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

Magic City Fly Fishers

Montana Trout Unlimited
Montana Trout Unlimited's mission is to conserve, protect, and restore Montana''s world-class coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Trout Unlimited
Conserving, protecting and restoring North America''s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Federation of Fly Fishers

Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana
(Also known as F.O.A.M.)

Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Yellowstone Association

Northern Plains Resource Council

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.

Fishing With Larry


Montana Information

National Weather Service, Billings MT
Up-to-date local weather information from the National Weather Service.

Montana Streamflows
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.

Visit Montana
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




*The 307 Bar, Grill & Casino

Full bar, restaurant, casino. Good place to grab a steak or a burger after a day on the river. Free WiFi.
Call for Hours
Contact: Jill Ferris
842 E. Pike Ave., Columbus, MT 59019


5am-12pm Monday - Friday
5am-11pm Saturday - Sunday
601E. 8th Avenue, Columbus, MT 59019

Uncle Sam's

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


*Rosebud Cafe

In my opinion, this cafe offers the best breakfast in the area.
Call for Hours

Touch of Country

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served. Homemade and country style. Convenient location on the main drag in Absarokee.
Call for Hours
1 N. Woodward Ave Absarokee


*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
(406) 328-4260
35 West Main, Fishtail, MT 59028


Grizzly Bar

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.
Call for Hours
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:

Super 8

(406) 322-4101
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)
(406) 322-8474

For RV's and Campers (Columbus)

Note: Most Fishing Access Sites allow overnight camping (no hookups available)

Mountain Range RV Park

(406) 322-1140
Call for hookup rates and reservations

Itch-Kep-Pe Park

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:

*Stillwater Lodge

(406) 328-4899
Web site:
Six distinctive rooms, each with a different theme Nice, 'quaint' accommodations. Very convenient to cafe, grocery store, restaurant, other small town businesses and shops.

Red Lodge

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

*Blue Sky Cabins

Web site:

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.

Comfort Inn

1-888-733-4661 / (406) 446-4469
Rates as of June 2011: $130-165 (1 King or 2 Queens)
Includes continental breakfast

The Pollard

1-800-POLLARD / (406) 446-0001
Web site:
Includes full breakfast

Rock Creek Resort

1-800-667-1119 / (406) 446-1111
Web site:
Full service restaurant.
Located south of town on Rock Creek - nice atmosphere

Lupine Inn

(406) 446-1321
Rates as of June 2011: $109-149 for 1-2 beds
Continental breakfast included


*Blue Ribbon Run on the Stillwater River

For booking:

1 Bedroom/Bath private apartment located on the banks of the Stillwater River. Sleeps 4. Mention Stillwater Anglers when booking.

Establishments noted with "*" come highly recommended