fly fishing montana in January & February

Fly Fishing Montana in January & February

When anyone thinks of fly fishing Montana in January or February, images of snow covered lands instantly come to mind – and they are correct! While we do see significant amounts of snow these months we also see a fair number of dry days with temperatures above freezing – aka fishing weather.

Most of our trips in this time frame are booked by skiers looking to participate in something easier on their joints. We also see a few die hard anglers that want to fish spey rods and sink tips on tailwaters like the Missouri or Big Horn Rivers. If you’re ready to fish, we’re ready to guide you. Learn more about fly fishing Montana in January and February below.

While January and Febuary are the heart of winter in the Big Sky Country, there are great opportunities to catch fish just minutes from downtown Bozeman. 

January & February Fishing Options

For the most part we stick to the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks while fly fishing Montana in January and February which offer water that is much warmer than the air. Hatches are minimal at this time, but the subsurface fishing is outstanding with fish consuming innumerable quantities of midges and crustaceans. It also behooves the angler to try swinging a leech as a large source of calories is welcome in the reduced water temperatures.

Anglers seeking the ultimate adventure can strap on their snow shoes and hike into the Three Dollar Bridge area of the Madison River. With the spring water influence anglers can expect to find a number of trout consuming copious amounts of midges, both below the surface and on the surface! 

January & February Weather in Montana

In January we see an average high of 28, the average temperature is 17, with 0.6 in of precipitation. In February we see an average high of 35, and average temperature of 24, and 0.5 in of precipitation.

Montana By The Month

Get a breakdown of what it’s like to fly fish in Montana each month of the year.

Either way you’re in luck – there’s no bad time to go fly fishing in Montana!