bitterroot river guides hamilton montana


Gettin’ Here and Where to Stay When Do

We live here. We’ve lived here a long time and we know that you are likely to come in to the airport at Missoula, or trek in on one of our lonely scenic highways.  Montana is a long way from anywhere; It is normally a long, worthwhile trip. When you get here, you will be able to stay at any of the places below and find Western comfort and hospitality. We know these inns, and we most likely know the owners too.

With each town, is a bit of where to eat and have fun outside of fishing. Wherever you stay, we can provide you great information on local establishments, evening fun, historical sites, and more. If you have any questions, send us an email we’ll let you know the best beta when you come fishing.


Bitterroot Cabins

1-(866) 992-2246

Find your perfect Montana getaway with this easy to use website listing available lodging throughout the Bitterroot valley.  Special favorites of ours are the Boulder Creek Cabin and Otto’s Cabin, with many others to choose from.

Bitterroot River Inn

(406) 375-2525

Just like the name says, it is on the Bitterroot River. Located on the north end of Hamilton, this Inn and onference center has all modern amenities and is located next to a park, sports grill and pub, and town shopping.

 Angler’s Lodge

(406) 363-0980

Outside of town, but on the river. You can sit on your patio and hear the Bitterroot River roll by while you enjoy Big Sky sunsets. Close by amenities include Angler’s Roost store and boat launch, Hideout Lounge, fields, ducks, and deer.

Bitterroot River Lodge

(406) 363-0708

Pristine and remote, yet minutes from Hamilton and right on the river, this beautiful B and B makes a great getaway and homebase for experiencing the Bitterroot Valley.  Situated riverside on a fabulous stretch of water, you can step from the boat right to your room at the end of a long day.

Best Western Inn

(406) 363-2142

Hamilton hotel centrally located within walking distance of downtown and fine local breweries.

Darby Area

The Darby Green Bed and Breakfast

(406) 821-0076

This B&B is run by folks who have been in the lodging business for a long time. They have it set up to be very comfortable with walk in showers, one level floor access as needed and all environmentally friendly. Your stay will be warm and refreshing.

 Mountain Spirit Inn

(406) 821-3405

A Darby local inn on the south side of town. It is walking distance from hometown restaurants and drinking establishments. Darby is classic western Montana without pretense. It is walking distance to the river for the Water Street put in.

 Travellers Rest Cabins

(406) 821-3282

 Tin Cup Lodge Bed and Breakfast

(406) 821-1620

Tin Cup is a five star lodge. They serve food grown in their own garden and as much local produce as they can get their hands on. You are likely to find other trout hunters eating next to you.

Sula and Conner

Off the beaten path, and all quality Montana and worthwhile.

East Fork House  (406) 821-3559 local phone

Amazing private home and setting situated on the banks of the East Fork of the Bitterroot River.  Fly fishing is right off the back deck to productive, seldom fished water.  Modern amenities, large comfortable home and hangout, and fishing and wildlife galore in any direction.  The Broad Axe Lodge is just down the road for nearby fine Montana dining.

Broad Axe Lodge

(406) 821-1745 or (406) 363-0979

On the East Fork of the Bitterroot River and very private, this lodge and fine restaurant is run by the owners who love living in the South Valley community. The drive to the lodge passes large ranches and pastures framed by the Bitterroot Mountains. Designated viewing area for Bighorn Sheep.  Well worth the trip.

 Sula Store Cabins

(406) 821-3364

Near to the Broad Axe Lodge, Sula Store Cabins are located adjacent to the East Fork of the Bitterroot River and host fine amenities including a hot tub, convenience store, restaurant, and RV hookups.

 The Alta Ranch

(406) 349-2142

Located deep in the Bitterroot Mountains, near Painted Rocks Lake, this lodge has great access to onsite stream fishing, and just a few minutes from the upper West Fork put ins. The lodge has luxury cabins and very Montana feel with green pastures, elk, and eagles. A great get-away for fishing or weddings.

 The West Fork Lodge

(406) 821-1853

Big Hole Accommodations

Big Hole River Cabins

(406) 832-3271

These cabins are located in the heart of the Big Hole Valley near Wise River, right by the water.  Excellent fishing is literally steps from the door.

 The Jackson House

(406) 821-0076

This finely accomodated home is located in historic Jackson, Montana on the upper Big Hole. Adjacent to mineral spring soaking and fine dining at Jackson Hot Springs.  A bit of a trek from where we fish the Big Hole, but definitely on the top of the list for an amazing Montana experience of fishing, relaxing, and hot springing.

Wise River Club

(406) 832-3258

Built in 1896, this historic saloon and restaurant has been an icon in the Big Hole Valley ever since.  Excellent food, quite small town atmosphere, and rustic Montana watering hole and post fishing gathering spot; their clean and affordable rooms and cabins put you right near everything you need.  We’ll meet you at the Club.

Sportsman Motel

(406) 835-2141

Located in Melrose, this well kept and conveniently located motel is merely walking distance from great Montana saloons, restaurants, fly shops, and the Salmon Fly fishing access; all in a town with way more cattle than people.

The Complete Fly Fisher

(406) 832-3175

This five star lodge on the banks of the Big Hole is owned and operated by longtime friends, David and Chris Decker, and is where Jed got his start guiding almost twenty years ago.  Still guiding select request trips for the lodge, as they operate their own veteran guide staff, you may request our guide service with their lodging and dining. Well advanced notice is recommended to coordinate with their long standing reservations.  Nothing is spared here, this is world class.