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Casting Through Chaos

Keep Casting with Fins & Feathers

For the fishermen who choose to social distance by "Casting Through the Chaos", we've got you covered. With the difficulties, distancing, and distress around us, nothing sounds better than getting our waders in the water and casting some of those cares away. If you love the outdoors and fly-fishing is your gateway to R&R, then Bozeman, Montana is the perfect place to stay hunkered down during this pandemic.

At Fins and Feathers, we know fishing is on the minds of many Bozeman area anglers, and we want to make getting the fly fishing necessities as easy as possible. With all the changes going on around us - what hasn't changed is that fly-fishing is still our main passion and love these days. Our Bozeman fly shop is still able to provide anything and everything for the fly-fishing angler whether you come to see us in our Bozeman Fly Shop, the Fly Fish Truck, or shop online.

Changes to the Store Through Phase 2 Reopening

The fly shop is now open 8:00 AM-6:00 PM M-F; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday; 8:30-3:00 pm on Sundays

  • Curbside service available 8:00-5:30 M-F; 8:00-4:30 Sat; 8:00-3:00 on Sundays (order online and select Pickup at checkout) for the fastest service.
  • Call us at 406-586-2188 and plan on a 15-30 minute wait time to collect phone orders for pickup.
  • Order online and get free shipping in the lower 48 on all orders over $50 - we now ship internationally as well!
  • Walk-in traffic limited to 5 guests at one time, please respect social distancing and use our "sanitation station" upon entering and leaving.
  • License sales are available in the store during slower periods or when our capacity is not full.
  • Help us minimize contact and maintain social distancing by getting your fishing license at fwp.mt.gov - it's simple and safe.
  • Our guided services are fully operational, we are having clients drive separately and masks are required in guide vehicles and the store.
  • As always – we are profoundly grateful to you for letting us be a part of your angling lives.

Shop Online

Online shopping has never been easier with Fins & Feathers through these trying times with a redesigned website and streamlined checkout options.

  • Just want a few flies on your way out? Buy a river selection and we'll pick them to put based on our best picks for the day.
  • Our fly rods, reels, waders, and boot selection is the largest in Bozeman and each product has a ton of information to help you make the best choices.
  • Order flies online and saves 20% - yes it's that simple. Just enter Flies_20 into the discount code field at checkout for Pickup or Shipping.
  • Receive free shipping on any order over $50 when you shop with our Bozeman fly shop, you must select free shipping at checkout to get this offer.
  • European Nymph fishing has become hugely popular in the last two years - we have the largest specialized selection of everything you need from flies to rods.
  • Signup for our Newsletter (in the footer below) for weekly updates including exclusive deals and special offers.
  • A huge thanks for keeping it local and supporting us through the pandemic.

Quarantine Shopping Quick Picks

Use the links below to quickly navigate to the most popular pages within our online store.

  • Select Free as your shipping option to take advantage of our Free Shipping offer. We ship these orders using UPS or USPS based on the package size.
  • Choose Pickup at the shipping options to grab your orders at your convenience at our curbside station location at our Bozeman fly shop.
  • You can also send us an email including the items you would like and we will send you an invoice so you can pay online once your order is complete.

Stay Connected During the Chaos

To stay up to date with our rapidly changing operations plan, follow us on these social outlets.

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  • Signup to receive our newsletter in the signup form - get weekly news, reports, and exclusive deals.

Store Services

Note that some of our services like rental gear, repair service, and spooling up of reels/lines purchases elsewhere are currently unavailable. Things like processing returns, refunds, and even returning phone calls just take longer right now as we work with a leaner staff than is normal for this time of year. Somedays we have staff answering phones remotely, so it might take us a bit longer to get back to you with questions related to product inventory (you can always look online - if you don't see it, w most likely don't carry it or are temporarily out of stock). There are days when we simply don't have time to answer the phones at all, but we are always seeing emails come through - EMAIL US for the best service and most efficient responses

We are working on a way to bring the FlyFishTruck out of hibernation with limited hours of operation and a highly specialized curation of some very high demand products like used rods, inexpensive setups, and hard to find flies, plus all the basics to get you going. Watch for updates on opening dates in early August at 40 Spanish Peaks Drive at 4-Corners (just north of the Korner Klub)

Blog

Fishing Reports

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Guide Trip 7692

Gallatin River

The Gallatin River is in "summer mode" now which means attractor dries, Spruce Moths, and small hoppers are the go-to choices through September. Evening spinner falls bring slow risers to the surface during the waning hours of the day through the Gallatin Canyon

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Yellowstone river guide trips

Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone River is an amazing fishery during the summer months with world-renown hopper and attractor dry fly siding now through late September. Morning streamer sessions can find some of the biggest fish of the year right now in the Livingston area...

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Lower Madison

Lower Madison

Lower Is on Hoot Owl and is only open to fishing until 2 pm for the time being. There are lots of recreational users out, but you can still find a few nice fish during the early morning hours on hoppers and dry flies. Expect lots of floating grass and hordes of people in inner tubes floating...

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We provide updated fishing reports on these and several more regional rivers in our Fishing Reports section. Typical reports offer current information in addition to streamflow graphs, recommended flies, river maps, and links to webcams (if available).

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Classes & Clinics

Foundations of Fly Fishing

There is no place better than Bozeman, Montana when it comes to fly-fishing for wild trout. Although the sport can seem intimidating and complex at first glance, people are always amazed by how quickly they can get going on their own after an hour or two of basic instruction. Together with our friends at Sage Fly Fishing, we have developed an introductory fly-fishing class that is FREE, FUN, and EFFECTIVE in helping participants build a solid foundation in the sport of fly fishing. We are now running these in limited numbers with capacities set at 5 people. Private options are available for small groups of up to 5 participants and can be reserved separately if our standard sessions are full by emailing our Outreach Director for availability and details.

Western Trout School

Centrally located in Bozeman, the Fins & Feathers trout schools are an ideal choice for a western fly-fishing education experience. The Western Trout School program is a two-day course focused on the fundamentals of the sport, combining both classroom and on-the-water sessions. Fins & Feathers has been teaching people how to fly-fish in Bozeman for 20 years and we are excited to offer this option as the most complete 2-Day Fly Fishing School in Montana.

Closing Comments

Your safety, and that of our staff, are of paramount importance to us at Fin & Feathers of Bozeman. We have taken this pandemic seriously from the start and have focused on ways to protect everyone while still providing the highest level of service and support to our customers and staff. Expect lots of hand sanitizer (and to be asked to use it), everyone wearing masks, and to occasionally wait outside when we are at capacity. We are nimble right now and committed to getting through this to the best of our abilities while providing a safe, fun, and effective operation catered to the needs of fly anglers.

As always – we are profoundly grateful to you for letting us be a part of your angling lives.