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Big Hole Lodge, MT

Big Hole Lodge has been hosting guests since 1984 and is ideally located on the banks of the Wise River in a magnificent wilderness setting. Guests stay in spacious private cabins with modern conveniences, all opening to a panoramic view of the scenic Pioneer Mountains.
Average Customer Rating:
4.96 out of 5
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50 of 50(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Big Hole Lodge, MT
Review 1 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Bigholelodgetroutgalore,
July 21, 2014
By: Suzh
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"Great fishing and guiding on the Big Hole. Recovering from a broken leg, but limitations were not a problem fishing from drift boats. Lots of action, browns up to 21" were caught and released. Saw moose and eagles too. Lodge made wonderful lunches and dinners were outstanding, lamb and ribeyes with lots of veggies! Our group were treated like old friends. We keep coming back for more, something to look forward to every year!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Better than ever!,
July 18, 2014
By: ladyflyfisher
from Eastern Idaho
"I just returned from my 9th visit to Big Hole Lodge. Craig did a major update to the interior of the cabins and lodge with new furniture, sheets, blankets, towels etc. It's still as warm and inviting as it has always been, but with a touch of class. Lanette's meals are fantastic. She and her staff did an amazing job of accommodating the many dietary needs of our group. But the bottom line is the fishing. I love the variety of water offered. The Big Hole seems to always produce and I did the Missouri River option this year. I'd go back there in a heart beat. The Missouri fish were huge and the guide that I had was exceptional. The guides are all fantastic and fun to be with. Craig and the entire staff can't do enough to make your trip successful. I'm already looking forward to a return trip."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Fishing Lodge Ever!,
July 17, 2014
By: SarahLouise
from Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Additional Thoughts:Excellent professional. A patient teacher. He knows the river like no one else.
"I have spent a week each July for the last five years at Big Hole Lodge in Wise River, Montana. Our all-women fly fishing group has had fabulous fishing, top-notch guides, delicious and healthy food every year. The lodge is run by Craig Fellin who has created an incredible environment on all counts. Located near so many rivers, both novice and experienced fishermen will love it. The guides and staff go out of their way to accommodate guests. This place is special."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
Great MT Experience,
July 17, 2014
By: PJMR
from Big Hole Lodge MT
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
Not to be missed in Montane,
July 7, 2014
By: ESant
from NJ
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"An efficiently run and highly accommodating lodge with great food and a competent, friendly staff.
The fishing is outstanding with many great rivers within reach.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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Great Staff,
July 3, 2014
By: RebeccaandMark
from California, USA
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"We had great stay at the Big Hole Lodge. What stood out to us the most was the staff. Everyone tried so hard to ensure our stay was perfect.
We really enjoyed the limited size and number of guests that stay at one time. We got to know the other guests and build new friendships.
Food was outstanding.
A beautiful place and the Big Hole is a beautiful and diverse river."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Perfect Week Fly Fishing the Big Hole,
July 1, 2014
By: Oregonfishers
from Oregon
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Additional Thoughts:All were excellent
"Wonderful place! Craig and the rest of the staff made this a memorable week for us. They made every effort to taylor this trip to our needs. Outstanding meals. "No garlic!" "no problem!" Would you believe that
lunch items without garlic had my name on them?
The guides were fantastic. Craig seems to train them in a way that gave us the greatest experience possible. Guides worked really hard to have us catch as many fish as possible and we did!
