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Blue Damsel Lodge, MT

Welcome to the Orvis-Endorsed Blue Damsel Lodge, Montana's premier fly fishing lodge. Located on the legendary waters of Rock Creek surrounded by the Lolo National Forest of western Montana, you will stay and dine in rustic luxury while fly fishing the unmatched diversity of the four different trout streams of "A River Runs Through It" country.
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72 of 73(99%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
Review 1 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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1st but not last,
September 27, 2013
By: ORod
from Houston, TX, USA
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"This was my 1st time fly fishing, and thanks to Keith, the staff, the guide, and the whole Blue Damsel experience, it won't be my last there or in general. I'm hooked!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Blue Damsel Lodge,
September 23, 2013
By: OleMissFisherman
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"Great experience with friendly knowledge staff. Spacious rooms and the meals were outstanding. Access to Rock Creek very easy. Complimentary pick up at airport an added bonus."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Great visit,
September 18, 2013
By: Bob33
from Colorado, USA
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"The constant presence of the owner Keith insured everything running smoothly.
Meals were gourmet.
Lodge was clean and well run and the staff from drivers to servers were excellent.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Fantastic week at Blue Damsel,
September 11, 2013
By: RBBell
from Houston TX
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"This was my 2nd time at the Blue Damsel Lodge. My expectations were very high based on the fantastic experience of last year, but the kindness and enthusiasm of Keith and the staff made it even better this time. The Lodge is beautiful, the service and the food outstanding!!! Josh and Dominique are truly magnificent cooks. The guides did a fantastic job and fishing was great. I'll give it my highest recommendation and would love to go back to the Blue Damsel Lodge.""
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Fishing Paradise,
September 9, 2013
By: FishingBodhisattva
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Additional Thoughts:outstanding, courteous and capable men
"My experience at the Blue Damsel Lodge last week was unforgettable. Invited by a dear friend, I wasn't sure what to expect. It became a fishing dream come-true from the moment we arrived and were greeted by the family like warmth of Keith and all of his staff. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging, patient and, most important, knew where the fish were! Meals at the lodge unbelievably good and complimented with the outstanding hospitality of the staff. Will return for sure!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Excellent service!,
September 9, 2013
By: DAMaggs
from Cape Cod, MA, USA
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"This was our 7th trip "out west" to fly fish and enjoy the scenery. The staff starting with keith at the Blue Damsel Lodge made the trip. They were incredibly efficient and very sincere which made everything very relaxing. From the pick up at the airport to the return trip[ to the airport at 4am it could not have gone better. Keith made everything in his control asd spectacular as the scenery! Even with wild fires in the arera he kept us updated prior to arrival which made folks east of the Mississippi feel better."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Blue Damsel review,
September 9, 2013
By: hStevens
from Denver, CO, USA
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"Enjoyed it very much."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Great experience,
September 9, 2013
By: dlath
from Texas
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"I had a great time at the Blue Damsel and can't wait to return. The staff, the dinners, the guides and, of course, the fishing, were all top notch."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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An Outstanding Lodge,
September 9, 2013
By: Flyknots
from Colorado
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"Very attractive, comfortable log lodge. Exceptional staff, service, cleanliness, and room quality. Outstanding dining experience. It's some distance from the fishing rivers (except for Rock Creek), but well worth the drive to be able to stay here. Keith arranged excellent guides for us. Highly recommended."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Happy Surprise @ Blue Damsel,
September 8, 2013
By: Anonymous
from Napa, CA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Most sincere and hardest working guides in Montana
"Gentlemen, after having had a very poor experience at another lodge, I was hesitant to allow my expectations get too high concerning the upcoming Blue Damsel trip with a dear friend who was new to fly fishing.
My concerns vanished the moment we were greeted by Keith and his staff immediately upon our arrival. The rest is happy history for my friend and I. Keith is the consummate host; warm, genuine, enthusiastic, and unfailingly positive. Keith clearly loves his business, as well as his relationship with Orvis as an endorsed lodge. The staff was a perfect reflection of Keith's heart for people. Their practice of his remarkable philosophy and behavior was further reflected in the excellent guides we had. Our experience with Keith and the entire staff, which are the Blue Damsel, was something we'll not only fondly recall practically every day, but the Blue Damsel is a place we're determined to return to often as possible. Thanks to you too, Orvis, for endorsing Keith and the Blue Damsel. You have my heartfelt appreciation.
