The Stonefly Lodge (new for 2017) and the Stonefly Inn – an operation that calls itself “Montana's Last Best Fly Fishing Lodge" – is located in the heart of Montana's “Blue Ribbon” trout country. Based out of Twin Bridges, the Stonefly Lodge & Inn giving angling guests opportunities to fish famous Southwest Montana rivers such as the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Madison, Jefferson, and Ruby Rivers. With some of the finest guides in the state, this operation offers more than three hundred miles of world-class Montana fly fishing water, all within a one-hour drive of your door. With five “Blue Ribbon “ rivers, choice of accomdoations, and the best guides in the zip code, the Stonefly Ldge & Inn is one of Yellow Dog’s favorites. Low-key, relaxed and comfortable, this is one of the very best destinations in the region.
LOCATION: Twin Bridges, Montana
SEASON: May - October
CAPACITY: Capacity varies
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Bozeman, Montana (BZN)
TARGET SPECIES: Rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and grayling
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Montana fishing license
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Stonefly Lodge (NEW FOR 2017)
Located just outside of Twin Bridges, this all-inclusive option includes gourmet farm-to-table meals, access to three miles of private spring creek behind the lodge, and more. At the Stonefly Lodge, guests stay in one of six double occupancy rooms which are clean and comfortable. After fishing, most guests retire to the common area to enjoy cocktails, camaraderie, and dinners prepared to the exact standards of the cook. Guests can also enjoy themselves around an outdoor fire pit or play horseshoes. With a maximum capacity of only 12 guests per week, Rooster’s staff is able to concentrate on the important things – taking great care of each and every guest. Great fishing, great accommodations, and great meals. What more could you ask for?
Located in the town Twin Bridges, this option is for anglers on a budget just looking for a comfortable and clean place to hang their hat, want the abilty to either eat in town or cook their own meals, while being guided by some of the best fly guides in Southwest Montana. There are six double occupancy cabins on the property, a common dining area, and a fully stocked fly shop on the property that has everything you may need to venture out on your own.
Food and Beverages
Guests at the Stonefly Lodge enjoy nightly gourmet dinners from the grill. Montana beef and Alaskan salmon are just the tip of the iceberg. A full sit-down breakfast is served each morning prior to your fishing day.
Guests at the Stonefly Inn are free to eat out on the town, or bring their own food and use the Inn's kitchen and dining facility.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length can be arranged. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
We are happy to assist you or your family in the organization of non-angling activities during your Montana stay. Remember that we can customize your entire trip package and itinerary. If you want to fish less and sightsee more, then be sure to let us know. Non-fishing area activities include sporting clay shooting, horseback riding, swimming, soaking in area hot springs, guided tours of Yellowstone National Park, mountain biking, hiking, scenic flights, and whitewater rafting.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge, and some cell phone providers work in the Twin Bridges area.
The sleepy, quiet town of Twin Bridges, MT is known to many as the epicenter of Montana fly fishing. A small, intimate community, Twin has one flashing traffic light and approximately 300 residents, and in many ways typifies what life was like in Big Sky country 50 years ago. Home to the RL Winston Rod Company and countless sheep, cattle, and horse operations, Twin Bridges has largely escaped the crowds and traffic of some of the better-known Montana towns and cities. There are no souvenir shops (unless you count the auto parts store) or traffic jams (unless you count the cattle drives) – only a sparsely populated river valley, abundant wildlife, panoramic views, and some of the best fly fishing in the Lower 48. Just beyond the outskirts of town are situated five of Montana’s finest blue ribbon trout streams including the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Jefferson, and Ruby. The legendary Madison is a short, scenic drive down a two-lane highway that doubles as Twin Bridges’ main street. Sprinkle in an abundance of private water spring creeks, ponds, and sloughs, and it quickly becomes apparent why The Stonefly Lodge & Inn are one of our most sought-after destinations in the Northern Rockies.
