THE LAST BEST FISHING LODGE IN MONTANA, USA
THE LAST BEST FISHING LODGE IN MONTANA, USA

Our Home Waters

The Big Hole River
Fed by three different mountain ranges, dozens of freestone creeks and flowing over 100 miles, the Big Hole River is one of those places you just can't get off your mind. Often referred to as "The Last Best River", the Big Hole fishes well from ice out in April until the winter weather hits in November. Limited outfitter use makes this river a first choice for many of our guest anglers.
  • Over 100 miles of fishable water.

  • Freestone trout fishing.. No dams here.

  • More colors of mayflies than you have in your box.

  • Caddis hatches that can require dust masks.

  • Stonefly hatches that bring even the largest of trout to the surface.

  • Brown and Rainbow trout that will test every skill you have.

  • 6 months of changing conditions - great early and late season opportunities.

  • Fishable at high and low flows

  • Side channels, dry fly slicks, and nymphing riffles.

  • Trout fishing the way it was meant to be.

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The Beaverhead River

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The Beaverhead River - a classic tailwater

One of the three great tailwaters in Big Sky Country. stable water flows, dense populations of trout and great insect life make this river a great option almost any time of year. Multiple spring creek influxes below Dillon create some great clear water, dry fly opportunities during the heat of the summer. Big Browns on hoppers. A great river to fly fish.

What the Beaverhead offers:

  • Over 80 miles of fishable water.
  • Tailwater reliability - very little runoff effect
  • Nymphing for larger than average trout.
  • PMD hatches in June and July that will cause you to make bad casts.
  • Rainbow trout that will straighten out hooks and break 3x tippet.
  • Brown trout that will chase size 4 streamers and inhale them.
  • Sight fishing... need I say more?

The Madison River

They say you have to have an ace in the hole. If we had to pick a river to fit that bill, it would be the "Maddy". Astonishing numbers of trout and good water flows through the summer months keep the rods bent when fishing might be tough elsewhere.

What the Madison offers:

  • Over 60 miles of fishable water

  • Access for the wading angler as well as the drift boat angler

  • Fish per mile numbers in the 4000 range

  • Stonefly, Caddis and flying ant hatches

  • Good flows throughout the season

  • Classic western drift boat fishing

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The Jefferson River

Formed in Twin Bridges by the confluence of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby Rivers, the Jefferson flows northbound over eighty miles to the confluence of the Madison and Gallatin Rivers to form the Missouri. Receiving less pressure than any of the others, this is one of those fisheries that you have to see to believe.

What the Jefferson offers:

  • 80 miles of floatable water, with good wading opportunities

  • Early stonefly hatches

  • Great streamer fishing

  • Unparallelled wildlife and scenery

  • Larger than average trout

  • Low angler pressure

  • Did we mention BIG brown trout?

The Ruby River

As our friends refer to secret spots - the Ruby River is a "sleeper". From the dam to Twin Bridges there is over 40 miles of twisting, turning trout water. Good public access makes this a great place to spend an afternoon before, during or after your trip with us.

What the Ruby offers:

  • Classic small stream fishing

  • Reliable hatches of PMD's, Caddis, and Blue Wings

  • Great numbers of trout, from the dam to Twin Bridges

  • AMPLE public access

  • A great place to finish up your day or trip

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Spring Creeks

If you are looking for the big name spring creeks, like Depuys, Armstrongs, or Nelsons, you won't find them here. What you will find is places like Poindexter Slough in Dillon (entirely on state ground) - no rod fees there. Other options are the lower Beaverhead, Albers Slough, Owsley Slough, and a multitude of smaller feeder creeks, many of which don't even have names!
  • Poindexter Slough

  • Owsley Slough

  • Albers Slough

  • Public Access as well as private

Stillwaters

As our friends refer to secret spots - the Ruby River is a "sleeper". From the dam to Twin Bridges there is over 40 miles of twisting, turning trout water. Good public access makes this a great place to spend an afternoon before, during or after your trip with us.
  • Clark Canyon Reservoir - try this one in July!

  • Ruby River reservoir

  • Ennis Lake - GULPERS!

  • Countless high mountain lakes, accessible by vehicle and foot

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One of the few Simms endorsed outfitters in the United States, your outfitter and lodge owner Dan "Rooster" Leavens knows what it takes to get the job done right, the first time. From his guide crew to his office staff you can count on a professional, courteous, entertaining and hard working team that will make you feel at home during your stay.
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