Bigfork, Montana (406) 837-0918


About Crane Mountain Guide Service
Matt DiPaulo  |  Owner, Outfitter/Guide, Montana License #8382
Matt DiPaulo Matt has been an avid fly fisherman from an early age, and has fished extensively from Baja to Florida, and much in between.  He first came to the Flathead Valley in the early 1980’s. For the past eighteen years, he has operated his business, Crane Mountain Guide Service, and has enjoyed a peaceful existence in Bigfork, Montana with his wife and two children.  One of the most rewarding parts of his business is being able to show newcomers to the area, offering a personalized service to fish and experience beautiful Montana.  With a strong following of locals as well, Matt thoroughly enjoys taking his return clients to their favorite destinations year after year.

Matt takes pride in focusing on fishing the area.  From spending most of his time in the waters of the Flathead Valley, he knows that when fishing for trout is out, bass or pike are better options.  The local fishing guides who work for Crane Mountain Guide Service are of the same mindset – all of whom are extremely knowledgeable of the area and the different fishing opportunities.  All levels of fishing experience are welcome, and everyone at Crane Mountain Guide Service enjoys teaching fly fishing with passion and patience.


About the Area and Prepping for Your Trip
Swan River MontanaTypically, the weather in the Flathead Valley is sunny and warm after the fourth of July. This trend continues through August. Prior to and after this period, it is advisable to layer. This means several shirts of the synthetic fiber variety and a pair of silk or poly/cotton long johns as well. June is our rainy month, so a Gortex jacket is recommended. Please do not forget hats, glasses, gloves, sunscreen and any other personal items. Each boat comes equipped with a dry bag for cameras, binoculars and the like. Waders and rain wear can be provided.  We realize that familiarity with one’s personal equipment enhances the experience, in which case we encourage bringing whatever might be desired.

A Montana fishing license is required, and the Fish Wildlife and Parks ( has made it convenient to purchase online. Here you will find current license costs as well as other points of interest. A license may be attained when you arrive to Crane Mountain Guide Service, and we would be happy to assist you with this – just be sure to have a picture ID in your possession, and for those without, a social security number is necessary. Please note that persons under 14 years of age, who are not Montana residents, are not required to have a license, provided they are accompanied by a license-carrying adult.

Crane Mountain Guide Service is fortunate to hold both DNRC (Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) and Federal Land permits to outfit on the Swan River. The Swan is as close to the wild Montana as you will find on your guided fishing trips in the area and Crane Mountain Guide Service is honored to have access and permission from both land agents.

Operating on the Flathead National Forest and DNRC Swan State Forest





Questions, please call (406) 837-0918