Why Use A Fly Rod Rental

Bozeman is considered by many to be one of the fishiest towns in the country. We have more trout water in a two hour drive than most people could fish in a lifetime. Some of the best and most well known hatches are right out our doorstep. The landscapes that adorn magazine covers and places long written about and discussed in hushed and reverent tones are our backyard.

Fly into Bozeman almost any week of the year (except deep winter) and you’ll see people in drab colored fishing shirts carrying rod tubes around. People come from all over the world to fish the rivers of Southwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Many of the people who come here wish they had time to fish, or that they had brought their own gear. Don’t worry, you don’t have to travel with your own fly rod to enjoy the bounty of our local rivers.

We have Sage Fly Fishing fly rod and reel rental packages available year round. Here’s a few reasons why you might want to consider using them:


When you’re packing for a trip, it’s just one more thing to bring. As mentioned above, modern 4-piece rod tubes are made for travel and will fit in most airplane overhead bins and car backseats. But it’s one more bag to bring, more weight, more stuff.

Especially if you’re not coming out just to fish, the hassle of dealing with rods sometimes isn’t worth it. But often on family trips a day or even an afternoon is the only chance you’ll have to fish. Why bother with hauling a rod tube around the rest of the time?


One of the biggest reasons for renting a fly rod in Bozeman is being able to try a rod that you don’t have. Renting a fly rod allows you to try new makes and models, a different action or weight, and a new style of fishing. Our rental rods are perfect for most fly fishing in the Bozeman area and Yellowstone Park, but if you don’t see one you’d like to try, give us a call and we can see what we can do about arranging a rental for your trip.


If you’re just learning to fly fish, making a large investment into rod and reel set ups can be very intimidating. Before spending hundreds of dollars on something you aren’t sure you’ll enjoy, spend some time learning it and making sure you like it. Or you might be someone who will only fly fish a couple of times a year. You could tie up a bunch of money right away in your own set up, or just utilize a fly rod rental until you figure out what you really want to do.

In places like Bozeman, more and more people are learning to fish. There are lots of local classes, clinics and lessons to learn the basics and get out on the water. It’s beneficial to spend as much time practicing as you can in that beginner stage.


If you live here in the Bozeman area, odds are good that you have a lot of friends and family coming to visit at one point or another. Everyone wants to visit here, and sometimes those people will want to fish. Instead of buying an entire new rod and reel just for the occasional guest, you can just rent one for their stay.


Maybe you didn’t plan on fishing. But that one night camping by the river you watched an epic hatch and want to get in on the action. You left your rods at home, and don’t want to spend the money to buy another one. Solution? Rent one!

While hatches and river conditions are reasonably predictable throughout the summer season, you never know when things can get really good, really quickly. When the inspiration strikes or the hatch heats up you can still get out on the water when you’ve left your rods at home. We offer daily or weekly rentals to fit with your needs and plans.

There are a lot of reasons to rent a fly rod during your time here in Bozeman and the Greater Yellowstone area. This place has some of the best trout fly fishing in the entire world, and draws anglers from across the globe. Don’t worry if you leave your rod at home, we’ve got you covered with our fly rod rental program. Learn more here.

If you want to experience Montana’s rivers in the best way possible, try one of our raft rentals too! Great for fishing, floating, or just a relaxing day with the family. Book yours now here.


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