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.
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.
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.