There's also horseback riding and other activities for those who don't fly fish, so it's a well rounded western ranch experience at this Montana fly fishing lodge.
Jeremy Kehrein leads this trip, and it's a landscape he knows well. He lived and guided in Montana for years before moving to Vermont to become Orvis's Sporting Travel Planner. He'll work with the friendly lodge staff and expert local guides to make sure everyone has a great experience. Browse our Montana fly fishing reviews to read more about Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge.
Paradise Valley, Montana, is right in the heart of some of the best fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains. We will be staying at Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge, near Emigrant, Montana. Conveniently located for guests traveling from the East and West Coasts, guests arrive by flying to Bozeman, Montana where they can rent a car and drive to the lodge, or have Orvis Travel arrange a private transfer. The drive is approximately 1 hour, through the scenic Paradise Valley of the Yellowstone River. The trip is a perfect start to a Rocky Mountain experience. With daily flights on several carriers, Bozeman is very easy to get to. Most flights will arrive mid-afternoon so most guests will arrive in time for the welcome reception and dinner at the Ranch.
Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge has twice been recognized as the Orvis Endorsed Lodge of the Year, most recently in 2008. The lodge's central location allows guests and their fly fishing guides to access a wide variety of waters within an hour and half drive, including the well-known Yellowstone River, Gardiner River, Slough Creek and Soda Butte Creek. Whether western style float trips are your preference, or you would rather wade a small mountain stream, this area has it all. Non-anglers will appreciate the lodge's proximity to Yellowstone National Park, only 30 minutes away. A variety of guided outdoor activities are available for non-anglers to choose from, all of which can be set up directly with the lodge upon arrival.
Fly into Bozeman, MT and rent a car or request a private transfer for the one hour drive to Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge, situated just a few miles from the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park. We recommend arriving at the lodge prior to 5:00 pm so that you have time to settle in before dinner. Upon arrival at the lodge, you’ll meet your Orvis Trip Leader for an overview of the week. Join your Orvis host and fellow travel companions for hors d'oeuvres in the lodge's bar before an outdoor BBQ on the lodge’s patio overlooking Montana’s scenic Paradise Valley.
Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge is home to some of the best fly fishing in Montana's Rocky Mountains. After a homemade breakfast in the lodge's dining room, head out each day with your guide for a full day on the water. Your guide will discuss your options for each day and work with you to customize your fishing trip to ensure that you have an amazing experience. You'll have opportunities to fish a variety of waters including some of Southwest Montana's best Blue Ribbon trout streams. Whether you choose to float one the famous rivers such as the Yellowstone River, wade in a technical spring creek or fish for trophy rainbow and brown trout in Merrell Lake – a 90-acre private lake located right next to the lodge – you’ll have access to it all with an expert fly fishing guide who calls these waters home.
After breakfast, return to Bozeman for flights home or extend your trip to another Orvis-endorsed destination.
Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge was selected for this trip because of the area’s natural beauty, the lodge’s personalized service and its location in the middle of Southwest Montana’s best Blue Ribbon trout streams. The lodge is just a few miles from the Yellowstone River, and a short drive from the fabled trout streams of Yellowstone Park’s northeastern corner. In addition to these well-known trout fishing gems, the lodge’s guides have access to some of the lesser known and more hidden away streams and mountain lakes. The lodge even has its own trophy trout lake, Merrell Lake, located right next to the lodge.
There are so many trout streams and lakes in the region that we can't possibly list them all here, but you can be sure the guides will take you to the best of them, based on the fishing conditions and your individual angling preferences. You’ll have opportunities to float some of the famous rivers, fish a technical spring creek, or visit a mountain lake. It's hard to imagine a better location in the Rocky Mountains for fly fishing, and you’ll have access to it with an expert fly fishing guide who calls these his home waters.
Nowhere in Montana are the fly fishing opportunities as great as you will find near Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge. Merrell Lake is a 90-acre lake on the property with trophy rainbow and brown trout, and there are many other fishing destinations within a short drive of the lodge. The lodge offers fly fishing trips on the Yellowstone River, the many waters of Yellowstone National Park, the world famous Spring Creeks, small creek fishing on Tom Miner Creek, and horseback trips to Ram's Horn Lake. Besides these well-known fishing spots, there are dozens of other rivers, streams, and lakes in the area.
The guides at the lodge have years of guiding and fishing experience that are invaluable for any fly fishing trip. The men and women that will take you fishing know the intricacies of all the waters in the area and the unique history of the region. The guides can assist novice anglers as well as seasoned veterans. Their courteous manner, knowledge, and fun-filled attitudes will put you at ease and provide the best environment for a great fishing trip.
Each trip member will receive a detailed equipment list, but here’s a brief overview of what works best in this region.
A nine foot five weight rod is the best all around rod for this part of Montana. Standard floating line will cover 95% of your fishing - a sinking line can be nice on Merrell Lake at times, or for streamers on the Yellowstone River. Leaders are generally around 3 or 4 X, with tippet down to 6x occasionally. Fly selection is typical Western patterns. The lodge carries a good selection of flies in their shop, and Hubbard’s guides will have the appropriate patterns.
Because the fishing possibilities include small spring creeks, lakes, and float trips, you may want to bring several rods, ranging from a 4 weight to a 7 weight. We’ll provide more details when you’re booked on the trip.
There is more than fly fishing and horseback riding.
There are hiking trails all over the ranch, and Hubbard’s guides are always happy to get out and stretch their legs with you and show you around. Wildlife is abundant, with elk, deer, birds of all shapes and sizes, bears, and more.
Yellowstone National Park is just down the road, and offers several days worth of sightseeing. The lodge can arrange all types of trips into the Park.
White water rafting is nearby on the Yellowstone River. And the nearby towns all have great shops and historical sites for you to see.
There’s lots of horseback riding at Hubbard’s, and the ranch can accommodate beginning and expert riders. There are trail rides as well as "free" riding, which allows advanced riders a chance to let their horse run, and you can even participate in helping move cattle if you’re inclined. The ranch has over 20 square miles of land and is steeped in horse culture, so it’s an exceptional place to ride.
Located on a mountain lake about an hour’s drive south of Bozeman, this Montana fly fishing lodge fits its western landscape perfectly. Lodging, food and service are all equal to the scenery and what you’d expect from an Orvis Endorsed Lodge. It’s a sophisticated western environment where the day starts with strong coffee, fresh baked pastries, omelets cooked to order and fresh fruit. Lunch is typically taken on the river or trail, where you’ll have sandwiches, salads and beverages. The bar is a relaxing place to congregate before dinner and carries some interesting local microbrews and California wines. Dinners are a mixture of western – expect a traditional steak barbecue – and French inspired Rocky Mountain cuisine with gourmet flair. Rooms are large and comfortable with one or two queen sized beds covered in traditional western Pendleton wool blankets. Each room has a large, private bathroom.
Trip Length: 6 nights, 5 days of guided fishing
$3,980 per angler, double occupancy room, 2 anglers per guide
$2,300 per non-angler, sharing a room with an angler
$600 private room supplement*
$1000 private guide supplement**
Trip Length: 5 nights, 4 days of guided fishing
$3,400 per angler, double occupancy room, 2 anglers per guide
$1,950 per non-angler, sharing a room with an angler
$500 private room supplement*
$800 private guide supplement**
*Guests traveling alone or requesting a private room must pay the private room supplement.
**Single anglers are not charged the private guide supplement as long as they are willing to share a guide with another single angler. Offer only valid on this Orvis Adventures special group departure.
ORVIS EXCLUSIVE:Each angling package includes a Helios 3 freshwater fly rod and Global Rescue Travel Membership.
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• Each angling package includes a new Helios 3F freshwater fly rod ($850 value)
• Global Rescue Emergency Medical Evacuation Membership ($119+ value)
• Accommodations and meals at Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge
• Guided fishing on a variety of waters including float trips, wade trips and stillwater flishing
• Access to the lodge’s private waters (Merrell Lake)
• Fly Fishing equipment (rods, reels, line and waders)
• Airfare to Bozeman, Montana
• Rental car
• Private transfers to the lodge on arrival and departure days ($300/car, round-trip)
• Meals before checking in or after checking out of Hubbard's
• Flies (available for purchase on-site)
• $5 per person, per night, accommodations tax (payable at check-out)
• Alcoholic beverages
• Items of a personal nature, phone calls, park entry fees and fishing licenses
• Guided non-angling activities, which can be arranged on-site
• Trip Cancellation insurance
Orvis Travel Special Offer:
Book early and receive a Helios 905-4, mid flex rod and a discount certificate good for 15% off of Orvis merchandise!