Montana Fly Fishing Lodge

Our Montana fly fishing lodge is located near the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Madison, and Ruby rivers. 

Tom Smith's Backcountry Angler  Dillon, Montana


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For those on a budget we recommend our Fly Shop Inn packages starting at $675

see Booking & Contact for details

Deluxe Guided Fly Fishing Lodge in Dillon, Montana

 4Nights/3Days $1195 or 6Nights/5Days $1795 dbl occ.

 Dining packages are also available for groups

Why Fish with Backcountry Angler?

 Tom Smith's Backcountry Angler Montana fly fishing lodge in Dillon is in close proximity to some of  the most famous Southwestern trout streams the lower 48 have to offer: the Beaverhead River, the Big Hole River, the Madison River, and the Ruby River. Our rivers are legendary and your experience will be also. Come Join us!

    Our cottonwood, evergreen and willow lined streams produce prolific hatches of Caddis flies, Mayflies, Stoneflies, Salmon flies, and Midges as well as Terrestrials. Come test your  fly fishing skills against truly wild trout.

Our select staff of professional guides can ensure a quality experience while fishing on our famous waters for truly wild trout. We cater to the experienced as well as the intermediate or novice angler. Float fishing is the most productive method to fish our blue ribbon streams. Your guide with years of expertise will position the boat to give you the best possible cast into the finest holding water. You will also wade fish the most productive runs and riffles. Float trips are accentuated by a tasty streamside lunch. For the best trout fishing adventure we suggest our 5 day/6 night package.

April, May and October can be great fishing while enjoying a solitary experience. However, storms are possible. In the spring hungry trout come alive with the warming waters. The spring can be some of the best fishing of the year with early Caddis, Mayfly, and Stonefly hatches .  October is the time that the big Brown trout get more aggressive and the cottonwood trees change into brilliant colors. It is a special time to fish our waters and watch the native wildlife.

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426 South Atlantic Street · Dillon, Montana 59725

 We offer an experienced guide service, deluxe  lodging, &  quality equipment in our fly shop. We also cater to the non-guided fly fisherman by offering lodging in our Fly Shop Inn. The suites in our Fly Shop Inn are comfortable, private and convenient to amenities. We strongly recommend advance reservations at our deluxe Montana fly fishing lodge.

The most often asked question is:

 When is the best time to fish in Montana?

The answer is:

 “Whenever you can get here”

From our River Lodge we are very fortunate to have many different waters to choose from at different elevations plus a trophy tailwater fishery and quality spring creeks. Therefore, we always have a good place to fish no matter what the conditions. We start fishing in April and fish through October.

Seasons of the Trout

Spring Spectacular

April 15 until 3rd Saturday May

Early Season with few anglers, fish are not educated, one of the most productive numbers of fish caught throughout the year. Beaverhead, Clark Canyon Reservoir, Madison, Big Hole, high Mountain Lakes for  Grayling and PRIVATE spring creeks at their best.

Big Trout Bonanza

Third Sat. May through June 15

Upper Beaverhead opens third Saturday of May. After opening weekend time period can be the most productive for Big Fish on the upper Beaverhead. When the water levels are right on the Big Hole this is when we catch the largest fish of the season. Salmon Flies come off June 1 to June 20th depending upon run-off on the Big Hole. High Mountain Grayling fishing. Great fishing before the summer vacationer shows-up.

Summer Hatch Heaven

June15 through July 31

Most productive time for consistent hatches, great weather, Salmon Flies, PMD’s Yellow Sallies.

Dry Fly Days

August 1 through September 15

Dry Fly Time - Hoppers, Tricos, Crane Flies, Great weather, fish looking up. Most consistent fair weather. Fewer people than July – Great time period.

Fall Fantasy

September 15 through October

Great fishing, fall colors, solitary experience, Streamers, Beatis & Nymphs - one of our favorite times of the year.


Phone Number :(406) 683-3462

Backcountry Angler's River Lodge is located within a stone throw of the Beaverhead River near Dillon, Montana. Southwestern Montana is widely known as one of the great fishing destinations in the Rocky Mountain West. Most fishing is for Browns and Rainbows on the rivers. However, there are also Cutthroats, Brook Trout and Grayling in the area we fish. The excitement of a wild trout hitting your fly - and the test of wills that follow - is an unforgettable experience in a truly beautiful setting. This cozy Rocky Mountain style lodge was built by Tom and Mary Smith. The location and comfortable style that they choose for the lodge was based on a lifetime of guiding fly fishermen. Every detail has been carefully thought out to give you a wonderful time away from your day to day life. It is a special place that you will want to enjoy with family and friends year after year after year. Do you remember your feelings when you are on a beautiful stream with your fly rod in hand - a strike hits - the beauty of the fish caught - the gentle release back its own habitat -  looking around at all the scenery of the hills, mountains, trees, and sagebrush - listening to the rush of the water - the stillness of the stream. Life is too short and too hectic to let these moments escape even for a year. Treat yourself to the beauty of nature and a wonderful time away from your day-to-day existence. We anticipate hearing from you and sharing with you a Montana fly fishing trip.

See "Montana Fly Fishing Report" for the latest report on current conditions.

426 S Atlantic St
Dillon, Mt 59725

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Our fly shop can supply all your fly fishing needs. We are an authorized dealer of top-of-the-line equipment including Sage. Simms, Ross, Mastery, and Rio. We have a large selection of quality custom tied flies specifically designed for our trout-laden waters.

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