Trout On The Fly

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Two Bull Moose on the River Banks in Montana

What gear should I bring?
We have a complete list of items that we recommend for your trip. Check it out! Remember that if you do not have the items listed, let us know and we will help outfit you.

Do I need a fishing license?
Yes, a valid Montana fishing license is required before your guide trip begins.

Can I keep the fish I catch?
No. Trout On The Fly practices catch and release on all guided trips. This does not mean that you can’t go out on your own after your trip and keep fish, as long as you follow the current Montana fishing regulations.

What is included in the price of the trip?
Half Day: Guide, transportation, non-alcoholic beverages, flies, leaders, and tippit.
Full Day: Guide, transportation, lunch, non-alcoholic beverages, flies, leaders, tippit, and the shuttle service for the guide’s vehicle on float trips.
Rods will be supplied by the guide if you do not have your own.

Do I need to tip my guide?
Gratuity is not mandatory, but is well appreciated to help with the guide’s fuel, flies lost on the trip, and reflects the hard work of the guide. Average gratuity is 20-25% of the price of the trip. If you feel the guide deserves more or less, please adjust the amount according to your experience.

What happens if I break or lose the guide’s rod?
Rods break, it happens, don’t worry. All the rods we use have a lifetime warranty. If you break a rod, we will charge you a $50 fee that covers the replacement cost. If you lose a rod, however, you will be charged the entire price of the rod and reel.

Can I bring alcoholic beverages?
We provide non-alcoholic beverages as part of your trip. If you would like to bring alcohol that is ok, we prefer cans instead of glass, unless you’re bringing a bottle of wine. Let us know if you’re bringing wine so we can have a cork screw available.

Is a deposit required?
Yes, a 50% deposit is required when you reserve your fishing guide.

Cancellations made more than 90 days prior to the scheduled date will be refunded the full amount of the deposit.
Cancellations made between 30 and 90 days prior to the trip will result in a 50% deposit refund.
Cancellations made within 30 days of the trip will not receive any deposit refund.

If it is raining do we still go fishing?
Yes, fishing in the rain is a good time to catch fish. Fitted with waders, Goretex© dry coats and extra layers like fleece jackets, you will stay warm and dry.