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How To Have A Columbus MT Fishing Trip You Won’t Forget

When it’s summertime in Montana, you want to have unforgettable experiences. We totally get it. Especially when the winters seem to last forever, we don’t want to take summer for granted. At Stillwater Anglers, we think that a Columbus MT fishing trip is the perfect opportunity to make some awesome memories. Imagine a day out on the river. You and your friends or family are out in the sun, catching some fish, enjoying the cool breeze and sharing some laughs. Sounds like the perfect day, right? We think so too!

Here we go over a few ways to turn any ordinary summer day into a memory you’ll never forget. Read on for just a few tips to make your next fly fishing adventure the best one yet. 

8 Ways To Have An Amazing Columbus MT Fishing Trip

Let’s get into some of our tips on how to kick up a good day to a great day out on the water!

Book a Columbus MT Fishing Trip With Stillwater Anglers

Ok, obviously we want you to book a guided trip with us. We’ve got guided trip options for the Yellowstone River, the Stillwater River, and the Bighorn River. You’ve got options for half-day trips, full-day floats, walk and wade trips and more. Our trips are fully customizable to meet your needs, and we can even plan on fishing more than one river if you’re up for it.

At Stillwater Anglers, our Columbus Mt fishing guides are top of the line. They are all experienced and licensed guides, ready to answer your questions, show you the best stops and add to the fun of the day. Step one of having a great fishing trip is definitely to book your trip today.

Make Sure You Grab Your Fishing License

This might go without saying, but make sure you have your fishing license! When you book a trip with us, you can take of your licenses right in The Fly Shop. Though it seems obvious, it is something that can easily get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of planning a trip. 

Purchase this ahead of time, or you can get it at the shop on the day of your trip.

Stock Up On The Right Gear

If you’re a seasoned angler, you might not have all the gear readily available. Don’t worry! Our guided trips are all-inclusive, which means that gear is included! We can provide you with fly rods, reels and fly lines, flies, leaders, tippets, and even boots and waders. 

Though we got you covered when it comes to fly fishing gear, here is a quick list of things you should bring on your own:

  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece jacket and pants
  • Wet wading gear – quick-dry pants or shorts
  • Hat 
  • Sunscreen and chapstick
  • Camera 

Talk To Your Guide About Your Expectations

After you book your Columbus Mt fishing trip, make sure you talk to your guide about your expectations. If you have small kids or are a beginner, your guide will want to be prepared so that everyone has the ultimate fly fishing experience. You can even book a guide based on your needs. Browse through all of our guides and talk to us about what you’re expecting so that everyone has a great time!

Be Prepared For All Weather Conditions

If you’ve lived in Montana your whole life, you’ll know that the weather can change in an instant. Make sure you’re prepared with extra clothing, a jacket or two, and whatever else you need in case the weather turns stormy or extra hot. 

Check the weather the day before and of your trip, and be prepared. It’s better to have too much than not enough stuff. You don’t want to get caught cold in the rain, or overdressed in the sun. This advice also means to stock up on sunscreen and apply often. 

Plan Your Meals, Snacks, and Drinks Ahead Of Time

Meals and snacks are not included for half-day trips, so make sure you’re ready with what you might want when out on the river. Lunch is provided for full-day fly fishing trips, but it’s always a good idea to bring extra drinks and water. Especially if you’re bringing kids, you’ll want to be prepared with easy snacks throughout the day.

There’s nothing worse than a grumbling stomach on a hot day out on the river, so stock up on your favorite foods and drinks. We’ll have a cooler available to store your things when you pick the float trip.

Consider Practicing Your Cast First

Not everyone needs it, but consider practicing your cast first. You can even book private casting lessons with the experts at Stillwater Anglers. If you want an unforgettable trip on the river in Columbus, then preparing a little beforehand might help you have a more successful catching day.

Let Us Take Care of Everything

At Stillwater Anglers, we are committed to providing you a total outdoor fly fishing experience. We want to provide a trip that is tailored to you and your family’s needs and desires. Whether you’re a novice angler or just want to hang out with some of our experienced guides and get their input, we have the perfect guide for you.

Our last tip for having a great Columbus Mt fishing trip is to just let us handle everything. When you book a trip with us, we handle all the details so you can just show up and fish. We shuttle you to the river, we plan the river stops, and provide all the gear. No matter what kind of trip you’re looking for, we’ve got it covered. Read through some of our reviews and browse through our social media to see awesome photos of all of the trips we’ve been on recently. It’s our goal to make sure that your experience is a great one, and we’ve earned a good rep with all of our guided trip packages. 

Have any questions about what’s included? Give us a call! We’d love to give peace of mind about everything that comes with a trip with us.


At the end of the day, the key to having an unforgettable Columbus MT fishing trip is you! If you’re ready for a great day, you’ll have one. Luckily, all of our guides are experienced and excited to give you and your friends or family an amazing day. 

Don’t let summer go by without creating some amazing memories out on the water! Book a guided trip with us and let’s catch some fish, soak in the sun, and share some laughs.