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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 work with you to determine the best part of the season to plan your dream fly fishing getaway in beautiful Montana!
Nearly 700 miles of continuous crystal clear water springing high in the Rocky Mountains and offering 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 and beyond. 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, and Rocky Mountain Whitefish in a variety of waters from deep pools to shallow pebble sandbars. 75 feet to 300 feet wide and lined with towering cottonwood trees and aspens, the Yellowstone is expansive and best fished while floating. There are some big rainbows and browns in this section downstream from Yellowstone Park. The current is swift but an abundance of riffles and calmer corners are great for finding hidden wall-hangers.
60 miles of fresh mountain water spring originates in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, flowing north from above Yellowstone National Park to its confluence with 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. Belying its natural beauty, ‘A River Runs Through It” and “The Horse Whisperer” were filmed in this country, as well as in and around 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 classic fast flowing, freestone water with big rewards in terms of rainbows and browns on the lower sections, and cutthroat trout higher up. 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 Yellowstone National Park, the Stillwater meanders through the Custer National Forest, past the towns of Nye and Absarokee, meeting the Yellowstone River at the confluence near Columbus. Hefty fish in numbers are found in these waters, with plenty of Mountain Whitefish. Rainbows and Browns common and the further upstream, the more likely you are to land 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.