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Wildlife Showcase of a Healthy Southwest Montana

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!




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Tight lines,

Craig, Wade, Lanette, and the entire Big Hole Lodge staff.


Spring in Montana, when the sun is out it's go time

I left the ski boots on the dryer this weekend, got my two weight out and headed to the Wise River.  It was cold but felt great to be back in the water.  On Saturday afternoon the sun came out and the temperature warmed up to 50 degrees.  Though a hatch was not visible, the fish were looking up for small dry flies in the slow pools.  I fished until the sun slipped behind the nearby mountain.

On Sunday, I woke up early and checked the area snow reports.  Maverick, 3 inches.  Lost Trail, 6 inches.  Bridger Bowl, 9 inches.   I looked at my swollen right knee and went back to bed.  I decided skiing could wait a week until the knee heals, besides a good walk along the Wise River would loosen it up!  I went out with my 2 wt. after lunch and was met with a stiff winter wind and 30 degree air temps.  No dry fly action but they were chasing small streamers in the deep water.  I had to stop and clean the ice out of my guides every third cast and rub my hands back to life every fifth. But it was well worth it.  The fish look well fed and healthy going into the spring, in fact one rainbow I caught was shaped like a football!

Today the sun is out but it is incredibly windy.  They are calling for another big winter storm later in the week so Dad and I will try to sneak the boat out to the Big Hole before it hits.  Hopefully i'll have some spring fish pics later this week!




Take care,


Big Hole Lodge Photography Course

It's no wonder that fly fishing and photography go hand in hand.  Our sport takes us to the most beautiful places on Earth and we have the unique opportunity of coming face to face with one of natures most elusive species, the native trout.  Without the art of fly tying, the technology of rod building, and careful casting technique, we would never be able to so closely examine such a beautiful creature in its natural habitat; without photography we would never be able to preserve that experience.

Cameras today and computer aided developing techniques allow us to truly capture the feeling of fly fishing.  Through photos in fishing and outdoor magazines, you can sit by the fire and transport yourselves to the aquamarine flats of the Caribbean, the pine flanked riverbanks of the Rockies, or the breathtaking tundras of Alaska.  The photographers who bring you those opportunities spend their days carefully studying scenes and setting up shots that will capture the power of those moments.  Now you can too.

Big Hole Lodge is proud to host its first all-inclusive week-long Advanced Photography Workshop! Next October, the Rocky Mountain School of Photography will put on a week-long landscape course taught by Kathy Eyster.   The course will be focus on landscapes and color theory, as part of RMSP's Beyond Foundation Workshop series.  At, Advanced on the Ranch: Big Hole Valley, MT, guests will stay in the luxurious Big Hole Lodge cabins and will enjoy gourmet meals prepared by our talented chef.

Who Should Attend: If by now you’ve been around the photographic block a time or two, and your camera is locked on manual mode, then your eye is trained and you are flexible enough to handle different lighting scenarios and it's to get off the beaten path!  Start developing your own style.  You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. A portfolio review is required upon registration as this is an advanced course. Please call our workshop office for details.

What You Will Learn: Aside from earning an education in the natural beauty found in southwest Montana, you further your skills by spending a week in an authentic fly-fishing lodge with like-minded photographers at your same skill level. Throughout the week, Kathy mentors you individually and provides group lectures on topics including the Zone system for color, fill-flash for landscape photography, color theory and building a cohesive body of work. With flowing rivers, the Rocky Mountains and Western architecture as the backdrop, you create images during morning and evening field shoots, which then become the focus of group critiques led by Kathy in the comfort of the lodge’s dining room. When not “in class,” you share conversations and stories over a barbecued meal or evening bon fire.

This workshop begins Saturday, October 1st at 7 p.m. and ends Friday, October 7th at noon.

Tuition includes lodging for 6 nights (single occupancy), all meals, and gratuity. Enrollment is limited to 7 students.

Register online @ Advanced on the Ranch or call RMSP at (800).394.7677 for more information.