High-End Accommodations on Montana's Big Hole River
The Silver Bow Club is a high-end, family-owned Montana guest ranch perfectly situated on 1,800 acres with 3 1/2 miles of private river access on the Big Hole River outside of Divide, Montana – perfect for a Montana fishing trip. Enjoy the entire 15,000 square foot main lodge when coming with family, spouse, or a group. Spend time fishing the Big Hole River, Beaverhead River, and other area rivers. The main lodge is the perfect setting for corporate retreats as well. With eight bedrooms, a private chef, a hot tub, a stocked trout pond, and a massive “great room” complete with a grand stone fireplace, the lodge is a spectacular setting for a western fly fishing adventure.
This high-end lodge features eight total bedrooms. All the rooms and suites are spacious and luxurious. Choose the main floor bedroom with a private bath or a second-floor luxury suite. Bedrooms have private baths, while second-floor suites feature in-suite baths. The lodge itself is a beautiful 15,000-square-foot log structure featuring a great room with a massive stone fireplace. Enjoy a game of pool in the billiards room or watch sports on one of their large flat-screen televisions. You can also gather in the great room or around the campfire under the stars. Soak in the outdoor hot tub or read a book in one of the many sitting areas. The Silver Bow Club offers a variety of lodging options for the single angler all the way up to large groups of anglers. Lodge amenities include wireless internet, premium bedding and linens, satellite televisions, and access to an outdoor hot tub.
Food and Beverages
Full hot breakfasts will be prepared each morning during your stay. For dinners, there will be a set menu from which guests can choose soups and salads, and then entrees including fish, pork, chicken, and beef dishes. You can also look forward to a variety of desserts. All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are provided as well. They can accommodate any special dietary restrictions and preferences by making arrangements beforehand as well.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
With 1,800 acres to explore at the Silver Bow Club, there is always something to do! Hike the slopes of the Pioneer Mountains and take in the spectacular views of the Big Hole River and the valley below. Jump in one of the ranch’s golf carts to explore the ranch and beyond. Their one-mile golf cart path leaves the lodge and travels along the river. Passing under an active eagle’s nest, the path takes you to two separate picnic areas along the Big Hole River. Circle back by the cabins and complete the loop. Use carts for carrying fishing gear to some of the best spots to fish on the Big Hole River on the ranch property! Tour the ranch on an ATV too! Explore the hay meadows and the mountains of the Silver Bow Club on a guided ATV tour. Their tours take you high on the mountains behind the ranch to wildflower meadows and breathtaking vistas. Trapshooting, horseback riding, and massages can also be arranged with advanced notice. In autumn, their ranch also functions as a pheasant hunting preserve.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi access is available in the lodge, and they have a cell phone signal booster on the property so there is great cell phone reception on the property as well.
How To Get There
The Silver Bow Club is reached by traveling interstate highways that lead to well-maintained, gravel-based county roads. The lodge is located about 20 minutes north outside the town of Melrose, Montana. Two major airports are an easy drive to the Silver Bow Club. The Butte airport is only 45 minutes away, and the Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport (2 hours away) is serviced by many major airlines and both airports have rental car services.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Check-in time is after 4:00 PM on your arrival date and check-out time is 11:00 AM on your departure date.
Montana fishing licenses are available at all area fly shops and sporting goods stores, or online.
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There is little debate that southwest Montana fly fishing is the best the country has to offer. All guided fishing trips will be operated through the Sunrise Fly Shop which is located in the nearby town of Melrose, Montana. With several of the best fly fishing rivers in close proximity, the Sunrise Fly Shop is the perfect location for your next Montana fly fishing vacation. We are fortunate to be located in the middle of three of the best fly fishing rivers Montana has to offer. Together, each of these unique rivers can provide everything you seek in a fly fishing vacation. Explore the pristine and dynamic nature of the Big Hole River, experience the abundant insect life of the Beaverhead River, or enjoy the huge fish and low angler pressure of the Jefferson River.
The Big Hole River, located right outside the front door of the Silver Bow Club and Sunrise Fly Shop, is the very definition of a trout stream. Combine unparalleled vistas with more than 2,500 trout per mile and hundreds of imagination-defying hatches, and it is no wonder the Big Hole River is nicknamed Montana’s Last Best River. If you dreamed up a perfect trout stream, the Big Hole River is exactly what you would create. The Big Hole River is one of the few remaining undammed trout fisheries that also has a tremendous population of wild fish. Whether you are looking to fish the famed salmon fly hatch, Mother’s Day caddis hatch, tricos, or terrestrials, the Big Hole has everything a fly fisherman could ever want.
The Beaverhead River is a small, intimate river that produces some of the most prolific hatches an angler can ever hope to see. With thousands of trout per mile and rarely more than 70 feet from bank to bank, the Beaverhead River is stacked with trout. From blanketing caddis hatches to the blizzard-like PMD hatch to the tantalizing and technical trico spinner fall, the constant water temperature and consistent summer flows make this one of the best fly fishing rivers in Montana. Whether nymphing the Axel Hole or casting PMD patterns to sipping browns in the Slick, this Blue-Ribbon gem should be on every angler’s bucket list.
The Jefferson River originates at the junction of the Big Hole River and Beaverhead River and runs northeasterly 77 miles to Three Forks, where it joins the Madison River and Gallatin rivers to form the Missouri River. The Jefferson River meanders widely through a grassy valley between the Continental Divide on the west, and the Tobacco Root Mountains on the east. This amazing river provides wonderful views and vistas as you hunt for the trout of a lifetime. The Jefferson is known for its trophy-sized trout whose elusive nature makes them even more rewarding when caught.
Boats and Equipment
Anglers can expect to fish from McKenzie-style drift boats, as well as all fishing equipment, including waders and boots, if needed.
Rates and Terms
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.
2023 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
Lodge Room (2 queen beds)
3 nights / 2 days = $2,695.00 per person4 nights / 3 days = $3,662.50 per person5 nights / 4 days = $4,590.00 per person6 nights / 5 days = $5,489.50 per person
Lodge Suite (1 king bed)
3 nights / 2 days = $2,995.00 per person4 nights / 3 days = $4,042.50 per person5 nights / 4 days = $5,045.00 per person6 nights / 5 days = $6,005.50 per person
- Guided fishing
- All meals (sack lunch while fishing)
- Beer, wine, and spirits at the lodge
- Rods/reels, flies, and tackle provided by the guide
- Waders and wading boots (available at the fly shop if needed)
- Guide pick up & drop off on each day of fishing
- River shuttle fees for guide’s vehicle
What’s Not Included:
- Airport transportation
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Fishing licenses
- Fees for non-angling activities at the lodge
- Lodging taxes (will be added to invoice upon booking)
Silver Bow Club (Melrose, Montana)
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Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking for all trip packages and reservations, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, and sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations, the deposit is nonrefundable. A written notice of change of plans (91) days or before your reserved trip date we will allow for 100% of your deposit to be applied towards a future trip within (1) year of original trip date, based on availability. (31-90) days before your reserved trip date, 50% of your deposit will be applied towards a future trip if booked within (1) year of original trip date based on availability. Cancellations or alterations of plans (30) days or less in advance will be non-refundable. No-shows or early departures are also non-refundable. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures also reserves the right to assess a $100 per person handling charge to all deposits and payments received for cancellations. In the case of cancellation by the client, both deposit and final payment may be transferred to another guest or angler for those same (original) dates if facilitated and arranged by the client. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for this trip.
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