Rocky Mountain Trout Roundup, Madison River, August 2015

Experience Montana fly fishing at its best on this trip to Firehole Ranch.

Rocky Mountain Trout Roundup, Madison River, August 2015


Join us in Montana this summer for an opportunity to fish some of Rocky Mountain's best known trout streams. We'll spend time fishing the world famous Madison River, Gallatin River, Henry's Fork of the Snake and others. You will experience unforgettable fishing, while enjoying some of the world's most spectacular scenery. We will be staying at one of our favorite places, Firehole Ranch. This Montana fly fishing lodge, included on the National Register of Historic Places, is located on the shores of Hebgen Lake, just a few miles from Yellowstone National Park, and only minutes from the Madison River's esteemed upper sections.

Firehole Ranch offers the whole package - world class fly fishing, a variety of outdoor adventures, a rustically elegant lodge, and comfortable cabin accommodations. The ranch's creative gourmet dining and exceptional personal service affords guests the opportunity to socialize with friends, old and new alike, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Location

Firehole Ranch is located just 18 miles from West Yellowstone, Montana, in the heart of Montana's Golden Triangle, offering some of the best fly fishing in the world. Conveniently located for guests traveling from the East and West Coasts, guests have a variety of flight options into the area, including West Yellowstone, Montana, Bozeman, Montana or Jackson, Wyoming. Your Orvis package includes complimentary shuttle service from the West Yellowstone airport. If arriving in Bozeman or Jackson, you can rent a car, or we can arrange for a private airport transfer. The two hour drive from Bozeman brings you through the scenic Gallatin Canyon, where the fishing portions of the movie “A River Runs Through It” were filmed and down through the NE corner of Yellowstone National Park. Driving in from Jackson gives you the opportunity to enjoy Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks along the way.

The variety and abundance of legendary trout waters surrounding the Firehole Ranch offers virtually every type of fly fishing experience imaginable. You can tempt trout with wet or dry flies, nymphs, or try a tandem rig. Opportunities abound for every type of approach, walk/wading or floating. Firehole Ranch guests and guides float the Madison and Henry's Fork, and the wade opportunities are simply too many to mention. An angler could spend the entire season at Firehole Ranch, and never have to fish the same water twice.


Montana Fly Fishing Trip Itinerary

Saturday | Arrival Day
Afternoon Guests arrive in West Yellowstone and meet their driver or fly into Bozeman, Montana or Jackson, Wyoming and pick up a rental car or meet their driver for the drive to the lodge. When you get to the ranch you will have a chance to relax in your cabin and settle in with a welcome bottle of wine.
6:30 PM Welcome reception and introductions at the main lodge with a brief overview of the week’s activities. Cocktail hour with open bar and appetizers each evening.
7:30 PM Gourmet dinner in a casual atmosphere as you visit with new friends. Dinners are included in your package.
Sunday - Friday | Guided Fly Fishing
7:00 AM Breakfast service begins. Breakfasts are included in your package and are served in the lodge.
8:00-8:30 AM Anglers are introduced to their guide and depart for a full day of fly fishing on a variety of waters in the area. All guests have the option of taking lunch in the field or enjoying lunch at their cabin.
5:00-6:30 PM Anglers return to the lodge.
6:30 PM Cocktail hour with open bar and appetizers each evening.
7:30 PM Dinner is served in the Lodge dining room.
Saturday | Departure Day
7:00 AM Breakfast service begins in the lodge’s dining room.
11:00 AM Check out of the lodge. Drive or take a private transfer back to the airport, or continue on to another Orvis Travel destination.


The Fly Fishing

"No lodge in the U.S. is better located for trout fishing" —Forbes, 2010

Each river, stream or creek will provide a different opportunity around each bend, providing options for anglers of all skill levels, interests and physical ability. The ranch’s expert guides are skilled teachers, and will patiently instruct you on everything from the fundamentals of casting, to reading the water and determining what the trout are feeding on.

During this Montana fly fishing trip, we will be just minutes from casting on the Madison River, and a short drive from the Henry’s Fork of the Snake in Idaho, and Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. You can also combine a day of horseback riding with fishing Coffin Lake, a unique high alpine lake that sees little pressure from anglers.

The guides at the lodge have years of guiding and fishing experience, and they enjoy sharing their hard earned secrets with their guests. Whether you are new to the sport of fly fishing or a passionate veteran, your guide will teach, challenge, and most of all ensure that you have a memorable experience. In addition to being outstanding fly fishing guides, they are fun, passionate and knowledgeable individuals that you will enjoy spending time with.

Madison River

Infamous in the fly fishing community, the Madison attracts anglers from all over the world who want to test their skills in its fast-paced pockets, runs, and slicks. Flowing between the majestic Madison Range to the east, and the Gravelly Range to the west, the Madison offers many challenges to both the wade and float fisherman. One of the area’s most popular destinations, many fisherman return every year to relive the precious memories created on this fantastic fly fishing river.

