Fish the Jefferson River:

Where Lewis & Clark Traveled

There it turns east to become the Missouri River. Our area has many famous rivers. The Jefferson River is often overlooked by anglers and therefore is under-fished. Lack of housing and development along its banks provides anglers with a sense of solitude combined with unbelievable scenery.Every turn of the river, one feels they could meet Lewis and Clark's expedition coming upstream. On the Jefferson river, seeing one or two other boats is a rarity and is considered to be a crowd. In the last seven or eight years the Jefferson has become a trophy Trout River, rivaling the upper Beaverhead for this honor. During the summer, large rainbow and brown trout race to explode on your grasshopper pattern. To experience this should be a must for anglers. The Jefferson River, or as it is fondly known, The "Jeff", offers hatches of caddis, baetis, summer stones, flying ants, and other terrestrials. Because of the limited access along the entire length of the river, the best fishing is from the boat, getting out and fishing the riffles, runs, and the many side channels the river has to offer. From spring through the fall the "Jeff" may have the best fishing using streamers and rubber leg patterns of any of the rivers in Southwest Montana. Five Rivers Lodge's central location and experienced guides make fishing the Jefferson a memorable day with a good chance of taking trophy Trout. Back