Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Written by Chuck Robbins Newsflash! The Big Hole River Salmon Fly hatch is now officially happening. Trout, some of them big, have been seen slashing the surface, crushing adult bugs from Fish Trap to Glen (and doubtless on downstream aways but I haven’t talked to anyone willing to brave the lower river’s plus 6000 cfs […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Participants from Virginia and West Virginia boarded planes for Bozeman Montana with high hopes and lots of anticipation. Trip Leader Bill Campbell had encouraged everyone to watch local weather web sites, read web sites about the location and the fishing, and make sure they were ready for big fish and a wonderful wilderness experience along […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Ethereal Fly Fishing The sales pitch in this newsletter is short and sweet and something we must do to keep our banker smiling and food on the table. Bookings are excellent for our Smith River float trips with a few launch dates still available in May and July.  This is a five-day/four night camping trip, […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Nuances of the Madison:  In Robert Frost’s poem, West-Running Brook, he refers to the brooks “backward motion” as “the tribute of the current to the source”, in other words, an eddy in a river pays tribute to its source. Greg Lilly and his wife, Janet, created Healing Waters Lodge and Greg grew up fly fishing on […]

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Fly Fishing In Southwest Montana

It is that time of year again when Mike Geary loads up the Subaru and drives around the country peddling our Montana fly fishing vacations.  Mike will be at the following Orvis retail store locations to present what we have to offer if you are looking for a vacation package at our fantastic lodge located […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Orvis Endorsed Lodges Guest Review: Healing Waters Lodge is the Best in the West: Guest review by Harlan A:  I have come to HWL for fifteen years and I keep coming back for many reasons. Friendly owners with helpful, patient and friendly guides, great location, wonderful food and modern facilities. Rivers, streams and ponds to […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Great day on the Big Hole river. Tungsten Prince Nymph is the ticket these days.  Bring sunscreen, stay hydrated, and catch & release.

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Now as I Was Young and Easy… For the past couple of weeks this poem was rattling around in my head.  Youtube has the late actor Richard Burton reading it that brings it alive.  What this has to do with fishing is a tough segue.  The poem does have something to do with life and fishing for […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

Healing Waters Lodge offers a variety of freshly prepared meals for breakfast, stream-side lunches, and dinner.  The following is a sampling of the dinner menus created by Chef Linda Foy and Chef Beat Meier for our guests at Healing Waters Lodge:   Appetizer: Brie Cheese Crostini with Thyme Roasted Grapes Salad: Baby Romaine Wedge Salad, […]

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Fly Fishing in Southwest Montana

So it begins high in the Beaverhead Mountains, the Big Hole River flows for 153 miles through a fly fishing wonderland filled with Brook, Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout. The Big Hole is the last remaining habitat for fluvial Arctic Grayling in the contiguous United States. Along the Big Hole corridor are fishing access sites […]

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