Head out with Dan, aka "Rooster," for an action-packed overnight fishing trip in Twin Bridges, Montana! This area of Southwest Montana is home of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby, Madison, and Jefferson Rivers. Experience world-class fly fishing, accommodations, fly shop, and guides located in the heart of Montana's Blue Ribbon Trout Country!...Read More
Rooster and his team's goal is simple, to give you an experience you will never forget. With the best in the business Montana fly fishing guides, they have packages for all anglers. Stay at the Stonefly Inn, bring your fly rod, your buddy or spouse, and do a self-guided trip and they are happy to point you in the right direction.
Rooster and his team consists of a very diverse, seasoned guide staff - one that has been cultivated over the last 15 years. Whether you are a beginner or experienced angler, they make sure to pair you up accordingly. While everyone has their niche - these guides have a very good sense of teamwork and will stop at nothing to make certain you walk away a better fisherman than when you arrived.
The Big Hole River - Fed by three different mountain ranges, dozens of freestone creeks and flowing 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 guest 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 some great clear water opportunities to fish dry flies during the heat of the summer. Big browns on hoppers. A great river to fly fish.
The Madison River - They say you have to have an ace in the hole. If Rooster had to pick a river to fit that bill, it would be the "Maddy". Astonishing numbers of trout and good water flows through the summer months keep the rods bent when fishing might be tough elsewhere.
The Jefferson River - Formed in Twin Bridges by the confluence of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby Rivers, the Jefferson flows northbound over 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 - As our friends refer to secret spots - the Ruby River is 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.
There are three main seasons when it comes to Montana fishing. Get your line in the water when the fish are most hungry in the peak season, or get world-class fishing at a discount in the shoulder season.
Early season (Shoulder) - April, May, and June – The Rocky Mountains can deliver some pretty severe weather during these early months of the fishing season. You should plan accordingly, and realize that the weather can be here today - gone tomorrow. You will want breathable waders, felt or rubber soled boots, raingear, layers of fleece, gloves, hats, glasses and hats. We could also have summer weather as early as late May, so make sure to pack a couple pairs of shorts and your favorite fishing shirt.
Summer season (Peak) - June, July, August, and September - With the summer upon us, you can expect temperatures to range from cool in the early a.m. to downright hot in the afternoons. Long sleeve fishing shirts, broad billed hats, and polarized sunglasses can relieve some of the summer sun. Although shorts and wading sandals are the norm, summer thunderstorms are common in SW Montana, so always have a light rain jacket in your gear bag.
Fall season (Shoulder) - September, October and November - As the summer winds to a close, we say goodbye to the dog days and welcome cooler mornings and warm afternoons. September is hopper month in these parts, so a stout 6 wt. is a good choice. By the middle of September the water temps have fallen to the point that you’ll likely be more comfortable wearing waders. For those that plan an October trip to Montana, your gear bag should include layers of fleece, raingear, a warm hat, gloves and of course a good pair of glasses.
For those wanting a true Western fly fishing experience, The Stonefly Inn is the perfect choice. Located in the heart of Twin Bridges on Main Street, minutes from world class rivers that offer the best trout fishing in Montana. These all-inclusive packages cover all Montana farm-to-table meals cooked by an awesome chef, lodging in one of the cabins, guided fishing, flies, rods, reels, all terminal tackle. The recently renovated cabins have upgraded mattresses, new linens and furnishings. The common area is a great gathering place with comfortable seating, TV, screened porch, dining tables, bar. The outdoor fireplace area is a favorite among guests, a great place to hang out in the evenings and they keep it stocked with firewood all season. You have full use of the on site amenities when you book with Rooster and his team. Their fly shop is also located on the property if you need supplies.
Rod, Line and Fly Recommendations:
Rooster and his gang strongly recommend a 9ft or 9.5ft, 6 weight rod. A 5 weight will do almost anything a 6 will, but you might have to work harder to get the fly to the fish in the wind. And yes, the wind has been known to blow out in the Rocky Mountains!
They prefer WF lines. Their favorites are the Scientific Anglers Sharkwave and Trout Stalker. When it comes to leaders, anything 7.5ft 2,3 & 4X class will work fine.
