Here are some common questions we hear, time and time again, from prospective guests during the booking process. Check them out and email us with additional questions or if you need further clarification.
Yes, we welcome children on all of our guided fly fishing trips. Float trips are recommended and all ages are welcome. Youth life jackets are required to be worn by youth under 12.
No, we only practice catch and release fishing on our guided fly fishing trips.
Yes, be sure to let us know if you have a preference. The guides typically choose the destination based on weather, water conditions, time constraints, and crowds so be sure to let the guide know if there is someplace that you prefer or would like to avoid as well!
Yes, spin fishing with a single hook, the barbless lure is allowed on our trips. We do not provide gear or lures for spin fishing.
Generally speaking, we do not cancel trips due to weather. Sometimes, days are cut short due to afternoon thunderstorms due to safety but we do not offer partial refunds or credits in those situations. View our deposit policy.
The length of the day depends on the fishing destination, water conditions, fish activity, and angler requests. The standard full day guide trip is usually a 7-9-hour experience with 5-7 hours on the water. Half-day trips are 4 hours in duration from start to finish at our Bozeman fly shop. We can accommodate any time restraints on your end with advance notice.
We recommend float trips as this is the best way to fish around Bozeman. There are wade fishing opportunities, but they are best in private waters and small streams.
Our guide service is designed to accommodate 1-2 anglers per guide, so we do not offer an option for 3 people with one guide. After 20 years in the fly-fishing outfitting business, we have found that trying to put three people with one guide is just not a good experience for our guests or our staff. We do host plenty of groups of 3 (or any odd number) guests every year, guests will simply book 2 guides for groups of 3.
Check our gear list and generally bring personal gear like a raincoat, sunglasses, warm layer, hat, some snacks, and any special medications (epi-pen, insulin, etc.) that you may require.
Use of all gear (waders, boots, rods, reels, terminal tackle, and flies), drinks, transfer to and from the fishing destination, and lunches on full-day trips. Fishing license and private water fees are not included in the standard rates.
The daily ($595) and half-day ($525) apply to groups of 1 or 2 anglers per guide.
Guides cover their own expenses such as gas, shuttles, lunches, drinks, ice, flies, boats, insurance, and equipment. The standard gratuity is $125-$150 per day/per guide (1-2 anglers) for a job well done. Cash paid directly to the guide at the end of your trip is the standard practice.
Specially designed drift boats are 16’ long fiberglass with one seat in the front and one in the back. The guide rows the boat from a seat in the middle of the boat. We also use rafts with similar custom-built frames with similar layouts to out drift boats.
Wade fishing requires that angler is in good condition with excellent balance. Float trips are less demanding physically, but anglers need to be able to sit comfortably for several hours and to be able to stand up/sit down without assistance. We are able to accommodate anglers with disabilities and poor mobility with advance notice.
Crowding is a big concern to everybody these days. As more and more people move to the region and competition for our water resources grows, we have become increasingly sensitive to this “hot topic.”Learn More
Rental gear selection from Fins & Feathers includes rods, reels, waders, and wading boots. Bozeman fly fishing is typically well suited for 5 and 6 weight fly rods matched with adjustable drag reels and floating fly lines.Learn More
Customer service is the “Great Equalizer” when it comes to deciding on where to make your next fly-fishing or fly-tying purchase these days. Fins & Feathers of Bozeman is a “real-life” brick and mortar specialty fly shop that has been in business for 20 years.Learn More
Fall Fishing Fall is a great time to fish here in Montana. Summer tourist season winds down and gone are the crowds of summer. Brown Trout become aggressive, and fall Baetis hatches bring fish to the surface.Learn More
After nearly 20 years of participating in the Orvis Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides program (known as ELOG), Fins & Feathers has declined to renew membership as of 01/10/2020.Learn More
Montana has a great stream access law that allows recreationists to access most streams in the state. Where streams or rivers flow through private land you are allowed to be fishing in the stream as long as you enter through a legal access point and stay within the ordinary high-water mark.Learn More
Fly-fishers are more experienced today than ever before and this allows our guides to make attempts to provide each angler with an experience that is unique to their own expectations.Learn More
We have a carefully curated selection of gear and accessories from the fly-fishing world from some of the best manufacturers and distributors in the industry.Learn More
The topography and geology of Southwest Montana have created a wide range of fisheries ranging from tiny alpine lakes to the vast western rivers like the Missouri and Yellowstone.Learn More
Yellowstone National Park is a Mecca of fly-fishing in the Rocky Mountains. The waters that leave the park form the nation's most famous trout rivers.Learn More