May 19-25, 2024 | Starting at $5,895 - Join Orvis for a unique streamer fishing school with our friends and Orvis-Endorsed partner Big Hole Lodge.

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May 19-25, 2024 | Starting at $5,895 - Join Orvis for a unique streamer fishing school with our friends and Orvis-Endorsed partner Big Hole Lodge.

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Streamer School at Big Hole Lodge

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The Story

Enjoy warm hospitality in rustic accommodations at Big Hole Lodge on your group fly-fishing trip to Wise River, Montana, where you’ll enjoy expert instruction in the Orvis Streamer School. Streamer junkies know that streamer fishing is not a numbers game; it is about chasing the biggest fish in the pool. Long gone are the days of quartering downstream and swinging a streamer as the sole technique; streamer anglers have developed new ways to get an eat from big, mean trout and you will be let in on many of the secrets. During this school you will learn about casting a 7-weight rod with sinking tip, the double haul, various ways to present and swim a streamer, and other nuances of streamer fishing.


May 19-25, 2024


$5,895 - Double occupancy, (shared room, and shared guide)

Length of Trip:

6 nights, 5 days of instruction and guided fishing


  • Expert instruction on the techniques for successful streamer fishing
  • Opportunities to catch a trout of a lifetime
  • Mouthwatering meals
  • Cozy and comfortable lodging
  • Montana fishing at its best

Orvis is pleased to offer our travel customers access to two valuable services: Global Rescue travel membership and IMG Signature Travel Insurance℠.

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Click here to learn more about our reservations, deposits and our cancellation and refund policy.

Big Hole Lodge is nestled in a magnificent mountain wilderness setting with a beautiful trout stream at its doorstep. With a maximum capacity of 12 guests, the emphasis is on personalized service and warm hospitality, for which the lodge has become renowned. The main lodge itself, built of local river rock and lodge-pole pine, is the perfect place to relax over a cocktail and enjoy a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains.

Guests stay in rustic, spacious cabins with modern conveniences, all opening to a panoramic view of the scenic Wise River Valley and the Pioneer Mountains. The "home pool" on the Wise is only a few steps away and fishes great after dinner. Discriminating anglers will find the well-appointed accommodations clean and comfortable. Moose, elk, deer, and mountain goats abound in the immediate area, and it is common to see one or more during your stay as they browse the meadows in the evening.

On arrival day, after settling into your room, the group will gather for a discussion on streamer gear and a chance to receive instruction on casting your 7-weight rod with sinking tip. Each morning will begin with a sumptuous breakfast at 8:00 AM to fuel you until lunchtime. Classroom time will be from 9:00 AM–10:00 AM, where you will learn about the various facets of streamer fishing. At 10:00 AM, the air and water temperatures will have risen, so you will head out with your guide to fish and practice what you have learned. You will return around 6:00 PM with enough time to freshen up before cocktails, appetizers, and dinner.

Big Hole Lodge is first and foremost a fly-fishing lodge, and everything they do is focused on your fishing experience. Schedules are made to be flexible, so they can accommodate your fishing desires and needs. You will be visiting a beautiful part of the US that boasts some of the finest trout fishing in the world. Fly fishing, however, is not an easy sport, and you will be casting to wild trout. Be assured that your guides and camp staff will do their best to make your stay a relaxing and productive angling experience, and whether you're novice or avid our guides will teach you something to add to your bag of tricks. The Big Hole River is the last river in the lower 48 where a Grand Slam is possible: grayling, cutthroat, brook trout, rainbow, and brown.

What is Included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 5 full days of guided fly fishing and instruction
  • All flies and tippet
  • All meals, beer, and wine
  • Round trip transfers from Butte Airport (BTM)

What is Not Included?

  • Montana fishing license
  • Guide and staff gratuities
  • Trip insurance
  • Montana accommodation tax (4%)

How many people are on this trip?

8 guests.

What skill level is suggested?

All skill levels are welcome.

How strenuous are the activities?

The trip can be tailored to an individual's fitness level.

Is this a child-friendly trip?

Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as an angler.

What other activities are available?

In Wisdom, you will discover a beautiful Western Art Gallery. Just north of Wisdom, you can view a short documentary of the historic “Battle of the Big Hole” at the Chief Joseph battleground. This is managed by the National Park Service and is very interesting. We also recommend a visit to nearby Bannack ghost town, the former territorial capital of Montana and the best-preserved ghost town in the state. Driving through old Montana is like turning the pages of history books back 100 years.

What is the typical weather?

Plan for cool days and cooler nights. Highs are in the 60s and lows drop down to the high 20s. Precipitation could come in the form of rain or snow. Montana is renowned for its variable weather in the spring. You should come prepared with plenty of layers, a warm hat, and gloves. It's best to check the local weather forecast just prior to your trip for the most accurate weather conditions.

What gear do you recommend?

A detailed packing list will be sent to guests upon booking.

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the trip proposal and materials (trip planner and confirmation email). In some cases, deposits are non-refundable, this depends on the destination and will be clearly noted in the trip proposal and materials as well. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips (stated in the trip proposal and materials), the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

Orvis Travel, its Owners, Employees, Associates and Agents give notice that they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or other services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers.

Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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