Orvis Week at Healing Waters Lodge

Details

Join us for Orvis week at Healing Waters, the 2020 Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year, and enjoy six nights and five days of fishing during prime fishing season in Montana! Healing Waters Lodge offers world-class float fishing on Southwestern Montana's best Blue Ribbon rivers, including the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Madison, Jefferson, and Ruby. You'll also have the option to wade fish on small streams through some of the most beautiful private ranches in the Rocky Mountains. At the end of each day, enjoy freshly prepared entrées with wine pairings. The dedicated guides and lodge staff provide each guest with personal attention and hospitality that will make you want to return year after year.

Dates

July 10 – 16, 2021
6 nights, 5-days guided fishing

Pricing

$4,990 per angler, double occupancy (shared room and shared guide).
Other options include:
$2,865 per non-angler, sharing a room with an angler.
$5,590 per angler, private room, private or shared guide**.
Fishing is based on 2 anglers per guide for a shared guide package, 1 angler per guide for a private guide package. Anglers traveling alone pay for a private room package.

Limited space available

Itinerary

July 10: Arrival at Healing Waters Lodge

Fly to Bozeman, MT, (BZN) and pick up a rental car (or contact Orvis to arrange a private shuttle transfer) for the 90-minute drive to the lodge. We recommend arriving at the lodge before 5 pm so that you can settle in before dinner. Upon arrival at the lodge, head to the casting pond or join your fellow travel companions for hors d’oeuvres on the sun porch and an overview of the fishing days planned. You’ll dine on gourmet cuisine and handpicked wine pairings on the lodge’s porch overlooking the pond as you anticipate the next day’s fishing

July 11 – 15: Guided Fishing Days

After a homemade breakfast, you will meet your fishing guide and head out for a full day on the water. Healing Waters Lodge is perfectly located to access all Southwestern Montana’s Blue-Ribbon Waters easily. Your guide will discuss your options for each day based on your preferences and the local conditions. Healing Waters Lodge offers numerous angling opportunities. Choose from floating the Madison, Jefferson, Big Hole or Beaverhead, or walk wade on smaller meadow streams through beautiful private ranches. You may also choose to test your skills against wily spring creek trout on local spring-fed streams. Often these streams get booked in advance, so if you are interested in a spring creek day during your trip, be sure to inquire with us when you book, and we will get you in on a spring creek according to best availability.

July 16: Depart Healing Waters Lodge

After another great breakfast, you will make your way back to Bozeman to catch your flight home or extend your trip to another Orvis-Endorsed destination in Montana or Idaho.

Lodging

Healing Waters is designed with the comfort of their guests in mind. There are nine unique, clean, and spacious rooms, each with two queen-sized beds and a private bathroom. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi and cellphone service. The lodge can accommodate up to 18 guests. They offer door-to-door guide service, personalized laundry service, a large outdoor hot tub, a workout room, and a casting pond stocked with rainbow and brown trout. The original main lodge has a kitchen, pool table, card/board game table, TV, and sitting areas.

Guest Rooms: Eight of nine guest rooms have two queen-sized beds, private bathroom, and porch/patio. The ninth guest room includes a king-sized bed, private bath, and covered patio.

Fly Shop: Stocked with loaner equipment for guest use at no charge; items for sale such as clothing, shoes, hats, books, and mugs.

Fly-Fishing Guide Service: Door-to-door for lodge guests.

Laundry Room: We provide personalized laundry service for our guests.

Outdoor Hot Tub: Guests enjoy relaxing after a day of fishing in the outdoor hot tub with a view of the Ruby Mountain range.

Dining Hall: Guests enjoy appetizers and complimentary beer and wine each evening in the sun porch room. The dining hall overlooks the trout pond. Our large, professional kitchen accommodates our chefs and kitchen staff in preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Exercise Room: Includes electric elliptical, lifting bench, and workout station.

Casting Pond: About an acre in size, the pond has brown and rainbow trout for our guests to practice their casting skills.

Fishing

All guided fishing is done in close proximity of the lodge on the Big Hole, Madison, Beaverhead, Jefferson, and on other private waters on nearby ranches. The Big Hole River defines western fishing. The river gushes past canyon walls slip-sliding through the mountain meadows supporting trout at every bend. For the angler, you have opportunities to catch brook trout, rainbows, brown trout, cutthroat, and arctic grayling. The river summons up caddis flies in May, salmon flies in June, and the PMDs should be out during this trip.

