Rivers We Fish

Limitless Choices on Your Next Fly Fishing Vacation to Southwest Montana

There is little debate that fly fishing in Southwest Montana is the best the country has to offer. With several of the best fly fishing rivers in close proximity, including the Big Hole River, Beaverhead River, Jefferson River, and Clark Fork River, the Sunrise Fly Shop in Melrose is the perfect location for your next Montana fly fishing vacation. We are fortunate to be located in the middle of 4 of the best fly fishing rivers Montana has to offer. Together, each of these unique rivers can provide everything you seek in a fly fishing vacation.

Big Hole River Overview

The Perfect Trout Stream

When you come to Melrose and visit the Sunrise Fly Shop, you will have the opportunity to explore the pristine and dynamic nature of the Big Hole River. With three distinctly different sections and five species of fish, the Big Hole offers something for every angler. It would be hard to imagine a more perfect trout stream anywhere. The Big Hole River is truly one of a kind and a “Must Fish” river for any serious fly fisherman.

Beaverhead River Overview

Experience the Hatches and Huge Trout

Having the opportunity to experience the abundant insect life of the Beaverhead River firsthand should be a goal of every angler in America. There are no words to explain how it feels to be on the Beaverhead when millions of mayflies are pouring off. Insects so thick, the sky actually darkens. With such abundant bug life, the trout can’t help but feed consistently.

Jefferson River Overview

Want to Be on the Only Boat You See?

The low angler pressure on the Jefferson River is one of the most enjoyable experiences a fly fishing angler can ever have. Add to that the opportunity to catch one of the giant trophy trout that the Jefferson River is also known for, and you have one of the most amazing rivers in the Western United States.

Upper Clark Fork River Overview

A Small River With a Big Heart

The Upper Clark Fork is a beautiful, winding river with a ton of character. The upper section of the Clark Fork near Deer Lodge feels more like a large creek, but don’t let its smaller size fool you. With deep cut banks and overhanging willows on nearly every corner of this meandering river, you will have ample opportunity to hook up with a surprisingly large trout.