Thank you again, Keith, for the best time imaginable, and the great fun of catching lots of fish too. Truly, Luis
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Overall Great Experience,
September 8, 2013
By: golfandfishfriend
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Additional Thoughts:Clayton was an excellent guide who provided great insights and cameraderie over the course of 3 days on the water
"Blue Damsel is a first class fishing lodge with great facilities as well as very fine staff who attend to your needs. We've been to several Orvis lodges in the western states over the past decade and the Blue Damsel experience is near the top. Unfortunately due to historically low water levels and very warm weather the fishing itself was decent but not exceptional. Josh, Tyler, Sam and Alyssa were the best in house staff we've ever run across, and Keith runs a first class operation. I look forward to returning to the Blue Damsel when the water is higher and options for fishing at their peak, and I would certainly recommend the facility to anyone who is considering a Montana fly fishing adventure."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
Great Place,
September 4, 2013
By: adcsteve
from Metuchen, NJ
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"My wife and I had a great time at Blue Damsel, everything was great the food, the fishing and the staff. I can' wait to go back, if you are a trout person this is one place that is a must go to!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Continued Excellence,
August 31, 2013
By: Coronado
from Coronado, CA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:He is the best guide I have ever experienced anywhere. I had him last year and will request him again next year.
"We had 5 great days floating the local rivers. Plenty of fish and great guides. The cuisine was superb, even better than last year which I thought would be hard to beat. Keith, Tyler, Josh, Sam and Alyssa are always thinking of how to make your experience special and a always available to solve any issue that may arise. I look forward to returning next ear."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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August Visit,
August 16, 2013
By: PurpleHaze2013
from Western US
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"Spent 3 1/2 days at BDL and enjoyed just about everything about the place, good fishing, food and company. Comfortable lodging and friendly staff. Felt like home."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Great fishing and food,
August 16, 2013
By: Masstrout
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"Great father/son trip with blue damsel....excellent food and service with quality flyfishing in a beautiful area!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Great overall experience,
August 15, 2013
By: Aug71113
from Washington, Utah
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Additional Thoughts:Just Great
"From my arrival at the airport, Meeting Sam, the Van Driver, then the Lodge,,, Keith and the whole staff,the accmmodations were the best...Then the guides, not only the best, but also very kind helpful,and knew where and how to throw our flys. Our entire party caught fish all day..Great entertainment by the staff and they included my Grandson to play Guitar, after dinner...We will be back...Orvis does everything the best, with the best people ever..."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Amazing Adventure,
August 14, 2013
By: PearBear
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Additional Thoughts:Taught me to fly fish and had patience with me. Good teacher!
"This was a great introduction to both Montana and fly fishing! The lodge, food, transportation and service were superb! Keith and his fabulous staff made our trip very special and memorable. Thank you!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Great Vacation Experience,
August 8, 2013
By: colorado11
from Houston, TX, USA
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Additional Thoughts:The food was unique and wonderful
"We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Blue Damsel -- great fishing, great food, and wonderful helpful staff. Also, met and enjoyed spending time with other guests. Kieth runs a first class operation and we plan to return to Montana and the Blue Damsel."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Doesn't Get Any Better Than Blue Damsel,
August 8, 2013
By: chussey
from Boston, MA
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"Just got back from a 4 day trip to the Blue Damsel. We took our father for his 60th birthday and it was the better than we ever could have imagined. Despite some really warm weather, the fishing was great and the lodge is first class. Keith and the crew make everyone feel like family. I would highly recommend fishing Rock Creek for a day while you stay at the lodge. We really enjoyed the wade fishing experience after a few days in the boat. I would highly recommend Blue Damsel for anyone looking for a Montana fly fishing adventure."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Father, Sons to Montana,
August 8, 2013
By: BigSir
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"Excellent week at Blue Damsel. Perfect time spent with two sons ages 13 and 18. Hosts were wonderful, lodging was perfect, scenery spectacular, Fishing world class.
Couldn't imagine a better Father Son experience.
Thanks to all at Blue Damsel. looking forward to coming back.
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes