Ruby Drake offers the avid angler access to float some of the greatest rivers in the west. Its the access to the uncrowded dry fly waters of these exceptional waters combined with its team of world class guides is what makes Ruby Drake Lodge so special.
Each morning, the team’s knowledgeable guides study the best of float options for that day, and make plans to ensure the best fishing the day can bring.
THE EPICENTER OF MONTANA'S GREATEST FLY FISHING!
THE FISHING More readily accessible Blue-Ribbon waters than anywhere else in Montana.
Ruby Drake's exceptional private water availability enables access to seldom-fished reaches of the Beaverhead, Ruby, and countless other sneaky spots; while our unmatched public water program allows anglers to float the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Madison, and Jefferson rivers
The Big Hole River offers 150 miles of some of Montana's most classic trout water. Dry fly fishing generally starts with skwalas, March browns, and the Mother's Day caddis in April and May followed by salmonflies in June. These awesome hatches are followed through the summer by golden stones, green drakes, sallies, and PMDs. Fall hatches include mahogony duns, tricos, and midges. This free-flowing river is stunningly beautiful and incredibly productive. Depending on the section fished, you can encounter Arctic grayling, cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout. This is the classic Montana trout river not to be missed.
The Beaverhead River is a unique tailwater flowing from Clark Canyon Reservoir to Twin Bridges. All sections of the Beaverhead can be accessed in less than an hour's drive from Ruby Drake Lodge. The Beaverhead is a picture-perfect Montana trout stream that is floated throughout its upper reaches and wade fished through private access on its lower reaches. A narrow river with willow-lined banks, the Beaverhead produces the largest stream-born browns and rainbows in Montana.
The Madison is the 50-plus mile riffle. From Quake Lake by Raynolds Pass to Ennis Lake near Ennis, the Madison is the king of trout fishing riffles. Its also the 50-plus mile, hottest rainbow in the west, giant-upstream-running-brown riffle. When you think of trout-fishing perfection, you'll think Madison river.
Though we spend a lot of time on the Madison nymphing; nothing is cooler than hitting the salmonfly hatch on this river, nothing! The salmonflies are the biggest around, and with the fast-pace of the Madison, its an awesome experience. But, if the salmonflies are missed, there will be other dry-fly action on the Madison, especially caddis, golden stones, and sallies.
The Ruby is our home river, literally, its right outside our door. In its lower and middle reaches it meanders through farmlands with endless grassy cutbanks. By late summer, many guests consider walk wading the Ruby with a hopper on the ranch section the highlight of their trip. In its upper reaches the Ruby is a willow-lined mountain freestone stream where guests can enjoy high catch rates of rainbows, cutthroats, and occassional Arctic grayling; while larger browns are often encountered on the ranch's lower 15 miles of river.
The Jefferson River is formed from the confluence of the Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers right below Twin Bridges. Famous for its early-season big 'bows and late-season, streamer-chasing, big browns, the Jefferson offers some nice fishing a stone's throw from the lodge.
Ruby Drake's exceptional, private-water availability enables access to seldom-fished reaches of the Beaverhead, Ruby, and countless other sneaky spots. Our private water access is unrivaled in the valley.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
This institution is operated under special use permit with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.