There are a lot of fishing outfitters in Montana, so why should you book a guided trip with Brant Oswald Fly Fishing Services?
Consider these reasons to make us your first choice as a fly fishing outfitter for south central Montana:
All trips are conducted under the supervision of Brant Oswald, Montana Outfitter License #1581
Brant wading a spring creek on an early winter's day
Trips on the area spring creeks are a specialty of our guide service. Fishing the Paradise Valley spring creeks - Armstrong, Nelson's and DePuy's is one of the main reasons anglers travel to the Livingston/Bozeman area of Montana. Brant has spent much of his career on the spring creek fisheries of the western US, and he has introduced hundreds of anglers to the challenges and rewards of these waters. Our experience and knowledge of hatches and technique on these streams is unmatched.
Rod reservations (and additional rod fees) are required on each of these private streams, so advance planning is a must. We are glad to handle booking the rod reservations with the local landowners, and we can help with suggestions on the best times to fish the various hatches.
Floating a big river in a drift boat is one of the essential Western fishing experiences. We are based in Livingston, so the lion's share of our float trips are conducted on our home river, the Yellowstone. We hold US Forest Service permits to use accesses on the upper river, so we can provide a variety of floating experiences on the Yellowstone: anywhere from Gardiner through the Paradise Valley, on the stretches near Livingston, and down to Big Timber and beyond. In this stretch of over 80 miles of trout water, an angler can enjoy a variety of scenery and fishing opportunities.
In addition to the Yellowstone, our guides are familiar with a number of other floatable rivers in the area, including the upper and lower Madison, Missouri, and Bighorn. Some of these destinations are far enough away to make them impractical for a day trip, but we can help book accommodations for an extended stay on one of these rivers.
Another specialty of our guide service are trips on the lakes and ponds in the area. Stillwater fishing provides the best opportunity for visiting anglers who wish to target larger fish, and they can provide quality fishing at times of the year when many rivers and streams are unfishable due to runoff conditions.
Most of the private lakes we fish are big enough to fish from a drift boat, but we can also fish some of the smaller lakes from float tubes or kick boats. As with the private spring creeks, the landowners on the private ponds require reservations and charge a daily access fee.
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A $200/day deposit is required to guarantee a booking. The trip deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days before the trip, and we will refund the deposit within the 30-day cancellation period if we are able to rebook the cancelled day for the guide. Trip fee balances are due at the end of the trip.
We are not set up for credit card payments, so we ask that you pay all deposits and balances by check.
Rates include guiding services, transportation from a local meeting place, flies used during the trip, and a nice streamside lunch. Rates do not include license fees or gratuities.