Edited May 20, 2020, High Noon
14 Day Quarantine Ends June 1st
Out of state visitors and anglers can begin to travel to Montana without a mandatory 14 Day Quarantine Monday June 1st. No longer do you have to lock yourself into a Motel 6 for two weeks before you come fish Montana’s Missouri River.
This does not mean that we are tossing aside all of the practices that brought us to this moment in time June 1st. Nope. We are still practicing physical distancing, masks, cleaning/sanitizing protocols daily here in Craig. We are entering Phase 2 on June 1st. Until then we are still under the auspices of Phase 1.
Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock announced the Phase 2 Plans for reopening as anglers can now freely travel to Montana and are not subject to quarantine before engaging in recreational and outfitted activities. Headhunters Fly Shop and Guide Service will still fully apply the recommended personal hygiene and social distancing standards as we have done during the Phase 1 period.
Phase 1 directives are still in place from today through Sunday May 31st.
Headhunters Fly Shop Craig Montana
Headhunters Fly Shop will continue to provide a clean, sanitized, retail environment for all of our guests. We are still wearing masks to stay the course of Covid-19 along with hand washing, plenty of hand sanitizing stations, and sneeze-guards at the checkout counter.
Our popular TakeAway Window will continue to be open throughout the summer. Why not keep your distance when getting a river shuttle, buying a Montana Fishing License, ordering up a couple mayfly cripples, a bottle of GINK, and an Amadou patch? See us on the west side of the Headhunters Fly Shack for TakeOut Flies anytime during business hours!
Free Fly for those wearing a Mask inside Headhunters Fly Shop
Guide Trips leaving daily from Headhunters of Craig. Our professional full time career fishing guides are keeping a tight ship! Daily cleansing of the boat along with sanitizing process will assure your safety on all guide trips from Headhunters.
Phase 2 protocols still include distancing suggestions. Will you wear a mask in the boat? Your guide is interested in keeping all parties safe on the water. A discussion before you leave in the morning with your fishing guide will structure the fishing day for safety and success.
Bring your own rods, waders, and water bottle if you wish.
Lunches provided by Headhunters from Mo River Eats. Owner Kelli Wilson is hyper diligent in conducting safe handling practices of all food products.
Airline Travel to Montana
Many of our guests are driving to Montana if at all possible. Of course if you live more than a couple days drive from the epicenter-center of Montana’s Fly Fishing HQ you may have to rely on the airlines. We understand there will be some complications traveling to Craig this summer.
It will behove you to do a bit of travel research before booking your guide trips and lodging this summer in light of the current airline status. We have heard that many have had no problem getting into Montana. The problem is the flight out/home. Some have stated that Salt Lake City is a good departure airport. But is driving 7 hours to catch your flight home worth it? You will have to make that decision.
If juggling is your strong suit, or if you are gonna come regardless of the difficulties of modern travel…we applaud you. We are interested in helping in any way we can to make this work for our fly fishing guests.
Again, it will be much easier if you can find a path here and an exit home before you book your trip with Headhunters. While Julie can juggle several balls at one time, we have found that 13 is too many!!
Airports in Montana along with travel times via car to Craig Montana
- Great Falls MT: 45 minutes
- Helena MT: 45 minutes
- Bozeman MT: 2 hours
- Missoula MT: 2 hours
- Billings MT: 4.5 hours
- Kalispell MT; 3.5 hours
- Spokane WA: 5.5 hours
- Salt Lake City UT: 7.5 hours
- Denver CO: 12 hours
- Timbuktu: Might be too far?
Give Julie a call 406-868-5473 for your summer guide trips and lodging reservations.
Headhunters Fly Shop
Open daily. We have adjusted our hours for the time being to 8-6 Monday-Wednesday. 7-7 Thursday-Saturday. 7-6 Sunday.
We are excited to see your smiling faces and bent rods as we move into the next phase of Montanas re-opening. June 1st is the day the quarantine will be lifted.
We will continue to follow the strictest cleanliness and sanitation procedures to keep all safe.
Headhunters is now taking reservations for lodging and guide trips. Julie our crack booking agent is ready for your request. 406-868-5473.
Headhunters OnLine store is open for business. Thanks to all who have ordered and received fly fishing products including tons of flies, leaders, rods, reels, fly lines, and spey gear through our online portal. Our feedback has been positive as the packages leave from the store either the day of, or the next morning with expediency. We will continue to provide excellent customer service through our online store and beyond as we move through this summer. Don’t hesitate to call if you do not find what you are looking for, or have any questions about a product you are interested in.
Shuttle services daily. Dearborn Shuttle service daily. Call it in at 406-235-3447, at the TakeAway Window, or inside the shop.
We are ready to move forward into June with safety in mind, fun on the brain, and summer in our blood!
HEADHUNTERS WILL BE CLOSED FROM SATURDAY, MARCH 28 thru FRIDAY APRIL 24. THE STATE OF MONTANA HAS IMPLEMENTED A “STAY AT HOME” ORDER DURING THAT PERIOD. ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESS’ MUST CLOSE. FISHING IS ALLOWED, AS LONG AS SOCIAL DISTANCING PRINCIPALS ARE OBSERVED. We are available all the time via phone or email.
Montana now has 262 (April 3) COVID-19 cases, with a hotspot in Bozeman/Gallatin County. We have not had any cases reported in the Wolf Creek/Craig area, but there have been a few cases reported in Great Falls and Helena. Step by step, we have implemented changes to our operation intended to protect both customers and our staff from COVID-19.
Our staff and guides are currently following social distancing rules, staying at home, and doing a little bit of solo fishing here and there. John is at the shop on a daily basis answering phone calls and filling inline orders (which we appreciate very much!).
THE SHOP – CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 24
The shop is now closed until at least April 24. We cannot provide shuttles, licenses, lodging, rentals or sales of any kind.
You can buy your fishing license on-line.
You can place on-line and phone orders at the shop.
GUIDED TRIPS – CANCELLED UNTIL APRIL 24
Many of our customers have rescheduled their guided fishing trips for later in the year. We have made our deposit policy as flexible as possible to accommodate any changes – no matter how last minute – that you need to make. Any questions or changes should be directed to Julie. She can be reached at 406-868-5473 or email@example.com.
LODGING – CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 24
We are closing our lodging operations until April 24. If you have lodging booked with us in the near future, Julie will be giving you a call about rescheduling or other options.
GUIDING AND LODGING CANCELLATION POLICY CHANGES
We have already communicated to our guests who have trips booked prior to June 1 that we will be altering our cancellation policy for guided trips and lodging. From now until the end of May, you can alter your reservation inside of 30 days (without forfeiting your deposit), as long as you use the deposit to book another trip in 2020/21. You can do this right up to the last day before your trip. This will allow you to keep your reservations in place, and if illness or COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent you from coming at the last minute, you won’t be out of pocket. Most of the customers we’ve talked to are concerned about travel restrictions, not illness, but we feel this addresses both issues.
For trips after June 1, we will address that when the time comes. If COVID-19 is still prevalent and interfering with peoples health and travel, we will continue the “bump it forward” policy. Whatever happens in the future, we will try to be as flexible and sympathetic as possible.
SHUTTLES – CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 24
RENTAL BOATS – CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 10
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
We will try and keep up with this as quickly as possible, but as you are all aware, things are changing quickly.
Thanks for your patience.
John Arnold & Mark Raisler
THIS POST WILL BE EDITED WHEN CONDITIONS CHANGE IN OUR REGION.