Big Sky, Montana is surrounded by blue ribbon trout fishing, with rivers, alpine lakes and mountain streams, making the area a fly fishing paradise.
The legendary Gallatin River, where scenes from “A River Runs Through It” were filmed, flows right through Big Sky’s Gallatin Canyon. Throughout the winding canyon are numerous fishing holes and walk/wade access for all experience levels, along with spectacular scenery.
There are a number of fly-fishing shops with guide services, offering trips on the Gallatin, Madison, and Yellowstone Rivers and sometimes to more remote alpine lakes and spring creeks. For those new to fishing, experienced guides can teach you everything from how to tie knots to the perfect casting techniques and for those more experience, you can learn about the best fishing holes and which flies to throw during that time of year. Lucky for us, fly fishing isn’t just a summer activity. You can fish anytime of the year!
Fishing Licences & Regulations
Fishing licenses are required by law and are available through Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. You can purchase a 2-day, 7-day, or season license. Yellowstone National Park requires a separate license when fishing within park boundaries. Most fly shops in Big Sky also sell YNP fishing licenses. More information about FISHING IN YNP.
You can obtain a state fishing license at any fly fishing store, the local gas stations, or apply for one ONLINE.
Fishing reports & maps
For the latest fishing report of the Gallatin, Madison, and Yellowstone Rivers, visit GALLATIN RIVER GUIDES. There are a number of great fishing access points all along the Gallatin River, but sometimes they’re tricky to find. Stop by one of the many fly shops in town to pick up a hard copy of a map or to get their suggestions for what is fishing well. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ CENTRAL FISHING DISTRICT outlines designated fishing access points in Central Montana.