Our lodge usually opens within the first 10 day of June and remains open until October 1st.
We will provide rods, reels, and waders to anyone that does not want to bring their own gear or to those that do not have their own gear. There is no charge for this. We have a fully stocked fly shop that can handle most of your fishing needs, including fishing licenses.
We fish between 5000 and 7000 feet above sea level, with our lodge right in the middle at 6000 feet. The lodge is on the shore of 85 acre Merrell Lake, which is a great place for a drift boat ride while fishing for large rainbows and browns. Tom Miner Creek flows through our property for almost four miles of brushy pocket water full of trout. We float almost fifty miles of the Yellowstone River, mainly near Gardiner. The Livingston spring creeks (DePuy's, Nelson's, and Armstrong's) are awesome private waters. And we wade fish the whole northern half of Yellowstone Park - ranging from the Firehole River to Soda Butte Creek. There are literally thousands of miles of water to choose from. We can even hike into Grebe or Cascade to target grayling.
The month of June is typically cooler with chances of rain. July and August are usually dry and warm, and September cools off again with a little rain again. The heat of summer can reach 90, and cold fronts in June or September can have short lived snow. Layers are key!
Once you arrive at Hubbard's - you'll be taken on a short tour of the lodge. This tour will show you everything you need to know to have a successful trip. You'll learn about the dining room and meals times, the bar and when happy hour starts. You'll be introduced to the chefs or any other employees that are around and you'll be taken to your room. That evening you'll meet up with your guide and put a little game plan together. All itineraries can be changed with a moments notice to accommodate weather or just a change in feeling. Each day's activities are up to you - if you want to do it, we'll make it happen.
Hubbard's Lodge offers fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, trap shooting, ranch tours, shopping tours, Yellowstone Park tours, and massage.
We are more than happy to help you navigate the surrounding area. Whitewater rafting is a very popular activity and it's located just 17 miles from the ranch. There are also rodeos, plays, festivals, and farmer's markets all waiting to be explored. We'll show you the way and get you going.
Hubbard's Lodge is made up of four lodges and all four have guest rooms. The main lodge was built in 1988 and all six of the rooms in this lodge open to a huge great room. The other 12 rooms all open to covered decks and porches. The rooms are all basically the same but some have two queen beds and some have one queen bed. We have decorated in Pendleton style with high thread count sheets and L'Occitane amenities. We always say our meals are "comfort gourmet" and it really is true. From the giant breakfast buffet to the river side lunch, it's all good. Our favorite dinner selection so far this year is Chef Dakota's Beef Tenderloin Medallions with homemade Goat Cheese Stuffed Ravioli.
We fish for Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbows, browns, cutbows, brookies, and grayling. June can have some spring runoff so we fish the Firehole, Madison and Gibbon in Yellowstone Park, and on Merrell Lake. The Park will have a lot of PMDs and caddis at that time. The lake will fish well with beadheads and large chironimid patterns. Late June and early July is Salmon Fly and Golden Stone time. We chuck huge dry-fly patterns all over as the hatches move upstream. The Yellowstone River is renowned for its stoneflies. Drakes come next, providing great dry fly action while floating the Yellowstone and wade fishing Lamar Valley in Yellowstone Park. By late July we are into hopper season, usually trailed by an ant or beetle. September brings more drakes and some baetis. Late September can be a great time to pull streamers on the Yellowstone River. We will do some nymphing throughout the season, but are predominantly a dry-fly fishery.
Most of the guests in our lodge are in jeans and shorts. Some guests might "dress up" for dinner or our Saturday night cookout, but comfortable casual is the dress of the day. Most mornings and evenings are chilly, so remember to layer when packing. Also, don't forget a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and your camera!
Q. Where should I fly into?
A. If you're flying to us, then you'll want to fly into Bozeman. The lodge is located an hour and fifteen minutes from the Bozeman airport. Our shuttle is $200 roundtrip per vehicle.
Q. Are gratuities customary?
A. Like most lodges, our employees rely on gratuities. We ask that you take care of your wranglers and guides directly. Our house staff pools all of the gratuities left to them. Though this gratuity is not automatically added to your bill, we recommend 8% to 12% of your lodging bill if everything was great.