April is fast approaching, when well-rounded gents make the transition from winter sports to spring ones.

And the smart ones make tracks for Montana’s ruggedly elegant Triple Creek Ranch.

There in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies, the annual skwala stonefly hatch takes place—aka the unofficial start of the Western trout fishing season.


Guests at the world-class Relais & Chateaux ranch cast their flies with the aid of Orvis-approved guides and shoot sporting clays by day, and then wine and dine by firelight during the five-day Bitterroot Skwala Hatch Celebration.

$5,500 gets you one of the 23 luxury cabins, decorated with the owners’ museum-quality Western art collection, for the duration, plus all manner of James Beard and Wine Spectatorinfused meals after and in between sporting excursions.


It runs April 10 to 14—and once the cabins are full, the book is closed.

So pack your Filsons and tie your flies—the game is on…