The Beaverhead is Montana's most famous tailwater that has historically produced some of the largest trout in the state and the biggest fish per river-mile — if you are in the mood for getting into the backing of your reel along with an ethereal rush of adrenaline coursing through your veins.

The Madison River is a 50-mile riffle accelerating out of Yellowstone Park slicing its way through the Madison Valley. The river is host to fly-fishing pilgrims from around the world who come to pay homage to one of the planet's great streams. Anglers make every effort to bamboozle, inveigle, and outwit some of the classiest fish on earth. When you are fishing on the Madison, you are breathing the rarefied air of some very hallowed waters.

Some might overlook the Jefferson as it wanders into the Missouri River, but to paraphrase William Faulkner, the Jefferson is a river "that doesn't endure but prevails." Big trout reside in the Jefferson. Big trout that are circumspect, sly, and wary. Big trout that are by nature old, wise, and at times treacherous. To connect with a Jefferson River brown trout is like hooking into something profound and of consequence.

The Ruby River is an intimate stream that people walk and wade. This beautiful stream is away from maddening crowds where the world is reduced to an angler and rising trout. We lease parts of the Ruby where solitude is still an intrinsic part of fly fishing. You are more likely to share the river with an eagle, sandhill crane, or whitetail deer than a fisherman. Fishing the Ruby is angling the way it used to be.

Private Waters: We take considerable pride in working with local landowners in accessing some of the waters they have made available to Healing Waters Lodge. We are not going to label them or name them; these are highly coveted streams, creeks, ponds, and lakes that we treasure. We believe our access to private water gives a competitive advantage over other lodges and outfitters. We have exclusive leases on miles of spring creeks and streams.

FAQs

What Is Included?

Included in your Healing Waters Lodge stay: Lodging, meals, guided fly fishing, complimentary beer and wine, loaner fly-fishing equipment, laundry service, all terminal tackle such as flies, leaders, and indicators, and hospitality staff gratuities.

What Am I responsible For?

  • Montana State Fishing license, fly fishing guide gratuities, private water fishing fees.
  • Airfare and vehicle rental.
  • Airport shuttle transportation. Lodge airport shuttles can be arranged for an additional charge.
  • Trip cancellation insurance, travel insurance, incurred medical expenses.

How Many People On This Trip?

This special departure is limited to six rooms and 12 anglers.

Skill Levels/Experience

Any and all levels of anglers are welcome.

How Strenuous Are The Activities?

Float and Wade Fishing is available.

Meals & Dining

The chefs proudly create gourmet menus that offer a variety of fresh, healthy, well-balanced, and delicious meals. Begin each day with a freshly prepared breakfast in the dining hall and then enjoy a hearty lunch on the water with your guide. In the evening, refreshing drinks and appetizers are served on the sun porch, followed by dinner in the dining room overlooking the pond. Fresh herbs and produce from the lodge garden and Ruby valley growers complement the delicious food. Healing Waters offers a select choice of wines and beer; guests may supply their own liquor.

Species:

Brook trout, rainbow, brown trout, cutthroat, and arctic grayling.

Region/Terrain:

The Big Hole River defines western fishing for us. The river gushes past canyon walls slip-sliding through the mountain meadows supporting trout at every bend. For the angler, you have opportunities to catch brook trout, rainbows, brown trout, cutthroat and arctic grayling. The river summons up caddis flies in May, salmon flies in June, PMDs in July, tricos and spruce moths in August, hoppers in September, and October caddis in October. There isn’t a bad time to fish the Big Hole. Our guides at Healing Waters Lodge feel that for big trout, April is the month.

Borrowing from Melville’s Moby Dick: "Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off —then, I account it’s high time to get to the Big Hole in Montana and start fishing as soon as I can." The Beaverhead River produced some really big fish in 2019, and we are anticipating more big fish in 2020. The Beaverhead is a tailwater that historically has produced some of the largest trout in the state as well as the biggest fish per river mile. If you are in the mood for trout getting into the backing of your reel along with an ethereal rush of adrenaline coursing through your being, plan on the Beaverhead for 2020.