The Madison River fishes well all season long, with a succession of prolific insect hatches that keep large feisty trout eagerly feeding on a rich buggy diet.

Madison Walk/Wade Water

From the mouth of Quake Lake, passing through Slide Inn, Reynolds Pass, $3 Bridge, and ending at Lyon’s Bridge, the Madison is tailor made for the wade fisherman. Heavily pocketed, this stretch is some of the best fishing this river offers. Typically the fish average a little bigger in this stretch, and the fish numbers are notably higher. The best hatches occur in the upper 8-miles, offering the rivers best dry fly fishing day in, and day out. Good wading skills are a must as the rocks in this stretch are numerous, round, and slippery. This is also the characteristic that makes the fishing so outstanding.

Madison Float Water

The 50-mile riffle: This is the stretch most anglers envision when the Madison is mentioned. Most often fished from a classic western Mackenzie style drift boat, the Madison is classic, big water Montana fly fishing at its best. Wide open plains framed by majestic snow covered mountains cradle beautiful trout water that is begging for a fly to be cast here and there. Whether presenting a tandem dry fly rig, going deep with nymphs, or ripping streamers, this section’s riffle and pocket-water nature will keep anglers happy all day long. Don’t forget to pause every once and awhile to drink in the heavenly scenery.

Madison - The Braids

Starting at Varney Bridge, the Madison begins to take on a new character. Instead of one main channel as in the upper 40 miles, the Madison approaching the town of Ennis, Montana and Ennis Lake, begins to splinter into a variety of smaller side channels. Noted for its large fish, this section routinely gives up the biggest trout of the year. This is mostly big, deep, and hard-core nymphing - Montana Chuck and Duck style - but the rewards can be a rainbow or brown that tops the 20” mark.

Henry's Fork of the Snake

Affectionately known as “The Fork,” this is one of the most notable and most written about rivers in the world, topping devoted fly fishers, “fish before you die” lists. It is a river not to be missed by any angler. The diversity and quality of water on this river is so great that anglers have been known to dedicate their lives to uncovering all of its watery secrets. Bubbling out of the nutrient rich ground of the Yellowstone Plateau, the Henry’s Fork retains the chemistry of a spring creek throughout its entire length; from Henry’s Lake and Big Springs, to its confluence with the South Fork of the Snake.

Yellowstone National Park

Only a short drive from Firehole Ranch, the park offers almost limitless walk/wade opportunities. From small streams loaded with brook trout, to larger rivers meandering through bison filled meadows, there is something for almost every angler to enjoy. If conditions allow, you may even have a chance to fish the legendary Firehole River, called “the strangest trout stream on earth” by famed author and angler Charlie Brooks.

Fishing Equipment

This trip includes a free Helios rod for each angler. We will send the rod shortly after we have collected your final balance, around 90 days prior to the trip. While you are welcome to bring your new rod and favorite gear, each guest on this trip will also have access to complimentary Orvis equipment, so all you have to bring is yourself. We will fully outfit you with loaner rod/reel, boots, waders and complimentary flies, as well as all terminal tackle.

Orvis Travel will provide you with complete trip planning material and packing lists, should you choose to bring your own gear. You will also receive an Orvis Travel VIP Merchandise Discount Card when you book your trip, good for 15% off of Orvis purchases made through the end of the year.

Non-Angling Activities

Firehole Ranch’s unmatched variety and abundance of blue ribbon trout waters will entice anglers with their spectacular scenery, original character, and matchless challenges. We also offer a variety of other ways to get outside and explore the stunning beauty of the area. Our 640 private acre ranch, bordered by national forest, provides many opportunities for outdoor activities, and the west entrance to Yellowstone Park is only 18 miles from the ranch.

Firehole Ranch is minutes from Yellowstone National Park and easily accessible by car. Whether driving on your own, or traveling with a private guide, your trip leader and the ranch staff will help you plan and navigate your favorite activities. From geysers to grizzlies, summer in Yellowstone is an amazing adventure. Lose yourself in the wonder of nature – deep canyons, stunning wildlife, steaming geysers, lush green meadows, tall pine forests and rocky mountain peaks.

Guests can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake, photography or simply relaxing in nature, without ever leaving the ranch. Horse enthusiasts can participate in hourly, half day and full day horseback rides, suited to riders of all levels.


