Friday, June 12, 2009

Montana Fly Fishing June Gear Up

Hello folks and welcome to Western Drifters Flyfishing Outfitters June Gear Up. In our 25th Year of flyfishing Montana waters and our 18th season of outfitting, we welcome the opportunity to show you our favorite waters and fly fishing spots on various rivers, creeks and lakes.

Lately we have been splitting our time between private spring creeks and lakes in the Paradise Valley and the Missouri River at Craig, MT. June through early July on the Missouri is hard to beat. Early June starts with outstanding nymph fishing transitioning into great caddis and PMD

fishing as the month progresses. Great scenery, hot rainbows and big browns make for a great fishing trip.

Early July through September finds us back in Yellowstone country with lots of options. Salmon flies on the Yelly and Madison, floating smaller scenic and fishy tributaries and spring creeks on fire with PMD's finally moving to hopper fishing on the big rivers again. October brings back mayfly hatches to almost all of Montana's waters.

Western Drifters 18th Season is on! We would look forward to helping you arrange your Montana Fly Fishing Experience. We can give you options for lodging from your basic hotel to elegant river side lodging. We employ seasoned, professional guides who are committed to meeting your needs and providing an enjoyable experience

Once again we are off to the rivers to "Fly Fish the Best of the West" and we would love to have you come along! Feel free to contact us at or call Tony direct at (406) 223-7364 for rates and availability. Call soon as we are booking daily and good luck fishing!

Monday, February 2, 2009

2009 Season

Hello and welcome to the 2009 edition of the Western Drifters Blog. First of all thanks to every one that helped make '08 another great season of fishing, laughs and memories.

Lots of traveling to the Missouri and Madison in June and July gave way to finally fishing the Boulder and Yellowstone in July and August. An overall great season with some old friends and of course some new ones.

The '08 season saw a lot of young people and children enjoying the opportunity to learn about flyfishing and catch trout. With a lot of decrease in youth involvement in outdoor sports, we at Western Drifters encourage you to take a kid hunting, fishing,hiking, skiing etc.

Here are a couple of tips that will help insure a quaility experience.

First pick a time or place that will insure success. This may mean paying to fish at a fish farm for the younger ones, or picking a good hatch period or even hiring a guide. I know that last line sounds like a pitch, but often a youngster will respond to someone other than Dad or Mom when it comes to learning something new or even listening to intense instruction for the older ones. I cannot tell you how much of a difference it made having someone else teach my children to ski and how much faster they learned when I wasn't instructing. Keep an eye on the time and have snacks. Small doses will help keep the interest up and food or their favorite snack and drinks are huge. Finally, no pressure. The "out of doors" is a varied and distracting place at times. What started out as a fishing trip may very well turn into a frog catching trip or just an exploration. So when Jr. starts using his Snoopy rod as a weed wacker hand him a stick and stand back. Of course, you will be safe and it won't always be a smashing success, but sometimes it will. Plus what you thought was a complete flop just might turn out to be the "memory" that lasts.

Looking forward to more fishing and fun with you all. We at Western Drifters can provide for your Montana fishing experience no matter the time of year that you can visit. Drop us a line at or call at (406) 222-7364. We would love to see you in our 18th season of Fishing the Best in the West!

About Western Drifters

Western Drifters Outfitters has been in existence since 1993. The founder, Tony V, became an accomplished fly-fisherman in the 1980s and has been fishing the area waters since 1990 His expertise has allowed him to become one of the top requested guides for places such as Dan Baileys Fly Shop and others in the area. Tony chooses his guides with the same standards he sets for himself. We guarantee the best!