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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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85 of 86(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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Wonderful,
July 22, 2014
By: Grousedog
from Michigan
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"From the moment we were picked up at the airport to the time we were dropped off everything was as expected except for one thing, the food. The food FAR EXCEEDED our expectations. Every meal was phenomenal. The fishing was excellent, a few slow moments on hot afternoons but no complaints. Thanks for the great time."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
trip of a lifetime,
July 22, 2014
By: brookieseventy
from Souderton, PA
"It was everything we had dreamed and more. Keith, Josh, Stephanie and Sam could not have been more helpful and informative. The food was excellent, the service first-rate, and the accommodations (the log cabin) were super. We felt at home, comfortable and always accepted for who we are. Keith was always making sure our fishing experiences were good."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Best Experience Ever,
July 21, 2014
By: Max1111
from Montana, USA
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"Every July I stay at the Blue Damsel Lodge and every year they outdo themselves. Just when you think the service cannot improve, it does. Just when you think you had the best meal ever, they top it. The team is accommodating and wonderful and the fishing options are world class."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Outstanding!!,
July 19, 2014
By: HighPlainsAngler
from Lubbock,TX USA
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"This was my first time at Blue Damsel Lodge AND my first trip to Montana. Its hard to find the words to describe. Everything at the lodge was effortless. From arrival at the airport to departure, everything was taken care of. Accommodations were great! Setting fantastic! Food and drink exquisite! Staff extremely friendly and helpful. And of course the fishing was unbeatable! Guides were great and very helpful to me (still a novice) and my guest (first time). Come here and be prepared for one of the best trips of your life!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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The best of or is,
July 9, 2014
By: Jawstrretcher
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"Wow....the blue damsel was a great lodge..beautifully crafted....excellent cuisine....and a most welcoming and helpful staff....Josh can really cook things up with the best of them! Loved the location...definitely would recommend this lodge"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
Paradise on Rock Creek,
July 6, 2014
By: Coronado
from Jackson, Wyoming
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Additional Thoughts:Mark is the best guide I have ever experienced and I can sY that having now fished with him for 3 years and working with many other guides throughout Montana and Wyoming
"My wife and I just finished a 6 day visit to the Blue Damsel. Keith and his team once again provided a superb and peaceful experience of enjoyable Flyfishing on challenging Montana rivers and fine dining in a casual rustic surroundings. The staffs attention to detail and personal preferences, remembered from year to year , is unique. Through Keith's excellent collaboration with Blackfoot Outfitters we were matched to the perfect guide for our experience and style of working the rivers, the Blue Damsel provides the perfect experience. While Flyfishing is at the core of what the Blue Damsel experience is about, the staff can accommodate every guests need for other experiences, including my wife's desire for a half day horseback rude into the beautiful surroundings on Rock Creek. Bravo for the A team at BD."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Fishing, guides, lodge, staff, food - Excellent,
July 5, 2014
By: FishOnATightLine
from Lubbock, TX, USA
"Does not get any better than this. Repeat customer and will be back again and again. Special thanks to Keith Radabaugh for another outstanding adventure in the great outdoors. Sam, Josh.... you guys are awesome and without question add to the fun and enjoyment at the lodge. On the rivers, world class trout fishing for the beginner and the seasoned pro. This year James and Jamie guiding my guest and I on the rivers......both were Outstanding !! Folks, you cannot go wrong at the Blue Damsel Lodge. It is THE place to be for trout fishing and fun."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Beginners luck,
June 30, 2014
By: TheNatural
from Woodlands Texas
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Additional Thoughts:Great guide-- could not ask for any better
"I began this trip with the idea of "I'll give this a try" and see if I like it. I had never been fly fishing before.Keith Radabaugh was fabulous in sending me info on what I needed to prepare for this trip, so I was well equipped with proper clothing.From the time we were met at the airport,I found the people who work for The Blue Damsel to be very warm, friendly and professional. The lodging was stellar, as was the food. Our guides on the river were fantastic. The first day on Blackfoot I caught the largest Rainbow Trout that my guide had ever seen. Caught 2 Bull Trout as well. I was told over and over that it is not always this good with every outing, but I still am not sure about that. With the expert guides that we had, we had great fishing 3 days in a row. I had the time of my life. Whether you are a rookie like me or not, it should not matter. This outfit makes the experience one you will never forget !!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Great for This Beginner!,
June 29, 2014
By: EPosey
from El Paso, TX
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"Blue Damsel's location near Missoula, MT makes it the ideal place to learn to fly fish. The lodge is beautifully decorated, comfortable, and very well-equipped.
The owner, Keith, is the real deal--gracious, helpful, and eager to ensure that everything is just right. Our fishing guide, Jason, is one of the most patient people I've ever met. He didn't even lose his cool when I accidentally let his rod slip away into the river!
As every reviewer mentions, Josh's meals are amazing! The meals alone would be worth a return trip. Blue Damsel is the perfect fly fishing experience, and we will definitely stay there again."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Best Birthday,
June 18, 2014
By: RNoethlich
from Sammamish, Wa
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Additional Thoughts:Blackfoot River Outfitters
"Keith has a jewel on Rock Creek. The Staff made us feel at home as soon as we arrived and the lodging was great. Josh prepared a 5 star meal every night ( a from scratch Birthday cake one night), Sam organizing each day for us and Lander taking care of us everyday. This a must visit lodge. Fishing great and Montana landscape just awesome."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Great Overall Experience,
May 12, 2014
By: 1PagosaFlyFisher
from Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, USA
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Additional Thoughts:All guides were excellent. Very professional and knowledgeable. I can't remember two of their names
"Blue Damsel Lodge is the best for a great fly fishing experience. The Lodge is beautiful, scenery is awesome, and the Staff caters to your every need. Keith, Josh and Sam made the whole visit memorable from the gourmet food to the live entertainment. The guides were the best I have fished with. Very professional and knowledgeable. Can't wait to return"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Montana at it's Best,
May 8, 2014
By: goodloops
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"I have been hosting trips to the Blue Damsel for four years now. I take clients there because it is simply the best place, and the best way to experience Montana fly fishing. The food, lodging, service, and the fishing is off the charts.
Over the years I have taken a good number of clients to the Blue Damsel and on each and every trip everyone is pleased and so very glad they went.You simply cannot go wrong with the Blue Damsel. I will be there next year and the next and the next...."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Blue Damsel Lodge, MT
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Blue Damsel,
May 8, 2014
By: MrSteve
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"Great Food and lodging!
Fishing Guides were the best as we caught several species and overall had an awesome time.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 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 15 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 16 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 17 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 18 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 19 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 20 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