BIG HOLE RIVER
Fed by three different mountain ranges, dozens of freestone creeks and flowing for over 100 miles, the Big Hole River is one of those places you just can't get off your mind. Often referred to as "the Last Best River," the Big Hole fishes well from ice-out in April until the winter weather hits in November. Limited outfitter use makes this river a first choice for many anglers.
One of the three great tailwaters in Big Sky country. Stable water flows, dense populations of trout, and great insect life make this river a great option almost any time of year. Multiple spring creek influxes below Dillon create great clear water, and amazing dry fly opportunities during the heat of the summer. A great river to fly fish.
They say you have to have an ace in the hole. If we had to pick a river to fit that bill, it would be the "Maddy." Consistent numbers of trout, and good water flows throughout the summer months keep the rods bent when fishing is tough elsewhere.
Formed in Twin Bridges by the confluence of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby, the Jefferson flows northbound for more than eighty miles to the confluence of the Madison and Gallatin Rivers to form the Missouri. Receiving less pressure than any of the others, this is one of those fisheries that you have to see to believe.
For those of us that live in Montana, the Ruby River is known as a "sleeper." From the dam to Twin Bridges, there is over 40 miles of twisting, turning trout water. Good public access makes this a great place to spend an afternoon before, during, or after your trip.
If you are looking for the “big name” spring creeks like DePuy’s, Armstrong’s, or Nelson’s, you won't find them in this area. What you will find are places like Poindexter Slough in Dillon (entirely on state ground), the lower Beaverhead, Albers Slough, Owsley Slough, and a multitude of smaller feeder creeks – many of which don't even have names!
Boats and Equipment
Float fishing on area rivers is done via McKenzie-style drift boats designed for fly fishing. The Stonefly Inn has a fully-stocked fly shop with all of the major equipment brands for sale, and a full line-up of rental and demo gear for client use.
How To Get There
The nearest commercial airport is Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) located in Bozeman, Montana. Serviced by Delta, United, Frontier, Allegiant, and Horizon Airlines, the airport is approximately 1.5 hours from the town of Twin Bridges. If you would like to drive directly to Twin Bridges on your own (you can easily rent a car in Bozeman) a map will be sent to you prior to your departure. Airport transfers can also be arranged at an additional cost.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
You can arrive and depart the Stonefly Lodge & Inn on any day of the week.
Montana fishing licenses are available at all area fly shops and sporting goods stores, or online by visiting the following website: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. You will need to present a valid driver's license in order to purchase your fishing license.
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, and based on double occupancy room/boat. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details.
3 nights / 2 days = $2,495 per person
4 nights / 3 days = $2,995 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $3,495 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $3,995 per person
7 nights / 6 days = $4,495 per person
3 nights / 2 days = $762.50 per person
4 nights / 3 days = $1,112.50 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $1,462.50 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $1,812.50 per person
7 nights / 6 days = $2,162.50 per person
- Number of nights of lodging per your chosen package
- Number of days of guided fishing per your chosen package
- Breakfast and dinner (Stonefly Lodge)
- Packed cooler lunch on guide trips
- Equipment needed, flies, and tackle
- Private water fees (if applicable)
What's Not Included
- Airport transfers (can be arranged at an additional cost)
- Breakfast or dinner (Stonefly Inn)
- Fishing licenses (available at the fly shop)
- Gratuities for guides or lodge/inn staff
- Alcohol (BYO)
- Lodging taxes (will include upon final invoicing)
The Stonefly Inn is home to a small fly shop that they are proud to call the "Last Best Fly Shop." This is a full-service shop that specializes in attention to detail and making sure you have the best gear available during your Montana fly fishing vacation. Because their professional guide staff has selected the gear for the shop inventory, you won't be sold any item that you won't find useful. When it comes to Montana fly fishing, Stonefly Outfitters has all the bases covered. With gear from Simms, Hatch Reels, Scott Fly Rods, and custom flies from the best tiers in Montana - what else can you ask for?
"The best damn grub in Montana."
- R.C. Gross (Seattle, WA)
"Everything about the experience exceeded our expectations. Your guides, staff, food, accommodations, location and of course the fishing were all just incredible."
- Emily and Tyler C.