Fishtales Outfitting

Fishtales Outfitting is located between Bozeman and Missoula Montana, an area that is known to fly fishermen across the world as ‘Trout Mecca’. Benefit from more than 70 years of combined experience that Michael Stack and his team bring to the company. Enjoy the scenery of Montana as you should do, with a fly rod in your hand and a smile on your face.

With ten Blue Ribbon Montana Trout streams plus our private water all within easy reach, it has the ideal location to offer some of the best Trout fishing services you could ask for. We guide on the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Madison, Jefferson, and Ruby, Yellowstone Missouri Blackfoot Bitterroot and Clark Fork.

You will be exploring these world-class freshwater fishing grounds aboard a 14’ Clackacraft or raft built specifically for drift fishing. Both stealthy and agile, these vessels are ideal for fishing the rivers of Montana. They offer dry storage and comfortable seating for anglers on board.

Your trip will involve expert-guided fly fishing in one of ten fabled Montana trout rivers in western Montana. Whether you are a beginner to fly fishing or a seasoned angler, the team will make sure that your trip is fun, successful, and memorable. You’ll target Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout on these trips. In addition to this, you also have the option of fishing some private ponds where you’ll sight fish for Rainbow and Brown Trout in the 22-28" class.

Children are welcome on board, so you can take your family out on a fun fishing adventure. Teach your kids about the joys of fishing, and make some unforgettable memories with them. There will be snacks and drinks on board, and on full day trips, you’ll get lunch as well.

Fishtales Outfitting is Montana’s most diverse outfitter. We offer 10 legendary Montana rivers, private water, and friendly expert guides. Experience all the beauty and Trout-stuffed rivers and have your new fly fishing adventure in the prolific waters of Montana with Fishtales Outfitting!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Feb 1 - Nov 30
    $585
    Get on board and spend an afternoon exploring one of the five famous Trout rivers in Southern Montana. This is a guided float trip where you will be fly fishing for Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Departure times are flexible so feel free to get in touch with your guide and arrange your half-day freshwater adventure!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 1 - Nov 30
    $595
    So you'd like to go fishing but don't quite have time for a full day? Spend a morning fly fishing for Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout on this guided float trip! You will be fishing on one of the five rivers – Big Hole, Beaverhead, Madison, Jefferson or Ruby. Departure times are flexible, so feel free to get in touch with your guide and arrange your half-day freshwater adventure!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Single Angler
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 30
    $650
    This is a full-day guided float trip on one of 5 legendary Montana trout streams for one angler. Our expert guides will instruct you on how to properly present your fly in all those fishy spots so you can catch that trophy trout you've been dreaming about!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 1 - Nov 30
    $695
    This is a full day guided float trip. If you're staying locally, we will pick you up in the morning at your lodging of choice and drive to one of five different rivers we fish for a full day of fly fishing fun. We then drive you back to your lodging destination.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Private Water Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 1 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $925
    Join us on our private water along 3.5 miles of the Beaverhead River near Dillon Montana. The river is small and easily wadable in this section and offers browns in the 15" to 20+" inch class. The pond is a sight fishers' dream come true. We stalk these massive browns and rainbows in the 22" to 28" class while walking the bank and setting up to make the right presentation. We also drop our boat in for a relaxing pond float. The property has a tented bench for eating lunch while staying out of the sun.
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About the Captain

Michael Stack
Sheridan, Montana, United States
ID & License verified
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 11 hours
Member since December 2015
I grew up in the woods, learning hunting and fly fishing in CT. With my grandfather as my mentor, an avid outdoorsmen and CT State Park constable I honed my trout fly fishing skills. I spent a season in SW Alaska which opened opportunity to SW Montana and its endless wild trout streams. Setting down roots in Sheridan, where my wife Theresa and I raise our two children and Yellow Labrador named Maggie.

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Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Cutthroat Trout Cutthroat Trout
Pike (Northern) Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Big Hole Beaverhead Madison Missouri Blackfoot
Lake Fishing
Ennis Lake, Clark Canyon Reservoir

Fishing Techniques

Fly Fishing

Amenities

Ice Box
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch
Only on full day trips.
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 60 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 60 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 6 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
83%
Appropriate for children
50%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Nicholas G.
Ennis, Montana
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Michael

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 10, 2021
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Thomas M.
United States
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Experience:
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 16, 2021
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Thomas K.
Firth, Idaho
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 19, 2019
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Darryl P.
Ennis, MT
Excellent
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Excellent
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Full day with Troy

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 5, 2018
Great day on the Big Hole with Troy. Great fishing, great company, and lunch to boot!  Excellent overall.
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Art F.
Medina, Ohio
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Southwest Montana Trout Fishing

Full Day Trip on March 20, 2015
2015 was the 16th year I fished with Mike Stack and I’ll be back in March for another early spring trip. Last year was my...
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FAQs about Fishtales Outfitting

Fishtales Outfitting offers the following trips to customers:
  • $585 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $595 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Full Day Single Angler (8 hours)
  • $695 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $925 per group - Full Day Private Water Fishing Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fishtales Outfitting, you can expect the following amenity onboard:
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fishtales Outfitting include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Lunch (Only on full day trips.)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Fishtales Outfitting offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Big Hole Beaverhead Madison Missouri Blackfoot )
  • Lake Fishing (Ennis Lake, Clark Canyon Reservoir)

Fishtales Outfitting offers the following fishing technique:
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fishtales Outfitting include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)