Sweetwater Fly Shop is located on the outskirts of Livingston, Montana, at the entrance to Paradise Valley, beside the world-renowned Yellowstone River. Livingston is the quintessential Montana town with unique shops and eateries, encircled by the stunning, snow-capped Absaroka, Gallatin and Crazy Mountain Ranges. Our home at the edge of paradise provides us easy access to some of the most celebrated and diverse blue-ribbon trout waters in America: From placid Paradise Valley spring creeks—DePuy’s, Armstrong’s, Nelson’s—to the mighty Yellowstone River which tumbles through our back yard.
Livingston is also the ideal basecamp for exploring all of southwest Montana. We are 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park–a beautiful drive, south from our shop, through the majestic Paradise Valley to the Park’s North Gate will lead to the Lamar and Gibbon Rivers as well as hundreds of small streams, lakes and ponds. Bozeman, Montana is a half hour away and the famous Madison and Gallatin River trout fisheries are just beyond that.
Our professional guides will make your time on the river productive, educational and fun.
Getting started in the sport of fly fishing can be intimidating, though it need not be particularly difficult. Here at Sweetwater Fly Shop, we do all we can to make fly fishing accessible to the beginner.
And we want to share with you that your staff in the fly shop is terrific, they are everything you want in your retail business, their customer service is A++++. They referred to us by our names, they were eager to help with any question we had (from flies to things to do in town) and all had a great sense of humor!
We had an awesome fishing experience with Sweetwater Fly Shop. James was our guide and he was so fun to spend a day on the water with. He taught us the basics of fly fishing and we truly enjoyed our experience. We’ll be back to fly fish with Sweetwater again on our next visit to Montana!
After having to reschedule and switch guides due to extreme weather, Dan and Mollie took great care to make sure our flyfishing experience was excellent. Our guide Pat Joyce was terrific on a windy day and put us on fish...even when I wrapped my fly line around his neck on a bad cast while he was navigating small rapids on the river. Pat was a great sport!
The staff was very very helpful and friendly. Got some great gear and direction. Will be my go to for future trips 100%!
An outstanding team that cares about the sport and customers that want to learn it. Everyone in the shop helped us have a memorable experience. Recommend this shop. They sold us what we needed and pointed us to locations on the river (free of charge) where we would be successful. And, we were successful. Thank you.
Great guides and great fishing. The whole thing was easy, and I must say that I found guides personable, knowledgeable, and adaptable. Like being with people you know. So I totally recommend Sweetwater.
If you’re looking for the ultimate Montana fly fishing experience, then you should hire one of our guides. Whether you want to float a brawling western river, or hike into a small stream, we know just the place and the perfect guide to take you there.
Our shop is fully stocked with hundreds of items to make your fishing trip stress-free, successful, and memorable. We have all the supplies you need to get outfitted for fly fishing in Montana and abroad. And we may just have the best fly selection in the state.
Our new online store is better than ever! Whether you're in the market for a new fly rod or a Sweetwater Fly Shop logo'd shirt, we've got you covered! Check back often, as we are adding new products all the time! Please give us a call (406-222-9393) if you have any questions!
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