When you fish with them, the flies are included in your package, and they have plenty of them. Their guides carry hundreds if not thousands of the patterns that work on their local waters and their shop bins are fully stocked with tried and true flies. However, if you would like to tie some flies of your own, they recommend giving the shop a call and they can advise you further. In the meantime you can rarely go wrong with these:
Montana Fishing License Requirements:
You will need to purchase a conservation license, along with a fishing license that will cover the amount of days you plan on fishing. They are sold in 2’s and 10’s as well as a full season. Rooster recommends purchasing your license online prior to arrival, as they are not a license agent – it will help expedite getting you on the river!
Food and Drink:
Your dining experience is certain to be a highlight of your fishing trip! Rooster and his team strive to accommodate all dietary restrictions. If you require any special dietary consideration or have food allergies please do let them know and they will make sure your needs are provided for. They generally serve wine with dinner. If you are someone that enjoys an evening cocktail or beer, there is a liquor store a few doors down that is well stocked. Many guests provide a bottle or 2 to share with their fellow anglers during the course of their stay at Stonefly.
Charters don't get much better than Captain Dan and his team. Enjoy the chase of catch and release fly fishing for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Cutthroat Trout fishing storied Montana waterways like the Big Hole River, Beaverhead River, Madison River, Jefferson River, Missouri River, and Ruby River. With over 300 miles of world-renowned Montana fly fishing water within an hour's drive of your cabin, you're gonna want to stay and fish a while!...Read More
So with that, welcome to Twin Bridges, Montana! This area of Southwest Montana is home of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby, Madison, and Jefferson Rivers. Experience world-class fly fishing, accommodations, full fly shop, and guides located in the heart of Montana's Blue Ribbon Trout Country.
Captain Dan and his crew have two options for your stay in Twin Bridges, Montana. We have the tried and true Stonefly Inn, located on the main street of Twin Bridges, as well as the exclusive Stonefly Lodge, located five miles out of town on the Big Hole River.
Remotely located off the beaten trail in Twin Bridges, Montana, these waters are largely protected from the fishing pressure some of the other areas of the state contend with. In Twin Bridges, you can truly unwind and enjoy your Montana fly fishing vacation along with the solitude and vastness of Southwest Montana. The days are longer, the fish are bigger, and the beer is colder.
Captain Dan and his entire staff are dedicated to providing you a Montana fly fishing vacation that will leave you wanting to return year after year. Thanks to the Stonefly's dedication to homey customer service, their average return ratio hovers around 95% season after season. During your stay, you'll be treated as a personal guest. Rooster's daughters, McCall and Cady, will do their best to impress you with stories of life growing up at the fishing lodge, many of which include the stories of great guests and friends that are the life pulse of The Stonefly.
Captain Dan comes from a Montana fly fishing family, and you can bet you'll be part of it when you are at The Stonefly. After long work days, your hosts love to break bread at the family table together to share stories of the day.
Captain Dan considers it a privilege to share this piece of Montana with those who come to enjoy its beauty. Fill in date, party size, trip duration, and start time above to book and get out there with Captain Dan and Captain Experiences!
I just spent 3 days at The Stone Fly Inn. What a true Montana Fly Fishing Vacation we had. Rooster put us on the fish and took amazing photo's of the experience, his chef prepared amazing food for us, his secretary was sweet as honey, and his lodging was as ...Read More clean as could be. I highly recommend booking a vacation with Rooster, you'll be glad you did!
This was my fourth year going there with Rooster and the guys and it seems to get better every time we go. If you want a truly relaxing but exciting fly fishing trip you have to go with these guys ! I am privileged to go on a lot of ...Read More trips and this is the one that I look forward to every year. They really do out their customers first and if you don't leave this place calling them your fiends then something is wrong with you. Rooster I wish there were a ten star button because I would definatly have used it. Until I see y'all next year my friends God bless.
Great experience, accommodations and guide! Looking forward to returning.
We vet our guides to make sure they are the best of the best. We want guides who not only catch fish, but show you a great time on the water, keep you safe, and give you a memorable experience with your group.
Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a QR code (like a mobile boarding pass). Just show your guide your QR code on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to go fishing. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!
In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a full refund. Your safety is our top concern.
We're always available to answer your questions via email, text, chat, or call!
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
You will need your own tackle.
No cleaning service provided.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
Rods, reels, tackle
At an Additional Rate
Waders and wading boots, hat, sunscreen,polarized sunglasses
Montana fishing license
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
Yes, cancel for free up to 14 days before the trip.
Where to Buy a Fishing LicenseFind out more about licenses here.
Twin Bridges, MT, USA