Montana Dream Trip

Destination Overview

For many years western Montana has been the Camelot of fly fishing for fishermen from around the world.  We at Wild On The Fly have enjoyed countless trips to the big sky state to fish its amazing waters and over the years we’ve had the opportunity to know the state’s most productive waters and its best guides and by far we have been the most impressed by the program provided by the Ed Lawrence Fly Fishing Outfit.  During your stay, Ed will put you on Montana’s three most productive blue ribbon waters, the Yellowstone, Missouri and Madison, where you will have the chance to catch some of the largest Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroat in the lower 48.


This is your opportunity to cast flies to thousands of wild, not hatchery-raised, trout: the rainbows, browns, and native Cutthroat that populate three blue ribbon streams. That’s a lot of fishing packed into a three or four day package.  If you are an experienced Montana angler, you will enjoy the great fishing that you’ve come to expect during a Montana trip, plus have a chance to learn new techniques and skills that Ed’s experienced guides will be happy to teach. If you are a first timer, you will have an opportunity to fish on and learn about three of the most fabled waters in the US plus cross those three rivers off of your bucket list.


At a Glance
  • Target Fish: Rainbow, Browns & Cutthroat

  • Location: Bozeman & Helena

  • Seasons: All year

  • Lodge Capacity: 12

  • Nearest Airport: Bozeman MT

Fishing Program
Yellowstone/Madison River Package

The Yellowstone, the longest un-dammed river in the Lower 48, has such a wide variety of habitat that it offers excellent dry fly fishing, as well as sub-surface fishing with nymphs and streamers.

You will float sections of the river along a 95-mile stretch between Yellowstone National Park and Big Timber, where the trout population ranges between 1,300-2,000 trout per mile. During early spring months (April – May), you’ll cast for big Browns using streamers, sculpins, rubber-legs, and tiny nymphs. In early May, the Mother’s Day caddis hatch may bring the opportunity to toss a dry fly.  Then, with runoff typically over by early July, life becomes days of fishing with double nymph rigs, dry – droppers and, by late July, ‘hoppers, which we fish into September. Then, when temps cool in late September, it’s back to exciting fishing with those big streamers.   


The Madison River, one of Montana’s most famous blue ribbon tail waters, is populated by 2,500 wild trout per mile.  Your drift boat will cover sections of a stretch flowing between Yellowstone National Park and Ennis that is often referred to as a 24 mile long riffle. There are literally thousands of rocks and boulders behind which the trout lay in wait for something delectable to eat.

The season starts with the streamer fishing in April, followed by the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch. By June we’re fishing Golden Stones, Stimulators, and a vast array of tiny nymphs; grasshoppers arrive mid-summer and we fish ‘em through September. As with our other streams, fishermen who prefer the challenge of fishing with streamers begin arriving in mid – September to toss big bugs to big fish.


Missouri River Package

When the Missouri River finally emerges from Holter Dam, it creates the beginning of a 30-miles long stretch of water that looks like a giant spring creek, that is perhaps the best trout habitat in Montana.

The Mo fishes like you’ve found the keys to the hatchery. Near the town of Craig, state fisheries crews recently estimated the Missouri River held 5,194 Rainbow Trout per mile that were greater than 10 inches long. In that same section they estimated that there were 745 Brown Trout that were 10 inches or longer per mile.  Between the Brown Trout and the Rainbows there are approximately a whopping 6000 fish per mile!


The MO’s fish aren’t dumb and you’ll need to match their appetite, which usually leans towards size 16-18 nymphs and dry flies. Consistent hatches of PMD's, Caddis, Tricos, BWO's and Midges bring these selective trout to the surface. You can find pods of fish sipping or solitary risers eating dries throughout most of the year. Of course, a San Juan worm may work in early spring, and a streamer is the right choice for fall. But during peak months odds are excellent that you’ll be tossing small dries, perhaps with a dropper and, in mid-late summer, a ‘hopper.

It’s trout fishing at its finest.


Sample Itinerary for both packages  

After a freshly cooked breakfast at the motel, you and your guide will head to the day’s destination. You’ll cover 7 – 9 miles of water in a 16-foot drift boat with an experienced guide who has been plying these waters for years. That means you will be positioned to fish the best water, with stops to fish the pockets. We’ll find a comfortable spot for a streamside lunch, spend the afternoon looking for trout, and have you back to your lodging in time for an early dinner.

Best Fly Fishing Seasons

May through October


Holiday Inn Express - Bozeman-Madison River/Yellowstone River package

Holiday Inn Express - Hellena-Missouri River package


Rooms will be fresh, clean, and well -appointed with firm mattresses, flat screen TVs, WiFi. You’ll start the day with a freshly cooked breakfast!

On Site Amenities and Activities Include
  • Satellite TV and VCR

  • Wi-Fi/internet access

  • Close to many pubs and restaurants

  • Non fly fishing activities: visit historical sites, shopping, pub crawling

  • Hot breakfast at motel

Getting There

Many domestic flights are available to Bozeman and Helena.  Hotel shuttle will take you to the hotel where you will spend the night.  The following morning your guide will pick you up at the hotel and return you that evening.



All rates are based on double occupancy and two persons per boat/guide. Breakfast is provided by the hotel.  Not included are alcoholic beverages, and dinner.


Yellowstone/Madison Rivers package

Four nights lodging, three days guided fishing   $1,250 per person

Five nights lodging, four days guided fishing        $1,650 per person

Missouri River package

Four nights lodging, three days guided fishing   $1,250 per person

Five nights lodging, four days guided fishing        $1,650 per person

To book any of our trips give us a call to start the process