The Smith River continues to be the most coveted river in Montana to fish and float. The experience of floating the Smith for five days and camping for four nights is a siren song for everyone that dreams of fly fishing in a remote part of the planet. The Smith River is a tribute to everything beautiful about Montana. We have a few spaces left on the Smith for 2020, but if you are earnest about going down the Smith River, this is the time to book for 2021. We are the largest outfitter on the Smith River, with 26 of the 73 launches. The demand for launches on the Smith is a good indicator of the quality of a Smith River experience.

The Madison River is a 50-mile riffle accelerating out of Yellowstone Park slicing its way through the Madison Valley. The river is host to fly fishing pilgrims from around the world who come to pay homage to one of the planets great streams. Anglers make every effort to bamboozle, inveigle, and outwit some of the classiest fish on earth. When you are fishing on the Madison, you are breathing the rarified air of some very hallowed waters.

Some seem to overlook the Jefferson as it wanders into the Missouri River, but to paraphrase William Faulkner, the Jefferson is a river “that doesn’t endure but prevails.” Big trout reside in the Jefferson. Big trout that are circumspect, sly, and wary. Big trout that are by nature old, wise, and at times treacherous. Connecting to a Jefferson River brown trout is like hooking into something profound and of consequence.

The Ruby River is an intimate stream that people walk and wade. This beautiful stream is away from maddening crowds where the world is reduced to an angler and rising trout. We lease parts of the Ruby where solitude is still an intrinsic part of fly fishing. You are more likely to share the river with an eagle, sandhill crane, or whitetail deer than a fisherman. Fishing the Ruby is angling the way used to be.

Private Waters: We take considerable pride in working with local landowners in accessing some of the waters they have made available to Healing Waters Lodge. We are not going to label them or name them; these are highly coveted streams, creeks, ponds, and lakes that we treasure. We believe our access to private water gives a competitive advantage over other lodges and outfitters. We have exclusive leases on miles of spring creeks and streams.

Typical Weather

During this special departure in July, you can expect cool mornings, warm afternoons and evenings, cool after the sun goes down. Afternoon thunderstorms are possible, so bring rain gear. Because it is Montana, the weather can change in 10 minutes, so bring layers.

Gear Recommendations:

Please let us know in advance if there is anything that you are going to need to borrow. If you have a lightweight rod such as a 4 or 5, and a medium-weight outfit such as a 6 and a heavier outfit such as a 7- or 8-wt., bring all three. You will probably only need the 7 or 8 if you are traveling to Montana in the fall when streamer fishing is a more regular part of our fishing experience.

Flies/Leaders: Flies are provided by Healing Waters Lodge as part of your package. However, if you have some favorite patterns that you like to fish, please feel free to bring them. We will fish a variety of leader lengths and weights. The guides will provide all the leaders and tippets you need as part of your Healing Waters Lodge fishing package.

Clothing: Weather in Montana is changeable in the early, middle, and late seasons. You can start the day in long underwear and end it in short sleeves. Come prepared for any type of weather. We suggest that you layer your clothing. A good set of top and bottom long underwear is advisable in the early and latter part of the season. You may want fleece pants under your waders. A turtleneck with a heavier shirt and then topped off with a fleece pullover works well. A good water/wind proof jacket is recommended both for rain and wind protection. Wet wading is usually possible from about mid-June to mid-September but have your waders along just in case. Of course, you should have good waders with rubber or felt-soled wading shoes or bootfoot waders with rubber or felt soles. Again, if you need to borrow waders and boots, please notify us of the shoe size and your height, we will set aside a pair that will closely fit you. Some folks like fingerless gloves and some like to have a good set of full-fingered gloves just to put their hands in to warm up on colder days. A warm hat plus your normal fishing cap or hat is recommended. Polarized sunglasses are highly recommended.

Additional Activities:

Sightseeing: 90 minutes from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park; 60 minutes from Bannack State Park; 40 minutes from Lewis & Clark Caverns; 20 minutes from historical towns of Nevada City and Virginia City.

Hiking, Birding, Artistic Endeavors: Seven mountain ranges surround the Ruby River Valley: the Tobacco Root, the Highlands, the McCartney, the Pioneer, the Ruby, the Gravely, and the Snowcrest Mountains.

Reviews

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Jeremy Kehrein
Healing Waters Lodge
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)

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