Fly Fishing Vacations

Bozeman, Montana Fly Fishing Vacations

Does not include pre & post-trip lodging, guide & camp staff gratuities, fishing licenses, or alcohol.
Fly Fishing Vacations

Bozeman, Montana
Fly Fishing Vacations

Montana Fly Fishing Guides

Bozeman is situated in a beautiful mountain valley in southwestern Montana, north of Yellowstone National Park. Mountains surround the Gallatin Valley – Gallatin and Madison Ranges to the south, Tobacco Roots and the Elkhorn Mountains to the west, Big Belts to the north, and the Bridger Range to the northeast. It’s become one of the trendiest towns in America with a burgeoning population and construction boom, with over 55,000 residents and 122,000 in Gallatin County. Home to Montana State University and the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman’s art and culture, eclectic dining, nightlife, and shopping offer plenty of diversity. With limitless fishing and outdoor activities nearby, Bozeman’s location is ideal for a Montana fly fishing vacation for friends and family.

Nearby mountains and broad valleys are home to world-renowned rivers such as the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson, which merge at Three Forks forming the Missouri River. Smaller mountain streams and spring creeks feed these rivers. Float the famous Madison River, wade fish the Gallatin’s sparkling currents, or strip streamers in the Jefferson for leviathan browns. Head over Bozeman Pass and float the Yellowstone River’s fabled waters or try your luck on one of Paradise Valley’s challenging spring creeks. Take a break from your ski trip to Big Sky on a mild day for some winter or early spring Montana fly fishing. Plentiful fishing opportunities are within reach of Bozeman from February through October.   

Enjoy superb breakfasts at Storm Castle Café, Main Street Overeasy, Western Café, or Jam. For dinner, check out Revelry’s culinary creations, Blackbird and Fresco Café serve up yummy Italian food and wine, savor a bison tenderloin at Open Range, or embrace Montana Aleworks’ bustling atmosphere over a beer and burger. Try Pakeezah’s modern Indian fare, Sweet Chili for Thai, and Dave’s Sushi for more cultural foods. Or sample offerings at one of the many food trucks downtown. Take an evening drive west of town to the Willow Creek Café and roll up your sleeves for their famous ribs. 

Settle into Plonk’s chic atmosphere with your sweetheart for a martini, wine, and charcuterie. Taste various craft beer creations at Bridger, Map, Nordic, and Outlaw breweries, or spirits at Bozeman Spirits, Dry Hills, and Wildrye distilleries. There are bars aplenty in downtown Bozeman with live music, plus Music on Main Thursday evenings in summer. 

Stay in upscale hotels such as the Element, Kimpton Armory, or The Lark. Beautifully appointed vacation rentals and B&Bs are nestled in town. Secluded cabin retreats and guest ranches are surrounded by quiet mountain scenery. You may upgrade your Montana fly fishing vacation with an all-inclusive package at a luxuriant lodge.

Prefer a fishing trip with plenty of exciting alternative activities, bustling nightlife, and festivities in a modern western town? Bozeman may be the choice for your Montana fly fishing vacation.
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Gallatin River Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Madison River Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Jefferson River Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Missouri River Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Ruby River Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Livingston Area Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Yellowstone River Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Yellowstone Park Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Required Licenses & Fees
Montana Fishing License 
There’s no shortage of things to do in Bozeman during your Montana fly fishing vacation. Bozeman is the antithesis of Livingston with traffic, stop lights, box stores, and chains. While it lacks much of Livingston’s charm, Bozeman’s thriving community is flush with art galleries and entertainment, shops and high-end boutiques, spas, diverse dining, distilleries, craft breweries, bars, and nightlife. 

Non-anglers often enjoy riding along in the back of the boat as you fish, taking in the action, scenery, photographing, reading a book, and relaxing. While you’re fishing, non-angling partners and family may take scenic day hikes to waterfalls and pristine mountain lakes or explore hundreds of miles of trails. Go ziplining, horseback riding, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or take a scenic lift ride up Lone Mountain at Big Sky. Guests often plan several extra days to enjoy other activities and explore the area in combination with their fishing trip. Spend a day or several days exploring Yellowstone Park’s natural wonders. Take a tour of the Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park near the Jefferson River. 