The Lodge, Cabins, and Gourmet Dining

Nestled on the shores of Hebgen Lake and tucked against the mighty Rocky Mountains, Firehole Ranch is a cultural and architectural delight. Originally established in the 1860’s as the Watkins Creek Ranch, its 640 acres have remained largely unchanged, and the ranch is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Opening as an exclusive Montana fly fishing lodge in 1947, avid fly fishing enthusiasts were inspired by the opportunity to escape the modern world and a chance to see the untouched beauty of the Rocky Mountain West – just as true today. Handcrafted from surrounding lodge pole pine in the 1940's, the main lodge and cabins are lovingly maintained to retain their original style, elegance, and grace. Subtle and unobtrusive, the main lodge allows the surrounding stunning landscape to dominate. Enjoy gourmet meals and conversation in the lodge, and then retire to your cabin overlooking the lake and mountains.

Guests have their choice of cabin accommodations. Traditional cabins include a single spacious room with a king bed or twin beds, a small sitting area, private bath, private back deck and shared front porch. The deluxe cabins are two rooms, including a bedroom with king bed or twin beds, a full living room with wood stove or fireplace, private bath, private back deck and shared front porch.

Firehole Ranch is known for fishing and food! Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking forward to and savoring your meals in a way you’ve never experienced before. True artisans, Bruno and his wife Kris, the ranch’s Master Chefs, will create many delicious memorable meals during our stay. They are part of the magical allure of the Firehole Ranch. Your day will begin with a custom-ordered gourmet western breakfast. Boxed lunches, including a sandwich, salad, chips, fruit, homemade cookies, snacks and beverages are packed for you to enjoy on the water, or wherever your day’s adventures take you. At night you can look forward to relaxing and mingling with your fellow guests, while awaiting one of Bruno’s delightful meals. Be prepared to be pampered with local fare that you may have never experienced before and exquisite original desserts, all topped off with complimentary top shelf alcohol choices and wines carefully selected to compliment the meal. Ask any returning guest and you’ll discover that the weekly barbecue is a highlight of the week, featuring items such as grilled steaks, salmon, ribs, chicken, mussels, shrimp, homemade salads, desserts, and more!

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Rocky Mountain Trout Roundup - Madison River

August 8 - 15, 2015 at Firehole Ranch
7 nights, 6 days of guided fishing
Trip limited to 8 anglers

$5,700 per angler, traditional cabin
$6,050 per angler, deluxe cabin

A $300 deposit will hold your space.

Orvis Travel Special Offer:

Book early and each angler will receive a Helios 2 905-4 mid flex rod and a discount card good for 15% off of Orvis merchandise!

Other options include:
Private room upgrade: $1,100
Private guide upgrade: $1,800

  • Fishing packages are based on 2 anglers per room and 2 anglers per guide.
  • Children 12 and older are welcome

Every Package Includes:

  • 7 nights lake view cabin accommodations, all meals and beverages, including open bar, at Firehole Ranch
  • Guided or non-guided mountain biking, canoeing and hiking on the ranch
  • Ranch staff gratuities
  • Airport transfers from the West Yellowstone airport

Every Angler Package Includes:

  • 7 nights lake view cabin accommodations, all meals and beverages, including open bar, at Firehole Ranch
  • Guided or non-guided mountain biking, canoeing and hiking on the ranch
  • Ranch staff gratuities
  • Airport transfers from the West Yellowstone airport
  • Helios 2 905-4 mid-flex rod, or optional $500 Orvis Gift Card
  • 6 full days of guided fly fishing for anglers on a variety of area waters, including float trips, wade trips and stillwater fishing
  • Fly Fishing equipment (rods, reels, boots and waders), flies and terminal tackle

Not Included in Your Package:

  • Airfare to the airport of your choice – West Yellowstone, MT, Bozeman, MT or Jackson, WY
  • Rental car or private transfers from other than West Yellowstone airport (transfers from Bozeman are about $400 per vehicle, round trip)
  • Meals or beverages consumed prior to checking in, or after checking out
  • State Accommodations Tax (approximately $100 per person, payable at check-out)
  • Guide Gratuities (suggested $80-$100 per guide, per day)
  • Fishing licenses or Park entry fees ($50-$100 per angler, per week)
  • Guided non-angling activities other than those included above, which can be arranged on-site
  • Horseback riding (hourly, half-day and full day rides available on-site)
  • Fishing on arrival or departure days may be arranged at an extra charge, based on availability
  • Trip Cancellation insurance


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 1 reviews


1 of 1 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Complete Montana Experience - 9/6/2012
    By: from Fort Thomas, KY

    The Firehole provides daily access to legendary waters with an outstanding lodge experience. The staff/guides are genuinely committed to providing guests with an unforgettable stay. The cuisine is undoubtedly gourmet, yet delightfully unpretentious. In sum, I found the "totality" of my experience at the Firehole so compelling that I have already reserved a spot on next years trip.

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Jeremy Kehrein
Rocky Mountain: Madison River
Mon-Fri, 8am - 5pm (ET)

Orvis Travel Special Offer:

Book early and each angler will receive a Helios 2 905-4 mid flex rod and a discount card good for 15% off of Orvis merchandise!

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