frequently asked questions

Orders / Shipping

How long does it take to ship my order?

Please allow 2-3 days to process your order. Expect an email within 3 days to let you know your order is on the way! 

Can I make changes to an order that has been submitted?

As long as the order has not already been shipped, we would be happy to amend an order. Get in touch with us here.

How much does it cost to ship my order?
  • Orders under $50: Flat rate shipping of $10
  • Orders over $50: shipping is free via UPS, FedEx, or USPS.
Do you accept returns?

We have a 30-day return policy, which means you have 30 days after receiving your item to request a return. To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need the receipt or proof of purchase.

To start a return, you can send us a message. Please note that returns will need to be sent to the following address:

  • 2205 Amherst Ave, Butte, MT 59701

If your return is accepted, we’ll send you a return shipping label, as well as instructions on how and where to send your package. Items sent back to us without first requesting a return will not be accepted.

In the event that your order arrives damaged in any way, please send us a message as soon as possible with your order number and a photo of the item’s condition. We address these on a case-by-case basis but will try our best to work towards a satisfactory solution.

You can always contact us for any return questions at

Local knowledge

What is the best month to fly fish Southwest Montana?

The high water of late May through early June can be really good for fly fishing Montana. Our summer season usually starts after runoff, typically in late June into July. Every year is a little different depending on snowpack and how warm things get and how early. If nymphing and streamers are your thing, this runoff season can be very good. This is a perfect time to float but remember to be careful and know your water. Wade fishing is limited during runoff. Dry fly fishing can best during the summer months, particularly mid-June through August.

Do you need a license to fish in Montana? What about Yellowstone and Glacier National Park?

Yes. You can check out Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks website or stop in a licensing agent. We are a short two and a half hour drive to Yellowstone and they have their own fishing license requirements for inside the park. Glacier is a little further but a great spot to check out while visiting Montana. Fishing inside Glacier National Park not require a license. It is recommended to ask around for local expertise where to fish because some water up there is sterile. Always check up to date information on all areas.

Do you have a recommended gear list for fly fishing Montana?

The following list is not limited to or all required. This is a compiled list of our favorites and needed items to make your day on the water the most comfortable and successful.

  • Fly rod: 5wt or 6wt for general purpose. 4wt for small dries and nymphing. 7wt for big streamers
  • Reel
  • Line: Floating for general purpose. Sink tip or sink for streamers and subsurface Stillwater.
  • Leaders: 7.5ft-9-ft, 2x-5x, nylon mono is great, but anything subsurface fluorocarbon is recommended.
  • Tippet: 1x-6x, nylon mono is great, but anything subsurface fluorocarbon is recommended.
  • Vest/pack
  • Nippers
  • Forceps
  • Zinger/retractors for tools
  • Hat
  • Polarized sunglasses 
  • Sunscreen
  • Fly boxes
  • Flies: variety of dries, nymphs, streamers
  • Waders: We use these primarily during colder months.
  • Boots
  • Wet wading socks or boots/sandals (warmer months
  • Rain jacket
  • Sun gloves
  • Warm gloves
  • Quick dry pants and shirts
  • Bug repellent 
Do I need to carry and display my fishing license?

You need to have your fishing license on you while you are fishing. You do not need to display your fishing license in the state of Montana. A picture of your license on your phone works or download the app Montana MyFWP to be sure to have all your Montana licenses handy.

Does Butte have any other activities other than fishing?

Butte is the most historically rich city in the nation. We encourage you to take a historical tour of Uptown Butte. Hiking, biking, hunting, boating, are some of the best here in Butte. 

What fish should I expect to catch in Montana?

We are in trout mecca here in Southwest Montana. Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Cutthroat trout, and Brook trout are plentiful in most places. Grayling can be found many places including our very own Big Hole River and many nearby high mountain lakes. Many other species are around including Pike, Carp, Bull trout, Lake trout, and many others. Be sure to always read regulations on specific bodies of water and species targeted. 

Guided trips

What water do the Stonefly’s guided trips go to?

We have many options here in southwest Montana. We specialize in Big Hole River, Beaverhead River, Jefferson River, Madison River, Missouri River, Clark Fork River, and Blackfoot trips. We also head to Georgetown Lake for that specialized stillwater experience. We usually choose the water that is fishing best, but may have the option to go to a specific body of water.

What is included in a guided trip?

Transportation to and from the water if needed is provided in most cases. If gear like fly rods, reels, and lines are needed they can be provided, but we encourage fishing your favorite personal setup. The shuttle needed to move vehicles down river are always included. Flies, leaders, and tippet are also included. Basically, the only thing not included is the cost of your fishing license and gratuity.

How much should I tip my guide?

Though tipping is not a guarantee, remember our guides work their tail off day in and day out to provide the best possible experience for everyone. Standard tip for a guide is 20%. This of course is dependent on how you feel they did. More is greatly appreciated if you feel your guide did a particularly fantastic job. 

Do you practice catch and release?

Yes we do practice catch and release on all our guided trips.

What is the best airport to fly into?

Butte has a great airport (BTM) and provides you access to all of what Southwest Montana has to offer.

How far in advance should I book my guided trip? 

You should book your trip as soon as you know specific dates. Certain dates do fill up quickly so the sooner the better. The Stonefly can usually handle 30 days’ notice but dates are not always open. When making travel plans do remember that our guides are typically on the water most of the day, most days during peak season. We don’t always have every guide’s schedule in front of us at all times so some advance notice is appreciated to have ample time.

Just getting started with fly fishing?

How do I get started in fly fishing?

Well, the first step is done because you find yourself interested in this amazing sport. Here at the Stonefly we are here to help you along the way.

First and foremost this is not as intimidating or hard as you think. We recommend starting with a 9’ 5wt rod. This is very versatile for Montana’s rivers, lakes, and some creeks. A pre-assembled outfit with rod reel and line is a great way to start. Tools needed would be nippers and forceps. Polarized sunglasses are a must. A few recommend flies for time of year and location and you’re pretty set to go.

Practice casting on a local pond or river. The Stonefly is here for you! Stop by the shop, give us a call, or email because all information is always free! YouTube and the internet has endless fly fishing 101 information that can provide a great boost to your first steps. We are passionate about fly fishing and pride ourselves in helping you start your adventure.

How do I get started in fly tying?

Just like fly fishing, fly tying isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Start simple with very basic patterns and learn the techniques to advance you to the next level. Starting with a beginner tying kit that has a vise, tools, materials, and a learning manual is a great way to start. The Stonefly is always here to help.