Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Missoula - 2011

We are trying to get our new website up and running soon, but I think we are still a couple of weeks away from that being a reality. So I'm posting this here instead of building a new page which will have to be rebuilt in week or two!

One of the new things we are doing in 2011 is extending our guide service over to the Missoula area. This is possible thanks to the relocation of Rick Weisend to the area last year. Rick is now based out of Missoula and will be guiding for Fins & Feathers primarily west of the Continental Divide - still available for trips around Bozeman and the Missouri with returning clients.

So here's how it works. Call us at 877-790-5303 like you normally would to make a reservation. You can always e-mail us as well at if that's easier for you. We'll book the days and get everything scheduled. Rick will contact you prior to your trip to arrange a meeting location that is convenient for everyone.

We primarily fish the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, and Clark's Fork and mostly from a driftboat or raft. The fishing in Missoula is a little different than SW Montana in that it is typically more dry fly fishing with attractor patterns. These rivers are terrific early and late season destinations so April and September are reliable months for long range planning. The runoff is usually earlier than SW Montana and winds down a little earlier so mid-June, July, and August are usually considered as the "prime" season.

That part of the state is more prone to fires and being affected by low water/high temperatures than the waters around Bozeman. The good news here is that they have a really high snow pack over this year so we don't anticipate any significant issues in 2011.

Rick is available pretty much full time out of the Missoula area and we have a great network of guides in the area to draw from as well. Some of our Bozeman based guides are also available for multi-day group trips in the region. I am personally available for these trips from mid-September through mid-October.

Our rates are the same as here in Bozeman - $450 for full day - and includes flies, lunches, drinks, and use of rods/reels (waders and boots are NOT available on our Missoula trips). Just give us a call or send an e-mail if you have any questions or want to book something in the Missoula area for 2011.

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