• The Sportsman Motel is located in the heart of the Big Hole Valley.

    The Fishing is right outside on the Big Hole River There’s world-class fly fishing on The Big Hole River for rainbow, brown, cutthroat and grayling. Our section of the river is floatable most of the season, with wading most successful in late July, August, September and early October. The Beaverhead, Ruby and Jefferson Rivers – all famous for blue-ribbon trout fishing – are within an easy drive of Melrose.

    Private Access
    We manage six acres of Big Hole River frontage with the Caddis House located just outside of town. The unique house is available to rent. You can float fish or wade from there.

    Lake Fishing
    There are over 30 lakes in the area, plus beaver ponds and mountain streams. You can get to some fishing spots directly from a road; others will take some hiking. You’re not likely to see another fisherman, but you may see a moose or bald eagle.

    The Forest Service has a Lake and Fish Directory under “Fishing” on their website. Check them out at the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest fishing website. You will find information on the lake – location, depth, size – and a list of the types of fish just waiting to be caught.

    Fishing licenses, flies, equipment and shuttles are available at either fly shop in town: Headwaters Fly Shop @ 406-835-2621 and Sunrise Fly Shop @ 406-835-3474. Expert guides are available in Melrose and throughout the area.

  • Big Game
    The Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest is ten minutes from the motel and trophy-class elk, mule deer and whitetail are definitely out there. You’ll also find black bear, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. There is a very huntable antelope population with some nice bucks on nearby state land and BLM land. Altitude ranges from 5,000 to 9,000 feet … pretty mild for a Rocky Mountain hunt.

    If game bird hunting is more your style, we have strong sage, sharp-tailed and mountain grouse populations. The waters of the area attract migratory ducks and geese on the overlapping edges of both the Central and Pacific Flyways.

    Plan A Hunt
    For the details, visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ website. Their Interactive Hunt Planner lets you choose a species and get all the regulations that apply. The site has hunting district, topo and land-ownership maps, plus population and harvest statistics. Start at Montana Fish, Wildlike & Parks under Hunting, then click Planning a Hunt and then the Interactive Hunt Planner icon.

    We really are a motel for sportsmen – your hunting dogs are welcome and we’ve got gun-racks in the rooms and skinning gambrels in the side yard. We’ll update you on local conditions when you get here.