in lakes was boring Georgetown Lake might convince you otherwise. Perched in the Pintlar Mountains above Philipsburg, Montana, this lake is shrouded in great Montana scenery. From ice-out to the first freeze, Georgetown offers the fly fisherman great dry fly fishing for rainbow trout and big brook trout. Most of the fly fishing we do is in less than three feet of water, making it very visual. At Renegade Fly Fishing Outfitters, we want you to experience this unique fly fishing adventure. Make fly fishing the Georgetown Lake one of your bucket list adventures, and allow us to make it unforgettable!
Key hatches on Georgetown Lake include damselflies, traveling sedge and callibaetis. Fly fishing on Georgetown Lake should be a consideration for any angler on a multi-day Montana fly fishing vacation.
The Clark Fork River is the largest river by volume in Montana. With over 250 miles of prime fly fishing water, it offers an angler a multitude of opportunities to catch wild Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout. From it’s headwaters near Butte, Montana to it’s confluence with the Flathead River near St, Regis, Montana, the scenic Clark Fork River is rarely crowded, gentle and very dry fly friendly. We love to share this incredible fly fishing river with our guests and it has become a perennial favorite for many of them. Beginning with the Skwala hatch in march and ending with October baetis hatches, it never ceases to amaze us with its resiliency and rising trout.
Best Bugs: midge, skwala, gray drake, willow stone, PMD, ant/hopper, trico, fall, drake, baetis.
It was once nick-named “Montana’s largest spring creek”. That is true, but the Missouri river often behaves like a freestone river. Technically the Missouri river begins near the town of Three Forks, Montana at confluence the Jefferson river, Madison river and Gallatin river. Our main fly fishing trips focus on the river below Holter dam, near the towns of Wolf Creek, Montana and Craig, Montana. The mayfly and caddis hatches are very prolific, the streamer fishing can be excellent and the Missouri river can be a great option when other Montana rivers are “blown out” due to spring snowmelt. It is not uncommon to see pods of dozens of rising Rainbow and Brown trout sipping tricos, gobbling caddis and midges or slamming hopper patterns. The Missouri river is a great place to spend a day or two with one of our guides.
Best Bugs: midge, baetis, skwala, caddis, PMD, caddis, ant/hopper, baetis, midge.
Born high in the Pintlar mountains near Philipsburg, Montana, Rock creek flows 100 miles to its confluence with the Clark Fork river near Missoula, Montana. All of the forks of Rock creek afford the wade angler great chances at incredible dry fly fishing in the summer. But, our main focus on Rock creek is from where the middle and east forks meat the west fork, for it is here that the best fly fishing begins. Much of the length of Rock creek is permitted by the United States Forest Service and we are so lucky to have access to one of the coveted permits. There is also a section of Rock creek that lies outside of the permitted portion, and we offer trips there as well.
Rock creek is a dry fly anglers paradise- salmonflies, golden stones, green drakes and caddis will give the dry fly angler a chance to have a day of fly fishing memories that will last a lifetime. The river is a mix of fast riffles, boulder-strewn whitewater and gentle runs that will keep the fly angler, and non-angler, focused on the natural beauty that is western Montana. Essentially, the area is roadless and we offer these trips to our guests that will appreciate the natural beauty of the area. Please book this one early, as the June dates fill up usually a year in advance.
Best Bugs: skwala, gray drake, salmon fly, golden stone, green drake, spruce moth, ant/hopper, October caddis, baetis.
The Big Hole River is one of those rivers that you should probably float before you die. To say that the fly fishing and scenery are fantastic would be a gross understatement. This is a wonderfully diverse fishery- Grayling, Brook, Rainbow and Brown trout occupy the riffles for its entire length. From the Wisdom, Montana area the Big Hole River passes through expansive meadow and pasture ground. It falls into a a narrow valley above the town of Divide, Montana and continues through gorgeous cottonwood tree bottoms. The river becomes quite braided and the current slows. Big dries and streamers will usually get the job done on the lower stretches of the river. Our Big Hole River limited permit allows to access this incredible fishery. This river fishes best from mid-April to early October. Join us for a few days on the Big Hole. It’s just one of those things ya gotta do. This is also a great combination trip when fishing on the Upper Bitterroot river. Contact us today to discuss plans for a multi-river package together for your family or fishing partners.
Best Bugs: skwala, caddis, salmon fly , golden stone, spruce moth, ant/hopper, trico, baetis.
What a great dry fly river! Wow! This is the place for hoppers in the summer and streamers in the fall. By August the traffic from Yellowstone Park thins out, the water gets clear and the fish get nuts for the big dry. We typically fish from just above Livingston to nearly Billings. In our opinion, this is the best section of this river. If you like to float big river for BIG trout, then this could be your new paradise. Contact us to discuss fish/stay in Livingston, Montana or Big Timber, Montana.