Rivers 2018 Montana Trip
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Montana – Big Sky Country
Listen as the wind blows from across the Great Divide, and step back in time about 200 years with John Colter, a private on leave from the Lewis and Clark expedition, as he first describes the area in 1807 as having an almost supernatural aura and extraordinary beauty. To many, it stills retains that aura and beauty after leaving the roads and other signs of man behind you as you hike or fish your way along the rivers.
The River House – Livingston, MT
This adventure is based at The River House on the Yellowstone in Livingston, MT. Situated on 15 acres with private river frontage on the Yellowstone, and surrounded by the beauty of Paradise Valley, we are excited about this new headquarters for our Montana trips. After your day’s fishing, relax on the patio with friends or watch movie in the living room area complete with a flat screen and satellite tv.
The Gallatin River flows out of nearby Yellowstone Park and through the incredibly wild and beautiful Gallatin River Canyon. The Gallatin is a blue ribbon wild trout river that is both scenic and productive. Rainbows are the predominant trout species. They range in size from 5 to 20 inches. Brown trout range up to 5 pounds.
The Madison River is predominately Brown and Rainbow Trout fishery. It is a majestic river that begins in Yellowstone Park and flows through breathtaking scenery until it meets with it’s sister rivers to form the Missouri River. Big game animals such as bear, deer, elk and moose are often visible to the angler during the duration of our trip.
The Yellowstone River holds Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout. It originates from Yellowstone Lake in the Park and flows northward through the scenic valley. It is the favorite of anglers to float during August. Trout are plentiful and there’s always a good chance of hooking a large fish while fishing grasshopper patterns.
RATES AND PACKAGES
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Prices do not include guide gratuities.
A 50% deposit is required to secure your trip dates. Balance is due on by a date To Be Announced.
All prices are subject to change with out notice. Rivers is not responsible for typographical errors.
Gear & Tackle
A more comprehensive tackle and gear list will be provided upon booking. The following list of gear and tackle is presented as a guide for anglers anticipating a Montana fly fishing adventure. Rivers can outfit your Montana adventure with the highest quality gear and tackle with almost two decades of solid Montana fishing experience.
Travel rods are highly recommended.
Dry – An 8.5′ or longer rod in 5wt or 6wt is ideal for fishing dries. Windy conditions are to be expected in Montana and stiffer rods can help anglers to deal with the wind more efficiently.
Wet – An 8.5′ or longer 5-7wt rod rigged for streamers or nymphs is ideal for subsurface fishing.
Reels should be appropriately sized to allow for 150-200yds of backing as runs into the backing are possible in Montana. Reels should also have a good smooth drag system capable of applying good drag pressure.
Floating – for most of your Montana fishing a floating line will be just fine.
Sinking or Sink Tip – for streamer maniacs who like chucking big patterns, a sinking or sink tip line is an effective way to fish deeper streams and rivers.
Leaders & Tippet
8-10′ leaders tapered to 3-6x tippet will cover most of your fishing situations in Montana. Be prepared with a few leaders and tippet spools for your trip.
The Other Stuff
Licenses are available online and we can assist you in securing a license prior to departure. Comfortable breathable waders with enough room for layering are recommended. Wet wading gear is also advised. Unstudded wading shoes with plain felts are recommended, Montana drift boat guides hate studs just as much as Pennsylvania drift boat guides. Raingear is mandatory and a comfortable rain jacket can make a rainy day much more bearable. You are welcome to bring your own camera and all of the guides carry digital cameras with them. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended and we have found Orvis Buzz Off Clothing to be very effective in keeping unwanted pests at bay.
As stated previously, our lodging and dining accommodations are at the Trout Club, consisting of four cabins located on 84 acres of lodgepole pines, Douglas fir trees, fresh mountain air, singing birds, and the songs of the Gallatin River as it flows by our cabins. Trout Club is located one mile from the mouth of the Gallatin Canyon.
With a half mile of frontage on the Gallatin River, you early risers can fish for Rainbow Trout exceeding 18 inches before breakfast. In the early evening you can fish in front of the Rainbow Lodge until dinner is served while those not fishing can relax on the deck of the Rainbow Lodge with their pre-dinner drink and watch your skillful approach and pursuit of the rising trout.
Laundry facilities consisting of two sets of washer and dryers are available to do laundry. One is located in the the Rainbow Cabin and the second is in the garage located beside Annie’s Cabin.
A blazed trail exists at the Trout Club leads to the ridge above the cabins. It takes 4 to 5 hours to complete.
A one-day guided float trip is included with the package. The choice of rivers are the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers. Most anglers like to take a second float during the week. This second float can be arranged for you at an additional cost.
Gratuities to our Montana guides are not included in the cost of any of the floats. Please plan accordingly.
Food and Beverage:
All meals and soft drinks are included in the package during your stay at the Trout Club. Breakfast is served daily beginning at 7:00 AM in the Rainbow Cabin. A picnic lunch is made available for those who wish to fish away from the Trout Club. Dinner is prepared and served each evening at 8:00 PM in the Rainbow Cabin. It is advised that you bring your own favorite liquor for cocktails.
We will be happy to make your air transportation arrangements for you. However, please note that airfare is not included in the package price. We are committed to getting the lowest air fares possible.
Ground transportation for the week is included in your trip package. It consists of 2 vans and a car shared by the group. Private rentals an be arranged at our corporate discount rates.