Montana Cutthroat Guide Service is a fly fishing outfitting/guide service based in Montana. Outfitter Chris Stroup has been guiding the waters of Montana since 1999. We truly started our guiding service based on a love of fly fishing, rivers, trout, and being outdoors. Most guides start that way, and the ones that stick around learn that this business is about connecting with people and sharing that passion. We love sharing our rivers with you.
The Big Hole: Montana Cutthroat Guide Service, LLC. is now a permitted outfitter on the Beaverhead and Big Hole Rivers, permit #39.
The Big Hole is undeniably one of the freestone rivers of fly fishing lore. Its Blue Ribbon waters are as full of trout as they are angler’s dreams. The Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch and the Salmon Fly Hatch on the Big Hole have been haunting fly fishers for decades.
The Beaverhead is well known for its trophy brown trout and its strong nymphing tendencies. Lesser known is the dry fly fishing, particularly the LARGE dry fly fishing, that can be had at certain times of the year. We are glad to add this world class fishery to our arsenal!
Madison River: The Madison is known for its big rainbows and browns, its salmon fly hatch, and drift boat rowing guides. There are lesser known hatches and spots on this river, and we spend enough time on the Madison to know them. From spring fishing in late April-May, high water upper river nymphing, and mid-river dry flies, the Madison pays to those who love it!
Yellowstone River: If there would be a picture of the perfect trout stream, it would have to be the Stone. From the time it clears of runoff through November, there are good times to be had with its generous rainbows, angry browns, and Yellowstone Cutthroat trout, unarguably the most beautiful fish of all. Outfitter Chris Stroup has often been heard to say that this is his favorite river as it offers so much. From blanket Mother’s Day Caddis to Salmon Flies, Golden Stones to Hoppers, and fabulous fall streamer runs, this river has it all!
Bitterroot River: Famous for its spring Skwala Hatch, it is one of the earliest big dry fly river fisheries in the west. We begin throwing big dries in March, size 8-12 stone flies. The Skwala Hatch tends to bring the biggest fish in the river to the surface and lasts from early March to late April. We also focus on this river in June as the upper reaches have abundant stone flies, Salmon Flies and Goldens, present at this time.
Blackfoot River: The river that ran through it, the Big Blackfoot is one of the most gorgeous and scenic rivers that you can do in a day trip. The famous "canyon" float will take you away from paved roads for all of its 15 miles. The Foot is filled with westslope cutthroat, rainbows, cuttbows, browns, and bull trout. We don’t target bull trout, but these aggressive fish sometimes attack a cutt or whitefish that our anglers have on their line, always a thrilling experience!
Clark Fork River: The Clark Fork is the biggest river while still in Montana. It is an under-fished resource that pays huge dividends when fished at the right time. It has been a spot of much controversy over the years, from mine pollution clean up to dam removal, from fish and bug life declines to train spills. The Clark Fork is also a good example of redemption as it is fishing as good now as it was 19 years ago when we first began fishing it.
The Missouri: The Mo is the tailwater that all other tailwaters should strive to be. Big rainbows and browns, prolific insect life, and plenty of room to fish make this a destination spot for anglers worldwide. We primarily fish the Mo when other rivers are blown out.(What a river for a backup plan, eh?) We also do it on request or part of package trips.
Location X Spots: We do have some rivers that we keep to ourselves. They are a regular part of our arsenal, but they are secret streams that don’t need any more attention than is possible!
Full Day Float trips for one or two anglers, $500.
This includes transportation to and from river, flies, leader, tippets, rods(if needed), non-alcoholic beverages, shore lunch, and instruction
Half Day Float trips for one or two anglers, $430.
Half Day trips typically run four hours.
This includes the same as our full day trips, minus lunch.
Full Day Wade trips for one or two anglers, $500 (Third person charge, $150).
This includes transportation to and from river, flies, leaders, tippets, rods(if needed), non-alcoholic beverages, shore lunch, and instruction.
Half Day Wade trips for one or two anglers, $430 (Third person charge $150).
Half Day trips typically run four hours.
This includes the same as our full day, minus lunch.
Beaverhead and Big Hole Trips are $550 per day, no half day rate for these rivers.
We require a $200 deposit to confirm the fishing date requested.
We are a catch and release fly fishing guide service.
* Cancellation Policy: If the trip is cancelled for any reason at least 30 days prior to the trip, then a full refund will be given. Less than 30 days will be at the discretion of the outfitter.
If you want to catch fish, go with Chris Stroup of Montana Cutthroat Guide Service. He is a hard working guide, committed to his client's success. He once put me on over a hundred fish. Thought I was in Alaska!
Chris Stroup is a first class fishing guide and knows Montana waters well. Having given me my first exposure to the Blackfoot River many years ago, it was that experience that helped plant the seed for my eventual move full time to Montana. His attention to detail, focusing on the total experience to ensure a beautiful and productive day on the water, is beyond wonderful!