Shields River Montana Fly Fishing

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Shields River

The Shields River is one of the nine rivers in southern Montana known as premier trout streams in the United States.

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  • The Shields River is excellent for fishing.
  • The fishing season runs from early spring until December.
  • Wading up and down the River is the best way to fish.
  • The best time to fish the Shields River is in the fall.

Overview
Montana's Shields River is a prime fishing haven for many anglers with multiple access points running from the foot of the Crazy Mountains to Livingston. It provides fishing adventures for beginners to experts, running a course of some sixty-five miles.

Location/Directions
The Shields River begins its journey as a stream in the Crazy Mountains, running through the Shields Valley until reaching the town of Livingston. There are many locations anywhere along the river, where it is accessible and easy to cast a line.

Contact Info.
Gallatin National Forest
PO Box 130
Bozeman, MT 59771
Phone: 406-587-6701

Seasons
The Shields River is accessible year-round, but the River sees most of its activity during the fishing season, which generally runs from early spring until December.

Activities
Wading up and down the river is the best way to fish Shields River, along with lots of patience, some effort and good casting skill.
The best time to fish Shields River is in the fall of the year when very large brown trout begin their migration up from the Yellowstone River to spawn.

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