THE LODGE AT EAGLE ROCK, MONTANA

 

THE LODGE AT EAGLE ROCK, MONTANA

The Missouri River has quickly become known in the fly fishing world as one of the most productive trout fisheries in North America. Nestled under majestic cliffs at the top of the canyon stretch, The Lodge at Eagle Rock is the newest all-inclusive luxury fishing lodge on the Missouri River. In addition to some of the finest trout fishing in the world, guests at the Lodge at Eagle Rock will enjoy attentive service, gourmet meals, luxury accommodations, and personalized packages with professional outfitters and guides. Whether you want to pit your skills against the browns and rainbows of the Missouri, take a jet-boat ride to the "Land of the Giant's", wade fishing hoppers on Prickly Pear Creek, or a raft trip down the Dearborn --- the Lodge at Eagle Rock the one destination on the Missouri River that can put it all together for you.

Typical Length of Stay

A typical package at the lodge is seven nights with six days of fishing, although a trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please contact Yellow Dog for full details.

Accommodations and Lodging

The Lodge at Eagle RockThe Lodge at Eagle Rock is an impressively renovated, 8,000 square-foot historic inn that combines a magnificent setting, rustic elegance, and modern amenities. The lodge was designed using local, antique, and natural materials to provide a sense of history and harmony. From the 100-year-old barn-wood floors to the hammered copper back splash behind bar and river-rock fireplace in the great room and lounge, the lodge feels like Montana. It is an absolute ideal place for large groups seeking a private lodge experience.

The Lodge will comfortably accommodate 16 guests in 8 beautiful guest rooms. Each room has two full beds, private travertine-tiled bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, and wireless Internet connections. The suite features a jetted tub and walk-in, rain-head shower.

The lodge has a full bar that is the perfect place to relax after a long day fishing. Have a snack, swap fishing stories, watch a game on one of the big-screen TVs, or enjoy a game of darts, pool, ping pong, or shuffleboard. After dinner, you can also relax in front of the river-rock fireplace and set up a game of chess, checkers, or cards. The Lodge also has a small business center with computers, satellite Internet, printers, scanners, and a fax.

The lodge has a gift shop that carries apparel that features The Lodge logo, and some of the other sundries you might have forgotten on your trip. If you’re passionate about tying flies, please feel free to spend some time at the complimentary tying bench. It’s well stocked and ready for the seasoned tyer, or the novice who wants to learn the ropes.

Food and Beverages

The Lodge at Eagle Rock prepares the finest in Montana cuisine with mostly locally raised meats and vegetables. The Lodge has a full kitchen and dining room where you will enjoy a beautifully prepared cold breakfast buffet of yogurt, muffins, cereal, and fresh fruit. Or choose a hot, made-to-order American breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. Streamside lunches include creative sandwiches, Lodge-baked pastries, fresh fruit, salads, and more. For dinner we promise you will be dazzled by four-course gourmet fare from our classically trained chef.

Fishing Information

Missouri River RainbowThe Missouri River below Holter Dam near the town of Craig, MT is a classic "tailwater" fishery. The cool temperatures and steady flow, combined with prolific insect life, provide an ideal environment for trophy trout and the Missouri River has some of the highest fish counts of any trout stream in the country.

For guests staying at the Lodge at Eagle Rock the Missouri River will be your main focus, however the endorsing outfitters and the guides working with the lodge, offer the most diverse fishing program in this area. Many outfitters simply float the Missouri below Holter dam every day. The outfitters working with the lodge are able to fish many of the Missouri River tributaries and other fisheries such as Prickly Pear Creek, Belt Creek, the Blackfoot River, the Dearborn River, Flat Creek, the Sun River, and others. Nearby Holter and Hauser lakes are also popular spots. The "Land of the Giants" jet boat trip on the Missouri is a trip that is only offered by a few outfitters in the area and one that can be arranged by the Lodge at Eagle Rock. Iif you already have a favorite guide on the Missouri River, chances are that we can arrange fishing with that guide. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

For the most part, guests at the lodge see trophy-class fish with brown and rainbow trout 15-24 inches. All of the endorsing outfitters and guides are seasoned professionals who can provide an excellent experience to everybody from complete novices to advanced anglers. All are experienced instructors who can start beginners or refine techniques for even the most seasoned anglers.

MISSOURI RIVER SEASONS
March – April
If you enjoy solitude on the water this is the time to consider visiting the Missouri River. With little pressure, the aggressive trout will be predominately feeding on midges and blue winged olives. If there are overcast skies you can almost count on rising fish for hours a day. Beginning in May the rainbows will begin their spawning season which will leave the river almost vacant, so go early!

Late May - June
Be careful of spring run-off water conditions from Prickly Pear Creek and the Dearborn River. Since the Mo is a tailwater, however, conditions are never that bad for very long and the food of choice for the trout will be PMD’s and Caddis. The mayflies will be out during the morning to mid day with caddis mostly in the evening.

