Master the Spring Creeks PROUDLY PRESENTED BY...

Shields Valley, Montana

Experience a 3-Day Fly Fishing School Like No Other

There are few experiences for a dry fly angler that can surpass catching big trout on the famous spring creeks of Montana’s Paradise Valley. These slow moving, nutrient rich, crystal clear waters offer the greatest of fly fishing rewards — big and wild rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout.

The DePuy and Armstrong spring creeks are home to prolific hatches and enormous numbers of trout. If you are the type of angler looking for a new challenge, these creeks are for you. The scenery is straight out of a Robert Redford movie — gin clear waters touched by willows with the Absaroka and Gallatin Mountain Ranges towering above. These spring creeks are among the most famous in the world. The consistent 52-degree water temperature creates the ideal habitat and home to an abundant number of trophy sized trout. For the anglers who want to up their game and learn from the best instructors, the Spring Creek Master Class on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks is considered the ultimate challenge in the sport.

"Thank you for taking such good care of us at our recent stay at your lodge. We were very impressed with your entire operation. I have fished all over the world and have never stayed in a Lodge as nice as yours. The physical plant was outstanding, as was the service from your staff. The food was excellent. We look forward to an annual visit." - Kate and Troy Phillips


Brant Oswald – Brant is known as one of the top spring creek fly fishing instructors, with even a film credit in A River Runs Through It. Brant has worked in nearly every segment of the fly fishing industry — as fly fishing school instructor and director for both Orvis and the Mel Krieger schools, as a commercial fly tyer, fishing travel consultant, fly shop manager, and now as a guide, outfitter and instructor in Livingston, Montana. As a guide, Brant spends most of his days with clients on the Paradise Valley spring creeks and the Yellowstone River, and teaches fly casting and fly tying clinics around the region.

Beau Peavey - Beau started fly fishing at the age of 4 and began his guiding career in Maine chasing Landlocked Salmon and Brook Trout. He is known as a professional, friendly, “fishy” veteran guide who teaches his anglers something new every day. Beau has guided over 15 years on Montana rivers and streams, with 10 years of guiding on the Paradise Valley spring creeks. He also teaches guide school, fishing schools and is an accomplished casting instructor.

Greg Bricker – Greg is Shields River Lodge’s licensed outfitter. His team of professional guides are some of the best in the western region. Greg’s fishing addiction has led him to guide in Chile, Argentina, The Bahamas, Christmas Island, and numerous places throughout the U.S. He has been featured in Waypoints, a Confluence Productions film, and The New York Times.

Take Your Fly Fishing Skills to Whole New Level

  • Sight Fishing
  • Casting
  • Reading the Water
  • Hatches, Fly Selection and Matching the Hatch
  • Entomology
  • Knot Tying
  • Spring Creek Rigging
  • Hooking, Landing and Releasing Spring Creek Trout


  • April 19th through April 22th, 2021
  • April 25th through April 29th, 2021
  • May 3rd through May 7th, 2021 - FULL
  • May 17th through May 21st, 2021


  • Arrive the day prior to school at Shields River Lodge (SRL) by 1 pm or later. (April 18th for the April 19th School, April 24th for the April 25th & May 16th for the May 17th School)
  • Day 1 - Class Instruction at SRL & Shields River Fishing
  • Day 2 - Fishing and Instruction on DePuy Spring Creek
  • Day 3 - Fishing and Instruction on Armstrong Spring Creek
  • Departure (or we invite you to extend your stay and hone your newly gained skills)


Our guests are treated to five-star service, deluxe accommodations and legendary meals prepared by our Executive Chef. We offer 9 private rooms with ensuite baths and king beds. All rooms have writing desks, comfortable seating areas, and large windows with sweeping views of the surrounding landscapes. Some rooms have access to private decks.

— The Shields River Lodge has 9 luxurious rooms with ensuite baths. Located within the Shields Valley in southwestern Montana, the lodge is set on 283-acres and features one mile of blue ribbon trout water. —

Executive Chef Donald MacArthur

Executive Chef Donald MacArthur’s love of food began early while growing up on an organic farm in Pennsylvania where he learned that quality ingredients are the key to any meal that is meant to be truly remarkable. Working behind the fish counter at famed purveyor Dean and DeLuca led to a passion for cooking anything from the sea. Chef Donald then attended New York’s acclaimed French Culinary Institute before honing his craft at Esca, New York’s venerable Italian seafood restaurant. At the Shields River Lodge, Chef Don leads and an extraordinary team that continues to source the finest ingredients and prepares them with subtle nuance and expert technique.

"The food was fantastic. The schnitzel and homemade spaetzle was the best we have ever had. The Montana ribeye with cayenne rub ranks as maybe the finest steak we have ever eaten". - David & Crystal Carroum
The Shields River flowing towards the Yellowstone River beneath the Absaroka Mountain Range


  • 3 Day School / Fishing
  • 4 Nights of Luxury Accommodations
  • Gourmet Meals
  • 1 to 3 Instructor to Student Ratio
  • Cost $5,000
“Shields River Lodge was a dream come true for me after 6 months of COVID. The location was magnificent, the lodge itself of wonderful and tasteful architecture, large enough for plenty of social distancing and the food was 5 star, too. If you appreciate first class service, put Shields River Lodge high up on your list!“ – Valerie – Chico, CA

The wellbeing and health of our guests and staff is of paramount importance to us. In light of COVID-19, our sanitation practices are in accordance with the State of Montana and CDC guidelines.

Created By
Lori Nuss