Fly Fishing Properties For Sale-Montana

Updated 12/29/2017

I started fly fishing 30 years ago at Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico. My parents took me there and I’ll never forget walking up a creek that was maybe two feet across. I had seen very few trout in my life coming from Texas. I walked up the creek until there was a one-foot deep hole. I could see two trout that were maybe 3” long facing upstream. There were trees all around so I had tossed my Royal Trude in the pool and one of the Brookies jumped at the fly and gobbled it. I raised my hand that was holding the line and caught my first trout fly fishing. I ended up catching a lot of trout on that trip and got hooked on fly fishing. Who would have thought it would have led me where I help people buy and sell fly fishing properties for sale in Montana!

There is something that proves God exists in Montana fly fishing. That you can have free-flowing rivers that can hold wild, natural trout that will take an artificial tied fly speaks spiritually to me. Finding the right fly fishing property for sale for a client to enjoy is very fulfilling. If it is time, it is also fulfilling to help a seller find the next steward for their fly fishing property for sale.

There are very few places in this world left where someone can throw a fly to a rising sizeable trout. Montana is one of the best places in the world to do that. Celebrities and wealthy individuals can purchase premier properties on premier water. There is always going to be increasing value attached to those fly fishing properties for sale. Places on the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, Smith, and Missouri rivers will never go out of style and will always be in demand. But there are still opportunities with hundreds of other rivers, streams, and creeks in Montana that hold trout and if enhanced can be special places.

If you spend much time in Montana, you hear about little known mythical places that are unheard of where people caught huge trout all day. They do exist. I have been to a couple of them. What is interesting is some of these are created or enhanced by farmers or ranchers in Montana. There are fly fishing properties for sale that already have been enhanced and then there are diamonds in the rough that the right person with the right vision and a bit of money can create real value. Fly fishing properties for sale can be on rivers or creeks that feed into rivers or on man-made ponds or lakes.

Fly fishing properties for sale can create significant value by stream restoration. If you buy a property that has a six-foot-wide creek that you create holes and add vegetation to shorelines that create added insect life that increase the average trout from 10-12 inches to 15-18 inches you have just made money. I have been in even better situations than the 15-18 inch trout in a stream that you just can’t believe can hold that big of fish.

Montana fly fishing properties for saleThis is where you make money on fly fishing properties for sale is by buying a farm or ranch with year-round water in a no-name stream, river or tributary. Then you get to work. You hire someone to come in and do the restoration. Very rough numbers start at @ $12-15/linear foot. Remember costs can vary widely. Holes will be created, turns enhanced, stream beds improved, and shorelines reinforced and enhanced. Creating a food chain and preventing erosion gives the trout a fighting chance to prosper. The project can be broken up to lighten the load on the wallet. So, if you have three miles of stream maybe you do it over a 3 year period. There will be permits needed to be attained but over a period of several years if you can imagine the value added to a property when you are able to show large trout on private land. The pain and costs are well worth the added value of the fly fishing property for sale. 

Stream restoration on fly fishing properties for sale not only can enhance the size and population of trout in your streams, but it can also be another source of revenue for your Montana ranch. Several Montana ranches have done just that. DePuy Spring Creek charges up to $120 per fisherman per day. They also require fishermen to use barbless hooks and all fish caught must be released. This ensures that the population and health of the trout in your river stay high and provide you and anyone fishing on your fly fishing property to catch the best fish in Montana. This is no short-term investment. It will take a good bit of time before you see returns on your fly fishing property. 

When you look at the population increases in large cities and the trend of urbanization over the last several decades. People are looking to be able to escape or have a family place to get away from the frenzied city pace. Fly fishing properties for sale that have good quality trout have a very good chance of holding or increasing in value over the next 10 years and those that do it right will be coveted pieces of property that should garner premium prices.

If you are looking for a fly fishing property for sale there is not a better place to look than Montana. It is the last best place and is still uncrowded and has an incredible stream and river resources for people to improve and gain value from. I would love to help you on your journey to find the right investment that also carries great memories with it! Contact Buzz. If you are looking at purchasing a property and are not already associated with a Realtor, I would strongly suggest you consider finding buyer representation. It is important to have someone looking out for your interests. Please contact me via the Contact Buzz link to get started and protect yourself.

If you found this article interesting you might like our Montana Elk Rut Guide or on Stream Restoration. You can also view some of the best Montana Ranches for Sale in our recently released 2017 Montana Ranches for Sale Real Estate Report. If you like to keep updated on blog posts or updates on properties subscribe and we will send you updated information when it comes out. You can also find us on the Venture West Ranches Facebook Page. Like us and get great wildlife pics and up to date information on anything having to do with Montana farming and ranching.


About Buzz Tatom


Buzz Tatom is a ranch owner and has built, run and sold numerous businesses in his career. This gives him a unique background in helping Montana farmers and ranchers navigate the life decisions that we all have to face. Whether it is passing the ranch on to the next generation or planning for eventual sale, his talents and contacts help save clients money and navigate complicated transactions.

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He still owns the 5T Ranch in Texas but now calls Big Sky, MT home. His background in Texas included finding run down ranches and rehabilitating them into show place properties. From building lakes, stocking fish, to managing for wildlife he has a proven record of increasing values of properties that have given families great memories and returns.

His successful business background allows him to have good knowledge in contracts, dealing with people and has a wide variance of knowledge from his experience in dealing with oil and gas companies on his properties to manufacturing background to knowing who to call to get answers.

He has a BBA from Texas Tech University and got his MBA from Southern Methodist University. While at Texas Tech, he played football and was a 3 year starter as a Tight End. He bought into a Printing company at the age of 24 and grew it ten fold by the time it was sold in 2011.

Buzz teaches part time at Montana State University and loves mentoring students. He has been married to the love of his life, Kathy Tatom, for 25 years and has one son(Tate) and 2 daughters(Sayler and Emmy).

His hobbies include hunting, fly fishing, improving the 5T and following his son Tate in his golf career at the Air Force Academy. His life is divided between family, volunteering, teaching part time at MSU and Church.


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