Best Spring Fly Fishing Deals in the West
Spring weather is unpredictable. Rain, snow, and bluebird days occur with no predictability. But for the adventuresome anglers that opt to take spring fishing trips, there are some advantages.
Fishing the rivers of the west before run-off can be really good. Often the largest fish of the season are caught in the spring when the water is a little discolored or a bit high, giving the angler a slight advantage over hungry fish.
So if you’re looking for a spring fishing trip, and want to save a few bucks, here’s some deals.
Green River – Utah
Flaming Gorge and the Green River near Dutch John, Utah offer fantastic fishing. Here, the Green flows from from Flaming Gorge Dam, spilling into a narrow canyon. Big trout live here – they are easy to see as the water clarity is just amazing. Bucket-list fishing trip!
Save on lodging and guided fishing at Trout Creek Flies in Dutch John, UT.
During winter/spring months they offer full guided days at discounted rates. Rates are $475.00 for a full day. This includes a full-day guided on the river, river lunch prepared by your guide, flies, leader, tippet, loner rod or reel, transportation to and from the river. All fishing is done out of a drift boat on the world famous Green River in Utah. They also offer steeply discounted lodging with pairing it with a guided day. You can add a standard rooms for $50.00 or a cabins for $100.00
Glacier National Park, a famous ski mountain, and a downtown with a upscale vibe, Whitefish, Montana is a perfect getaway for combining fun things to do. Create a skiing/fly fishing vacation this spring with Lakestream. How awesome is that?
Lakestream offers guided half day fishing on local waters and full day fishing trips on the Missouri River. Spring rates for half day of fishing for two anglers is $200 (regularly $495) and a full day on the Missouri $399 (regularly $550)
The famous rivers of Southwest Montana – The Big Hole, The Beaverhead, The Ruby, and the Jefferson!
Early Spring Special – book a trip before May 15th and get $100 off your trip. Enjoy a less crowded experience. Early spring is a great time of year for big hungry brown trouts and a fantastic Skwalla hatch that is underappreciated. Offer good April 1st through May 15th.
The famous rivers on the east slopes of the Rockies in Wyoming are home waters for North Fork Anglers in Cody, WY. The North Fork of the Shoshone, as well as the South Fork and the main stem, the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone, the Bighorn, and more. Beat the summer crowds at this popular Yellowstone destination and having some incredible early season fishing below 7000′. Come for the fishing but be sure to check out the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum and research center – just wow!
Mention this article and and North Fork Angler’s will knock $25 bucks off a day of guided fishing.
Montana spring fly fishing starts early in Missoula! While the Skwala Stonefly gets a lot of press, and the Bitterroot River a lot of attention, spring fly fishing in Missoula has a lot more to offer. Hatches of Western March Browns, Blue Winged Olives and Nemoura Stoneflies can be found amongst the Skwalas, up and down Rock Creek and the Clark Fork River. When the dry fly action wanes, you can get down and deep with a big streamer, and find the big boys waking up hungry from their winter fast, especially on the Blackfoot River. As always, the nymph fishing is excellent, and the most consistent way to bring fish to net. The weather can be as exciting as the fishing, so come prepared for a Montana Spring!
3 Days Guided/ 4 Nights Lodging Starts at $895/ per person. These flexible fishing packages can also include a DIY option as well as deals on float trips
Just 21 miles east of Missoula, you’ll find the perfect blue-ribbon stream for the wade fishing angler, Rock Creek. This 50 mile long river has skwala, March brown, and baetis hatches in spring. Nymphing is very productive too.
Bring your fishing buddies, this 4 bedroom cabin, just steps from the river, offers awesome spring rates. Come in March – $190 for 4 people, or April and May, just $210. That’s a savings of $65-$85 of the regular nightly rate!
Come to the Madison River Valley for some spring fishing on the Madison River before run-off begins mid-May. Fly fishing the warmer days of spring can be very productive on the Madison River in Montana. Fish streamers, nymphs, and baetis dries. The fishing pressure is minimal in springtime near Ennis and Cameron, Montana. Spend a day with a fly fishing guide from Riverborn Outfitters and Montana fly fishing lodge, Rainbow Valley Lodge, and fish for huge rainbows and big brown trout in spring.
Rainbow Valley Lodge has a great deal – $275 per person (rates based on double occupancy) gets you two nights lodging, continental breakfast, free wifi, and a full day guided on the Madison River. Their 3-night, 2 days guided rate is $505/ppdo.
Ascent Fly Fishing
Need flies for a spring fishing trip? Follow Ascent Fly Fishing on Facebook or Instagram at @ascentflyfishing for their Hot Hatch Wednesday for smoking hot deals on the flies that work!
Hot Hatches are 24-hour sales that occur every Wednesday and typically give our followers an additional 25% off a few key patterns that are seasonally or regionally important that week. This drops the price per fly during these events down to $.75-$.93 each. The rest of the year we still have some of the best prices online for expertly tied flies backed by a 100% quality and satisfaction guarantee.
We’re different than any other shop in that Ascent is the only Biologist owned and operated fly shop. We specialize in the creation of biologist crafted fly selections matching the life cycles and hatches on the waters our clients fish, when they fish them, anywhere in the US, Canada, Patagonia, or New Zealand! Clients who are tired of guessing which flies to fish or what is hatching on their target waters will hop on our website, choose a budget, tell us a little bit about their skill level, fishing preferences (multi-fly, dry only, or leave it up to the biologists), the specific region or waters within that region they will be fishing, and the season or specific dates they are fishing, and we do the rest.
As the granddaughter of New Hampshire fishing guides, Lisa grew up in a hunting and fishing home. At a young age, she purchased Lopstick Lodge in northern NH and became a licensed fishing and hunting guide. Shortly thereafter she met her business partner and husband, Tim Savard.
Together they grew the business, traveled and fished, and then in 2013, sold Lopstick and moved to their cabin on Rock Creek in Montana.