Bozeman is home to art galleries, exhibits, and museums, including the renowned Museum of the Rockies. Enjoy a spa day, schedule a massage, or take a therapeutic plunge in one of the area’s many hot springs, such as Bozeman, Chico, or Norris Hot Springs. Peruse the Bozeman and Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Markets. Get your western fix at the Bozeman Stampede Rodeo, Big Sky PBR & Rodeo, and other local rodeos. Jam out to Music on Main, live shows, and concerts at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Ellen Theatre, and Rialto. Annual summer music festivals include Headwaters Country Jam and Rockin’ the Rivers near Three Forks or Red Ants Pants in White Sulphur Springs. Downtown Bozeman hosts numerous festivities, such as the annual Sweat Pea Festival. 

Weddings, Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties 
Big Sky, Bozeman, the Gallatin Valley, Livingston, and Paradise Valley are teeming with wedding venues. 
Celebrate with guided Montana Fly Fishing Trips, Montana Fly Fishing Vacations, and Montana Overnight Fly Fishing River Trips for your guests or as exciting bachelor and bachelorette parties! 

Family Reunions 
Are you planning a family reunion? Let us assist you with accommodations, meals, and arrange guided Montana Fly Fishing Trips or a Montana Overnight Fly Fishing River Trip for the whole family. 

Business & Corporate Meetings 
Are you looking for an attractive location for business meetings? Many accommodations are available with meeting facilities and media for large groups and events. We can help arrange your group’s accommodations, meals, transportation, and plan corporate and business fly fishing retreats.

Montana Fly Fishing Trips are a popular way to entertain important clients and excellent employee and sales rewards.

Medical & Health Care Fly Fishing Retreats
Host continuing education and training events for business, medical, and health care parties, combined with Montana Fly Fishing Vacations.

Team Building & Leadership Fly Fishing Retreats
We partner with a professional facilitator for on-the-water outdoor leadership and team-building events. Why hold these indoors? You can bond with your team on the river on Montana Overnight Fly Fishing River Trips, or Montana Fly Fishing Vacations.
Clubs, Non-Profits & Hosted Trips
Are you a member of a club, a non-profit organization, a women’s group? Let us put together a Montana Fly Fishing Vacation for your group! Involved in a fly shop or fly fishing business? Host a Montana Fly Fishing Trip.
Reserving Your Fly Fishing Vacation 
We recommend booking your Montana fly fishing vacation well in advance to ensure the best guides and accommodations. Guides and accommodations may be hard to reserve on short notice. A 50% deposit is required to finalize your Montana fly fishing vacation reservations. Please read the Terms and Conditions for complete details. 
Arrival & Ground Transportation
Upon your arrival, your guide will pick you up, or ground transfers will take you to your accommodations. You may also choose to rent a vehicle. Having independent transportation allows more flexibility and freedom during your trip.  
Trip Expectations
We recommend arriving the day before your fishing begins. Upon arrival, you may purchase any last-minute provisions and settle into your accommodations. Relax, explore the town and local area, enjoy your favorite beverages and appetizers at a local saloon, and dine at one of the many excellent restaurants. 
Each day, after coffee and a delicious breakfast, you will make final preparations and drive to your fishing destination, where you will enjoy an exciting day of fishing and adventure. Most fishing locations are within an hour of your lodging, though some can be a bit further. Expect to spend six to eight hours on the water fishing, taking in the scenery, watching wildlife and songbirds, photographing, trading jokes, and having a great time. Savory lunches with non-alcoholic beverages are served on the water daily; feel free to bring any alcoholic beverages of your choice.
After a full day of fishing and adventure, return to your comfortable accommodations, perhaps stopping at a favorite watering hole on the way back. Back at your accommodations, clean up with a refreshing shower, relax and enjoy apres fishing. 

