Craig Fellin founded Big Hole Lodge in 1984 and continues to run the operation with his son, Wade. He chose this spot for the lodge because of its proximity to so many beautiful rivers. At heart, Big Hole Lodge has always been for those seeking a wilderness fly fishing experience where they can further themselves within the sport, novice, and expert alike. It is here that people can come to learn, recharge, and remember what it’s like to be a child again.
Craig’s business philosophy is very simple, “give the clients more than they expect and do it with a smile.” In addition to guiding for thirty-five years out West, Craig has managed a fly shop in Aspen, guided in Argentina, fished New Zealand, and traveled with clients to fish the salt on numerous occasions. He cherishes his role as host and lead ambassador at the lodge now that he’s turned the daily operation over to his son, Wade.
Wade is a fifth-generation Montanan deeply rooted in the Big Hole Valley. Wade has guided the rivers of Southwest Montana since 2006 and his deep conservation ethic stems from the same sources of clean, readily available water that attracted his ancestors to the Big Hole Valley, and later led him to study environmental and water law at the University of Montana.
It is Craig and Wade’s passion which attracts the loyal staff and clientele of dedicated anglers for decades.