Full Day: $500

Fly Fish the Stillwater River

Float or Walk / Wade Trips Available

Stillwater River, Montana
Available Spring, Summer, and Fall
Shuttle Provided
Lunch Included
Full Gear Included
Tackle Included
Book a Full Day Float

For a fly fishing float you’ll never forget, take a guided float trip down the pristine Stillwater River Valley. The Stillwater River is a sometimes overlooked Montana blue ribbon fishery. A day on the Stillwater includes outstanding Montana mountain views and a handful of prime trout fishing sections, home primarily to rainbows and browns. This trip will offer you great opportunities to wade fish for trout along the route.

PRESSED FOR TIME?

Sometimes you just can't block out a full day - or are bringing the kids and aren't sure how they'll respond to a full day on the river.

 

Half Day Trips Available

While we recommend booking a full day float to take full advantage of the opportunity, we do offer a half day trip which allows approximately 3 1/2-4 hours of fishing. 

  Bring Snacks and Food

  Price for a Half Day: $400

BOOK A HALF DAY

 

GROUP EXCURSION

Fly fishing on these Montana rivers is a unique and powerful way to bond with your family or group.

 

Wade Trips:

Additional anglers after the first two are $100 per person for wade trips (up to a maximum of 4 anglers per guide).

Please contact us for float trip group rates.

  Great for Team Building

  Create Life Long Family Memories

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As far as Montana rivers go, the Stillwater River is a smaller, 70 mile long, tributary river of the Yellowstone. The Stillwater comes to life just south of the Beartooth Mountains, flows northeast between the Absaroka mountain range, and passes through Nye and Absarokee. The Stillwater offers you outstanding Montana mountain views and a handful of prime fishing sections. The name of this river is quite deceptive, as most of the Stillwater River includes heavy rapids with occasional slow moving areas which should be navigated by experienced river guides only. There are many opportunities along our route to wade fish as well. Like many of Montana's rivers, the Stillwater’s cold waters are ideal trout fisheries - home primarily to rainbows and browns. Our guides commonly float the stretch of the Stillwater that meets the Yellowstone; at that point the in the river you’ll commonly spot larger rainbow and brown trout, and Rocky Mountain Whitefish.

From dry fly action in the spring to streamer fishing for spawning brown trout in the fall, the Yellowstone has it all for anglers of all experience levels and ages.

 

What to Bring With You

If you're fishing in the spring or fall, or even early summer, breathable waders are a must, along with the technical clothing to go along with the system. Summer time temperatures can get well into the upper 90s allowing for wet wading during the day. A good rain jacket is essential also.

Checklist:

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 Polarized sun glasses: polarized lenses are a must!

 Rain gear (thunderstorms can happen at any time).

  Fleece jacket and pants, particularly in the spring and fall and later in the summer.

  Wet wading gear-quick dry pants or shorts.

  A good hat.

  Sunscreen and chapstick.

  Camera.

  Fishing license: you can pick this up ahead of time or at the shop the day of your trip.

As a full service retail fly shop and outfitters, Stillwater Anglers provides trips tailored to meet your individual needs and desires. We give you a total quality outdoor experience. Basic fly fishing instructions are included, and additional lessons can be arranged. We have guides available who are dedicated to working with avid anglers, novices, and children alike.

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What's Included

Trip includes the use of all gear, flies, leaders, tippet, tackle, non-alcoholic beverages, shuttle transportation, and transportation to and from the river. Full day trips also include lunches and snacks.

The Day of Your Trip

The day starts and ends at a pre-arranged location, to and from which we shuttle you to the river. You will likely be on the river fishing by mid-morning. If yours is an all-day trip, we stop mid-day for a streamside lunch and the opportunity for additional wade fishing, relaxation, and nature watching.

Custom Guided Trips

We mainly fish the Stillwater, Yellowstone, and Bighorn Rivers, but trips can be made to other waters out of the Columbus/Stillwater Valley area with prior arrangements. While our focus is on fly fishing, spin fisher persons and non-fishing passengers are also welcome.

Watercraft and Conservation

Depending on the river fished and the prevailing water conditions, we use either rafts or drift boats for our guided float trips. These crafts comfortably accommodate two anglers, all of their personal belongings, extra gear and tackle, plus a cooler for lunch and beverages. During the trip, we practice catch and release plus other conservation measures and practices.

Gratuities

Gratuities are not included in the prices listed above. Tipping your guide your personal choice, based on your degree of satisfaction with the guide's services. Generally, the amount should reflect your guide's effort, helpfulness, attitude and courtesy. If you would like guidance on determining a gratuity we would be glad to help.

Deposit Policy

A 50% deposit is required to reserve each day. Deposits can be made using credit card, cash, check or money order. Once a deposit is received by Stillwater Anglers, trip dates are scheduled and guides and boats are reserved. The balance due is payable no later than upon completion of the trip(s).

Refund Policy

Deposits will be refunded in full if the trip is canceled at least twenty one (21) days prior to the scheduled trip date. Deposits will be forfeited if the trip is canceled within twenty one (21) days of the scheduled trip date. Deposits may be applied towards a new trip date if rescheduled at least twenty one (21) days prior to the originally scheduled trip date. Cancellations within a week of the trip date without a reschedule date booked will be charged full fee. We understand that unforeseen circumstances can lead to canceled trips, and we reserve the right to make refund decisions on a case by case basis. Your deposit confirms acceptance of our rate and refund policy.