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Fishing in Montana's Blue-Ribbon Trout Streams
Posted: June 21, 2024 by Erin Duval

One of the greatest draws to living and owning property in Montana is the unparalleled access to world-class, blue-ribbon trout streams. With its rich fishing heritage, stunning landscapes, and pristine waters, Montana offers a paradise for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. From the famous waters of the Madison and Gallatin Rivers to the serene banks of the Big Hole and the Yellowstone, Montana’s trout streams provide not only incredible fishing opportunities but also an idyllic lifestyle for property owners.

8500 North Fork Road | Polebridge, MT | 7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms | 6,520 Sq Ft |  2,006 Acres
MLS# 30027934 | $29,750,000 
Matthew Hohnberger | 406-212-3600 | matthew@matthewhohnberger.com

A Storied Fishing Heritage

Montana’s fishing lore is deeply ingrained in its culture and history. The state’s rivers and streams have long been celebrated for their abundance of trout and stunning natural beauty. This fishing legacy was immortalized in Norman Maclean’s classic novella, A River Runs Through It, and its subsequent film adaptation, which showcased Montana’s breathtaking scenery and serene waters. Owning property in Montana offers you the chance to be a part of this rich tradition and enjoy the same streams that have captivated anglers for generations.

358 Edgewater Drive | Libby, MT | 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms | 6,172 Sq Ft
MLS# 30027625 | $1,500,000
Jason Hyndman | 406-253-9008 | Jasonh@purewestmt.com

World-Class Trout Streams

Montana is home to some of the most famous and productive trout streams in the world. The Madison River, known as the “50-mile Riffle,” is renowned for its consistent and diverse fishing opportunities, offering both wild rainbow and brown trout. The Gallatin River, with its crystal-clear waters and stunning canyon scenery, provides exceptional fishing in a more intimate setting.

11 W Olive School Road | Plains, MT | 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom | 960 Sq Ft
MLS# 30023169 | $749,000
Jennifer C.K. Hargett | 406-300-2029 | JHargett@purewestmt.com

The Yellowstone River, the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, boasts incredible fishing for cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout. The Big Hole River, famous for its wild and scenic beauty, offers a chance to catch native Arctic grayling alongside its abundant trout population. These rivers, along with many others, make Montana a premier destination for anglers seeking the thrill of fly fishing in pristine, uncrowded waters.

952 N Meadow Creek Road | Mcallister, MT | 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms | 4,518 Sq Ft
MLS# 391970 | $3,900,000
Dawn Myrvik | 406-579-1298 | Dawn@purewestmt.com

The three forks of the Flathead River are designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers, and all three offer ample opportunities for unfurling your line and dropping in a fly along a riffle. Grab a guide and float through the John Stevens Canyon along the southern edge of Glacier National Park or take a few days to fish the full length of the North Fork, again with a pristine Glacier backdrop. 

1365 Swan Ridge Road | Columbia Falls, MT | 4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms | 4,796 Sq Ft
MLS# 30026509 | $2,750,000
Taysha Garwood | 406-871-5170 | Taysha@purewestmt.com
Bethany Johnson | 406-607-0871 | Bethany@purewestmt.com

The Angler's Lifestyle

Owning property in Montana means more than just access to incredible fishing—it’s about embracing a lifestyle that revolves around the great outdoors. Imagine waking up to the sound of a river flowing just beyond your doorstep, spending your days casting flies to rising trout, and ending your evenings with the peaceful tranquility of a Montana sunset. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to the sport, the opportunities for adventure and relaxation are endless. 

980 Wagner Lane | Kalispell, MT | 4 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms | 3,707 Sq Ft
MLS# 30023397 | $5,975,000
Jennifer Shelley | 406-249-8929 | JenniferShelley@purewestmt.com
Hannah Shelley | 406-270-0794 | Hannah@purewestmt.com

In addition to fishing, Montana offers a wealth of outdoor activities for property owners to enjoy. Hiking, camping, hunting, and wildlife viewing are just a few of the ways to experience the state’s natural beauty. The sense of community among outdoor enthusiasts is strong, and living in Montana allows you to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for the outdoors.

Investing in a Lifestyle

Purchasing property in Montana is not just an investment in real estate; it’s an investment in a lifestyle. The serene landscapes, abundant wildlife, and world-class fishing opportunities create a unique environment that is both invigorating and restorative. For those who value the tranquility of nature and the thrill of the catch, owning property in Montana’s trout country is a dream come true.

Nhn Two Creeks Road | White Sulphur Springs, MT | 29.24 Acres
MLS# 30015939 | $2,900,000
Ryon Brewer |  406-880-7437 | Ryon@purewestmt.com

Montana’s blue-ribbon trout streams offer more than just exceptional fishing—they provide a way of life that is deeply connected to the natural world. By owning property in Montana, you gain access to some of the best fishing waters in the world and become part of a rich fishing heritage. Whether you’re casting a fly on the Madison River, exploring the canyons of the Gallatin, or simply enjoying the peaceful surroundings, Montana offers a paradise for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Our PureWest agents can help you discover the joys of fishing in Montana and embrace a lifestyle that is as rewarding as the catch itself!

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