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If you are planning an adventure there is no time to start like present! We can’t wait to get started on making your dream fly fishing vacation in Montana a reality. Please reach out to us with any questions and we will be happy to answer them. We are passionate about what we do at Big Timber Fly Fishing and would love to visit with you. We will talk you through determining the best part of the season to plan your dream fly fishing getaway in beautiful Montana!
Nearly 700 miles of continuous crystal clear water (May–June being the exception) springing high in the Rocky Mountains and some of the best blue-ribbon trout fishing. Cast a fly on 200 miles of dam-free “blue ribbon stream” from Yellowstone National Park to the Boulder River (see below) confluence right here in Big Timber. Bragging rights for fishing on the longest free flowing river in the lower 48 states.
Unobstructed flow means fish are free to move about the waters uninterrupted, providing a genuine experience for the anglers. Expect to catch brown trout, rainbow trout, native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, Rocky Mountain Whitefish, and Brookies in a variety of waters from deep pools to shallow pebble sandbars. 75 feet to 300 feet wide and lined with big cottonwood trees and aspens, the Yellowstone is expansive and best fished while floating. There are some big rainbows and Browns near downstream from Yellowstone Park. The current is swift but calmer tributaries are great for finding hidden wall-hangers.
60 miles of fresh mountain water spring originates in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, flowing north from Yellowstone National Park to the Yellowstone River near Big Timber. Much like the name implies, the Boulder is rugged and full of adventure. Another “blue-ribbon stream” with zero obstructions—unless you count Natural Bridge.
In early June water flows over the naturally formed rock “bridge” where years and years of constant pressure from the raging waters have carved rock canyons leading to the beautiful Boulder River valley. A River Runs Through It and The Horse Whisperer were filmed up the Boulder, as well as in the town of Big Timber.
The Boulder has a limited floating season and once the water becomes too shallow is wading only. This river is intense with big rewards in Cutthroats, rainbows, and Browns. You definitely want a guide who knows the ropes on this course.
Another world-class fishing tributary of the Yellowstone, the Stillwater is approximately 70 miles long and full of hidden gems. Originating in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness near the Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park, the Stillwater meanders through the Custer National Forest, past Nye and Absarokee and meets the Yellowstone River at the confluence near Columbus. More prize-winning fish are found in these waters, along with plenty of Mountain Whitefish. Rainbows and Browns are most common but the further upstream, the more likely to see a Cutthroat or Brookie. Springtime brings rainbow trout to the Stillwater from the Yellowstone to spawn and can be found upstream as far as Nye. In the autumn, Brown Trout spawn in the Stillwater.
Three world-renowned rivers in our backyard means plenty of access to exclusive ponds, creeks, etc. We have established relationships with landowners to ensure a unique experience you won’t find with just any fly fishing outfit.