Winter on the Fly
A fly fishing trip in Montana sits near the top of every angler’s bucket list and to the surprise of many, the winter months can be one of the most productive times to fish. Winter is also the time of year when Montana’s fisheries see the least amount of pressure, so it isn’t uncommon to fish all day without running into another angler. Whether you’re looking to hire a guide or head out on your own, these world-class winter fishing opportunities produce, snow or shine.
The Gallatin River Canyon
Thanks to a high concentration of natural spring activity, the Canyon stretch of the Gallatin River flows 365 days a year. Since this section of river runs parallel to Highway 191, public access is plentiful and you’re likely to get into fish within minutes of parking your car. Guides and Information: www.eastslopeoutdoors.com
The Madison River
Boasting nearly 100 miles of open water, the Madison is arguably the region’s largest winter fishery. During wintertime midge hatches, huge pods of rainbow trout sip tiny dry flies, providing enough action to drive any dry-fly aficionado crazy. Guides and Information: www.finsandfeathersonline.com
DePuy Spring Creek
Easy walking and technical fishing are the name of the game at DePuy Spring Creek, located just outside of Livingston. Especially convenient for winter fishing, the management at DePuy Ranch has constructed several strategically-located warming huts on the property to help you to get the most out of your day on the water. Being private property, DePuy does charge a rod fee, but the rates are at their lowest during the winter months. Guides and Information: www.depuyspringcreek.com