Whether you are an avid fly fisherman or a novice seeking a new way to spend time in the great outdoors, our Missoula guides will suit your needs and we’ll make sure you have the right person. Come join us for a guided Missoula fly fishing Montana trip. It’s worth the money and you’ll learn a ton.
Adventure Missoula offers full day and half day trips on the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and other Western Montana rivers where we employ drift boats or small sport rafts outfitted to navigate these rivers. We also specialize in whitewater fishing.
Our rivers are noted for Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brown and Bull trout, while neighboring forest banks provide views of deer, elk, beaver, osprey, eagles, kingfisher, geese, and the occasional moose.
Let your guide choose what river is best depending on conditions, weather, and angler pressure. Book our Missoula Half Day Fishing Trip or Full Day Fishing Trip and we’ll get in touch in advance of your trip to discuss custom tailoring your Missoula fly fishing trip.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What rivers do you guide?
Adventure Missoula guides on the Clarkfork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot Rivers. We guide from boats to navigate our guests to the best spots. From there they may wade or continue float fishing. It’s much more productive and better for the stream health. For more information on our Missoula guided fly fishing trips, check out our guided fishing trips.
What is Missoula like?
Missoula is a town of just over 70,000 people. In Montana, it’s considered a liberal big city. Although Missoula has this good size population it retains it’s small town feel. Plenty of restaurants, bars, music venues, and shops make it a great vacation destination for anyone in the family to fish and enjoy the surrounding area. Check out our page on things to do in Missoula.
Can you recommend lodging?
We work with a few great hotels in town. View some of our packages and their accommodations.
What’s a typical guide day look like?
Guides days start at the Adventure Missoula shop from 6 am – 9 am Mountain Standard Time depending on the time of year or we will pick you up! The hotter the day the earlier we’ll meet or later in the afternoon or early evening. You’ll meet your guide, talk about the day and where you’re headed. We suggest you let your guide choose which river you fish on, based on conditions and hatches. The guide will then take you to the river for the day. A full day is around 8 hours and a half day is 4-5 hours. You’ll have lunch on the river (full days only) with the guide (if you have any dietary restrictions please let us know). At the end of the day, the guide will bring you back to your lodging/hotel.
What kind of fish do we fish for?
We fish for Westslope Cutthroat, Rainbow Trout, Cuttbow’s (mix of Cutthroat and Rainbows) and Brown Trout. We do have whitefish, pikeminnow and bull trout, which we do not target. Pike have been emerging on the Clark Fork River.
What is provided on a guided trip?
We provide transportation to and from the river or you may meet at our private river shop, flies, rods, reels, tippet, lunch (full days) snacks (half days) soft drinks and water are provided. Our trips are customized for our guests and private for one to two people. In some cases, a third boat rider can be accommodated depending on trip and boat set up.
What is not provided on a guided trip?
We do not provide a Montana fishing License or alcoholic drinks. Some of our guides have extra waders/boots. You can buy licenses online in advance of your trip.
What do I need to bring on a Missoula guided fly fishing trip?
To have the best possible day on the water you’ll need to bring a few things from home. Dress properly depending on the weather. Spring and fall you’ll want to dress in layers and bring rain gear, whether it be your waders or rain pants and a jacket. Gloves and a stocking cap are always good just in case. In the summer you’ll want to bring a fleece or light jacket for the mornings, shoes you don’t mind getting wet (sandals work great) and a rain jacket. For all trips: polarized sunglasses, hat/visor, and sunscreen are a must as is your fishing license.
Is fly fishing on my own near Missoula possible?
There are seven rivers within two hours of our shop.
The Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers are only an hour drive east of our Adventure Missoula river shop, located on the Clark Fork River at Cyr, MT Exit 70. Rock Creek, a blue ribbon stream is one and half hours drive east, only 30 minutes outside of historic Missoula and the St. Regis River and Fish Creek are both 15 minutes from our shop. Another blue ribbon fly fishing creek, Kelly Creek is one a half hour drive from Superior, as is the St. Joe River in Idaho. And don’t forget the Clark Fork River, plenty of trout and our shop is only footsteps away from the river. Give us a call to talk about the big one. You’ll never forget Missoula fly fishing in Montana; and you’ll probably be back.
So, not only do we have 3 major rivers, but we have countless tributaries of those rivers that run the gamut in size from 50 feet wide to jump across size. In fact, there is more trout water within a 1 ½ hour drive from Missoula than any other place in Montana, maybe even the west. Missoula is an amazing place and we love sharing it with our guests.
We closed our fly shop a few years ago because our guides provide all gear and we noticed our customers sourcing their flies from major labels and simply booking their trips online. We do have some great gear at our rustic retail shop on the river. Stop in and say hello if you are out there!