Wonderful time.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
Another Great Trip,
November 7, 2013
By: DWilliams
from New Orleans, LA, USA
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"Been going to the Big Hole Lodge for ten years now. Excellent guides, amazing fishing, great facility, fantastic food and a very friendly and attentive staff."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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I love this lodge!,
August 29, 2013
By: ladyflyfisher
from Eastern Idaho
"I have been very fortunate in being able to be a guest at Big Hole Lodge 8 times in the past 4 years. Needless to say I love the place! Craig and his staff make you feel as though you are visiting old friends. Lanette's meals are fabulous. The guides are very knowledgeable about the local waters, are great at finding a fly that works, plus they are fun to spend the day with. The lodge is very well maintained and comfortable. Everyone on the staff goes out of their way to make sure you have a wonderful experience. What more could you want? I have already booked two trips for next summer. I highly recommend it!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
Great trip,
July 22, 2013
By: Fishfoo
from Hermitage Pa
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"This was my second trip to the lodge and I was pleased to see mostly the same friendly faces that we're continually asking what can we do for you. Accommodations,food and staff were first class and fishing great. Look forward to another trip soon."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Still a Winner,
July 21, 2013
By: AussieJane
from Sydney NSW, Australia
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"A second trip from Down Under proved that The Big Hole Lodge experience is as good (even better?) than ever. Apart from the delightful revisiting, I was again impressed by the degree of thought that Craig puts into crafting the right trip for the individual angler: eg sending me off to fish the Missouri with Matt, just to give me a truly good experience. It worked! This lodge will always be on my US fishing itinerary: a great product that can still be customised to the tastes/capacities (and idiosyncracies!) of the individual angler. This will NOT be my last trip!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
AMAZING,
July 20, 2013
By: KimMD
from Maryland, USA
"Last year was our first trip to the Big Hole Lodge. My family spent 5 blissful days there, and all agreed it was our best vacation ever! We just returned from our second trip there, staying 6 days this time, and even with the extra day we still didn't want to leave! Craig, Wade, the lodge staff and the guides are all so warm and welcoming. Lanette is an amazing chef, and every meal is incredibly delicious. Like last year, every aspect of our trip was perfect and the fishing was incredible. The guides are outstanding, and very knowledgable, helpful and patient. They worked very hard to ensure that we caught lots of fish! On our last night, the BBQ and bonfire by the river was the perfect ending to an amazing trip. We plan to return to the Big Hole Lodge again next summer, and hopefully for many more years to come."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
Great stay, great fishing,
July 18, 2013
By: HGMcBundeFly
from Portland, OR
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"Organized a reunion trip with some old college buddies. More importantly, fishing buddies. 2 from Portland, 1 Tennessee, 1 NY. Big Hole Lodge and the Wise River valley proved to be an exceptional setting for relaxation, adventure and enjoyment. Our group's fishing skills ranged from top to mid and our guides were fantastic- accommodating all and participating in the fun.
Craig is an excellent host and provided first rate hospitality, as I've experienced there before. Being a returning guest is special at Big Hole Lodge. The food was fantastic and our group really enjoyed the private setting, limit to number of guests and flexible schedule- which allowed us to maximize fishing and relaxation.
Big Hole is a dream of a river with so much diversity and splendor. Many options for other rivers and adventures. Big Hole Valley provides a real taste of Montana and Big Sky country- in culture, history, landscape, people and wildlife.
Looking forward to returning!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Trip,
July 14, 2013
By: LV2FFISH
from Billings MT
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Additional Thoughts:Both were outstanding
"We fished with Craig and his team on the first day of their season. I was impressed with the calm organization and friendly reception displayed by his crew. The guides we fished with were outstanding and provided excellent instruction. They worked hard to match the hatch and get us on fish. Lodging was comfortable and the food was delicious. We would highly recommend Big Horn Lodge it was a great trip and good fishing."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Family Fly Fishing,
July 8, 2013
By: FlyFishKen60
from Southwest Harbor, Maine
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"Expert guides who worked hard to select the best flies and find the best spots for browns and rainbows. Guides were just great with my 11-and 14-year old granddaughters who loved the experience. Overall, a wonderful experience for my family with outstanding guides, food, lodging anf most of all the fising."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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Great Experience,
July 6, 2013
By: RowingExpert
from Greeley, CO, USA
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"The guides were very professional. We only had one who could have used some more rowing instruction. The accommodations were very comfortable, and the meals were excellent. All of the staff members were very professional and accommodating."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
Overall Rating: 
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5 / 5
Great Trip...,
February 1, 2013
By: Anonymous
from Fort Worth, TX
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"For eight or more summers in a row, a group of six of us head to a different trout destination for a few days of fishing. We have stayed at some great lodges through the years, but the Big Hole Lodge ranks at the top of the list. Craig and his team don' t miss a thing and food is outstanding. The waters he fishes and the guides that he hires are among the best we have ever used. I can't recommend Big Hole Lodge enough and look forward to returning soon."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
14 Years,
September 24, 2012
By: SRT8
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"This is our 14th year with Craig and his great staff. 14 years. What more can we say. Always a high point on our annual Western fishing adventures."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
Great Spot,
September 17, 2012
By: BigMoe
from Texas
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"Craig has a great operation. Location, food, rivers to fish, and accomodations were all top notch. He and his staff truly want you to have an exceptional experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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September 8, 2012,
September 17, 2012
By: OC2012
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"Relaxing setting in the mountains, great fishing, experienced guides, and incredible meals. Any fly fishing angler should have the Big Hole Lodge and surrounding streams on their Bucket List."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes