Fly Fishing

Local Information

  • Fishing is right outside our door here in Melrose 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.

  • We manage three properties on the banks of  the  Big Hole River  the Caddis House, the Salmon Fly House and the Maiden Rock Cabin  are located just outside of town. The unique and beautiful homes are available to rent. You can float fish or wade from all three of these properties.

  • 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  the fly shop  in town:    Sunrise Fly Shop 406-835-3474. Expert guides are available in Melrose and throughout the area.

Catch, take a picture, THEN release

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