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Winter has arrived on the Creek

November 19th, 2015 by Kristi Spoon

1st snow of winter Nov 2015I’ve been told that the first day of winter, also known as the Winter Solstice, is not until December 22 this year.  I guess Mother Nature has her own ideas!

The seasons definitely show their colors at Twisted Fork at Rock Creek.  The Indian Summer held warm days with cool nights, leading us into an incredible Autumn filled with brilliant colors, cattle coming out of the forest and the bugle of the elusive elk.  When winter arrives she usually comes with snow and cold and usually hangs around until sometime in April; not warming until the last calf has arrived.

But truly, time flies and it really won’t be long before the last of the snow melts off.  That’s when the creek air is pure, the grasses explode and the fish are hungry!  Don’t wait to book your 2016 vacation.  Plan now while there is good availability.

Come share the seasons with us here at the top of Rock Creek!

Daylight Savings time must mean Spring??

March 11th, 2014 by Kristi Spoon

Winter morning 2014 from deck sizedDaylight savings time must mean Spring is just around the corner.  No one could be more excited to hear the sound of birds, the flow of the creek and the change in temperature.  It’s been a long winter here at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch.  Located at over 5000 feet in the Rocky Mountains we have seen our share of cold temperatures and snow this winter.  We kicked off calving season with the temperature hanging around 39 below zero39 below recorded 2014 sized – yup, that’s below.  It was followed by about 3 feet of snow, and more snow.  Seems each morning I wake to at least a few inches of fresh white snow.

The fresh snow doesn’t seems to stay long, daytime temperatures are up to the high 30’s now – above zero.  Yesterday I heard a loud noise & actually saw the Middle Fork of Rock Creek starting to loosen up a bit.  It will be fishing season before you know it!!  Hiding out there under the ice are brown trout, cutthroats & rainbows that will be hungry to chase the fly at the end of your line.

Openings are starting to fill for this summer so book the Cabin or Pintlar View for your vacation rental now.  Book online or call to make your reservations to stay with us this summer.  I’m sure a little more snow melts with each booking!!!

Rock Creek Montana Fly Fishing – 2014

December 30th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

It’s time to start thinking about tossing out your line on Rock Creek this summer and doing a little fly fishing.  hd-laurie-fishing

Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch is graced with both the Middle Fork and the East Fork of Rock Creek flowing through it.   The miles of stream flowing through the ranch are very private and offer trout fishing waters for everyone from the novice to experienced fly fisherman.

There are not many properties that offer the privacy and amazing stream access that is offered at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch.  There are two cabin rentals that are separated by a large horse pasture with the Middle Fork of Rock Creek just off the decks.  We are located above 5000 feet so the water runs cold and clear throughout the fishing season.

Spring and summer bookings are happening now, so check your calendar, book your stay and come sit by the creek with us.



Welcome to the Pintlar View at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch

August 28th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

Pintlar welcomePintlar pot of goldIt’s been brought to my attention that the pictures and description I have posted for the Pintlar View didn’t do it justice.  It really is a pot of gold sitting at the bottom of a Montana rainbow.  Let me expand a little on the amenities of this fabulous vacation rental sitting on the Middle Fork of Rock Creek, located outside Philpsburg, MT.  Be sure to look at the Photo Gallery.

The kitchen is newly updated with hickory cabinets, granite and wood countertops with a beautiful tile and granite backsplash, new side by side refrigerator with ice maker and water in the door, dishwasher, new overhead microwave, glass top range and dishwasher.  There is a large picture window in the kitchen looking towards Eagle’s Canyon and a pasture with a couple of new foals.  Off the kitchen sits the log dining table which easily seats up to eight.  The open floorplan affords those in the dining area to enjoy the large picture windows or step out to the covered front deck with gliding chairs to relax on a warm evening.Pintlar kitchen

Leather sofa and love seat with a log bench allow for enjoying the big screen tv equipped with satellite service.  Picture windows and sliding glass doors lead to the back deck with an uncompromised view of the Anaconda Pintlars; the view is truly spectacular.  The deck has both Adirondack  chairs and bench seating with a large picnic table to accommodate both groups and more intimate gatherings.  If you are looking for that Montana campfire, a firepit sits in back, overlooking the creek, just waiting to make those Mountain S’mores.Pintlar back deck

Destination Montana is proudly represented in the Pintlar View with their oversized log furniture in all the bedrooms, the dining table and a 4 inch thick island countertop.  The log beds are all fitted with new pillowtop matresses, finished off with down comforters and lots of fluffy pillows.  Perfect for those cool Montana nights.  The master bedroom has a king size bed with french doors leading out to a small flagstone patio and also has an accommodating master bath.  There are two other bedrooms; one with a queen bed, the other with two doubles.  A second bath boasts of  shower/tub and travertine countertop.

If you are looking for a place to toss your line or just enjoy a creekside getaway, the Pintlar View is now open and accepting reservations for 2014.  Rates will be going up after December, so book now for the best deal.  There are even a few fall openings if you’d like to slip up to the creek sooner.

Sunrise on the Anaconda Pintlars

March 6th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

Winter morning sunrise - Anaconda Pintlars

Winter morning sunrise – Anaconda Pintlars

Winter can be long when you live at over 5000 feet.  There has been snow on the ground since November, temperatures when you get up to check cattle are more often than not, below zero.  Such is life in the rocky mountains.

Sunrise looking out at the Anaconda Pintlars in Montana though, is always spectacular.

The Anaconda Pintlar Wilderness is known for its high, rugged, beautiful mountain scenery.  Some of Montana’s greatest trout streams including Rock Creek and the Big Hole River begin from the tiny droplets coming off year round snowbanks in this almost untouched Montana wilderness of over 158,500 acres.  The lush vegetation of sagebrush, willow flats, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, lodge pole pine, aspen, subalpine fir, white bark pine and subalpine larch are home to mountain goats, flying squirrels, deer, elk, moose, bear, mountain lions and thirteen varieties of raptors

Spring Pintlar View

Spring Pintlar View


As spring arrives in Rock Creek, the snow on our ground will melt and bring green grasses.  The snowpack in the Pintlars will slowly retreat, feeding the tumbling streams well into the summer keeping our trout fishing passion alive.  Then, once again Mother Nature will begin to cover this vast wilderness with her blanket of snow.

This blog is dedicated to my dad, Harvey Giles (1999), who gave up his vacation each year to take Boy Scouts on 50 mile hikes through Montana wildernesses. The Pintlars were his favorite.