Backdoor Outfitters


United States


227 Bell Crossing E, Stevensville, MT 59870


Latitude: 46.442937

Longitude: -114.099824




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Officially opened in 1993, Backdoor Outfitters was the dream of the Cook family. With little more than that dream, and an idea of what they wanted to provide( a location where people could come, be treated like family, and explore all the things God provided to this wonderful country we call Montana… at a price that was affordable, yet still provided all the amenities anyone might wish!’) the Cook family headed out to look for property that would provide the base they needed.


In 1993, after an exhaustive search, they settled on a 10 acre piece of property in the Bitterroot Valley…which had three bodies of water on it, Mitchell Slough (now considered a branch of the Bitterroot River by court decree), Willoughby Creek or Ditch (better really for shooting ducks than fishing), and a private 5 acre pond (that conveniently held large mouthed bass, and rainbow trout). Additionally, this property offered spectacular views of the Bitterroot Mountains, room to build a few cabins and a variety of wildlife living on the property.


Following two years of what some would consider ‘severe elbow grease’… where old car bodies were removed from the waterways, bridges were built, the main house was renovated into a lodge, and some basic landscaping was completed, they built their first cabin, ‘The Bitterroot’, and opened their doors to fly fisherman and women from around the world.


Over the next fifteen years, Backdoor Outfitters expanded to three cabins and had the pleasure of taking hundreds of folks down the rivers and channels of Western Montana. They have fished, explored, and dropped an anchor on almost every pod of fish that lives within a hundred mile radius of them, not once, but in some cases, hundreds of times. During that time, they had the pleasure of teaching many people the joy of ‘dry fly fishing’, and what they believe to be ethical fishing methods.


Then, in 2012, following a seven year battle with a stage 4 breast cancer, Patricia passed from this earth. Cody, who was eleven when they started Backdoor Outfitters, was 30 and following a career in computer networking, was married to a wonderful wife and the father of two beautiful boys. So, upon the death of his wife, John, had to make a decision; sell Backdoor Outfitters, let someone else run it and retire to a life of memories and senility; or stay where he was and continue with the business that had become a part of his life.

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