Montana Fly Fishing Information

Montana Fishing Licenses

A Montana fishing license can be purchased through The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks which has long been regarded as one of the best state run organizations in the country. Not only do they help maintain our fisheries, they do alot to promote fly fishing in Montana. One of the ways the FWP achieves this is by providing licenses at a relatively affordable fee for the non-resisdent and resident Montana angler.

2018 Montana Fishing Regulations

Understanding the current Montana fishing regulations is an important part of being a responsible and conscious angler. Fly Fishing in Montana is one of the states largest outdoor recreation economies. We depend on it for the health of our tourism in Montana. Much of our success would not be possible without the efforts of the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Montana Fishing Seasons

The Montana Fishing Season typically runs from about March 1st through about November 1st. These are the prime months for fly fishing in Montana, although we really fish year-round. Spring is a wonderful time around here. As temperatures start to warm and the days grow longer, we start seeing our first significant mayfly and caddis hatches. The fish haven't seen much pressure for many months and are ready to eat something besides midges!

Madison River Flows

The Madison River flows can vary day to day and season to season. Typically, the Madison River flows are at their highest during the spring runoff when the snow melts and water is rapidly released from Hebgen Dam and Ennis Lake. The length and severity of the spring runoff is determined by the snowpack each year. One thing for certain, fishing during the runoff does not suck. Don't be fooled by this misconception. The lowest flows on the Madison River are experienced in the late summer and dead of winter.

Madison River Shuttle Services

Trout Stalkers works closely with the best Madison River shuttle companies to provide our clients with a safe and reliable way to shuttle your rig down river. The cost of a shuttle service on the Madison River varies slightly depending on the location of your put-in and take-out. However the going rate is about $30/shuttle. We encourage you to book your shuttles the night before you fish as the demand for a shuttle becomes much higher during the hours of 9 am and 12pm. To book a shuttle you can always contact Trout Stalkers or stop by the shop to fill out a shuttle form.