Triple Creek Ranch, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Darby, Montana.

Triple Creek Ranch, MT

Overview

Triple Creek Ranch is an exclusive Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge that caters to avid anglers who enjoy luxury accommodations, fine dining, personalized service and exceptional fishing opportunities. Located in the Bitterroot Valley of southwest Montana, Triple Creek Ranch sits at the epicenter of northern Rocky Mountain fly-fishing, where the West Fork tributary of the Bitterroot River and its main channel flow. This adults-only, award-winning Guest Ranch offers all-inclusive accommodations in 25 luxurious cabins featuring king beds, wood-burning fire places, air conditioning and a private or nearby hot tub. Nightly cabin rates include accommodations, all meals, house wines spirits and beer and all featured on-ranch activities and special events. Whether fishing or just enjoying the surroundings and service, guests are assured of an exceptional authentic Western experience and memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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Date Range

Closed March and traditionally the first two week of December.

What is Provided to Customer

Triple Creek Ranch can outfit guests for activities in all seasons. Available to borrow are, waders and boots, fly rods and reels, ice-fishing poles, flies, winter jackets, rain slickers, dusters, snow boots, gloves, hats, cowboy hats, chaps, hand & foot warmers, bug wipes, tennis rackets and balls, Nordic and Alpine ski equipment. With advanced notice, we can order any new personal Orvis equipment you desire and have it delivered in time for your arrival at Triple Creek Ranch.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

There are many more opportunities that exist for all levels of fly fishers at this award-winning lodge. Nearby, the Salmon River, dubbed “the river of no return”, gives play to the best steelhead fishing in the Northwest and the Big Hole River offers outstanding eastern slope, cool water float fishing. Just a short but breathtaking hop over the mountains from a local airstrip flows the pristine and remote Selway River, “the least fished river in America” or try your luck on the Swan River for the chance to fish for native bull trout, determined to be a separate species from the coastal Dolly Varden.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring: Spring brings the steelhead run on the Salmon River. If temperatures stay cool the snowmelt slowly feeds the rivers, just right for first-rate bank fishing and guided float trips on the Bitterroot River. Starting with the Skwala fly hatch in March/April, the trout become active and bountiful right into summer when the climate is dry and sunshine is normal.

Summer: Summer temperatures range from the mid-70 to 90’s becoming cooler in the evening. The Bitterroot River, and its floatable tributaries the East and West Fork, are freestone, blue ribbon rivers. Located between the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains, the Bitterroot River runs south to north for approximately 86 miles before emptying into the Clark Fork of the Columbia River. Snowfields from the highest mountain peaks in western Montana feed the river throughout the summer, keeping it floatable and the fishery healthy. In dry years Triple Creek Ranch guests enjoy bank fishing from private ranch property. Native west slope cutthroats and bull trout are here, as well as stream-bred rainbows, brook and brown trout.

Fall: Rivers are fishable well into fall and fly-fishing for steelhead on the Salmon River is exceptional this time of year. Weather can be unpredictable, anywhere from ‘Indian Summer’ days to cooler temperatures and cold nights. Clear blue skies are not uncommon, combined with colors of fall, snow-capped mountains and a few flakes in the valley can be an invigorating outdoor fly-fishing experience for any angler.

Winter: Triple Creek Ranch has three trout ponds for ice fishing in winter, a truly unique activity. Using an ice auger, one of our staff will assist with drilling a hole for an old-fashioned fishing experience. Contact an activities coordinator for fishing gear and keep warm with hot chocolate or hot apple cider while luring those trout to the surface.

Activities

ON RANCH & FEATURED ACTIVITIES


included in Cabin Rate

  • Horseback Riding
  • Fly-fishing in on-ranch trout ponds
  • Fly-fishing Casting Lessons
  • Nature Safaris
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Sapphire Panning
  • Tennis Court
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Sledding
  • Skijoring 
  • Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Stave© Puzzles
  • Fitness Center
  • Evening Fire pit
  • Horseshoes, Bocce, Badminton

SIGNATURE WEEKEND EVENTS


Participation in Signature event activities included in Cabin rate

  • Cooking Schools
  • Vintner Weekends
  • Artist Workshop Weekends
  • All-women riding events
  • Cowboy School & Spring Round Up
  • Holidays feature unique festivities, entertainment and special menus

FOR A LITTLE MORE FUN & ADVENTURE


additional fee applies

  • ORVIS Guide Fly Fishing Float, full or half day
  • Chef’s Table Dining
  • In-cabin Massages
  • Scenic Float down the Bitterroot River
  • Cattle Drives
  • Team Penning cattle work
  • Cross-country Horseback Adventures
  • Trap Shooting & Sporting Clays
  • Lewis & Clark Horse Rides and Van Tours
  • Helicopter tour of Glacier or Yellowstone National Park
  • Golfing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • ATV Tours
  • Mountain Biking
  • Dogsledding
  • Snowmobiling

Lodging

Lodging and Accommodations:

Triple Creek Ranch is an award winning luxury resort in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies. A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux and an Orvis-endorsed fishing lodge, Triple Creek Ranch offers rustic elegance in a mountain retreat featuring private log cabins and a comfortable lodge. Here, adult travelers enjoy a romantic setting with incomparable scenery, wildlife and outdoor activities. Relax in world-class accommodations, dine on the freshest contemporary cuisine and sample the world's finest wines while our caring staff pampers you.