July – August
Middle of the summer will provide great weather and great dry fly fishing! Tricos, caddis, and hoppers will bring fish to the top with streamer fishing providing action for larger fish in the lower sections of the river. If you are looking for an extreme dry fly challenge hit the river early in the morning for the trico hatch, as it will all be over by noon.

September - October
Seasons are changing again in Montana with cooler fall temperatures and shorter days. This however is one of the best months to fish the Missouri with psuedocleons, blue-winged olives, and midges providing the top-water action. Caddis and hoppers will also bring fish up, and don’t forget to try big, ugly streamers down low on the river towards Cascade.

Boats and Equipment

Most Lodge at Eagle rock trips on the Missouri are done float fishing-style from McKenzie drift boats and skiffs. Trips to the Land of the Giants section are done in small jet boats. The guides may also utilize rubber rafts for some of the small rivers like the Sun and the Dearborn.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

The Lodge at Eagle Rock GameroomGREAT FALLS
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Great Falls provides an ideal view of terrain similar to what the Corps of Discovery encountered along their portage of the Great Falls of the Missouri River. You can also visit the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Ar in Great Falls. This beautiful building with its ornate interior was originally built in 1895 and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Great Falls was also the home of the famed cowboy artist Charlie Russell, whose original home and log studio are now part of the C. M. Russell Museum.

HELENA
See Helena's glorious past in the spectacular 19th-century mansions, historic Last Chance Gulch businesses, and restored pioneer dwellings. The Last Chance Tour Train features informative, entertaining tours of the city. The tour begins at the Montana Historical Society. A one-hour train ride provides a spectacular tour of the Capital City, complete with a lesson in Helena's colorful history. Other impressive historical landmarks include the St. Helena Cathedral, an imposing edifice overlooking the downtown area. It is modeled after the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, and is a replica of the Votive Church in Vienna. The Original Governor's Mansion, constructed in 1888, it contains 20 rooms restored to turn-of-the-century elegance and furnished with antiques.

How To Get There

The Lodge at Eagle Rock is almost directly between the cities of Great Falls and Helena, MT. Both cities have airports with commercial flights from Delta, United, Alaska and Allegiant Airlines.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

You can rent a car at the airport in either Helena or Great Falls and follow Interstate 15 (north from Helena or south from Great Falls) approximately 45 minutes to the Dearborn Exit 240, which will take you directly to the Lodge at Eagle Rock. The Lodge at Eagle Rock can also arrange for a shuttle to pick you up. There’s a $50 shuttle fee per trip—no matter what the size of your party.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. For additional days or other custom packages, please call Yellow Dog for details.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
7 Night / 6 Fishing Days $3,900
6 Night / 5 Fishing Days $3,400
5 Night / 4 Fishing Days $2,900
4 Night / 3 Fishing Days $2,450

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • All accommodations and meals
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Fishing trips with endorsing outfitters and guides
  • Transportation to and from fishing area and the lodge
  • All flies, terminal tackle, and all necessary equipment (rods, reels, and waders) if needed

What's Not Included

  • Transportation from hometown to the Lodge at Eagle Rock
  • Airport transfers
  • Gift shop purchases
  • Montana fishing license
  • Gratuities for guides and staff

* Other surcharges may apply for special services such as jet-boat excursions. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Local Lewis and Clark History
The Lewis and Clark Expedition spent several weeks exploring the rivers and creeks in Southwest Montana in June and July of 1805. The various journals kept by team members detail everything from vegetation to wildlife. Just Northeast of Great Falls, Lewis describes the local fish: “these trout [NB: caught in the falls] are from sixteen to twenty three inches in length, precisely resemble our mountain or speckled trout in form and the position of their fins, but the specks on these are of a deep black instead of the red or gold co lour of those common to the U.' States. these are furnished long sharp teeth on the pallet and tongue and have generally a small dash of red on each side behind the front ventral fins; the flesh is of a pale yellowish red, or when in good order, of a rose red.” “after the shower was over I continued my rout to the fountain which I found much as Capt. C; had discribed & think it may well be retained on the list of prodigies of this neighborhood towards which, nature seems to have dealt with a liberal hand, for I have scarcely experienced a day since my first arrival in this quarter without experiencing some novel occurrence among the party or witnessing the appearance of some uncommon object. I think this fountain the largest I ever beheld, and the handsome cascade which it affords over some steep and irregular rocks in it's passage to the river adds not a little to it's beauty.”

On July 16, in the Expedition Journal Lewis describes a large rock above their campsite, “at this place there is a large rock of 400 feet high wich stands immediately in the gap which the missouri makes on it's passage from the mountains; it is insulated from the neighboring mountains by a handsome little plain which surrounds it base on 3 sides and the Missouri washes it's base on the other, leaving it on the Lard. as it descends. this rock I called the tower. it may be ascended with some difficulty nearly to it's summit, and from it there is a most pleasing view of the country we are now about to leave. from it I saw this evening immense herds of buffaloes in the plains below.”

Based on compass readings noted in the Journal, modern historians believe “the tower” to be Eagle Rock. The Lodge at Eagle Rock is situated on the site of the expedition campsite.

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