We are pleased to announce that this coming Sunday January 18th, Big Hole Lodge will be featured in episode 2 of “Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die,” a new television series on the World Fishing Network based on Chris Santella’s book of the same name.
In this show fly fishing celebrity and host of World of Fly Fishing, Conway Bowman, floats the Big Hole guided by our own Wade Fellin and Rudy Ketchum.
Though there are plenty of beautiful, wild trout netted and our incredible scenery is highlighted, the main emphasis of this segment is the impressive conservation work being done for the river by the Big Hole Watershed Committee, Big Hole River Foundation, donors like The Orvis Company and through state and federal grants.
This is truly a success story of what can be accomplished if everyone pitches in and works together for the benefit of the resource. The Big Hole River is a great fly fishing river and one of the Blue Ribbon Streams of Montana, but it is also a good example for other watersheds to emulate in their efforts to improve their own local rivers and streams.
We are proud to announce Big Hole Lodge will be featured in episode two of Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die, a television series on the World Fishing Network based on a book by Chris Santella. Click the photo to watch the promotional video and tune in Sunday January 18th to watch the show!
Promo Video for episode two: Big Hole River
“The Big Hole River in southwestern Montana is a study in contrasts: running through high mountain country, sprawling valleys, and rugged canyons. We launch near the town of Wise River and our timing couldn’t have been better, the much sought after salmon fly hatch is in full swing and the trout fishing is really heating up. We land a very nice brown trout in the eighteen inch range and catch some rainbow trout as well. While here we meet with Jim Olsen, the biologist on the Big Hole drainage and Harold Peterson, a rancher in the valley. Together, they provide great insight on how conservation efforts to keep adequate water levels in the river benefit both man and wildlife.”
The most spectacular and rewarding aspect of fly-fishing in Montana is knowing each time you step into the river there is a chance to intimately interact with the wildest and most beautiful creatures in the Rocky Mountains. This summer has been particularly spectacular and we at Big Hole Lodge want to close our season by sharing a few of our favorite moments from our untamed backyard. Southwest Montana is healthy and flourishing!
Thank you to all who joined us this summer! We are deflating the rafts, battening down the hatches for the coming snow, and eagerly awaiting an even more incredible year in 2015. We hope to spend it with you!
Craig, Wade, Lanette, and the entire Big Hole Lodge staff.
Tom Murphy strayed from his beloved Missouri to investigate the state of the browns on the Big Hole. Using an articulated Christmas ornament, he has determined they are hungry, mean, and preparing to spawn!
This skinny old brown ate in still water in front of the boat ramp before we had the anchor up!
Soon after, the below pictured fish hit “harder than a northern pike!”
We knew it would be nothing short of greedy to continue fishing after landing a hog like that, but after a summer on the oars…..it was just too much fun to stop!
The sky was dark, the wind was up, and the temps were chilly, but the fishing was HOT!