Headquartered in Great Falls, Montana, Falls Outfitters provides guided fly fishing trips on the state’s finest trout streams.  We specialize in guided trips and information on the Missouri River, Montana’s premier dry fly river.  We also provide guided trips on the Madison, Jefferson, Dearborn, Clark Fork, and Big Spring Creek.  Our guides are experienced boatmen and accomplished instructors, and will work hard to make you day on the river enjoyable and successful.

The Missouri has become one of the most popular trout fisheries in the country, and for good reason.  It’s large population of big Rainbow and Brown trout are surface oriented and hard charging.  While technical approaches are usually needed to fool these wary fish, once you learn the proper methods and flies, the Missouri will quickly become one of your favorites.  Please check out our page on the Missouri to learn more about this great river and it’s fish.

If you are planning a trip to the Great Falls area, don’t hesitate to give us a call to inquire about guided trips, other area streams, or do-it-yourself opportunities.Your hosts John and Julie Arnold strive to provide a fly fishing experience that will excede your expectations.  We enjoy teaching the fundamentals of the sport to novices, as well as helping experts  learn the patterns and techniques that fool big Missouri browns. No matter what your experience level, you’ll enjoy great fishing, food, scenery and company with Falls Outfitters.


For the past ten years, I’ve been tying flies  for anglers headed to destinations all over the world. Many patterns are based on samples and suggestions from the guides at these locations, and are tied with the highest quality hooks and materials. I specialize in Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, and Saltwater flies, but tie flies for a variety of species and locales.

surfcandyTube flies have become very popular recently, and I build flies on brass, aluminum and plastic tubes, including some great “micro tubes”. I can also work with you to develop a new pattern, or modify an existing one. I consider every order “custom”, and like to talk about size, species, hook style, weight, etc., before I begin tying.


KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA I used to call this the “Fury Shrimp”, but everyone kept calling it the “Arnold Flats Fly” (I always said I’d never name a fly after myself), and it appears to have stuck.  This is an excellent Bonefish pattern, and it the last couple of years it has accounted for some Permit as well.  It has caught fish everywhere it been used, from the Bahamas to the Yucatan to the Seychelles.  Last winter, guides in the Florida Keys did very well with both the Olive and Tan versions around Islamorada.  This area is known for it’s extremely selective Bonefish, and is a great proving ground for flies.  I tie this pattern from #2-#6, with both beadchain or lead eyes, and with weedguards if requested.   After a session you can contact an escort to relax.