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

Restaurants

 

Columbus

*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.
Open 11am-10pm Monday - Saturday
9am-1pm Sunday
Breakfast served Sundays only
Contact: Jill Ferris
842 E. Pike Ave., Columbus, MT 59019
406-322-4511

Bearstone Cafe

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
406-322-5057

Sports Hut

Full service restaurant/sports bar.
11am-10pm Daily
341 N. 9th Street, Columbus, MT 59019
406-322-4782

McDonald's

5am-12pm Monday - Friday
5am-11pm Saturday - Sunday
601E. 8th Avenue, Columbus, MT 59019
406-322-5772

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
406-322-6227

Absarokee

*Rosebud Cafe

In my opinion, this cafe offers the best breakfast in the area.
6am-3pm Friday - Tuesday
Closed Wednesday - Thursday
406-328-6969

*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.
11am-8pm Daily
3315 Montana Highway 78, Absarokee MT 59001
406-328-4121

Fishtail

*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.
8am-10pm Daily
406-328-4288

Roscoe

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.
11am-12am Daily
1 Main Street, Roscoe, MT 59071
406-328-6789

Lodging

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.

 

Columbus

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

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

Absarokee

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

*Stillwater Lodge

(406) 328-4899
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.

Reed Point

Bar X Cabins

(406) 855-9408
Three bedrooms, two with queen beds and a third with two twins. Full bath, washer and dryer, and fully equipped kitchen.

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 www.redlodge.com/lodging.

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: www.pollardhotel.com
Includes full breakfast

Rock Creek Resort

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

Lupine Inn

(406) 446-1321
Web Site: www.lupineinn.com
Rates as of June 2011: $109-149 for 1-2 beds
Continental breakfast included

Two Rivers Lodge Nye, MT

https://www.tworiversmontana.com/
(406) 328-4289
info@tworiversmontana.com
Private access to the Stillwater and West Fork of the Stillwater Rivers. Lodge and cabin accommodations for up to 12 guests.

Establishments noted with "*" come highly recommended