Description: The main objective of a trip with Fishs Eddy O is fly-fishing for trout, while enjoying a day of new experiences, fun and adventure. Trips are catered for all levels of ability, from the raw beginner to the seasoned angler. Whether perfecting a basic cast, more advanced casting, reading water, or identifying insect hatches, we want every guest to come away relaxed, happy and a better fly-fisherman. We're as good at customer service as we are at fishing.
Eddie Olwell -owner: I have been fishing most of my life and began fly-fishing at the age of 13 honing my skills on the storied waters of the Catskill Mountains. I've fished the waters of western Montana since 1977, and started guiding on them in 1999. In that time I have developed a reputation as an accomplished fisherman, and patient instructor. I am also a certified Wilderness EMT, spending my winters working as an instructor for the Aerie School for Backcountry Medicine, and on the ski patrol at Lost Trail Powder Mountain. I live with my wife Amy in Stevensville in the heart of Montana's Bitterroot Valley.
Bitterroot River: The Bitterroot's journey begins in the mountain wilderness of southwest Montana, and ends when it joins the Clark fork of the Columbia near Missoula. The Bitterroot offers 90 miles of floatable river, winding its way through one of the most beautiful valleys in the west. Cast to healthy populations of West Slope cutthroat, brown, and rainbow trout, in view of the rugged Bitterroot range to the west, and the rolling Sapphire range to the east. Abundant hatches and mild climate makes the Bitterroot a truly unique trout stream. Dry fly fishing begins in March with the large Skwalla Stone Fly, and continues through-out the season , well into october, ending with smaller may flies and midges
Clark Fork River: The Clark Fork of the Columbia is a large trout river by any standard. It gains water from Rock Creek, the Bitterroot and Blakfoot rivers near Missoula, before continuing on its journey to the Pacific. Like the river, the trout of the Clark Fork are large and challenging. You can cast to pods of rising rainbow trout with small dry flies.The proper fly presented naturally will be rewarded with fish over 17 inches with some topping 20 ( that is if you can land them ). The Clark Fork begins to fish well in July but our favorite time is fall when the water cools and mayfly hatches are plentiful. . .The bulk of our trips are on The Bitterroot and Clark Fork, our local waters. We will also travel to the Blackfoot and Missouri rivers. Our float trips are made in custom fishing rafts or drift boats depending on the river conditions. All guide staff are seasoned oarsmen as well as anglers.
Directions: Will meet clients at local fly shops. Stevensville is 25 miles south of Missoula on Highway 93 in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley.