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WKU Fly Fishing Program

University Groups Fly Fishing In Missoula

Thanks to Dr. Raymond Poff and the Western Kentucky Fly Fishing group for the 7th Annual trip to Missoula this year. Sure was nice to have some returning anglers and to see some new faces! September fly fishing in Missoula is an exciting time to be out. Looking forward to next year!

We’ve got many years of experience working within University settings, specifically within Outdoor Recreation/Education Programs. If you’re interested in setting up a Missoula Fly Fishing University trip with your Outdoor Recreation Program, please contact us to make arrangements.

 

University Outdoor Recreation Programs

University Outdoor Recreation Programs

Clark Fork Fly Fishing
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Foot Doctors Strike Again

Corporate Groups Go Fly Fishing In Missoula

Another great year fly fishing Missoula with the Pennsylvania Podiatrists. Dr. Ed Hart and the crew from PA had good water, good tricos, no smoke, and the creation of the ‘Biohazard Bag’ this year. Many thanks for pulling it all together again Ed, sure enjoyed fishing with your son also! Keep up the good work for the Monocacy Chapter of Trout Unlimited

If you are interested in bringing your group to fly fish in Missoula, please contact us to make arrangements.

 

Clark Fork Fly Fishing  Corporate Groups Missoula Fly Fishing Doubletree Hotel Missoula

Montana Bird Hunting
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Offseason Fun

What Do You Do In The Winter?

The roller coaster of the calendar year for Missoula Fly Fishing Guides takes both a physical and mental toll on full time professional guides. The spring season is a nice ice breaker. We work a few days then have a day off to fish, then work a few more. It’s an exciting and fun time of year for us. After runoff we’re full steam ahead working seven days a week for months on end. It’s physically demanding work, that is equally hard on your mental health. While we’re lucky to do what we do for a living, delivering a quality experience everyday is exhausting.

The plus side of our year is the ample time we get to recharge after the season wraps up in November. We answer the question everyday, “What do you do in the winter when you aren’t guiding?” This varies from guide to guide, but we all do the same thing, relax and have fun.

Winter Recreation

Guides stay busy traveling, hunting, fishing, skiing, and playing beer league hockey. We love to be outside and winter is time to play for us.

Hunting is a great way to explore the mountains and plains above the rivers we spend our working days on. Elk, Deer, upland birds and waterfowl fill our freezers and feed our families high quality protein all year long.

Montana Mule Deer Hunting
Skiing is another favorite. All that water in the rivers has to come from somewhere. The skiing in Western Montana is often over looked, compared to the well known mountains in the Bozeman area. We have some superb skiing options around Missoula. (Ski and Fish Montana Snowbowl in the same day during March/April skwalas is awesome!)

Saltwater Fly Fishing

Fishing might seem like the last thing we would want to do. But chasing warmer weather and fish we don’t have in Montana takes guides to the steelhead rivers, marshes, or sandy flats. Winter is long in Missoula and a tropical fishing destination is a common goal for guides.

Fly Fishing For Redfish

Saltwater Fly Fishing

Winter Repair Work

And then there is the offseason work. Our boats and trailers take a beating throughout the season and winter is a great time to fix what broke last year. Replacing bearings, swivels on raft seats, refinishing oars, all of those take time and if we don’t do it now, it will come back to bite us. And then there is the issue of flies. We use a lot of them, and they have to come from somewhere. So we tie as many as we can stand, and then we tie a few more.

Winter might seem like a long time in Missoula, but after hunting season ends and the repair season begins we are always surprised by guide days showing up on the calendar. It’s a whirlwind all year long and we love it. All that being said, you should use this time of year to book your favorite dates for your fishing trips. Folks are booking earlier and earlier, so don’t miss out and make sure you are ready when we are.

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Fishing Report: October 2017

The snow is melting and the warm temps are coming around. The fish are waking up hungry.