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Fly Fishing in Beautiful Southwest Montana ...
Fly Fishing in Beautiful Southwest Montana
Big Hole Lodge is first and foremost a fly fishing lodge, and everything we do is focused around your fishing experience. All of our schedules are made to be flexible so we can accommodate your fishing desires and needs. During your week, the lodge is yours and we are here to provide a very memorable fly fishing trip.
The first day of your fishing week will most likely begin with a full day float on the legendary Big Hole River, known for its beauty and world-class wild trout fishing. The next day might find you floating the Beaverhead River, one of the finest tail-water fisheries in the country. On day three, you might wade a private spring creek that the lodge leases with trout averaging 18” and some landed in the 23”+ range. On the fourth you might wade the upper Clark Fork, Rock Creek, Deep Creek or float the Bitterroot River. The fifth and final day will find you floating a different stretch of the Big Hole with plenty of time to get out and wade.
Driving times to the different rivers and streams vary from a few minutes to over an hour. Also available (by advance reservation and additional fee) is a horse trip to the high lakes to fish for cutthroats and rainbows with Pioneer Outfitters, in a wilderness environment at 9,000 ft. Also, we offer an overnight on the Bitterroot River (by advance reservation and additional fee) at a bed and breakfast or an overnight camping trip on the Big Hole River (by advance reservation and additional fee). This will enable us to float these rivers on two consecutive days, thereby taking advantage of morning and evening hatches. The choice is yours and the choices are many.
You will be visiting a beautiful part of the U.S. that boasts some of the finest trout fishing in the world. Fly fishing, however, is not an easy sport, and you will be casting to wild trout. Be assured that your guides and camp staff will do their best to make your stay a relaxing and productive angling experience.
Note to Novices- Big Hole Lodge is happy to accommodate the beginning angler. Our guides are extremely patient and willing to share their knowledge. It is best however, to arrive with some knowledge of the sport to maximize the enjoyment of your fly fishing experience for the week. We recommend that you practice casting in your yard or driveway by placing plates at 15, 30 and 45 feet apart and work on your accuracy and presentation. You may even want to enroll in a local fly fishing class, which most fly shops offer on weekends in the spring and summer months. A bit of a base knowledge will make your fishing trip all the more rewarding.
The Big Hole Lodge, Wise River, MT
In 1984, Craig Fellin drove up the Wise River on a washboard-rutted dirt road and found ten acres of land on the river, surrounded by National Forest. Here he established the Big Hole Lodge. During the early years, the capacity was just two guests, and clients ate and slept in the main house with Craig and his family. Eventually, Craig stripped logs and built the dining lodge and three guest cabins with views of the scenic Wise River Valley and the snow-capped Pioneer Mountains above.
Today, we're an Orvis Endorsed Lodge offering a personal, relaxing and intimate fly fishing vacation experience. With a maximum of just 12 guests, we can offer exceptionally high levels of customer service and cater to a wide range of fly fishing interests and skill levels. From the legendary Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers to small mountain streams, or crystalline alpine lakes to a private spring creek on a working cattle ranch, breathtaking views will surround you as you enjoy some of the finest fly fishing in the country. And whether you're a complete novice or accomplished fly angler, at the Big Hole Lodge our goal is to offer you an uncompromising fly fishing vacation of a lifetime.
Craig and his son, Wade, along with the lodge's perennial staff, aim to make your trip the best fly fishing trip you've ever experienced. Our chef will return for her fifteenth season, and our veteran guides graciously share intimate expertise in technique, entomology and stream savvy. Our profound respect for the river, its inhabitants and nuances, and the surrounding beauty of southwestern Montana, guides all of us at Big Hole Lodge in delivering quality that lives up to everything you've ever imagined a Montana fly fishing vacation could be.