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Old 02-20-18, 10:07 PM   #1
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Default Guide Recommendations Bozeman September Timeframe

A buddy and I are headed to Montana flying into Bozeman and targeting Sept timeframe. Can you all please provide guide recommendations?

I tried to go through some of the old post and did see one for Joe Moore Big Sky Anglers...

Others would be appreciated!

Also we are planning to float 2 days and basically ask the guide to take us wherever is fishing best...hopefully that is a wise plan.

Any other thoughts on places to eat or specific spots to fish on a 2-3 day trip would be appreciated! I am a first timer out there so if there is a not to miss river for that timeframe that would be great to know.

Thank you!
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Old 02-20-18, 11:33 PM   #2
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Joe and the guys at BSA are great, but they're primarily based out of West Yellowstone. There are too many good guides in Bozeman to really justify hiring someone that's 90 miles away. Montana Troutfitters is probably my favorite shop in Bozeman and their guides are good. I've used Gallatin River Guides in Big Sky as well and they're awesome.

If it were me and you wanted the full experience, hire someone in Bozeman/Big Sky and float the Madison one day and the Yellowstone another. Two totally different rivers and both should fish well in September. Hopper fishing on the Yellowstone especially ought to be really good, and the Paradise Valley is the prettiest place I've ever laid eyes on. The Gallatin south of Bozeman is super consistent and accessible as a wade spot. Tons of willing fish and easy on the eyes. The Madison around Ennis isn't far from you either and September is oftentimes the best month to wade fish in the Braids upstream of the lake.

Oh, and eat at the Roost in Bozeman. It's basically the Southern embassy in Montana
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Old 02-21-18, 06:59 AM   #3
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Sounds like great advise thank you!
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Old 02-21-18, 07:59 AM   #4
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You might want to see if Dave Corcoran is still guiding out of Bozeman. I used him quite a few years back and he was great!
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Old 02-21-18, 08:06 AM   #5
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Are you gonna stay in Bozeman?
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Old 02-21-18, 11:35 AM   #6
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Call Cam Coffin, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone. If it's not too late, try to get Doug Pope...the man is a legend and the best guy you can spend a day with on the rivers!
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Old 02-21-18, 12:21 PM   #7
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We havenít figured out where we are staying yet. Just was planning to fly in to bozeman and was going to ask the guides best place to stay for easy pick up
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I asked the question about where you were going to stay. It's an 80 mile trip from West Yellowstone to Bozeman along a two lane road a long the river. So you would not IMO want to get a Bozeman guide or even one from four corners, ( Belgrade) which is west of Bozeman.

To get to The Lamar or that side of the Park it's a long drive. To fish the Yellowstone in Livingston I think it's about an hours drive. From Bozeman to Ennis it's about and hour. Then the Ruby is about an hour.
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Old 02-21-18, 04:58 PM   #9
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Go up to Galloup's Slide Inn if you are not staying in Bozeman. His spot is directly on the Upper Madison and the fishing is just ridiculous. I spent five months in Montana for work and spent A LOT of time exploring.
If you stay around Bozeman, check out the River's Edge. Guy that works there named Luke. Heck of a fisherman and took me out on the Yellowstone with great success!!!
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Old 02-21-18, 06:59 PM   #10
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Ok. The west yellowstone area is great. The Madison the park the Gallatin and the Henry fork

I love big sky anglers. They have a number of good guides . They also have access to the Henry fork which is a special place and just outside west yellowstone

Now you may want to hit the Missouri in Craig area. About an hour and a half north of bozeman. That river is the best in Montana in my view. If you go there try and get Greg Falls. He is the best guide just incredible. You will get tired of catching big fish. I have fished with Greg a number of times and referred friends there. All say he is the best.

The Missouri has so many big fish it is sick
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