GUIDED FLY FISHING around
Based in Bozeman, Montana... your fly fishing adventure begins here
About Montana Fly Guides
Montana Fly Guides is an experienced group of guides that live to be on the water. Since 1995, guiding fly fishing in Southwest Montana has been our profession, our passion... and we love what we do. MFG takes pride in the personalized fly fishing service we provide. A wealth of experience is what sets us apart from the other guided options out there. Every trip we take out is an adventure for us and for the guests we guide. Our specialty is our crafty ways of finding the best waters to fish at the right time. We have a variety of watercraft from drift boats, large and small rafts, and jet boats - your expert guide can get you into positions otherwise unreachable by wade fishing. Whatever level you may be with fly fishing, from beginner to expert, we are here to help you along your fly fishing journey on some of the greatest trout waters on earth. We are based in and launch our guided fly fishing trips from Bozeman, Montana. Call 406-539-2931 for trip options and bookings.
Chris Kaufmann & Todd Scott
The adventure and story began in 1998 at the Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska. Chris and Todd met their first season of fishing guiding for the iconic Crystal Creek Lodge. It was there that they found their life’s work and little did they know that fly fishing and guiding would consume them and change their lives for the better. Fast forward 20+ years and past a multitude of incredible guiding experiences, the two of them have been hard at work providing guided fly-fishing adventures for anglers of all walks of life and levels of experience. Along that journey, they have made many friends and provided memorable trips that involve a depth of knowledge only gained by literally thousands of combined trips in remote Alaska and southwest Montana. They have 50+ years of combined fly fishing guiding experience between them.
Bozeman as your base camp
Montana Fly Guides is based in Bozeman, Montana. Fly fishers of all ages and ability levels make Bozeman their fly fishing base camp each year for many reasons. Mostly because of the unmatched fishing experience combined with the low-key (up-scale if you want it) western hospitality of SW Montana. This area is world-renowned for consistent and quality fly fishing. It is the headwaters of the Missouri River and it has endless options for fishing, year-round. Within a fairly quick day trips drive, there are over 500+ miles of floatable water - not to mention all the miles of wadeable waters. Talk with us and we will customize a trip to meet your needs. We offer guided fly fishing trips on the Yellowstone River, Gallatin River, East Gallatin River, Madison River, Missouri River, Jefferson River, Shields River, Boulder River and private waters, just to name some of our staples. We also have many more options to add to the list depending on the time of the season and your request. Full day float trips are the standard but we also offer half day trips, raft trips, walk & wade trips, spring creek trips, and jet boat trips. We can accommodate large or small groups, just inquire. We have all the gear and can outfit you from head to toe. Beginners, intermediate and experienced anglers are all welcome.
Our Waters and When to Fish
Discover the scenic and world-class fisheries of Southwest Montana with Montana Fly Guides. Our region of Montana, that we call home, has some of the highest quality natural trout streams in the US. Locally we have a huge variety of amazing rivers and creeks that allow us to match your desired day. The amount fishable water is immense and our home waters include the headwaters of the Missouri River, which feed many world famous blue-ribbon trout fishing rivers and creeks. We offer guided fly fishing trips on the Yellowstone River, Gallatin River, East Gallatin, Madison River, Missouri River, Jefferson River and the Boulder River to name a few.
When to fish to Montana
When is the best time to fly fish in Montana? Any chance you can is the answer. Each river, and even a specific section of a river, provides its’ own unique fishing experience and the MFG guides are familiar with how to make the best out of each different day on all of our rivers. Our Guides excel at finding fish because they best understand the geography and current water conditions and have the latest intel on what is fishing best at that time of the season.NOTE: If possible, please call way ahead of time (early in the year) for summer bookings (June, July, and August) trip date inquiries.Our season is year-round, depending on the weather. Spring fly fishing typically starts in March. Depending on snow and ice at the boat ramps, we can go to just about any river when the weather looks good enough to go. Some of the best fishing is found during spring from March through May and can produce great hatches. From May through July, spring runoff from snowmelt increases giving us higher river flows and allowing us to float just about anywhere. Early season fishing is often overlooked; fish are hungry and it can be lights-out for fantastic fishing - get it while you can! Summer fishing and Montana summer weather are both absolutely amazing and usually summer books up first. ***We operate on a first come first serve basis so the earlier you book the better. Fall fishing is awesome for targeting hungry rainbows and aggressive browns... and great fly fishing in general. As flows increase to our streams in the fall we regain access to some of our smaller rivers and streams that have not been fished all summer long. With years of experience in Southwest Montana, we can put you in the right place at the right time.
