GTF - Montana
Late April to early November
14 rods per week
Brown and rainbow trout
The Lodge at Eagle Rock is located pretty close to the middle of the state of Montana, about 40 miles west of Great Falls and about 50 miles north of Helena, Montana.
Brown and Rainbow trout. Some Cutthroat Trout and Brook Trout.
SEASON OF OPERATION
Mid-April through early November
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
There are no set arrival and departure days at the lodge, so long as there is space, guests can book for as long or as short a stay as their time allows.
It’s pretty obvious when you first walk in to the lodge that this property is a real labour of love for the owners. No expense has been spared in creating this magnificent facility, right down to the finest of details. The Lodge at Eagle Rock is an impressively renovated, 8,000 square-foot historic inn that combines a magnificent setting, rustic elegance, and modern amenities. Situated on the banks of the world-famous Missouri River, one of America’s finest blue-ribbon trout streams, and beneath majestic rocky cliffs, you will enjoy luxurious accommodations and service coupled with Montana’s wild outdoors and majestic scenery.
Everywhere you look, you’ll see warmth and comfort. From the 100-year-old barn-wood floors to the hammered copper backsplash behind bar and river-rock fireplace in the great room and lounge, the lodge owners have used local, antique, and natural materials to provide a sense of history and harmony. The full bar is a great 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, or shuffleboard. After dinner, you can also relax in front of the enormous river-rock fireplace with a cold beer or glass of wine.
Without question, the Missouri River is one of the finest tail waters on the planet, particularly for those who share our enthusiasm for dry fly fishing. Offering one of the healthiest river environments in the Western United States, The Mo enjoys consistently spectacular hatches of mayflies, caddis flies, and midges.
Formed by the confluence of the Gallatin, Jefferson and Madison rivers at the town of Three Forks, the Missouri River flows for 700 miles across Montana. Unlike the similarly long Yellowstone River, there are numerous dams and reservoirs on the Missouri River that help shape its character. More than two hundred miles of its length consists of various reservoirs and lakes, the largest of which is Fort Peck Lake in the Hi-Line region of northeast Montana.
The Missouri River finally emerges from all these dams beneath Holter Dam. This stretch of water from Holter Dam to the town of Cascade, thirty miles downstream, is the prime trout fishing waters on the Missouri. The cold waters released by Holter Dam provide excellent trout habitat. The Missouri River in this section flows through a small agricultural valley and a canyon that has sparsely forested hillsides. Interstate 15 closely follows the river.
The lodge guides also operate on the nearby Missouri River tributaries such as Prickly Pear Creek, Belt Creek, Blackfoot River, the Dearborn River, Flat Creek, the Sun River, and others. Nearby Holter and Hauser lakes are also popular spots.
These local rivers abound with wild rainbow and brown trout. You’ll also find brook trout and cutthroat in many of the system’s estuaries. For the most part, guests will catch trophy-class fish with brown trout from 16-24 inches and rainbows from 15-22 inches.
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
The guides use both Hyde and Clackacraft Drift Boats when floating the main Missouri River system and smaller inflatable rafts when fishing the smaller river tributaries in the area.
Some of the endorsed outfitters are also Coast Guard captains and can take guests by jet boat to some of the exceptional fishing spots where drift boats simply can’t get in to, including the fabled Land of the Giants. Jet boat excursions are not included in package rates, additional charges will apply. Please speak directly with Jen when you are the lodge for pricing and availability for this unique fishing option.
Guests have two options when traveling from out of state, other than driving. The easiest and quickest way in is to fly into the Great Fall International Airport (Airport code GFT) and have a shuttle drive you the 40 odd miles to the lodge, or you can rent a car and do the scenic drive along Interstate 15, which runs along a good deal of the MO on the way to the lodge. The other option is to fly to Helena Montana Regional Airport (Airport code HLN) and have a shuttle pick you for the 50 mile drive. You can also rent a car from the airport in Helena.
Slipstream Angling is a full service travel company and can handle your domestic and international airfare, as well as a host of other services relating to your trip. Please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703 if you’d like assistance.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
• Accommodations for specified duration of the booking
• Number of days specified at time of booking
• All meals: Breakfast, riverside lunch and 4 course gourmet dinner
• Spirits, wine and beer at the lodge
• Complete gear use, including rods, reels waders and boots
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
• Domestic and International airfare to Montana
• Montana State fishing license
• Gratuities for fishing guides and lodge staff
• Transportation to and from the lodge on arrival and departure days (shuttles from both the Great Falls and Helena airports can be arranged in advance)
This is a good location for non-anglers as long as they are content to just relax and enjoy the property during the day. With a rental car, the options for non-anglers become far more diverse
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
Canadian, British, EU and Australian citizens only need a valid passport for entry to the United States. No visa is required.
RATES FOR 2016-17
7 nights lodging with 6 days of guided fishing $3,900 USD
6 nights lodging with 5 days of guided fishing $3,400 USD
5 nights lodging with 4 days of guided fishing $2,900 USD
4 nights lodging with 3 days of guided fishing $2,450 USD
3 nights lodging with 2 days of guided fishing $1950 USD
All package rates are per person, based on double occupancy room and boat.
• Single-occupancy surcharge - An angler who chooses to room as a single, will be charged a $175 fee per night.
• Single-angler surcharge - An angler who chooses to fish as a single, will be charged a $225 fee per day.