Drift Boat Training Session

Learning to navigate the rivers of Montana or any other area can be a very intimidating and dangerous concept without the proper guidance and training. Our training sessions are for those looking to purchase a drift boat, those who have already purchased a boat and would like instruction on how to properly and safely use their equipment and those who would like to learn the finer points of rowing and vital safety skills on the water. All Drift Boat Training Sessions are taught by one of our Fully Licensed Montana Troutfitters guide staff members. All of our instructors have a minimum of 5 years rowing experience on Western Rivers with many of them having spent well over a decade behind the oars of a drift boat. Float fishing is truly one of the most exciting and productive ways to fish larger rivers, and learning to navigate a boat to set up the fisherman for success isn't a skill that you will pick up easily on your own, so leave it to our expert staff to teach you what you will need for more successful fishing trips.

Our Drift Boat Training Sessions are not intended for nor are they endorsed as Guide Training Sessions, these are simply for the avid angler who would like to learn the skills necessary to use their Drift Boat and equipment. Training sessions cover the following areas but can be custom designed around your specific wants and needs:

  • Due to liability, you will be using the guides boat and gear. 
  • Proper boat ramp navigation, launching, safety, and etiquette
  • Proper and safe trailoring of the drift boat and equipment
  • Proper boating safety, required equipment, and review of State Regulations
  • Proper boat positioning, rowing and oaring skills, and safe anchoring positions
  • Proper river etiquette including following distances, anchoring, wading anglers right of way etc.
  • What to do in dangerous situations, including obstacle avoidance and unforseen circumstances
  • Navigating the river for the fisherman, setting up a drift, proper fishing distance from the bank etc.

Drift Boat Training Session Options
Training sessions are available on the Lower Madison and Yellowstone Rivers only and are subject to seasonal availability and river conditions for your safety.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy

Payment: Guided trips can be paid for with cash or card (AMEX included). A trip deposit of $100 can be left in shop or over the phone to hold your reservation at the time of booking. Private water rod fees, licensing, guide gratuity, and fly shop purchases will be added to your final invoice.

Cancellation Policy: Montana Troutfitters is not responsible for inclement weather, airline issues, water conditions, or car rentals. Guide trips can be cancelled 30 or more days prior to your trip for a full refund of your deposit. Within 30 days, your deposit is nonrefundable. Cancellations received within 24 hours or your scheduled trip or no shows will be charged the full the price of the trip. No Exceptions.

Weather Issues: Here at Troutfitters we fish rain, snow, or shine. Pack accordingly. Rain coats, sun screen, and an extra warm layer are strongly encouraged.

Trip Options

One or Two People: $360

Drift Boat Training Sessions Include:
Transportation to and from Montana Troutfitters and your fishing destination, beverages, drift boat and proper safety equipment for training, roughly four hours of on the water training and instruction for one or two trainees.


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