Join me in June 2018 on a trip to Montana that I know will be remembered for all the right reasons. This will be a safe and easy trip to Healing Waters Lodge during one of the best known and consistent super hatches in North America...the salmonfly hatch on the Big Hole River.
The Fishing: Although many options are available when it comes to the fishing at HWL, the timing of this trip is based on the peak period of the salmonfly hatch on the Big Hole. The Big Hole is over 150 miles of free flowing river set in a remote, sparsely populated valley in southwestern Montana. It is home to a viable population of fluvial Arctic Grayling, one of the very few left in the lower 48 and is a testament to the health and vitality of the river. It is also home to this legendary hatch of giant stoneflies which begins in earnest about mid June. The adult stoneflies (Pteronarcys californica) are big, about 1 to 2 inches in length and epitomize Montana trout fishing...big flies, big rivers, and big fish. This is a well known hatch, so we can expect to see other fly fishers. However other waters, both public and private, can offer more solitude if needed. This includes the Beaverhead, the Ruby, and miles of private water.
Everyone should fish the salmonfly hatch on the Bighole at least a time or two...casting big, dry, stonefly patterns to fish looking up on one of the most beautiful rivers of all!
The Lodge: HWL is an Orvis Endorsed Lodge with an ultra-strong following of repeat guests...due in large part to the vast amount of high quality trout water and the excellent job they do of providing the best possible total experience. The lodge sits squarely in the heart of the Ruby Valley...it is large yet conveys an intimate feeling with the landscape. And it provides all one could want for including a hot tub, laundry service, exercise room, casting pond (with trout), a well-stocked fly shop w/loaner gear, pool table, reading room, and a guest business office. They will accommodate any dietary restriction or preference.
The Details: Trip dates are June 12-17, 2018. This is a 5 night, 4 days of guided fishing package. June 12 is arrival day. June 13-16 are fishing days. June 17 is departure day. Trip can be customized for a longer period if desired.
Logistics are easy. Simply fly into Bozeman on one of the major airlines and drive the 1.5 hours to HWL near Twin Bridges. Good roads and scenic driving all the way.
The cost is $3675 per person based on double occupancy. This is good until December 31, 2017. Prices increase in 2018. 50% deposit required at time of booking with balance due at the end of the trip.
Included: lodging, meals, guided fishing, beer & wine, loaner fly fishing gear, all terminal tackle including flies, leaders, & tippet, and lodge staff tips.
Not included: fishing licenses, guide gratuities, private water fees, airfare, & airport shuttles.
On the afternoon of 6/12 I will present a short workshop designed to tune-up casting and slack line skills for those who are interested. Similar sessions can be held as needed through the trip.
This trip has very limited availability due to the timing of the trip. It is in the high demand season. Book now and reserve your slot with 2017 pricing.
Email or Call Steve Hollensed for booking or more information.