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Fly-Fishing in Montana
Fly-fishing on the Madison River, Montana
Fly-fishing on the Madison River, Montana (Karl Weatherly/Photodisc/Getty)

7. Fly-Fishing in Montana
Dozens of fabled rivers in Montana attract anglers from all over the planet. Two of its famed "blue ribbon" streams, brimming with trout and surrounded by Rocky Mountain vistas, are the Madison and Flathead rivers.

Close to Yellowstone National Park, the Madison River features wild rainbow and brown trout that hide out amid its islands, eddies, and undercut banks. Wade on your own, fish from a drift boat, or raft with the help of a professional guide, such as Brian Kimmel or one of his crew at Shadow of a Trout, based in Bozeman. Half- and full-day float trips start at $225 for one person or $250 for two. Nearby Ennis has accommodations ranging from simple motel rooms to cabins, B&Bs, and classic log-timbered lodges.

Alternatively, the three forks of the Flathead in northwestern Montana make up a unique river fed by glacial run-off flowing out of the Bob Marshall/Great Bear Wilderness and adjacent to Glacier National Park. The prizes here are cutthroat, wild rainbow, and indigenous brook trout, as well as large bull trout. There are excellent outfitters and lodging in Kalispell and Whitefish.

Get more fishing-friendly travel ideas from's Fly-fishing Guide.

Published: 7 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 14 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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