Five Rivers Lodge offers comfortable elegance in a place considered to have the last uncrowded blue ribbon fisheries in the United States. Lodge guests enjoy miles of wading access on spring creeks, several private ponds, the Ruby, the Beaverhead, and the Big Hole Rivers. Back at the lodge, enjoy a variety of fly fishing book, magazine, and video. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres or a relaxing moment in the hot tub before a gourmet dinner.
Each large guest room has comfortable beds, private bath, beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and access to the decks and garden areas. Fish two acres of water on the lodge property. Many guests have achieved their personal best on these waters. Float the Big Hole, the Upper Beaverhead, and the Jefferson Rivers.
Take spectacular horseback trips to fish the high mountain lakes and streams. Relax and enjoy a gourmet meal, spectacular sunsets, and clear star filled nights.
Ask us about the combined "World Class Wines and Fly Fishing" weeks. It is during these specially designed weeks that after fishing, whether you desire to learn more about wines in general or if you are an experienced wine connoisseur looking to expand your knowledge base, the featured vintners of these weeks will introduce you to their very best. Enjoy four and five course gourmet meals every night complemented by a different wine with each course.
The upper portion of the Beaverhead is the most fished section. The outflow from the reservoir pumps cold water into the Beaverhead River, making it the coldest section of the river, while providing excellent habitat for large rainbows and brown trout.
As a bonus, the Upper Big Hole is home to the last stream-dwelling population of Arctic grayling in the lower 48 states. The Big Hole’s mid-June emergence of the famous “Salmonfly Hatch” kicks off the fishing season. The chance to throw two-inch -long dry flies for trout averaging eighteen inches is a rare treat that many anglers anticipate. Dry fly fishing for rainbows and browns continues to the end of July, with prolific hatches of caddis, mayflies and lesser stoneflies. During August the Big Hole River becomes primarily a morning and evening fishery, although occasionally the summer hopper and ant hatches can provide excellent mid-day action as well. Tricos blanket the river in the mornings, while the evening can provide tremendous caddis hatches. At the first freeze of autumn the big browns prepare for spawning; their color matching the golden-turning cottonwood trees along the river’s banks. Then in October, the Big Hole River provides excellent wade fishing using streamers and nymphs in the mornings and caddis and Red Quill imitations during the warmer Indian summer afternoons.
The Ruby River has excellent fly fishing for rainbows, grayling and cutthroats. Below the Ruby Dam, one will find prime brown trout waters. Further down from the dam, it more resembles a spring creek, requiring care as to avoid spooking the fish. Considered to be one of the state’s prime grasshopper fishing waters, the Ruby’s hopper fishing on this lower stretch goes from late June through the first frost of the year.
The Jefferson River is divided into three distinct sections. The upper section provides the best fly fishing for brown trout, and large streamers or nymphs prove more successful than trying for any surface action.
In the middle section, the Jefferson River has decent fishing access here, with a road paralleling it on one side and railroad tracks on the other.
In the lower section, hopper fishing can often entice large browns up to the surface.
Day 1: Trip begins with arrival in Bozeman airport where a lodge representative will meet you and transport to the lodge. Explore the lodge, eat dinner, and prepare for the next day’s fishing. The lodge chef prepares gourmet meals, hors d’oeuvres, and snacks.
Fishing Days: Fully guided fishing days are provided, including expert instruction, drift boat, lunch, and other guide related equipment. Lodge guests enjoy miles of wading access on spring creeks, several private ponds, the Ruby, the Beaverhead, and the Big Hole Rivers. Fish two acres of water on the lodge property. Float the Big Hole, the Upper Beaverhead and Jefferson Rivers. With advanced notice you can arrange a spectacular horseback trip to fish the high mountain lakes and streams.
When you return from fishing, you may hang your gear outside your room on the provided hooks and head into the main lodge for a cocktail in the gathering room. Meals are served in the large dining room. After dinner, enjoy a cigar on one of the expansive decks with a beautiful view of the Beaverhead Valley, or relax in the Jacuzzi.
Final Day: Lodge staff will assist you in checking out. Gather your packed luggage and load it in the vehicle for the return trip to the Bozeman Airport in time for your departing flight home.
The lodge facilities are spacious, attractive, and very comfortable, with several gatherings areas to use while you wait for dinner. The library has hundreds of books on fly fishing Montana, cooking, and Montana wildlife. There’s a fly tying bench well stocked with the materials needed to match Montana's local hatches.
Delicious hors d’oeuvres are served each evening before dinner in a room adjacent to the kitchen. Also, there’s a large porch area with a beautiful view all the around the property; a very pleasant place to watch the sunsets.
Plus a hot tub. Each large guest room has comfortable beds, a private bath, beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, and a door leading to decks and garden areas. Relax and enjoy sunrises, spectacular Montana sunsets, and clear star-filled nights.
Non-fishing guests choose from a variety of experiences. Browse their extensive library. Take a literary tour of this richly historical area. Guided and self guided tours to explore western ways of life, gardening, photography, literature, and the arts. Ride horses, hike, or take gourmet lunches on a day trip. If you’re on a day trip and enjoy photography, we encourage you to stay on location to catch the best afternoon light.
Relax and enjoy amazing sunrises, spectacular sunsets, and clear, star-filled nights.
Rates are based on double occupancy, two
anglers per guide.
* Single angler options:
Single room supplement @ $125 per night.
Supplement for one angler with a guide @ $240 per day.
Rod fees on the private waters are $100 a day, per person.
Prices do not include gratuities, flies and tackle, liquor, airfare, and other travel expenses.