Top 10 Rivers to fish around Livingston, Montana

Top 10 Rivers to fish around Livingston, Montana


Experience the Ultimate Fly Fishing Adventure with Montana Fly Fishing Guides

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable fly fishing journey in the beautiful state of Montana? Look no further than Montana Fly Fishing Guides, your premier destination for an exceptional angling experience. Our expert guides and tailored services will ensure that your fly fishing dreams become a reality. Join us as we explore the top rivers in Montana, where adventure and trophy catches await!

1.Yellowstone River:

Experience the magic of the legendary Yellowstone River with Montana Fly Fishing Guides. As the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, it offers an abundance of opportunities to reel in wild trout, including the famous Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. Our seasoned guides possess extensive knowledge of the river’s hotspots, hatches, and techniques, ensuring that you have an unforgettable adventure on this iconic river.

2. Missouri River:

Prepare for the fly fishing adventure of a lifetime on the Missouri River with Montana Fly Fishing Guides. Lates trout populations are at a staggering 7,500 trout per mile – an unbelievable number. Explore the river below Holter Dam, where trophy-sized rainbow and brown trout await. Our expert guides will provide insider knowledge on the most productive stretches, allowing you to test your skills against these formidable fish. Enjoy the scenic beauty and epic fishing opportunities that the Missouri River offers.

3. Stillwater River:

Discover the rugged beauty of the Stillwater River with Montana Fly Fishing Guides. Our experienced guides will lead you through the challenging rapids and pristine waters, helping you navigate the best spots to hook rainbow and brown trout. Whether you’re a intermediate or an experienced angler, our guides will provide personalized instruction and tips to enhance your skills and increase your chances of landing that trophy catch.

4. Boulder River:

Seeking solitude and serenity? Montana Fly Fishing Guides will take you to the hidden gem that is the Boulder River. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this freestone river, surrounded by the stunning Gallatin National Forest. Our guides will lead you to some of the best and most scenic fishing spots, where you can target rainbow and brown trout. Prepare for an intimate, fast paced and awe-inspiring fly fishing experience on an amazing river.

5. DePuy & Armstrong Spring Creek:

For an exclusive and exceptional fly fishing experience, Montana Fly Fishing Guides invites you to DePuy and Armstrong Spring Creek. Gain access to the finest spring creeks in the country, renowned for its challenging and selective trout. With our guides’ expertise, you’ll learn the subtle presentations and tactics necessary to entice these elusive trout. Prepare for a technical yet rewarding angling adventure in this private fisheries near Livingston.

6. Soda Butte Creek:

Montana Fly Fishing Guides knows the Soda Butte Creek like the back of our hand. Join us on this beautiful river that caters to all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned anglers. Our guides will introduce you to the prime fishing spots and teach you various techniques to target native Cutthroat trout. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Yellowstone National Park as you create lasting memories on this family-friendly and accessible river.

7. Madison River:

Looking for year-round fly fishing opportunities? Montana Fly Fishing Guides will guide you along the Madison River, renowned for its impressive hatches and abundant rainbow and brown trout. Join us during the fall months, when the fishing action is at its peak. Our guides will ensure that you experience the thrill of hooking into numerous trout, all while reveling in the incredible scenery and wide-open spaces.

8. Lamar River

Yellowstone National Park has some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife you can hope for in a fishing location. The Lamar Valley is one of the most iconic locations in Yellowstone; it has it all wildlife, dramatic mountain/valley vistas and a beautiful river with native Cutthroat trout. These trout are savvy, but our guides have spent years learning how to coax them out of their hiding spots. We’ll be happy to help you show you a few secrets we’ve learned over the years to help you have a successful day on the water.

9.  Trophy Lakes

While most anglers think of Montana Rivers, there are some very good private ranch lakes that have some great trout fishing. These beautiful ranches have natural lakes have been improved to hold cool water consistently, have good mayfly hatches and large trout to feed on those insects. These Trophy Lakes are a perfect place for beginners to start their fly fishing journey, advanced anglers will will also find the sight fishing an exciting challenge.

10. Secret Spots

We don’t want to give away all our secrets, but there are a few other spots we fish from time to time…

Plan Your Fly Fishing Trip With Montana Fly Fishing Guides

When it comes to experiencing the best of fly fishing in Montana, Montana Fly Fishing Guides is your go-to source for an exceptional angling adventure. With our experienced guides, tailored services, and access to the top rivers in the state, we guarantee an unforgettable fly fishing experience. So, pack your gear and get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of Montana’s rivers. Contact Montana Fly Fishing Guides today and let us create a personalized fly fishing trip that exceeds your expectations. Get ready for the fishing adventure of a lifetime!

6 thoughts on “Top 10 Rivers to fish around Livingston, Montana

  1. we fish out west every summer in montana , wyoming canada new mexico. we like the big horn and the upper missouri. we want to explore the Livingston area of mont. this year starting around sept.3 . trying to do some research. we generally like to do a guided trip then walk wade on our own. of course i’ll contact some fly shops before we depart from Brooklyn New York.

  2. Don,

    We love the Missouri and Big Horn too, but we usually fish them in the spring while the rivers around here are in full run-off.
    We have a number of great rivers in the Livingston area during September including the Yellowstone, Boulder, Stillwater, Madison and many of the waters in Yellowstone National Park. Definitely a lot of options.
    Let us know if you’re interested in a guided trip and we’d be happy to arrange that for you and give you some pointers for some out-of-the-way small streams to walk wade on your own.


  3. Hi there, myself and a few buddies are looking to fish the Livingston area late spring or early summer. We are interested in a guide for a couple of float days and then fish on our own a couple of more. What’s the best time to come during that period? Thanks, Kevin

    1. Kevin,

      Thanks for the inquiry. Sorry for the late response – our wedding was this past week and I’m just getting back into the office.

      I would recommend either mid to late April or July for a trip. Our annual spring run-off, where the mountain snows melt and flood a majority of the rivers in Montana typically occurs between May and June. If you plan on a lot of wade fishing on your own, April would probably be best. Feel free to email me directly at [email protected] and we can discuss the options in more detail. Thanks.

  4. What rivers in the Livingston area would be best to fish in late July/early August? We are thinking about making a trip to Livingston next summer

    1. Hi Michael. I’d recommend the Yellowstone River, maybe the Boulder, and possibly the Lamar River in YNP – all depending on the river conditions/flows. Let me know if I can help out any further. [email protected]

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