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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:
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43 of 43(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
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 2 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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 3 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
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 4 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 5 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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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 6 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
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 7 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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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 8 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 9 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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 10 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
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 11 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
14 Years,
September 24, 2012
By: SRT8
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3 / 5
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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 12 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
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 13 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
Review 14 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Complete package,
September 16, 2012
By: Foolcrow
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"I have been fly fishing 25 years, re-married, and wanted to develop a new Fly-Fishing partner. The Big Hole was the perfect venue. Craig picked us up at the airport (no car rental) took us to the lodge, gave my road buddy casting lessons and that night had a gourmet dinner with wine. Class all the way. The guides were great at any level of casting accomplishment. We are planning to return next year"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
My Best Novice Experience,
September 15, 2012
By: bagdadjoy
from Prescott, AZ, USA
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"This was one of the best getaways I've had yet...it was my first flyfishing trip and it couldn't of been better. Craig has an awesome relaxing and A-1 operation....his staff is phenominal...the food was excellent and the lodging so comfortable. He and Wade attract the best in clientelle and it's no wonder. I even took the day ride on horseback and that's a must to do as well...his guides are terrific and I can't wait to fish more...I couldn't believe what I caught and excited for the future!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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Keep coming back,
September 4, 2012
By: catrounstine
from Cincinnati, OH, USA
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"I keep coming back (for more than a dozen years now) because of the guides who help and want me to catch fish as much as I do...great food (always leaving with new recipes to try at home)...friendly staff and interesting guests."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Exceptional flyfishing lodge,
August 27, 2012
By: Philomont
from Virginia
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"The Big Hole provides all the experiences of a first class trip: fine fishing in a variety of settings (river, spring creek, mountain lake), expert and friendly guides, gourmet cuisine, all offered with a warm, personal style."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Love this lodge!!,
August 26, 2012
By: CJwms
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"I have fished with the wonderful folks at the Big Hole Lodge for three years. My experience was so satisfying I returned for a fourth trip this summer. Craig and Wade Fellin are gracious and helpful hosts. The guides..one and all..are the most knowledgeable and hardworking that I have had in my fishing experience of twenty years."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
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Big Hole Lodge,
August 19, 2012
By: flyingfisherman
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"The Big Hole Lodge is a first class outfit. It is everything you would expect from an Orvis endorsed lodge. Superb cuisine, friendly and attentive staff, clean and comfortable accommodations and of course, lots of great water to fish."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Big Hole Lodge, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tremendous Experience,
August 10, 2012
By: KansasTexan
from Wichita, KS
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"Fished many locations and setups, but The Big Hole Lodge is one of the best. Great variety of water to choose from; the guides were knowledgeable, accomodating and friendly; the accomodations were very comfortable and always clean and well serviced; the food experience - at the lodge and on the water - was simply tremendous; and the personality of the lodge - from the owner on down - was very warm and inviting. We usually try new areas and lodges, but the Big Hole Lodge makes one think - why risk it."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes