Fly Fishing Resources and Web Links
Over the years, we have worked with many organizations whom we support. In addition, we have also put together a list of helpful links for information you may need or find useful.
Let us know if you feel there is an organization or link that should be added to one of our Resource lists.
Fly Fishing Organizations
Montana Trout Unlimited
Montana Trout Unlimited's mission is to conserve, protect, and restore Montana''s world-class coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
Conserving, protecting and restoring North America''s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
Montana Wildlife Federation
Protecting Montana's wildlife, land, waters, hunting and fishing heritage.
Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation
To provide traumatically injured U.S. servicemen and women from Iraq and Afghanistan with a high quality restorative program, utilizing the therapeutic experience of fly fishing on Montana waters.
Casting for Recovery
Healing retreats give women powerful tools to overcome the challenges of breast cancer.
National Weather Service, Billings MT
Up-to-date local weather information from the National Weather Service.
Real-time streamflow data for 212 Montana river sites provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Information on hunting, fishing, state parks, recreation and more. This is the place to buy a fishing license and reserve a campsite.
The State of Montana's official travel site — the ultimate resource guide for visiting Montana.
Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
Columbus visitor information including local events, museums, rafting access, area churches, recreation, etc.
Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce
The official website for the Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce
Billings Chamber of Commerce
The official website for the Billings Chamber of Commerce
Lodging & Restaurants in the Stillwater Valley Area
Full bar, restaurant, casino. Good place to grab a steak or a burger after a day on the river. Free WiFi.
Open 11am-10pm Monday - Saturday
Breakfast served Sundays only
Contact: Jill Ferris
842 E. Pike Ave., Columbus, MT 59019
Breakfast and lunch menus with daily specials. Highly recommended for a basic "Montana style" breakfast to get you fueled for a day of fishing. Conveniently located within casting distance of the fly shop, just across the parking lot!
6:00am-3:00pm Wednesday - Sunday
Closed Monday - Tuesday
565 N. 9th Street, Columbus, MT 59019
Full service restaurant/sports bar.
341 N. 9th Street, Columbus, MT 59019
5am-12pm Monday - Friday
5am-11pm Saturday - Sunday
601E. 8th Avenue, Columbus, MT 59019
Breakfast and lunch menu. Daily lunch special. Outstanding sandwiches! Great place to get a sack fishing lunch to go — that’s where we get ‘em.
7am-2pm Monday - Friday
Closed Saturday - Sunday (Weekend meals can be arranged with advanced notice)
619 Clough, Columbus, MT 59019
In my opinion, this cafe offers the best breakfast in the area.
6am-3pm Friday - Tuesday
Closed Wednesday - Thursday
*Dew Drop Inn
Hamburger and ice cream stand.Great place to enjoy am ice cream, shakes or malt after coming off of the river or eating dinner elsewhere.
3315 Montana Highway 78, Absarokee MT 59001
Excellent food and varied menu prepared by gourmet chefs. A different alternative for dining.
Thursday & Friday 10:00am-8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am-8:00pm
3008 Highway 78 South, Fishtail, MT 59028
*Fishtail General Store
Deli for baked goods, sandwiches as well as pizza and other prepared food. Coffee bar for lattes. Great place to stop while on the go either to or from an outing up the Stillwater Valley. Home of the giant cookie!
Open 7 days a week 5:00am-8:00pm
35 West Main, Fishtail, MT 59028
*Cowboy Bar and Supper Club
Features a full bar and restaurant, with steaks, seafood, and burgers. I highly recommend a burger in the bar after coming off of the Stillwater near Absarokee. Best cheeseburger and fries in the county. Ribeye is tough to beat in the restaurant.
A full service bar and restaurant. Widely known for the best steaks in the area. Huge portions! If you can have only one dinner out, this is the place. I highly recommend enjoying one of their steak dinners. Located off of Highway 78 about half way between Absarokee and Red Lodge.
1 Main Street, Roscoe, MT 59071
Below are some recommendations for lodging in the area. The price range and type of accommodations run the spectrum. Keep in mind that Red Lodge tends to be more tourist oriented and is a 45 mile (almost 1 hour) drive from Columbus where we will rendezvous for our fishing.
Stillwater Anglers and Yellowstone River Lodge are offering multi-day guided fly fishing and B & B or cabin style lodging packages. Check our Services and Rates page for more information or contact us further details.
Located @45 miles west of Billings off of Interstate 90. For further information on lodging, dining and the Columbus area in general, see the Stillwater County Chamber of Commerce web site: www.stillwater-chamber.org
Basic off Interstate Motel. Walking distance to cafe, fly shop, and food
Ask for Outfitter/Angler discount of 10%
*Yellowstone River Lodge & Cabins
(9 miles east of Columbus)
For RV's and Campers (Columbus)
Note: Most Fishing Access Sites allow overnight camping (no hookups available)
Mountain Range RV Park
Call for hookup rates and reservations
Free overnight camping on the Yellowstone. No hookups
Located 17 miles south of Columbus. Small community. A nice central location for some good dinner places as well as a great breakfast cafe. For further information on lodging, dining and the Absarokee area in general see the following web site: www.absarokeearea.com
Web site: www.stillwaterlodge.net
Six distinctive rooms, each with a different theme Nice, 'quaint' accommodations. Very convenient to cafe, grocery store, restaurant, other small town businesses and shops.
Bar X Cabins
Three bedrooms, two with queen beds and a third with two twins. Full bath, washer and dryer, and fully equipped kitchen.
Located 47 miles SE of Columbus. Nice 'touristy' town located at the base of the Beartooth Mountains with many shops and restaurants. For further information on lodging, dining and the Red Lodge area in general see www.redlodge.com/lodging.
*Blue Sky Cabins
Web site: blueskycabins.com
Plush Red Lodge accommodations are located in the heart of Big Sky Country – near Red Lodge, Montana and nestled at the foot of the spectacular Absaroka/Beartooth Mountain Range & Wilderness. There are five, very luxurious cabins, unlike any other “cabin” you’ve experienced before! You’ll never want to leave your very own private cabin in the spectacular Beartooth mountains! If you need a little more space, the Serenity House is located on 40 acres only 8 miles from Red Lodge. Mention Stillwater Anglers when booking.
Rates as of June 2011: $130-165 (1 King or 2 Queens)
Includes continental breakfast
Web site: www.pollardhotel.com
Includes full breakfast
Rock Creek Resort
Web site: www.rockcreekresort.com
Full service restaurant.
Located south of town on Rock Creek - nice atmosphere
Web Site: www.lupineinn.com
Rates as of June 2011: $109-149 for 1-2 beds
Continental breakfast included
*Blue Ribbon Run on the Stillwater River
For booking: blueribbonrunfishing.com
1 Bedroom/Bath private apartment located on the banks of the Stillwater River. Sleeps 4. Mention Stillwater Anglers when booking.