I am proud to be associated with Healing Waters Lodge!
A top of the line, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge, HWL exists to provide clients with the best Montana fly fishing experience possible. The location is heaven for a trout bum...quick and easy access to the Big Hole, the Madison, the Beaverhead, the Ruby, and the Jefferson. But what really makes this place stand out is private access to some of the big rivers, miles of spring creeks, and a good number of ponds...all loaded with big trout.
My 2016 hosted trip schedule starts out with a spring trip to HWL. Below are a few details.
April 11-15, 2016-oddly enough, the first week or two in April is one of my favorite times to fish Montana. It is a special time. It is just before the snow melts so all the rivers are low and clear. The first of the major hatches start coming off and the water starts warming about this time...both bringing the fish to life after the winter dormancy. You will be presenting the first flies that these fish have seen in awhile. All of these factors contribute to some great fishing...not always in numbers but more often than not, in size, for the biggest fish of the year are historically caught during this period. Just ask the guides and the locals...it is one of their favorite times to fish, especially for big fish.
This is for the serious fly angler, it is not really a "family vacation" type of trip. The weather is the wildcard. It can be very mild and warm but it can also be cold and windy, yet the fish don't seem to mind, they are still thinking that it is finally time to start eating again. The key is to be prepared for different kinds of weather and it is very doable. The average temps for Twin Bridges on April 12 is 57 for a high and 28 for a low. We fish more in the afternoon than morning so the fish and bugs are more active and of course the ambient temperature is more comfortable. Plus consider the dry climate. I have returned from Montana and have felt much colder on Lake Texoma.
April 11 is arrival day. Fly in to Bozeman and we will pick you up there. April 12, 13, & 14 are fishing days. On April 15 we will take you back to the airport. All very easy and convenient. I will be arriving before. You might also consider arriving on April 10 and staying in Bozeman for the night. A very neat town for a fly fisher to spend a little time in just walking around through the fly shops and sampling a little Montana food. Trips can also be extended or customized to fit the needs of your schedule.
The most likely rivers to fish in spring are the Big Hole, the Jefferson, and the Madison. Maybe a little from the lakes and ponds depending on the weather. And so mostly float fishing from drift boats but maybe some wading if you prefer that.
Mike Geary is owner/operator of the lodge and is dedicated to providing guests a quality experience in every respect....the guides also are experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to the same principle of a quality experience for you. As host, I am one more person dedicated to help you have the trip of a lifetime.
The cost for this 4 night/3 day fly fishing adventure is $2795 per person, based on double occupancy.