The Big Hole River is one of the most scenic wild trout streams in the country. It begins in the small mountain creeks of the Rockies and ends at the confluence with the Beaverhead River to form the Jefferson River.
Dillon - Montana
Lodging & Meals
Making precious memories with very important people is what this experience is all about. The rivers of southwest Montana will provide the backdrop for 5 amazing days of fly fishing during a special time of the year for large browns, rainbows and maybe a grayling or two. Spending time on the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers is an extraordinary experience on so many levels. Better bring your camera! The words big sky might very well have been strung together to describe the stunning Rocky Mountain views in these historic canyons. It’s hard to imagine a finer July day than fly fishing for trout in these classic American rivers.
The Beaverhead River is a tailwater, blue ribbon trout stream known for its large rainbows and browns. The river produces more large trout, particularly brown trout, than any other river in the state. This big spring creek winds north through pastures and foothills into Dillon. The water continues it’s journey to the confluence in an open valley in Twin Bridges where the Ruby flows in and later joins with the Big Hole to form the Jefferson. The Beaverhead is predominately a brown trout fishery with large rainbow trout in the upper reaches. It has prolific hatches of Caddis flies, Mayflies, little yellow Stoneflies & Crane flies. Terrestrials such as hoppers on the lower sections can produce fun-filled summer days.The dry fly fishing can be tremendous depending upon time of year and flows. Nymph fishing is consistent throughout the year. Streamers can be very exciting on the right day because of the large number of brown trout and undercut banks.
The float options cover about seventy-five miles of the most productive water, fishing spots are typically dictated by the water flows. Pre-runoff in the early spring can be fabulous fishing with Mother's day Caddis hatches, Skwala hatches, and May flies. The Big Hole is world renowned for its Salmon fly hatch and attracts fishermen from around the world. The Salmon fly hatch occurs right after the peak run-off period which is the first to second week in June. As the summer progresses, Tricos and Spruce Moths provide great dry fly fishing. The rare Fluvial Grayling which is not often seen in the lower 48 can be caught in the upper sections along with brook trout and cutthroats. Below the town of Divide, the Big Hole enters a spectacularly beautiful, narrow steep canyon where we sometimes spot Big Horn Sheep. The Big Hole River is not only a beautiful place to be but you never know what species of trout you will catch. Rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, and grayling all live in this fly fishing paradise.
2023 Montana Magic Memories
Typically these special July weeks in Southwest Montana are the most productive time for consistent hatches, great weather, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and big fish! Many people think this is the best fishing time of the year on the Beaverhead. Flows on the Big Hole are falling after run-off, fish can be keying in on big dries and the views are spectacular on this wild and remote river valley.
Dillon is an authentic modern-day Montana agricultural community located about 2-hours southwest of Bozeman. Dillion was founded by the railroads and initially made famous by some very productive gold and silver mines. Today a robust ranching community thrives in the Beaverhead Valley around Dillon. The area has not yet been discovered by the hundreds of thousands of tourists that visit Montana each summer. It’s a 2 grocery store western town of about 4000-people where enormous freight trains still run by Main Street. Patagonia has an outlet store on the main drag, the University of Western Montana makes its home there and a stop at the Dairy Queen is a very strong way to end a day on the river. Dillion is a popular destination for fly fishing on the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Poindexter Slough, Ruby River and many other small high mountain lakes and creeks. Dillon has several fly shops, some interesting restaurants, western taverns and classic Montana culture.
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Big Hole River
Dillon - Montana
There are exactly 10 spots on this trip, 5 of which are now spoken for. The fee is $ 5,250.00/per person based on double occupancy in room and shared boat/guide. This includes 5 days of guided fly fishing, accommodations and meals. This fee does not included gratuities, travel, ground transportation, fly fishing equipment or insurance. Travel insurance is very highly recommended to cover trip cancellation, medical and emergency evacuation. Guests should arrive in Dillion, Montana the afternoon of Friday, July 7th and depart the morning of Thursday, June 13th.
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The Fieldworkers Club
The fly fishing lodge is located next to the Beaverhead River and near the Big Hole, about a mile from Dillon’s main drag. The property is situated in a quiet setting surrounded on three sides by water with a steep cliff as a backdrop. There are four bedrooms in the lodge, each with two queen beds, a sitting area, satellite TV, air conditioning, heating, and private baths. Each unit features a private porch entrance to the accommodations. The Great Room serves as a gathering place for relaxation and storytelling.
Meals will include a simple continental breakfast, riverside box lunch and hearty BBQ style dinner with a few beers or a glass of wine on the lawn by the lodge.
Please note; This operation’s primary focus is on providing extraordinary fly fishing experiences. It offers simple, clean, comfortable accommodations and meals. This is not an appropriate trip for guests that would like luxury accommodations and meals. There are nearby grocery stores if anyone would like to have something special on-hand.
July 7 - 13, 2023
July 7 - 13, 2023 - 10 Spots (Sold Out)
July 7-13, 2023
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