Helena, Bozeman, and Southwest Montana Places


Big Sky and Gallatin Canyon


Rivers such as the Gallatin, which runs along U.S. 191, the Madison (one valley west), and the Yellowstone (one valley east) have made southwest Montana famous among fly-fishers, most of whom visit during the non-winter months. Big Sky, MT.

East Slope Outdoors arranges guides for winter and summer fly-fishing. You can also rent or buy flies, rods and reels, clothing, and gifts here. 47855 Gallatin Rd., U.S. 191, Big Sky, MT, 59716. 406/995-4369 or 888/359-3974. www.eastslopeoutdoors.com.

Flies, rods and reels, clothing, equipment rentals, and guides are available at Gallatin Riverguides. 47430 Gallatin Rd., U.S. 191, Big Sky, MT, 59716. 406/995-2290 or 888/707-1505. www.montanaflyfishing.com.

Wild Trout Outfitters offers fly-fishing instruction, full-day horse-pack fishing trips, float-tube fishing, and drift boat trips with stops for wade fishing at prime runs. 47520 Gallatin Rd., U.S. 191, Big Sky, MT, 59716. 406/995-2975 or 800/423-4742. www.wildtroutoutfitters.com.