Montana, United States

Southwest Montana is home to some of the most famous rivers in the United States. Rivers like the Ruby, the Big Hole, and the Beaverhead are all regarded as top blue-ribbon trout streams. Southwest Montana possesses two huge benefits for traveling anglers. First, most of the top rivers in Southwest Montana are located within an easy drive on one another. This allows anglers to experience a variety of fishing options without sacrificing fishing for travel. Secondly, Southwest Montana is geographically diverse. Rivers like the Beaverhead, the Jefferson, and the Ruby flow through very broad and arid valleys, flanked by tall and distant mountain ranges, while rivers like the Big Hole, flow through beautiful agricultural valleys before entering the mountains. This diversity in landscape means that while one river may be running high and muddy, it’s possible to find a nearby river running crystal clear.

The Complete Fly Fisher

The Complete Fly Fisher offers anglers a complete Montana experience. Both beginners, just learning to fly fish, and experts, versed in matching the hatch and technical skills alike, will thoroughly enjoy the diverse fishing opportunities. There is no other lodge in Montana that provides the “Best of Everything” like the folks at the Complete Fly Fisher. If you are new to fly fishing, the Complete Fly Fisher offers a fly fishing school where you lean by actually fishing.

Over the past few years, the fishing has been getting better and better. The numbers and size of different species of fish has been outstanding. Large Browns, Rainbows, and Cutthroat, some are the fish of lifetime, are the usual suspects on the surrounding rivers of the Complete Fly Fisher.

Five Rivers Lodge

Located in Dillon, Montana, home of the renowned Beaverhead River, Five Rivers Lodge (FRL) is within easy striking distance of the five highly productive rivers from which it gets it name; The Ruby, The Big Hole, The Jefferson, The Madison and the Beaverhead. More importantly, the lodge has aggressively procured over 23 miles of private waters, including a spring creek, its own private ponds and sections of the Ruby; The Beaverhead and the Big Hole. The lodge is exquisite and offers extensive amenities and fine food. Lodge guides are among the best in Montana. Don’t forget to check out Five Rivers’ sister facility in southern Chile, Cincos Rios, for trout fishing November – April! Click here to learn more about Fiver Rivers’ Travel Credit.

Healing Waters Lodge

Healing Waters Lodge offers rustic elegance and extensive access to terrific public, private and exclusive trout fishing in southwestern Montana. Located in Twin Bridges, the lodge is situated perfectly to provide a wide variety of fishing opportunities for a range of fishing styles. Within a 40 mile radius anglers can float larger blue ribbon rivers, walk and wade on mid-size meadow streams, small, productive spring creeks and still water fishing.

Brian O'Keefe Photos - World Class Montana Trout Fishing on the Beaverhead, Ruby and Big Hole Rivers.