Our all-inclusive fees include luxurious accommodations, breakfast, lunch, gourmet dinners and snacks, packed lunches for outings, house wines and spirits and featured on-ranch activities.

Accommodations are in 25 individual cabins featuring wood-burning fireplaces, king beds, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, fully stocked wet bar, and a private or nearby hot tub. Our log and cedar cabins are located to afford privacy and spectacular scenery. All of the cabins offer refined regional decor and works from the owners’ comprehensive collection of original Western fine art.

Dining:


Fine dining in a relaxed, casual setting describes the Triple Creek Ranch Restaurant. Located on the second floor of the lodge, the candlelight and wood-burning fireplace work together to create a romantic ambiance in a room where the cuisine is as special as the atmosphere. Here, we are proud to offer world-class contemporary cuisine and guests are treated to wholesome breakfasts, light and healthful lunches and gourmet dinners. Dining at the Triple Creek Restaurant is a culinary and visual feast of fresh foods, fine wines and global influences with offerings ranging from traditional French dishes to contemporary cuisine infused with dashes of the Southwest, West Indies, and Central America. Wine pairings are offered from our showcase cellar, tasting menus and our private 'Chefs Table' dining with a unique insider's view of the ranch's high-tech kitchen. Food allergies or special dietary requirements are accommodated with specially prepared menus by our talented chefs.

The lounge is located on the third floor of the lodge and hosts our Wine Spectator award-winning wine cellar with varieties from the best wine regions worldwide. It is a wonderful conversation or game area offering a full bar, Triple Creek signature cocktails and superb wines. Here, guests can enjoy sitting by the fireplace with views of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River or rooftop dining on one of the many surrounding decks.

Species

Species You Fish for by Season

On the Bitterroot you can expect to fly fish for stream-bred trout species year-round such as, rainbow, cutthroat, cutbow, brown, brook, and bull trout. Spring and fall the steelhead run is greatly anticipated on the Salmon River and in fall, large spawning brown’s on the Bitterroot River with its East and West Fork tributaries.

“Trout feed on terrestrials: ants, crickets, grasshoppers, etc. On the Bitterroot River we don't always need a hatch for good dry-fly fishing. The trout seem to key in on large attractor patterns whenever they are feeding.” —Rick Thomas of Fly Fishing Always Outfitters

We can only estimate when the major hatches may occur on the Bitterroot River, it will always vary due to water level and weather conditions. Our high water flow normally peaks around the last of May to the first part of June. In low snow pack years this can be some of the best fishing of the year. During a year with heavy runoff, our river is normally fishable by the last week in June. In the early spring and late fall the Bitterroot, at the gauging station near Darby, is running at a flow between 180 and 500 C.F.S. (cubic feet per second). In high water it can peak out at over 10,000 C.F.S. We also have a reservoir at the head of the West Fork of the Bitterroot that regulates the stream flow in the summer months. The reservoir was built to hold water back for irrigation purposes and the increased flow in July - September is very beneficial to our fishery especially in the dry drought years. All of these factors can greatly effect how, if, and when a particular hatch may happen.

January - February:
Stoneflies: Capnia, Nemoura - Both are small black stoneflies. The fish feed on them on top on the sunny warm spring days.
Midges: There always seems to be a few Midges of some variety hatching. At closer inspection the Midges often turn out to be very small stoneflies or Mayflies. It is hard to distinguish the difference when they are so small.

March - April:
Stoneflies: Capnia, Nemoura & Skwala
The Skwalla is the first hatch the fish really key into on top.
Mayflies & Drakes: March brown drake, Grey drake, Blue wing olive
Caddisflies: Mother’s day caddis
Midges: The trout may not always key into midges, or any other hatch as far as that is concerned. In multiple hatch situations it is important to figure out what bug the trout are taking.

