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 Big Hole River; the Caddis House, Camp Creek Cabin and the Divide Cabin. These unique and beautiful homes are available to rent. You can float, bank fish or wade from 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 <a href=”http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/bdnf/recreation/fishing” target=”_blank” > Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest fishing website</a>. You will find information on the lake – location, depth, size – and a list of the types of fish just waiting to be caught.
Guided fishing, Fishing licenses, flies, equipment and shuttles are also available at two fly shops in the area:
Great Divide Outfitters in Divide, just 10 miles from the motel. 406-267-3346
Sunrise Fly Shop 406-835-3474
Expert guides are available in Melrose and throughout the area.