Healing Waters Lodge, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Twin Bridges, Montana

Healing Waters Lodge, MT


Centrally located in Montana's beautiful Ruby valley, home to Blue Ribbon trout streams such as the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Jefferson, Madison, and Ruby rivers and miles of private ranch access. We work diligently to maintain a cadre of guides that intimately understand the waters we fish, along with the needs of each individual client. While the emphasis is on fishing we also take pride in the fine cuisine we create and our clean and comfortable rooms, with accommodations of up to 18 guests. We are only as good as the people around us and at Healing Waters Lodge it is the dedicated group of professional guides and hospitality staff that work on behalf of our guests, knowing attention to detail will differentiate us from our competition.

Commitment to Our Guests

Healing Water Lodge is committed to providing the best service possible to our guests. The success of the Lodge is built upon the foundation of personal attention and service that establishes a lasting relationship with our guests. Guests return year after year because of the relationships with their fly fishing guides and of course, the lodge staff who definitely know the meaning of hospitality. Our goal is to provide everything necessary to make your angling vacation fun and relaxing as possible.

We maintain the long stand relationship with Lilly and Kemph Outfitters for our guide service. They are among the best in the business and have a talented staff of veteran/professional guides.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

At Healing Waters Lodge we believe that we can offer more angling opportunities within easy driving distances than any other outfitters in Montana. You can float one of the larger western rivers in southwest Montana such as the Madison, Jefferson, Big Hole or Beaverhead. You can walk wade on smaller meadow streams like the Ruby, the Upper Clark's Fork, the South Boulder or Flint creek which all flow through beautiful private ranches.

Big Hole River - The Big Hole River is a delight for trout fishermen. The tall cliffs along with peaceful wilderness makes this an optimal spot for fly fishing.

Madison River - The Madison River has a wide variety of fish and is very close to our lodge to give you convenience and accessibility.

Beaverhead River - Beaverhead has some of the best trout fishing opportunities in the entire country, and a variety of other wildlife which makes this river a paradise to explore.

The Ruby River - The Ruby is a terrific, small meadow river. Lilly and Kemph use several sections of the Lower Ruby.

Alber's Spring Creek - This is another very challenging spring creek. Lilly & Kemph have exclusive use of this creek.

The South Boulder River - This small meadow stream is a tributary of the Jefferson River and because it is kept cool by many fresh water springs you will find some fine mid summer dry fly fishing with attractor dries and hoppers.

The Gund Ranch - For a number of years Lilly & Kemph have worked with a good friend, Dennis Rehse, manager of this ranch to put clients onto some of the largest rainbows, brook trout and brown trout in Montana. The ranch has three spring ponds ranging in size from a couple of acres to eleven acres.

Wheat Ranch - Harris Wheat is a 4th generation rancher who controls several miles of the lower Beaverhead which is not floatable for guided anglers. We can however wade fish this very lovely piece of water. Additionally there is a side channel of a mile that fishes much like a spring creek. For those anglers who enjoy a few hours on a still water fishery this ranch has a small lake with very large rainbow trout.

Morse Land Co. - Late in the summer of 2011 we were approached about leasing the fishing rights on this very large ranch in the Ruby Valley. We discovered some hidden gems on this property only five minutes driving time from Healing Waters Lodge. There are several miles of the Lower Ruby River, a short section of Leonard Slough (spring creek), miles of Mill Creek which is a terrific small meadow stream loaded with nice brown trout and a small pond for the still water folks.

Konen Ranch - The Lower Beaverhead north of Dillon offers some very good meadow stream fishing but is little touched because it is not floatable on a practical basis. The distance from put in to take out makes too long of a day for most anglers. At Healing Waters Lodge we have access to miles of the Lower Beaver through the Konen ranch.

Parson's Slough - Our very good friend and client, Terry McClinch, developed the highly successful Circle 3 spring creek. He is now rehabing one of the major rainbow spawning tributaries to the Jefferson River, Parson's Slough. We will have access in 2013 to two miles of this beautiful spring creek.

All private water fishing does require a rod fee for each angler. Prices very between $100 and $150 per rod per day.

You may also choose to test your skills against wily spring creek trout on local spring fed streams to which Lilly & Kemph Outfitters have exclusive access. Often these streams require advance reservations, so if you are interested in a spring creek day during your trip, be sure to inquire in advance.

Finally if you are really into fishing for truly large trout then you should consider spending a day on a stillwater fishery with a Healing Waters guide who knows the reservoirs and spring ponds in our area.


What Should Customers Bring

The following are items you should bring to Montana regardless of the season:

  • Polar Fleece hat, wool cap and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Polarized sunglasses.
  • Gloves or mittens.
  • Good rain gear.
  • A warm jacket even in July.
  • A pair of long underwear. These are essential in spring and fall.
  • Bring a pillow and towels.
  • Socks. My feet are always cold. Polar fleece socks, wool socks, silk socks what ever it takes for warm feet.
  • Shorts or a swim suit.
  • Chest waders. Chest waders with a raincoat will keep you completely dry.
  • Bring a camera, binoculars, sun screen and insect repellent.


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Healing Waters Lodge has a reputation for being a superior fly fishing lodge in the Twin Bridges area. The lodge is located in the Ruby Valley between the towns of Sheridan and Twin Bridges and has views in every direction, a fishing pond and surrounded by cottonwood trees. Everything about the lodge is designed with the comfort of our guests in mind.

  • Clean, comfortable rooms, each in a unique theme: The Rookery, Heritage, Lilly, Granny Yates, Franz Pott, Henry Plummer, Bitterroot and Grayling
  • Personal fishing equipment holders
  • Door to door guide service
  • Personalized laundry service
  • Large outdoor hot tub
  • Exercise room
  • Fishing pond
  • Our cuisine is freshly prepared for every meal of the day. From hot breakfasts and streamside lunches to elegant dinners, we have it all, and can provide you a taste of Southwest Montana that you're never going to forget.

    Lodge Cuisine

    Each morning, hot breakfasts and streamside lunches are prepared for you that promise to keep you energized for catching fish throughout the day. When you return to the lodge, expect tasty hor d’oeurves on the screened in porch followed by a gourmet dinner featuring a wide variety of meat, poultry and seafood. Each evening wines are handpicked from our wine list to compliment each individual course selection.

    We are glad to accommodate any dietary restriction or preference.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    What's the weather like?
    In the spring and fall, daily temperatures range from the low thirties to the mid-seventies. In the summer, the highs range from the seventies to the mid-nineties, with lows in the forties. Bring rain gear as summer storms come and go quickly.

    Do I have to dress up for dinner?
    Although the fare is elegant, dress is casual.

    Do I need my own fishing gear?
    Bring your own if you prefer. If you do, we recommend a 4, 5, or 6 weight fly rod (with reel), chest waders, wading shoes, vest, net, a sun hat, and polarized glasses. If you don’t have or care not to bring your own we’ll outfit you with premium brand equipment.

    What other clothing or gear should I bring?
    A mid-weight warm coat, fleece pullover, mid or lightweight polypro long underwear, long sleeve sun shirt, hot weather and cool weather hats, sunglasses, camera, sunscreen, and bug repellent.

    Do you have to be an accomplished flyfisher?
    No. We help seasoned flyfishers master the tradition, and welcome novices with open arms. Just let us know if you've never fished before when you make your reservation, and we’ll happily welcome you into the sport.


    Healing Waters Lodge
    Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
    Mike and Laura Geary
    270 Tuke Lane
    Twin Bridges, MT 59754

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