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River Profiles

Our Home Waters.....four of the best!

Big Hole River

- Described as the perfect trout stream by legendary anglers as Joe Brooks, and George Grant, the Big Hole River lays claim to Montana’s most beautiful river. Renowned for its famous salmonfly hatch,
the Big Hole draws anglers from across the country and throughout the world. Good golden stone hatches overlap with the salmonflies as the month of June turns to July. For anglers looking for diversity in their catch, the Big Hole is the last river where one can catch all five species of trout capturing the coveted grand slam of trout fishing.
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Beaverhead River

- Looking for BIG fish? The Beaverhead is the place. Montana Fish & Game shocking surveys report a trout of four pounds every fifty feet of river! A remarkable statistic, the best big trout small stream in the country. Seasoned anglers will appreciate the size and tenacity of its trout. It’s not uncommon to consistently hook rainbows and browns in the 17 to 21 inch range throughout the course of the day. Nymph fishing is excellent all season with opportunities to sight fish nymphs to monster trout in shallow water. Good hatches of pale morning duns, yellow sally stones and caddis round out the fishing opportunities for anglers looking to take these large trout on the surface.

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Madison River

- Montana’s star attraction during the sixties and seventies was the Madison River. Virtually every Fishing publication during that time featured the wonderful fishing one could expect. Famous for its surface feeding rainbows, the river was a beacon to visiting anglers from all parts. The Madison is a large, fast flowing stream. Most anglers are more comfortable fishing from a drift boat as it is treacherous to wade. It boasts a great salmon fly hatch as well as good caddis and grasshopper fishing. Because of its shallow depth, the trout consistently look to the surface for their fare. Hard charging rainbows and browns in the 14 to 18 inch range will keep you entertained as you float through one of Montana’s most dramatic high elevation valleys.

Jefferson River

- The Big Hole, Beaverhead and Ruby River join together near Twin Bridges, Montana to form the Jefferson River. Though not as well known as the Big Hole and Beaverhead, the Jefferson offers the visiting angler more solitude and the chance at an out-sized catch in the 4 to 6 pound range on any given day.

Excellent streamer fishing during the spring and fall months as well as good hopper fishing mid-summer round out the opportunities. You can also use our drift boats as taxis to access the numerous riffles and runs where you can wade and systemically work the best holding areas more thoroughly.

Expect to see a wide range of wildlife that call the lush river bottom their home. A day spent on the Jefferson epitomizes western trout fishing; large water, big fish, solitude and abundant wildlife all combine to make this trip a memorable experience.

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Small Stream Fishing

- Are you more comfortable fishing in a bit less water? Maybe your fondest memories growing up were spent on creeks and streams no wider than a rods length? In addition to our larger Blue Ribbon Streams, our area abounds with smaller streams and creeks that are chock full of rainbows and brook trout that are eager to rise to a floating fly. Be sure to ask about this opportunity. Our guides are familiar with these back country streams and are anxious to share them with you!
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