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Welcome to Backdoor Outfitters!
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Montana Adventure Vacations! Family owned,
home cooked meals, & great accommodations!
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May your fly always match the hatch!
Because hatches are continually changing;
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Let our guides help you with their experience!
Enjoy beautiful country while fly fishing!
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It's never a bad idea, to just sit back
and enjoy a scenic float!

Planning a Guided Flyfishing Vacation

Planning a Guided Fly fishing Vacation to Western Montana So you’ve finally decided. You’ve socked away your cash and you’re going to do it! You’re going to take that dream vacation of a lifetime! You’re heading out to Montana, the mecca of fly fishing, and your dream vacation. You’ve decided to hire a guide and fish such…

Line Control

Line Control As a guide I am often asked, ‘what is the most common mistake you see people make?’. Well folks, I’m here to tell you, the answer to that question is simple. It’s LINE CONTROL! What is line control? Simply stated, line control is the ability to make your fly do what you want.…

What makes fly fishing special?

Fly Fishing? Flyfishing. Just mention the word and, as if by magic, all sorts of images appear. Beautiful loops of colored line passing above pristine green waters; anglers hip deep in a mountain stream while clouds of caddis flutter in the foliage of adjoining bushes; or a thick shouldered rainbow held half out of the…

Reading River Water

Reading River Water BY: JOHN COOK It wasn’t so long ago that a friend of mine and I were fishing the upper Bitterroot, the West Fork to be exact, and I was reminded of how reading water is something a lot of folks have a difficult time doing. It was during the summertime, bugs had…

Blackfoot River Near Bonner, MT

  • Water Temp: 64.58 ° F
  • Flow: 665 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 2.27 ft

Bitterroot River near Darby MT

  • Water Temp: 63.5 ° F
  • Flow: 453 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 1.82 ft

Clark Fork Above Missoula, MT

  • Flow: 1320 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 2.89 ft

Fishing Reports & Videos Posted on Our Facebook!

Our Happy Clients

Patricia Russo

Patricia Russo

Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

Ed Bickford

Ed Bickford

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson

Marie Cohen Diamond

Marie Cohen Diamond

Bill Bolinger

Bill Bolinger

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Fabulous Experience

Jul 20, 2015 by Bob Shannon

I finally got to come along with a group that has been coming for many years. The accommodations and food were fabulous - and the fishing even better. I would never have imagined such incredible fishing - big fish and more fish than we could count! I will be back!!!!!

My Second Home

May 14, 2015 by Charles Baldwin

It is truly a special place. The guides, the owners, the feeling of belonging. It's an amazing place to come when the people involved love what they do!

Backdoor Outfitters

Feb 02, 2015 by Jon Yoshiwara

Discovered Backdoor Outfitters 7 years ago and booked for my 8th consecutive year for the summer of 2015. When staying at Backdoor John and Suzanne make you feel like part of the family, the lodging is clean and comfortable the down home comfort food is great. On the river (choice of 3) the guides are fun and knowledgeable and fishing is incredible!! My son and I have made this an annual trip and look forward to many more.

Great times

Jan 29, 2015 by Steve Patrick

"I made my first trip to Backdoor Outfitters this past June, and what a Great Experience! The owners, John and Suzanne, are two of the nicest people you will ever meet and truly make you feel right at home. The cabins and the grounds are beautiful and all of the amenities are first class! We spent 5 days fishing with guides Kurt and Andrew and they were great! The passion both of these guys have for fishing and the rivers themselves makes for an awesome day on the water! I will be back many, many times!"

First trip, but not the last

Jan 22, 2015 by Scott Lyman

This was out first visit to John and Suzanne's lodge and it couldn't have been a more enjoyable trip. The cabins are very clean and comfortable. The farm breakfasts were awesome as were the hot lunches prepared on the river. The guides John works with are some of the best in Montana and will certainly get you into some fish. I'm looking forward to going back often to Backdoor Outfitters.

Customer for Many Years

Jan 15, 2015 by Ed B.

I have been a customer of Backdoor Outfitters for over 12 consecutive years. The cabins are very comfortable and the food is excellent. The price of a trip is the most reasonable you will find in this area. John, the owner, is very accommodating and I always look forward to our visit. The guides get you to the fish and provide an excellent hot shore lunch. I'm looking forward to my trip this year.
Tight lines.....

Happy (repeat) customer

Jan 14, 2015 by Kris K

Three years ago went with Backdoor Outfitters for the first time. I\'ve been back each year since. Great cabins, comfortable areas to relax at the end of the day, excellent homemade full breakfasts, and very knowledgeable guides. I like staying in the same compound where we have breakfast and then meet the guides for the day\'s fishing.

My fly fishing skills are moderate. But John\'s guides always get me to fish, and they teach me a bit along the way. The Bitterroot and other rivers in the area are everything one would imagine for a Montana fly fishing river.

Already booked again for this year. Thanks John.

Good Fishing

Jan 09, 2015 by Bill Bolinger

If you like a comfortable cabin, a hearty breakfast, and being treated like family, then Backdoor Outfitters is who you're looking for. Oh, I forgot to mention some of the best dry fly fishing in the west and the great shore lunches hot off the grill. We've been fishing with John and Kurt and the rest of the crew for years. Coming back for more this year. In our opinion, the best value in a fly fishing package there is!!

Bill & Sheila Bolinger
Maryville, TN


Jan 03, 2015 by Michael Baldwin

We have been fishing with Backdoor Outfitters for more than fifteen years. We have come to know the crew very well, their knowledge of the rivers, hatches, and fishing are exemplary. The value of the fishing packages, being able to stay on site with breakfast provided is a major perk. There are many amenities provided such as, on premise fly shop, grills to cook dinner, and of course fishing the slough with 20" + fish lurking. Fishing is always great, spring, summer and fall and the scenery and serenity of the country is gorgeous. If your looking for a great value and an awesome experience we highly recommend Backdoor Outfitters. John and the Crew, thanks for all the memories. They are cherished! We always look forward to coming back each year! , USA 4.9 5.0 9 9 I finally got to come along with a group that has been coming for many years. The accommodations and food were fabulous - and the fishing even better. I would never have imagined s