May - June:
Stoneflies: Salmonfly, Golden Stonefly
Mayflies & Drakes: Green Drake, Pale morning dun, Pale evening dun
Caddisfies: Mother’s day caddis
Midges: YES

July - August:
Stoneflies: Golden Stonefly, Yellow Sally, Bitterroot Stone
Mayflies & Drakes: Pale morning dun, Pale evening dun
Caddisflies: Assorted caddis can come off at almost any time
Midges: YES

September - October:
Mayflies & Drakes: Pale morning dun, Pale evening dun, Mahogany Dun, Fall brown drake, Blue wing Olive
Caddisflies: October caddis, assorted caddis can come off at almost any time
Midges: YES

November - December:
Blue wing olive and caddis can hatch into November. We have small midges and stones hatching on warmer days in December, January and February and sometimes the trout key into these insects on the surface. There are always nymphs in the water and trout feed on them throughout the winter.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?



SPRING & EARLY SUMMER …in Montana bring sunny days with crisp mornings and evenings. Daytime temperatures range between 50-70 degrees. Evening temperatures may drop to 35 degrees. Be prepared for varying conditions, we suggest comfortable layers.

Clothing: Light jackets, sweaters/sweatshirts, Jeans and shorts, casual slacks, long and short sleeved shirts, swimsuit, hats and rain gear.

SUMMER …in Montana brings sunny, warm days with temperatures ranging between 60–90 degrees. Evening temperatures may drop to 45 degrees. Be prepared for varying conditions by layering clothing for comfort.

Clothing: Light jackets, sweaters/sweatshirts, jeans & shorts, casual slacks, long & short-sleeved shirts, swimsuit, rain gear and hats.

FALL …in Montana brings sunny, cool days with temperatures ranging between 50-70 degrees. Evening temperatures may drop to 35 degrees. Be prepared for varying conditions by layering clothing and being comfortable.

Clothing: Light jackets, sweaters/sweatshirts, Jeans and shorts, casual slacks, long and short sleeved shirts, swimsuit, hats and rain gear.

WINTER …in Montana can be sunny or overcast, cool days with temperatures ranging between 25-45 degrees. Evening temperatures may drop to 20’s or below. Expect dry snow in the mountains. Be prepared for varying conditions, layer your clothing and be comfortable.

Clothing: Warm jackets, sweaters/sweatshirts, jeans, thermal underwear, rain gear, hats/gloves, ski or snowmobile suits.

Footwear and Additional Accessories:
Around the Ranch: Comfortable walking shoes
Fishing: Triple Creek Ranch provides Orvis waders, boots, rods and reels
Hiking: Sturdy boots that support your ankles
Horseback Riding: Boots with hard, smooth soles or tennis shoes
River Rafting: Rubber soled sandals

Winter Months:
Around the Ranch: Comfortable warm walking shoes
Winter Boots: Sorel boots with removable felt liners are best
Fishing: Triple Creek Ranch provides Orvis waders, boots, rods and reels
Snowshoeing: Sturdy boots with ankle support
Skiing: Triple Creek Ranch provides passes to Lost Trail Powder Mountain, which includes lift tickets, boots, skies and poles. Cross-Country equipment is available at the ranch.

Additional Accessories:
Sunglasses, suntan lotion or sunscreen, lip balm, camera and binoculars. If you forgot a jacket, boots, hat, gloves or other important clothing/accessories, please let a staff member know – we stock a wide ranch of items for guests to borrow!

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is check in and check out?
A. Check-in is 3:00 PM and Checkout is 12:00 PM.

Q. Is the ranch all-inclusive?
A. Nightly Cabin Rates are all-inclusive: accommodations in luxury cabins, all meals, house wines/spirits/beer, and featured on-ranch activities. Not included in the rate is the Montana “Bed Tax” of roughly 5%. Gratuities for staff are not included, or encouraged while you are enjoying your vacation, but may be added to the final invoice. Guests typically will leave a 15-20% gratuity to be distributed among the staff. Fishing Guides working for our third-party, Orvis fly-fishing outfitter may be tipped directly.

Q. Where is the nearest town?
A. Nearest town is Darby, 10 miles from Triple Creek Ranch.

Q. Where are the nearest airports?
A. Nearest International Airport: Missoula international Airport, MSO

Nearest Small Airport: Hamilton Airport (small private planes)

Triple Creek Ranch Provides Shuttle Service to and from MSO airport for a fee: $150 per trip each way

Hamilton Airport fee: $75 per trip each way

There is a helicopter pad on property

Triple Creek Ranch is approximately a 90-minute drive from Missoula Airport, 80 miles.

Q. Is there a minimum number of nights to stay for holidays?
A. A three-night minimum stay is required over the holidays of Christmas, New Year's and the Fourth of July. This applies to all reservations in which the arrival or departure is on the holiday.

Reviews

Triple Creek Ranch
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
5551 West Fork Road
Darby, MT 59829
406-821-4600
800-654-2943

Montana Fly Fishing Package

Let us outfit you with gear, a MT fishing license and a custom Orvis sling pack to fish the Bitterroot with an expert guide!


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