Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

  An Ode to Housekeepers and Fly Fishing Guides Healing Waters Lodge is honored to be a finalist for the 2020 Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year award. Being nominated two years in a row is really a tribute to all the people that are committed to making Healing Waters Lodge a special place […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Orvis Charleston: January 25th, at 12:30: Interested in fly fishing Montana? Show up at Orvis Charleston, Saturday, January 25th at 12:30, to meet Mike Geary, owner of Healing Waters Lodge in southwest Montana and Lewis & Clark Expeditions,  the largest commercial outfitter on Montana’s Smith River, offering 5 day/4 night fly fishing float trips down […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Emerger It is spring and I have a song in my heart and it is not, “A Bridge Over Troubled Water”.  We are honored and grateful to be a finalist for the Orvis 2019 Fly Fishing Lodge of the Yearaward.  I am thinking of Dean Martin singing, “Ain’t That A Kick in The Head”. Snowpack is good […]

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Flyfishing in Southwest Montana

Women and Rivers On our refrigerator, I have a magnetic plaque with a picture of John Wayne in a cowboy hat from the movie Hondo along with the quote, “A mans gotta do what a mans gotta do.” This implied saving damsels in distress, taking on mountain lions with your bare hands, drinking whiskey neat, […]

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Fish Like a Guide, But, Live Like a Client Fly Fishing Schools in Southwest Montana

“He says education is the thing if you want to compete Because without it son, life ain’t very sweet.” Lyrics from the 60’s song “Color This Man Father” by The Winston’s. All I can say from this inspirational 60’s song by the Winston’s is “Amen.” You want to be a better angler where trout will […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Shape-Shifters Fly Fishing In Montana We spent the holidays bingeing on TV.  The world appears to be consumed by vampires, zombies, shape-shifters, warlocks, witches and extraterrestrials.  Not bad if you’re describing the political class but as a fly fisherman I seek a soft stream with gentle riffles and quiet rising fish.  The following is the […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana – Veterans Day 2017 Newsletter

Veterans Day 2017 I am reading Rick Atkinson’s Liberation Trilogy on World War 2, which is magnificent reading.  I finished the first book in the trilogy, “An Army at Dawn” which centers on North Africa.  I am half way done with “The Day of the Battle” concentrating on the war in Italy.  The last book, […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Small streams, Fall Fishing and Randolph Scott It is cool this morning, more September than August.  I am watching the 1958 movie, Buchanan Rides Alone sta rring Randolph Scott, where the bad guys will all eat a .44 before the movie ends.  My idea of summer time bliss: a Randolph Scott move in the morning and hopper fishing […]

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Guest-Sponsors Needed for Week of July 4-9 at Healing Waters Lodge

Over the past 14 years, it has been our pleasure to recruit folks, that feel the same way we do about our military service members, to assist us in taking wounded military service members on 5-day float trips down the Smith River and fly fishing with Healing Waters Lodge in southwest Montana.  We, our friends and clients, competitors and […]

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Fishing Over the Immortal Nakedness of Montana

Fishing Over the Immortal Nakedness of Montana “The sea, autumn mildness, islands bathed in light, fine rain spreading a diaphanous veil over the immortal nakedness of Greece.  Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean Sea.”  A passage from the novel, Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. […]

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