Helena Fly-Fishing | Day Trip for 1 or 2 Anglers
While Helena remains a bit of a secret spot for many Montana travelers, lots of anglers have chosen Helena as home base for a great fly fishing adventure for good reason.
The Missouri River, Blackfoot River, Clark Fork River and a good number of smaller waters are all within easy reach of the capital city. There are a wide choice of excellent lodging options, restaurants, and cool spots to check out in the Helena valley on the east slope of the Continental Divide. The Helena region's rivers offer what is arguably some of the most productive fishing in the lower 48 when you want trout density and size.
Helena has lots to do for the non-angler as well, including historical museums, many local art hotspots and thousands of acres of easily accessible public trails right from the historic downtown district. This extensive trail network has led to Helena becoming a top-shelf mountain biking destination as well, so a bike and fish combo trip is a solid idea here. Helena is also about the half-way point between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, which makes it a perfect stop over point between these two awesome destinations. Discover for yourself why we've chosen to make Helena the place where we hang our hat.
A single day, individual or group fishing experience is a great way to sample Big Sky Country. We'll help you figure out all the logistical details and arrange the best local guide(s) for you to fish with. We'll also provide all the gear you'll need to get started, plus lunch and drinks.
Single Angler - Base Price
Two Anglers - Additional Fee Applies; Please select when booking
We are a specialized, stand alone Montana fly fishing guide service based in Helena, Montana. Our business was founded on the banks of the Missouri River with one goal in mind; providing the best experience possible for anglers seeking a Montana fly fishing trip.
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You can also pay a 50% deposit now and a final payment before your trip.
$82.50 Per Day
$550.00 Per Day
Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.
- Flies & Tackle
- Rod & Reel
- Polarized Sunglasses
- Weather Appropriate Clothing Layers
- Waders or Quick-Dry Pants (See Guidelines)
- Fly Fishing Gear (See Guidelines)
Rules & Guidelines
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Weather can change by the half-hour in Montana, so come prepared for everything. Bring sunscreen and your raincoat no matter when you come. We have had snow in August and sunburns in November. Typical temperatures range from the 30's to 60's in April through June and September through November and 60's to 80's in July through August. The best advice we have is to check the forecast before you are coming and plan accordingly. We think the best way to beat the weather is with a good attitude while wearing the right gear. We've had some of our best fishing in the nastiest weather, and we've had some of our worst fishing in the even more nastiest weather!
WHAT CLOTHING SHOULD I BRING? DO I NEED POLARIZED GLASSES?
Polarized glasses are a must! As for clothing, think in layers. We have large temperature swings in montana, so it is always nice to be able to add or remover a layer when the temperature dictates. Fleece, polypro long underwear, and a raincoat are all essentials. A wide-brimmed hat is also important for sun protection and glare reduction.
Early and late season days can be cold, so breathable waders are essential, and in some instances neoprene can sure be nice. They can be either boot-foot or used with felt-soled wading boots. In the summer 80 and 90 degrees days are common and we are typically in the driftboat or raft most of the day, so waders are hot and uncomfortable. Therefore, we 'wet wade' in shorts or pants. Many manufactures make light-weight quick drying pants that are great for sun protection and dry quickly.
Check the forecast before you travel and prepare according - you might have to pack flipflops and t-shirts or ski hats and gloves, it just depends on the season and current conditions.
WHAT FLY ROD AND REEL OUTFIT SHOULD I BRING?
For driftboat and raft fishing we recommend a 5 weight or 6 weight, 9' long flyrod. In the fall we might also suggest a 7 weight for casting weighted streamers. For our secret creeks and spring creeks, you might want to bring that 3 weight you've been dying to cast. For fly lines, weight forward floating lines are the norm. Sinking lines are sometimes nice to have if we are fishing streamers, but not essential. Be sure to have plenty of backing on your reel!
WHAT ABOUT FLIES, FISHING LICENSES, AND OTHER EQUIPMENT?
Our all inclusive guided trips mean we provide the flies and tackle you will need for a successful day on the water. If you want to bring your own rods that is great, and your own flies even better, but your guide will be prepared for you to show up with no fishing gear.
If any other fly fishing gear is needed before getting out onto the water, we have many fine local flyshops that can take care of your needs. Waders often fall into this category as they are size specific and you want them to fit right, so renting a pair for your trip is often the best way to go.
A Montana fishing license is required by law on any water we may fish, and are available for purchase at our local flyshops, sporting goods stores and online. Montana fishing licenses are generally very affordable compared to other states, and license dollars go directly to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to help manage our fisheries.
Purchase your fishing license here: https://app.mt.gov/Als/Index
YOU DON'T HAVE A LODGE, RIGHT? SO, WHERE WILL I STAY?
Because we are typically fishing the same rivers at the same time year-after-year, we are dialed in on all the worthy lodging options in the locations we fish. Options run the entire spectrum from the budget minded motel to the high-end hosted lodge. We are happy to make reservations and arrangements for you, but you are always free to make your own lodging plans as well. Either way, we will be ready to pick you up at your accommodations and hit the river for a great day of Montana-style fly fishing.