The Moriah Motel is centrally located near several of the world’s best wild trout fisheries.
During your stay at the motel, and depending on current conditions, you may have the
opportunity to fish any of the following:
For expert guiding services on our "Blue Ribbon" trout rivers in Southwest Montana contact
We have 51.86 miles of public water on this river, said by many to be the finest small water trout fishery in the state. Up stream, you’ll find the “tail water” of the reservoir which runs through many ranches. Because of the smaller river channel, the fishing here can be challenging, but very satisfying for more advanced anglers. On both sections above and below the reservoir there are good hatches of pale morning duns in June and July, terrific caddis hatches and hopper fishing throughout the summer, and blue wing olive hatches in the fall.
If you dreamed up a trout river, it might look like the Big Hole. Towering cliffs in places, quiet meadow stretches, wildlife, and lots of feisty trout. Probably the most exciting dry fly fishing for trout anywhere is found on this river in June, with the emergence of the giant stonefly (salmon fly). This is a great time to fish this river, but the dry fly fishing can continue into the summer with caddis, tricos, and hoppers too.
Streamer fishing in both the spring and the fall can be excellent as well.
The stats speak for themselves: average fish is 16”; 3,800 fish per mile; one fish of 4 pounds or better every twenty feet of bank. The Beaverhead is the best trophy trout river in the region—and possibly beyond. It’s surprisingly small, but deep, fast, and full of big fish. Small nymphs always work well on this river, catching amazingly big fish for such small food. June and July can provide good dry fly fishing with caddis, yellow sallies, and pale morning dims, as well as the famous crane fly during early August mornings. The streamer fishing in the fall can be superb.
The Madison is the most consistently productive river. There are great hatches of salmon flies, caddis, and mayflies, and it’s not uncommon to catch fish on dries, wets, and streamers all in the same day. The trout are usually happily eating something. It’s a gorgeous river, with rainbows, browns, and the occasional brook trout, cutthroat or rare grayling. Being just 30 minutes from the motel it’s one of our most popular fisheries.
During the spring and fall, this unheralded river can produce some wonderful fishing, not to mention solitude, wildlife, and beauty. The streamer fishing can be red hot, and there is even dry fly fishing at certain times of the year. It may not get much press, but we know when to fish the Jefferson and we know the size of the browns that lurk below its surface.
The Moriah Motel isn’t just about a good nights sleep and fishing. The nonangling activities available from the motel tempt even the most diehard trout enthusiast to take a break
from the water. Just a few of the options include:
* Guided horseback rides into the stunning mountains that surround the Ruby Valley
* Golfing at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Works Golf Course
* Sight seeing, photography trips, and even ghost walking in historic Virgima City,
The Big Hole Battlefield, or Montana’s first territorial capital, Bannack
* Great shopping in Ennis, Virginia City, Dillon & Butte
* A professional yoga studio with regular scheduled classes is available just a
few miles away
* Gourmet dining is available in Twin Bridges (The Old Hotel),
Virginia City (Wells Fargo Steakhouse), and Ennis (The Continental Divide)
* The Ruby Valley area also provides outstanding big and small game hunting,
cross-country skiing, camping, boating, hiking and snowmobiling.
If you would like to try any of these activities, just let us know and we can assist you with the arrangements.
Region 3 is located in Southwest Montana and includes the counties of Broadwater, Gallatin, Park, Madison, Beaverhead, Jefferson and part of Deer Lodge.

Region 3 encompasses 18,089 square miles, which is more than 12 percent of the total land area of Montana. Southwest Montana is made up of broad valleys comprised of prairie habitat consisting of grasslands, sagebrush, and wooded riparian areas rising to foothills and mountains as high as 11,000 feet elevation. Most of the lower land is privately owned, while most of the higher reaches are federallyowned Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management land.

Region 3 is home to nine state parks, including Montana’s oldest state park — Lewis and Clark Caverns — and Bannack State Park, which was the site of the first Territorial Capital.

The region is headwaters to some of the most renowned trout rivers in the U.S. Some 26 percent of Montana’s angling pressure takes place in Region 3, and the region boasts 103 fishing access sites.

Big game hunting also is a major draw in Southwest Montana. Approximately 50 percent of the elk harvest in the entire state of Montana comes from Region 3.

Elk numbers are at an alltime high in Southwest Montana according to the Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Besides the great elk hunt, Southwest Montana’s fall hunting season also includes:
Deer, Antelope, Goose, Duck, Mourning Dove, Sage Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Hungarian Partridge, Pheasant and Wild turkey.
Let the Moriah Motel make your hunting accommodations pleasant.
A warm and comfortable nights stay is great way to begin your day of hunting.
Local Information
Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce
Dillon Chamber of Commerce
Butte Chamber of Commerce
Virginia City Chamber of Commerce

Travel & Conditions
To plan a drive to the Moriah Motel, you can build one at MapOuest.

Check out the local weather for your stay.

Northwest and Delta Airlines are the main airlines servicing our area of Southwest Montana.

The Montana Road Conditions Report publishes updates on icy driving conditions, closed roads, and other related driving information.

Browse the Montana Snowpack Report to forecast fishing and hiking conditions.

The USGS Stream Flow Report posts river flow data, temperature, and the flood stages for the current water conditions.

Attractions & Activities
For information on traveling in Montana, go to the Visit Montana site.

To plan a day or two in Yellowstone Park, you can go to this site and get information on lodging, park fees and general park information.

Old Works Golf Course is located in Anaconda, and is open to the public. This is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, about 1 hour from the Moriah Motel.

The Big Hole National Battlefield is a significant cultural site located a short drive away in Wisdom, Montana.

Another nearby historical point of interest is Bannack State Park, Montana’s old territorial capital, found outside of Dillon.

Winston Rod builds some of the finest fly rods in the world in Twin Bridges, MT. You can schedule a visit to the factory for a tour.
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