We chose the Combat Fisherman despite planning to fish the Beaverhead well upstream of Dillon. Logic would dictate that we should stay in Dillon and not Twin Bridges, as it’s an extra 70 mins driving each day to get here. But a Dillon hotel v The Combat Fishernan is a no-brainer.
Such a great set up. We stayed here mostly because of the main room which is set up to be a very social setting, and so it turned out to be. A great space that allowed our party of six, ample room and the right atmosphere to play music and talk about our adventures on the river each day.
Downstairs is the main room with dining table and three super comfy weathered leather lounges set up for socialising with friends. There was also a terrific kitchen with a well thought out space and some clever use of materials that I’ll definitely incorporate into the next fishing lodge that I build.
Upstairs there were two seperate sleeping spaces. Up one end were three large comfy beds, and up the other end were two more beds. The only tricky thing for us Australians, was the way in which the windows opened inwards. A clever and a welcome addition at the end of those hot July days. The place was easily kept cool through this simple opening and closing of the windows each evening/morning.
I absolutely loved the use of timber throughout the house and some of the construction techniques employed. I built my own fishing lodge nearly twenty years ago, and am about to build a new house, and I am going to steal many of the ideas used in the Combat Fisherman for my place. In fact I would love to build a replica of this as a small, intimate boutique fishing lodge.
We will be back. Definitely worth the extra driving distance to avoid the hotels in Dillon. I highly recommend that you check this place out if fishing the area with friends or family.