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Enjoy fly fishing right outside your door at this Western Montana luxury home at West Fork!

Looking for Western Montana Luxury Homes for Sale?

This Bitterroot Valley log cabin just went on the market at the coveted, West Fork area!

If you have been searching for the perfect, Western Montana luxury homes for sale, you’re inWestern Montana Luxury Homes for Sale in West Fork for a treat. This Swedish-coved log home, West Fork Retreat just went on the market.

Right next to the West Fork Bitterroot River, you’ll have clear-running water all year long and some of the best rainbow and brown trout in the state, right outside your door.

Located on more than 12 manicured acres, this is one of the Western Montana luxury homes for sale that is rarely available. It will go fast!

Garage and storage space at West Fork Retreat.

This fly-fishing lodge offers more than 2500 square feet of space, completely paved, four-season access to the home, high-end granite countertops, tiled floors, a native rock fireplace with a Maynard Guldenhaur wood stove, and formal and informal dining.

Plus, there is  a heated three-car garage, a master suite on the main floor, and many other, amenities. 

Relax with friends in your West Fork Retreat kitchen!Guests can relax in two bedrooms with a full bath and gathering area upstairs. And if you, or your visitors, would like more privacy, there is a separate, guest cottage with numerous amenities just outside of the main residence.

You can step outside the expansive deck downstairs and enjoy a hot tub or sauna for some peace and quiet. Best of all, you can easily cast your fishing line any time of the day on your private, second deck. Here, the bend of the river creates natural boulders and quiet ponds where large fish love to gather.

If you want to experience more of the great, outdoors with wildlife, flowers, pine trees, and much more, the West Fork Ranger District provides a multitude of choices from short day-trips all the way to extended back-country adventures.

Catch some fish at West Fork!Hiking at Trapper Peak Trailhead and exceptional, downhill skiing at Lost Trail Powder Mountain, are just a short drive away. Plus, Highway 93 is only 11 miles away and the exclusive, Triple Creek Resort is nearby as well.

You can enjoy all of the entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and more that Western Montana has to offer, and then return home to your own, private retreat right in the heart of the beautiful Bitterroot River.

The lodge is move-in ready and waiting for you!

To learn more about this exclusive, fly-fishing lodge and other Western Montana luxury homes for sale, please contact me at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]

Skwalla fly fishing in Montana - Western Montana sports and recreation

Time for the Skwala Hatch in the Bitterroot Valley

Enjoy This Anticipated Event in Western Montana

It’s time for the most anticipated event in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana… the Skwala Hatch!

This is when spring arrives and the Skwala come out near the Bitterroot River. And when the Skwala come out, so do the trout… in record numbers.

Basically, Skwala are stonefly bugs that hatch around March and April, and trout love them. These bugs provide a big meal that the trout haven’t had since winter began so they come out in droves to feast. The good news is that the fish haven’t been duped by fake “bug” lures for several months, and have completely forgotten about them. This means you might have a better chance of catching some big trout this time of year.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind, especially if you are just visiting the Bitterroot Valley and the Skwala Hatch for the first time.

  • Check with a seasoned pro.

While the news may make it sounds like catching trout during Skwala season is easy peasy, you have to be in just the right place at just the right time. Before you head out, talk to a local who has extensive experience catching fish during this time of year. They can give you tips on where to go, what to do and when, and more.

  • Go against the crowd.

The Skwala Hatch is a big deal in Western Montana and the population of fishing enthusiasts expands overnight. With this in mind, you can avoid the crowds and have better luck if you go to the “unpopular” locations. Talk to your local expert and find a place that is “off the beaten path.” Not only will you avoid the competition, your fishing spot will probably provide more peace and relaxation so you can actually enjoy your time on the river!

  • Listen, Watch and Learn.

Pay attention to others who plan to fish in the area. Many newbies will go before the sun rises because that’s when they usually fish in their hometown. However, the trout tend to like the warmer water that comes later in the day. If you wait to go out in the afternoon, you might have a better chance of catching more fish. Also, if you hear a lot of tourist chitchat about when and where they are going to fish, you’ll know it’s a good idea to avoid what they’re going to do!

As a local, these are some of the tips I’ve heard from the resident, fishing pros. For more information on the Skwala Hatch, you can read more here.

Have fun, and if you’d like to fish here all year long as a local, contact me at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]. I’ll help you find the perfect Western Montana home!

Fly Fishing in Montana

It is Skwalla time!! Are you ready for fly fishing in Montana?

Skwalla Montana fly fishing

Any fly fisherman knows that the beginning of the season is very exciting.

The Skwalla hatch is about to begin signaling the official opening of fly fishing season in Western Montana.

This tradition usually starts in March and lasts through April.

The Bitterroot River Skwall Hatch is on!

Skwalla fly fishing in Montana

The Bitterroot River is famous for this annual event in that the Skwalla (Stonefly pattern) hatch occurs earlier than most Rocky Mountain rivers due to the warmer climate. The Bitterroot Valley is known as the “Banana Belt” of Montana making the winter months not as long or harsh.

The other local rivers – the Clark Fork, The Blackfoot and Rock Creek also will enjoy the Skwalla but not as early and definitely not as robust of activity.

Skwalla Fishing Montana

There are a number of wonderful day floats to experience this exciting season. My favorite is the Hannon Memorial to Wally Crawford near Darby and Stevensville Wye to Florence Bridge.

The Bitterroot River can be a bit tricky during high water with underwater snags and changing channel conditions. Seasoned fly fishing guides are available to expertly guide you, suggest the right pattern and let you catch beautiful healthy trout. If you need referrals to wonderful guides let me know and I will provide a few names for your use.

Fly fishing in Montana - Testing the water

USGS Measuring Teton River

If you are interested in keeping up on the flow rates you can click here.

Choose the Montana section then click on the link for the Bitterroot River near Darby.

As you float down the Bitterroot River, you will see beautiful, waterfront luxury properties.

There Skwalla fly fishing - Montanaare a select number of opportunities that offer river front living in a private and serene setting. A discrete offering is The Lodge on the Bitterroot which offers 49 acres, a mile of riverfront living, multiple residences and close convenience to Hamilton, Montana. Tour this exceptional offering at (www.TheLodgeOnTheBitterroot)

 

If you have never experienced the Skwalla Hatch – add it to your bucket list. You will not be disappointed. I will see you on the river!

Want to learn more about fly fishing opportunities and living in Montana? Please contact me at:

Phone: 406.240.6497
Fax: 406.777.2520
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