THE STONEFLY INN & OUTFITTERS - MONTANA

 

THE STONEFLY INN & OUTFITTERS - MONTANA

The Stonefly Inn and Outfitters – an operation that calls itself “Montana's Last Best Fly Fishing Lodge" – is located in the heart of Montana's Blue Ribbon Trout Country. Based in the town of Twin Bridges, Stonefly is a licensed outfitter on the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Madison, Jefferson, Missouri and Ruby River. And with some of the finest guides in all of Montana, this is an operation that offers more than three hundred miles of world class Montana fly fishing water all within a one-hour drive of your cabin door. With five “Blue Ribbon “ rivers, six guest cabins, great steaks, and the best guides in the zip code, the Stonefly Inn is one of our favorites. Low-key, relaxed and comfortable, this is also one of the very best values in the region.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of any length can be arranged.

Accommodations and Lodging

"The Roost" at the Stonefly InnAt the Stonefly Inn, guests stay in one of six cabins, each equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite television, and clean, comfortable beds. After fishing, most guest retire to “The Roost” – the Inn’s common area and dining room – to enjoy cocktails, camaraderie, and dinners prepared to the exacting standards of the cook.

With a maximum capacity of only 12 guests per week, Rooster’s staff is able to concentrate on the important things – taking great care of each and every guest. Great fishing, great accommodations, and four-star meals. What more could you ask for?

Food and Beverages

Outfitted guests can enjoy nightly dinners from the grill. Montana beef and Alaskan salmon are just the tip of the iceberg, usually prepared by none other than the Rooster himself! A buffet breakfast is served each morning prior to your fishing day. There are also a few small cafes and restaurants in the town of Twin Bridges

Fishing Information

Typical Twin Bridges Brown TroutThe sleepy, quiet town of Twin Bridges, Montana is known to many as the epicenter of Montana fly fishing. A small, intimate community, Twin has one flashing traffic light and approximately 300 residents, and in many ways typifies what life was like in Big Sky Country 50 years ago. Home to the R.L. Winston Rod Company and countless sheep, cattle, and horse operations, Twin Bridges has largely escaped the crowds and traffic of some of the better-known Montana towns and cities. There are no souvenir shops (unless you count the auto parts store) or traffic jams (unless you count the cattle drives) – only a sparsely populated river valley, abundant wildlife, panoramic views, and some of the best fly fishing in the lower-48. Just beyond the outskirts of town are situated five of Montana’s finest blue ribbon trout streams, including the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Jefferson, and Ruby Rivers. The legendary Madison is a short, scenic drive down the two lane highway that doubles as Twin Bridges’ main street. Sprinkle in an abundance of private water spring creeks, ponds, and sloughs, and it quickly becomes apparent why Stonefly Inn is one of our most sought-after destinations in the Northern Rockies. Rainbows and browns are plentiful in all of the area fisheries, and brook trout, grayling, and cutthroat trout are found occasionally in certain stretches.

THE BIG HOLE RIVER - Fed by three different mountain ranges, dozens of freestone creeks and flowing for over 100 miles, the Big Hole River is one of those places you just can't get off your mind. Often referred to as "The Last Best River," the Big Hole fishes well from ice-out in April until the winter weather hits in November. Limited outfitter use makes this river a first choice for many anglers.

THE BEAVERHEAD RIVER - One of the three great tailwaters in Big Sky Country. Stable water flows, dense populations of trout and great insect life make this river a great option almost any time of year. Multiple spring creek influxes below Dillon create great clear water and amazing dry fly opportunities during the heat of the summer. A great river to fly fish.

THE MADISON RIVER - They say you have to have an ace in the hole. If we had to pick a river to fit that bill, it would be the "Maddy." Consistent numbers of trout and good water flows throughout the summer months keep the rods bent when fishing is tough elsewhere.

THE JEFFERSON RIVER - Formed in Twin Bridges by the confluence of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby, the Jefferson flows northbound for more than eighty miles to the confluence of the Madison and Gallatin Rivers to form the Missouri. Receiving less pressure than any of the others, this is one of those fisheries that you have to see to believe.

THE RUBY RIVER - For those of us that live in Montana, the Ruby River is known as a "sleeper." From the dam to Twin Bridges, there is over 40 miles of twisting, turning trout water. Good public access makes this a great place to spend an afternoon before, during, or after your trip.

SPRING CREEKS - If you are looking for the “big name” spring creeks like DePuy’s, Armstrong’s, or Nelson’s, you won't find them in this area. What you will find are places like Poindexter Slough in Dillon (entirely on state ground) - no rod fees there. Other options are the lower Beaverhead, Albers Slough, Owsley Slough, and a multitude of smaller feeder creeks – many of which don't even have names!

Boats and Equipment

Float fishing on area rivers is done via McKenzie-style drift boats designed for fly fishing. The Stonefly Inn has a fully-stocked fly shop with all of the major equipment brands for sale, and a full line-up of rental and demo gear for client use.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

The Beaverhead RiverWe are happy to assist you or your family in the organization of non-angling activities during your Montana stay. Remember that we can customize your entire package! If you want to fish less and sight-see more, then be sure to let us know. Non-fishing area activities include sporting clay shooting, horseback riding, swimming and soaking at area hot springs, guided tours of Yellowstone National Park, self-guided tours of the Park, mountain biking, hiking, scenic flights, whitewater rafting, golf. For those traveling with children, babysitting services are available at The Stonefly Inn.

How To Get There

The nearest commercial airport is Gallatin Field (BZN) located in Bozeman, Montana. Serviced by Delta, United, Frontier, Allegiant and Horizon Airlines, the airport is approximately 1.5 hours from the town of Twin Bridges. If you would like to drive directly to Twin and The Stonefly Inn on your own (you can easily rent a car in Bozeman), a map will be sent to you prior to your departure.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

You can arrive and depart the Stonefly Inn on any day of the week, at any time.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All prices are per person and on double occupancy and a trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

Length of Stay Price
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $1,995
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $2,295
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $2,795
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $3,295

Single Angler Supplement ------------------------------------------------------------------ $695 per day

* 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

  • Montana Fly Fishing Guide for 1 or 2 anglers
  • All lodging (with arrival the night prior to your first day on the water)
  • Nightly dinners at The Roost
  • Daily Montana style fisherman's breakfast (hot and cold)
  • Packed cooler lunch on the water each day
  • All demo equipment needed (rods, reels and waders) and all flies
  • Private Water Fees (if applicable)

What's Not Included

  • Montana fishing license
  • Gratuities for the staff and your guide
  • Alcohol (there is a great liquor store just down the street!)
  • Transportation to Twin Bridges

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

The Stonefly Inn is home to a small fly shop that they are proud to call the "Last Best Flyshop". This is a full-service shop that specializes in attention to detail and making sure you have the best gear available during your Montana Fly Fishing Vacation. Because their professional guide staff has selected the gear for the shop, you won't get sold any item that you won't find useful. When it comes to Montana Fly Fishing, Stonefly Outfitters has all the bases covered. With gear from Simms, Hatch Reels, Scott Fly Rods and custom flies from the best tiers in Montana - what else could you need?

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