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Give a child a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a child to fish and he will enjoy it for life!


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“Kid’s Day on the Big Hole River” presented by               the BIG HOLE RIVER FOUNDATION

Hosted at Meriwether Ranch, Melrose, MT Saturday, May 14

Melrose, MT – On Saturday, May 14, Meriwether Ranch, the Big Hole River Foundation and Southwest Montana Area Guides will be hosting the 2011 Kid’s Day on the Big Hole River.  The event will expose 75 area youths ages 7-13 from Butte, the Big Hole Valley and Dillon, to a day of fly fishing and outdoor education.

Five stations including fly casting, fly tying, trout education, entomology, river safety and much more will educate area youth about all aspects of the river and its habitat.  A short float trip from the Maidenrock river access to the Meriwether Ranch take-out will give youth a hands-on river experience.

Youth will be able to get registration applications in their community schools, Uncle Bob’s Outfitters, the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce or by contacting Wade Fellin at PO Box 203, Wise River, MT  59762 or by Email at wade.fellin@gmail.comRegistration is due by May 5th and is limited to 75.

We invite community participation through donations of time and talent.  Parents are invited to walk with their children the day of the event, however, car-pooling is encouraged.  The Southwest Montana community was very generous with sponsorships last year and will again be encouraged to sponsor at the following levels.

•  “Royal Wolf” - $650 and above

•  “Salmon Fly” – $400 to $649

•  “Caddis” – $250 to $399

•  “May Fly” – $100 to $249

•  “Hopper” – $50 to $99

•  “Wooly Bugger” –$25 to $49

To donate, contact Wade Fellin: (406) 832-3252


Big Hole Lodge Photography Course

It's no wonder that fly fishing and photography go hand in hand.  Our sport takes us to the most beautiful places on Earth and we have the unique opportunity of coming face to face with one of natures most elusive species, the native trout.  Without the art of fly tying, the technology of rod building, and careful casting technique, we would never be able to so closely examine such a beautiful creature in its natural habitat; without photography we would never be able to preserve that experience.

Cameras today and computer aided developing techniques allow us to truly capture the feeling of fly fishing.  Through photos in fishing and outdoor magazines, you can sit by the fire and transport yourselves to the aquamarine flats of the Caribbean, the pine flanked riverbanks of the Rockies, or the breathtaking tundras of Alaska.  The photographers who bring you those opportunities spend their days carefully studying scenes and setting up shots that will capture the power of those moments.  Now you can too.

Big Hole Lodge is proud to host its first all-inclusive week-long Advanced Photography Workshop! Next October, the Rocky Mountain School of Photography will put on a week-long landscape course taught by Kathy Eyster.   The course will be focus on landscapes and color theory, as part of RMSP's Beyond Foundation Workshop series.  At, Advanced on the Ranch: Big Hole Valley, MT, guests will stay in the luxurious Big Hole Lodge cabins and will enjoy gourmet meals prepared by our talented chef.

Who Should Attend: If by now you’ve been around the photographic block a time or two, and your camera is locked on manual mode, then your eye is trained and you are flexible enough to handle different lighting scenarios and it's to get off the beaten path!  Start developing your own style.  You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. A portfolio review is required upon registration as this is an advanced course. Please call our workshop office for details.

What You Will Learn: Aside from earning an education in the natural beauty found in southwest Montana, you further your skills by spending a week in an authentic fly-fishing lodge with like-minded photographers at your same skill level. Throughout the week, Kathy mentors you individually and provides group lectures on topics including the Zone system for color, fill-flash for landscape photography, color theory and building a cohesive body of work. With flowing rivers, the Rocky Mountains and Western architecture as the backdrop, you create images during morning and evening field shoots, which then become the focus of group critiques led by Kathy in the comfort of the lodge’s dining room. When not “in class,” you share conversations and stories over a barbecued meal or evening bon fire.

This workshop begins Saturday, October 1st at 7 p.m. and ends Friday, October 7th at noon.

Tuition includes lodging for 6 nights (single occupancy), all meals, and gratuity. Enrollment is limited to 7 students.

Register online @ Advanced on the Ranch or call RMSP at (800).394.7677 for more information.

Argentina Trip 2012

Join us in Argentina February 2012:

Hosteria San Huberto &

Estancia Tipiluke

Big Hole Lodge is putting together a group for Argentina, tentatively scheduled for the last week in February 2012.

Here’s a quick look atthe 8 night/ 7 day fishing itinerary:

Day 1:

Depart the USA to Buenos Aires via overnight flight

Day 2:

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel of your choice.  Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 3-5

Fly to Bariloche/ San Martin where you will be met and transferred to the Hosteria San Huberto.  Here you will spend the next few days fishing the Rio Malleo.  The Malleo is born from the clear waters of Lago Tromen and flows under the ever watchful eye of the magnificent Lanin Volcano.  Long considered the crown jewel of dry fly fishing in Argentina, the Malleo offers anglers the opportunity to fish dry flies almost exclusively as the river is best known to produce excellent hatches of caddis, stoneflies and mayflies.  The riffles, runs and pools hold good numbers of trout which are always looking up for an easy meal.

Day 6-9

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Estancia Tipiliuke.  Settle in and fish this afternoon.  It was this river where Argentine fly fishing was born in the 1950’s through the epic takes of Jose “Bebe” Anchorena, Joe Brooks; and later, Lefty Kreh, Billy Pate and Ernie Schweibert.  The riffles, runs and pools hold good numbers of brown and rainbow trout. There are good hatches of caddis, mayflies and stoneflies, and throwing a pancora crab streamer pattern and stripping it on the river bottom is never a bad way to entice a large brown.  Lunch is served back at the Estancia, and afterward you will return to the river for the evening hatch

Day 10:

After breakfast and time for packing you will be transferred to the airport in Bariloche/ San Martin for your flight to Buenos Aires.

Day 11: Arrive back home.

Contact Ben Hoffman at Frontiers Travel for more information on this trip