A freestone river that is well known for it's dry fly fishing and the abundance of the Montana native fish, the Westslope cutthroat. Also abundant in rainbows and brown trout, this is a must fish destination when visiting Missoula.
The setting for the movie that launched the fly fishing industry is a phenomenal place to spend the day. It comes up out of the mountains and is usually a fantastic dry fly option. Close to Missoula and dramatic as it is fun.
The biggest river in the area. It goes right through town, and all these other local rivers feed it. Known for its huge fish, this is a viable option later in the season.
Rock Creek has a nostalgic feel to it because of it's intimate nature. It is fishing in a small canyon type setting. The allure of this is its ability to catch every species of trout available in the state. If you wish to float this it must be done before the end of June, as no boats allowed after July 1.
Also known as the mighty Mo. It is known the world around as the Land of the Giants. It is a 2 hour drive from Missoula, but well worth it.