2022 Day Trips and Rates
Our guided day trip packages are for ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS. Our full day trip package includes fly rod rentals, terminal tackle, flies, drive to the location, shuttle, some cold-weather gear, beverages & lunches. Everything is thought through and taken care of and most guests ride with their guide to the determined fishing location. Our half day is everything previously listed and included except lunch. What's not included: A fishing license, any private water rod fees, adult beverages, snacks, or gratuity. During our shoulder seasons of spring and fall, waders are highly recommended. We have a limited selection of waders and boots available that we are happy to lend. Please inquire about sizes and availability.Floating or walk wading are both the perfect choice for first-timers who want to see what fly fishing is all about, learn the basics and try to catch some fish! For the experienced angler, our trips are a great way to learn some of our local water and build your fly-fishing knowledge with an experienced guide. Target species include Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout.*Missouri river trips near Craig, Montana require a two-consecutive day minimum booking.A deposit of 50% down is required to book each day. All deposits are refundable with notice of cancellation 30 days or more prior to fishing dates.Please read our Reservations & Cancellation Policy below as well as the Payments section.
Full Day Trips (1 or 2 anglers)
• Full Day Float Trip: $650
• Full Day Raft Trip: $650
• Full Day Walk Wade Trip: $650
• Private Water Full Day Trip: $650• Boulder Float Trip: $700
• Missouri River Float Trip: $700
• Ice Fishing Full Day: $575
• Jet Boat Full Day: $725Missouri River trips near Craig, Montana require a two-consecutive day minimum booking.Third Person on all Trips: $175
Half Day Trips (1 or 2 anglers - no lunch)
• Half Day Float Trip: $575
• Half Day Walk Wade Trip: $575
• Private Water Half Day Trip: $575
Reservation and Cancellation Policy
For standard guide booking, a deposit of $300.00 per guide/per day is required for a reservation. All deposits are refundable with notice of cancellation 30 days or more prior to fishing dates. All Deposits are non-refundable for trips cancelled with less than 30 days notification.Cancellations received within 24 hours of scheduled fishing dates will result in full payment of the trip. Trips rescheduled within 30 days of the original reservation will be considered cancellations.Payments
We accept personal checks(preferred), Venmo, VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express to hold guide dates. All deposits are refundable with notice of cancellation 30 days or more prior to fishing dates.Send Deposits to: Montana Fly Guides, 20 Cypress ave. Bozeman, MT 59715What’s not included
What’s not included: state of Montana fishing license, private water rod fees & gratuity. Licenses can be purchased at local fly shops the day of your fishing trip or you can purchase them ahead of time online through the following link. Montana Online Licenses Service. Gratuities are not included in the price but are ultimately up to your discretion and are much appreciated by your guide.What you should bring
These items are recommended: polarized sunglass, sunscreen, ball cap, rain jacket, waders/wading boots, camera, fleece, or warm jacket. It's better to have your gear and not need it. Rods and reels – if you want to bring your own, a 5wt or 6wt is recommended. Waders and boots are recommended year-round for walk wade trips. We don’t always use them but some days it can make your trip. Depending on the weather, we don’t usually use waders in the boat between mid-June through mid-September. Cleated wading boots are fantastic for walk wade fishing but cannot be used in the boat.
Learn to Be a Pro Guide
MFG Montana Fly Fishing Guide SchoolDates: October 10 through the 14th and space is limited.Learn everything you'll need to know from experienced, hardened and highly requested western water guides.A to Z journey for only the serious that want to through guide boot camp and crush it.The cost per person is $2250. With a deposit due to hold a spot. Most of the time will be on the water where we will be covering A to Z with a ratio of no more than one experienced guide per two students topics as follows but not limited to:• Logistics, to the water, from the water, and on the water.
• Guide client interactions. Get the most out of your day for your client and yourself.
• Etiquette. Guiding etiquette as it interacts with other fishermen, other guides, the fish we pursue, and the environment in which we pursue it in
• Fast track to keep you legal and on top of your paperwork. Understanding how the system all works and understanding how to protect yourself and your client.
• The difference between you as a guide and everybody else out there. Keeping the cutting edge of professionalism and always striving to be better and how you accomplish it.And much more.
Montana Fly Guides is an experienced group of guides that live to be on the water. Guiding fly fishing is our profession, our passion and we love what we do. MFG takes pride in the personalized service we provide. Every trip we take out is an adventure for us and for the guests we take. Our specialty is our crafty ways of finding the best waters to fish at the right time. We have a variety of watercraft from drift boats, large and small rafts and jet boats - your expert guide can get you into positions otherwise unreachable by wade fishing. Whatever level you are, from beginner to expert, we are here to help you along your fly fishing journey on the greatest trout waters on earth.
Photos from the Field
Our guided fly fishing trips are packed with fun, informative, memorable and exciting moments. We value time spent on the water and we cherish it as time well spent. Our guides work hard to offer our guests a world class experience. Check out some of our favorite photos from over the years.The first pic is of Chris (on the left) and Todd.
Book your Trip
Our rates are not the highest around Bozeman, but they are based on the depth of experience we provide. Inquire now - book an adventurous fly fishing trip of a lifetime on world-class blue-ribbon Southwest Montana rivers with experienced guides with Montana Fly Guides! Reserve your trip for Half Day, Full Day, Private, Group & Custom Fly Fishing Experiences.Send us a message or call us direct. If you get our voicemail feel free to text. We’re probably out on the water and will get to you as soon as we get cell service.
Montana Fly Guides
Mailing Address: 20 Cypress Ave, Bozeman, Montana 59715Phone: 406-539-2931Email: email@example.com
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