Then head out for some local “culture,” sample regional craft beers at a taproom, or spirits at a local distillery. For dinner, sink your teeth into a juicy ribeye steak, grab an elk burger, a healthy salad on the lighter side, or sushi and sake. Wrap the night up with a nightcap and live music before settling in for a rejuvenating night’s rest. 

Rinse and repeat daily as you see fit.  
You may choose to stay at all-inclusive lodges or other accommodations with onsite meals, or you may elect to sample the many local cafes and restaurants. For fly fishing vacations in Bozeman and Livingston, you may prefer Fishing & Lodging only packages; meals and alcoholic beverages are not included. Foodservice and beverage gratuities are included in all-inclusive package rates.
Lunch, Snacks & Beverages
Shore lunches, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages are provided each day. 
Alcoholic beverages are included with meals in all-inclusive packages. Expensive wines and alcoholic purchases exceeding $100 per day will be billed to the client. All alcoholic beverages apart from meals are the responsibility of clients.

Since we do not have the proper licenses, we cannot provide alcoholic beverages for you on the water or at other times during the trip, except when purchased from licensed establishments such as restaurants and bars. You may purchase alcohol to bring with you on the water. 
Cell Service & Internet
Many towns and locations in Montana and Wyoming have good cell phone reception. Other locations have spotty reception or no reception at all. Cell service is often spotty while driving due to the mountainous terrain, rolling hills, draws, and river bottoms.

Wireless internet connectivity is available in most locations and accommodations. Some accommodations do not have cell service or internet connectivity. Be sure to notify people of your potential unavailability and take care of all personal and business tasks beforehand. 
Lodging Details
Sleeping Arrangements
Please let us know your lodging preferences for your customized Montana Fly Fishing Vacation. Depending on the location of your trip and availability, we may book the following accommodations for you.  

  • All-Inclusive Lodges or other accommodations with onsite meals
  • Private Vacation Rentals
  • Cabins and Cottages
  • Bed & Breakfasts
  • Secluded Guest Ranches
  • Historic Hotels
*Rates may increase for upgraded premium lodging facilities and services. 
Recommended Airports
Once you have confirmed your trip with us, you’ll want to make flight reservations as soon as possible.
We recommend flying into Bozeman, Montana (BZN). 
Served by Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Southwest, United Airlines, and smaller carriers. 
Ground Transportation
We may arrange private ground transfers between the airport and your accommodations in Bozeman or Livingston. You may also choose to rent a vehicle for greater flexibility and freedom during your trip. We will work with you to finalize transportation details at the time of booking. 

Major car rental companies are available at your arrival airport. Rideshares, shuttles, taxis, and other transportation services are also available. 
Drive Times To & From Bozeman, Montana
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport - 15 minutes
Departure Details
Please book departing airline reservations for the day after your trip ends. Ground transfers are available to the airport if you do not have a rental vehicle. Rideshares, shuttles, taxis, and other transportation services are also available.  
Fly Fishing Vacation Rates
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Fishing & Lodging Only
Fly Fishing Vacation Rates
3 Nights/2 Days4 Nights/3 Days5 Nights/4 Days6 Nights/5 Days7 Nights/6 Days
  • Rates based on 2 anglers/guide, double occupancy
  • Contact us for Single Angler Supplement Rates
  • Rates may increase for upgraded premium lodging facilities and services 
  • Additional fees may be charged for private chefs and caterers
  • Fishing & Lodging Only Rates Do Not Include Transportation, Meals or Alcoholic Beverages

Payment Options
A 50% deposit is required to finalize your reservation and is due within 10 days of booking your trip. We will invoice you by email, and upon receiving your invoice, you can choose to pay using the online ACH payment option. This option is a quick and convenient way to pay your trip deposit and finalize your reservation. 

Payment reminders will be sent by email for open invoices with remaining balances due, which can be paid using the ACH option. 

Deposits and final payments can be paid with bank wire transfers, credit cards, or mailing checks payable to Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters. A 3.5 % convenience fee is assessed for all credit card transactions. Please contact us if you prefer cash or other payment forms. 

Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters Payment Options
  • ACH Online Payments – U.S. financial institutions and bank accounts only
  • Personal & Business Checks* - U.S. financial institutions and bank accounts only
  • Electronic Wire Payments - wiring fees are the responsibility of the client
  • Credit Cards – 3.5% Convenience Fee applied
  • Cash
  • International Payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
*Client will be billed all associated costs for returned checks. The client will have 7 days to reimburse Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters for returned check costs and provide an alternative form of payment; otherwise, trip reservations will be cancelled, and all deposits and payments will be forfeited.  
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation & Airport Pick Up and Drop Off* 
  • All Meals, Snacks, Appetizers & Associated Gratuities**
  • Alcoholic Beverages with Meals**
  • Lunch, Snacks & Non-Alcoholic Beverages on the River**
  • Fishing Guides – 2 Anglers/Guide
  • Flies & Terminal Tackle
  • Rods & Reels – If Needed
  • River Shuttles

Not Included
  • Airline Flights
  • Rental Car (Optional)*
  • Additional lodging and meals beyond your scheduled trip
  • Upgraded Premium Lodging
  • Private Chefs 
  • Catering
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Gratuities for Fishing Guides, Private Ground Transfers
  • Rental Waders & Boots - If Needed
  • Personal Expenses & Incidentals
  • Personal Items – See Gear List PDFs Below
  • Park Entrance Fees

*We may arrange private ground transfers between the airport and your accommodations in Bozeman or Livingston. You may also choose to rent a vehicle for greater flexibility and freedom during your trip. Transportation not included in Fishing & Lodging Only rates. We will work with you to finalize transportation details at the time of booking. 

**All meals, snacks, appetizers, alcoholic beverages with meals, and associated gratuities are included in all-inclusive packages. Meals, appetizers, and alcoholic beverages are not included in Fishing & Lodging Only packages. Alcoholic beverages are not included on the river, but you may bring your own.
Our guides very hard to ensure an enjoyable trip, and we encourage you to tip accordingly. We suggest an appropriate gratuity from $100-$200/day/guide, although an excellent day of fishing, a memorable event, or extra effort on the guide's behalf may deserve more. Please consider that our guides work harder when fishing is slow or during adverse weather. Cash gratuities should be given directly to your guide daily or upon finishing multi-day trips.

Many variables beyond our control, such as weather, wind, barometric pressure, water temperatures, and fish behavior, influence the day's fishing. While fishing is a highlight of your trip, there are numerous ways to enjoy your fly fishing vacation. Please align your expectations with the conditions and your abilities. No expectations, no disappointments!

Clients frequently invite guides for drinks or dinner after fishing. Socializing is a great way to celebrate the day's events, plan the next day, and connect. While guides always appreciate the client's generosity, buying drinks and dinner are not considered part of or in lieu of gratuities. Socializing extends a guide's long and physically demanding day. Time is required before and after each day's trip for preparing, organizing, and cleaning. 

If you have any comments or concerns about your trip, please let us know.
Trip Insurance
We realize these trips are expensive, and much is at stake financially. For this reason, we highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance in advance. Unforeseen circumstances arise, and travel insurance is very reasonable should you have to cancel your trip for any reason. We recommend Travel Guard Travel Insurance and Global Rescue Insurance to protect your financial investment, which may cover trip cancellations for any reason. For more information or to purchase Trip Insurance, please visit Travel Guard or Global Rescue.
To receive complete coverage options and benefits, be sure to purchase travel insurance within 15 days of paying your deposit.

Medical Evacuation Insurance
We recommend Global Rescue’s worldwide medical evacuation and extraction services if you become ill or injured during your trip or due to natural disaster, COVID-19, and other reasons. Due to the remote nature of many of our trips, potential challenges receiving immediate professional medical help, and limited cell coverage, we highly recommend purchasing medical evacuation insurance along with your trip insurance. 
For more information or to purchase Medical Evacuation Insurance, please visit Global Rescue.
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