Float Trip on the Beaverhead River with Stonefly Outfitters

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$
495
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$
575
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
1 day
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One of the three great tailwaters in Big Sky Country. stable water flows, dense populations of trout and great insect life make this river a great option almost any time of year. Multiple spring creek influxes below Dillon create some great clear water, dry fly opportunities during the heat of the summer. Big Browns on hoppers. A great river to fly fish.

What the Beaverhead offers:
  • Over 80 miles of fishable water.
  • Tailwater reliability - very little runoff effect
  • Nymphing for larger than average trout.
  • PMD hatches in June and July that will cause you to make bad casts.
  • Rainbow trout that will straighten out hooks and break 3x tippet.
  • Brown trout that will chase size 4 streamers and inhale them.
  • Sight fishing... need I say more?
 
Highlights
  • Experienced Guide
What is Included:
Lunch
Drinks & Snacks
Flies
Tackle
Rates
Per
Capacity
Minimum number of anglers for this price
Dates
Duration
Price
Boat
1
 angler
Daily1 day
$
495
Boat
2
 anglers
Daily1 day
$
575
Fishing Waters
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The Beaverhead is a nearly 70 mile long tributary of the Jefferson River. Its original course has changed due to the construction of the Clark Canyon Dam, as have its headwaters, once ... moreformed by the confluence of the Red Rock River and Horse Prairie Creek. These rivers, along with the first 6 miles of the Beaverhead, are now flooded as a result of the reservoir project. Today, the Beaverhead flows through a wide valley where it meets the Big Hole River and forms the Jefferson River. The river is well known for its clear, blue-green color, narrow, winding turns, willow-lined, undercut banks and thriving insect life that attracts fish.

The origin of its colorful name can be traced back to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, when their indigenous guide, Sacajawea, recognized a large rock formation in the middle of the river known to her as the Beaver’s Head. According to Lewis, this indicated to her that they were close to the summer retreat of her Indian nation. On August 15, 1805 the party reached her tribe, where one of her remaining brothers, Cameahwait, Chief of the Shoshone, provided crude maps, food and horses, making it possible to continue the Expedition through the mountains. On their return trip Lewis gave the river, once full of beavers, the name it now holds.

Fortunately, floating the Beaverhead in today’s world is much easier, more fun and amply rewarding. It is widely considered one of Montana's premier Brown trout fishing rivers, producing more large trout, particularly Brown trout, than any other river in the state. Due to its abundance of large trout, fly fishing the stretch near Dillon, from Clark Canyon Dam to Barrett’s Dam and through to Twin Bridges, tends to be very popular and get can crowded, even although the fish can also be hard to catch. While large fish can be caught with dry flies, it is primarily a nymph fishing river along with a swiftly moving current, so expect to be constantly mending your line.
Destination
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This is a small town with a big heart, a veritable fisherman’s paradise. Located near the fish-filled Madison River, and surrounded by the waters of Ennis Lake, the Ruby River, Hebgen ... moreLake, Quake Lake, Henry’s Lake, the Big Hole River and scores of smaller streams, the town boasts what many consider the best trout fishing in the world. As well known for its wranglers as its anglers, Ennis has succeeded in maintaining the look and feel of its original, gold town roots. Warm and hospitable, the area offers a wide variety of accommodations ranging from simple campsites, rustic motels and gracious hotels, to full-service, luxury resorts. Fly shops are numerous, stocked by local experts ready to advise and assist, while guides can be booked for trips throughout the area.

Boredom is the only thing unavailable in Ennis. Throughout the summer season the city hosts a series of events, including its renowned 4th of July Celebration Parade and a genuine, old-fashioned rodeo. In August, fly-fishing luminaries from around the US, flock to Montana to compete in the Madison Fly Fishing Festival. Athletes also find their way to Ennis to compete in the city’s Madison Trifecta, two shorter races followed by a full Marathon at 9000 feet, the highest elevation run in America. For the true sportsman, October falls in with the annual Hunter’s Feed. What’s caught, typically elk, moose deer, pheasant and bobcat, gets cooked on the streets and served up to hungry spectators.

Flanked by three grand mountain ranges, The Tobacco Root, Gravelly and Madison, Ennis is scenic and entertaining – truly an authentic, fly fisher’s haven.
Outfitter
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Welcome to the Stonefly Inn & Outfitters, Montana's "Last Best Fly Fishing Lodge", located in the heart of Montana's Blue Ribbon Trout Country.... more

Based in Twin Bridges, we are licensed outfitters on the Big Hole, The Beaverhead, The Madison, The Jefferson, the Missouri and the Ruby Rivers. That's right - there is over three hundred miles of world class Montana fly fishing water within an hour’s drive of your cabin door.

FIVE Blue Ribbon Rivers. Six guest cabins, great steaks and the best guides in the zip code. Join us here at The Stonefly Inn and let us show you our definition of "Montana's best fly fishing". Because when it’s over, the fishing was just one part of your Montana fly fishing vacation.

Lodging: Staying at The Stonefly Inn, you will enjoy clean, freshly remodeled cabins that will make you look forward to returning from your day on the water. In a time of fast food, roadside motels and less than friendly service, we are "the other guys" that do it right. And we're located right in Twin Bridges, a five minute walk from the Beaverhead River. We have six cabins that can accommodate up to 12 anglers. Each cabin has 2 queen beds, and more than enough space for 2 anglers and all of their gear.

You can expect clean, comfortable cabins with all the amenities of any chain motel. Each cabin has Direct TV and Wi-Fi access is available - but if you choose to leave those options for when you return home, we understand! Daily housekeeping is standard, and you will return to your beds being made, fresh towels on the racks and the coffee pot ready to roll for the morning.

Whether you are our guest for one night or five, comfortable cabins, clean sheets, warm showers and a family down home Montana atmosphere await you. During your stay in Twin Bridges, The Stonefly Inn will be your home away from home. Other amenities include complimentary wi-fi internet, satellite television and a buffet style breakfast served each morning. After a long day of fly fishing, you're invited to unwind, maybe tell a tall tale or two and get to know other Stonefly Inn guests at the Stonefly "Roost" Lounge. Our outfitted guests can also enjoy nightly dinners from the grill. Montana beef and Alaskan salmon are just the tip of the iceberg - many times prepared by none other than Rooster himself!

The Stonefly Inn operates primarily as a fishing lodge throughout the summer months, but we welcome all fishermen and travelers on a space available basis - please call us at (406) 684-5648 and check our availability! We have six cabins that can accommodate up to 12 anglers. Each cabin has 2 queen beds, and three of our cabins have kitchenettes for the do-it yourselfers out there.

When you return to the Stonefly after a day of fishing - you can look forward to appetizers and refreshments in the spacious screened in patio of "The Roost". Our guest lounge comfortably seats up to 20 guests, and is often the hub of information each night. Our meals are prepared our chef, Monique, and range from Montana beef to Alaskan Salmon. Late night "seminars" are quite common, as our guides tend to migrate to the Roost just about the time dinner is served. One word of caution, when the liars dice gets started you might want to head for the barn!
Payment
Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 14 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Ladies Fly Fishing Experience
From TripAdvisor - Our group of 10 women stayed at the Stonefly Inn July 15-18, 2015 in the thick of an incredible heat wave with sunny skies. That made for less than ideal fishing conditions, but our excellent guides took us to their secret spots on the river, changed flies as often as necessary, coached us and improved our techniques to make sure we maximized our catch. They were outstanding (one ... more of our ladies pulled out a 22 inch brown)! The cabins were spotless and comfortable. We got a heads up to bring a hair dryer if desired. The Stonefly Inn staff were ALL warm and friendly and the meals were fantastic! Glen, the chef, has a gourmet touch with beautiful sauces and dressings and appetizers; your steak or (or whatever) was always cooked to perfection. The owner, Rooster, went out of his way for us in every way. Beyond fishing and lodging, he helped us with a scattering of ashes for one of our dear friends who recently died, who had hoped to be with us. He swam halfway across the Big Hole River to make sure she started her journey in swift running water, in the most beautiful of settings. We loved this place.
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Comfy Cabins, Great Food and Super Guides
Exert from TripAdvisor - The cabins are old but clean and the beds comfortable. The bathrooms are small, but sufficient and equipped with fluffy towels. Like most fishing lodges, no blow dryers are furnished. Meals are taken in a convivial screened in area where good strong coffee is ready for the early riser. The chef has 4 star restaurant experience and it shows in the quality of the superb meals. ... more They are prepared with fresh local ingredients and great thought and care. Chef Glenn listened to our groups desires and made sumptuous but not carb laden delights. The food was far better than most fishing lodges. The chef even prepared a special elk appetizer to pair with one of the special vinyages we brought.The fishing was less than spectacular due to unseasonably hot weather and low water levels. Every one of us caught fish, due in large part to the tireless efforts of the terrific guides who work out of this lodge. They mustered all of their experience to ensure that we would have the opportunity to land some famous Montana trout. These guides are the real deal, and work hard to guide you to the right places, with the right flies to maximize success.The fly shop at the Stonefly Inn is also a handy and well stocked resource. They are a Simms outfitter as well as other top notch manufacturers of high quality gear and clothing.We had a great experience and would return for sure.
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