Firehole Ranch, MT
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in West Yellowstone, Montana.
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Your all-inclusive package includes lake view cabin accommodations and all meals and beverages, including open bar and fine wines paired with your gourmet dinners.
The 10 historic cabins of the Firehole Ranch each have their own personality and charm; all are richly appointed with classic western themes, comfortable furniture, luxury bedding, carefully selected art, and other thoughtful details sure to please.
Second week of June through the third week of September.
June 10, 2021 through September 24, 2021
Rainbow, brown, cutthroat trout.
"No lodge in the U.S. is better located for trout fishing."
Each river, stream or creek will provide a different opportunity around each bend, 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 bugs are hatching.
During your stay, you 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.
The Firehole guides 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 angler, your guide will teach, challenge, and most of all ensure 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.
Famous 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. Anglers return every year to relive 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 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.
Fork of the Snake
Known as “The Henry’s 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.
As is common in the Rocky Mountain West, weather varies throughout the season. It can literally snow or rain on any day of the year. June and September months are shoulder seasons and temperatures can vary widely from Indian summer warm temperatures in the 80s to snow showers. July and August are typically warm with daytime temps in the 70s and 80s and evening temps in the 40s.
What is Provided:
Your fly-fishing package includes lake view cabin accommodations, all meals and beverages (including open bar and fine wines paired with your gourmet dinners), guided float or wade fishing, including all gear (rods, reels, waders and boots), flies and end tackle; Ranch activities including hiking, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake and simply relaxing in a hammock or on your front porch, and complimentary shuttle service from the West Yellowstone airport. Not included are your guide gratuity (always at your discretion, as a general guideline, gratuity would be $125/day), fishing licenses and the state accommodations tax.
Here's a list of what to bring for all your fly-fishing adventures:
- Rain jacket
- Polarized sunglasses
- Hat (wide brims to guard against sun)
- Long sleeved shirts (preferably with collars)
- Polar Fleece vest or jacket
- Quick dry shorts/long pants
- Fleece or nylon long pants to be worn under waders
- Hiking boots
- Fly vest or fanny pack
- Long John’s (June & September trips)
- Insect repellent
- Fly rods (primary rod 9’ 5 wt – medium/fast action)
- Secondary rod options 9’ 3 wt – good for smaller tributaries
- Fly lines (appropriate weight to match rods – floating)
- Orvis breathable waders
- Wading boots
Please note that fishing gear, including rod/reel, boots and waders, is included free of charge with your package. If you prefer your own gear, rods, or reels, you are more than welcome to bring them.
What to Bring:
Regarding clothing - our temperatures during the year are very extreme and can change in a short period of time.
Casual attire is acceptable at the ranch.
For dinner attire, we recommend:
- Long pants/jeans
- Collared shirts for men
- Blouse & pants, skirts, or dresses for women
- Sweater or jacket for cool evenings
Here on the Ranch we offer hiking, mountain biking, canoeing/kayaking on the lake, or simply relaxing on your front porch or in a hammock. In the spring wildflowers are on full display and bird watchers will be delighted with the variety of birds on the Ranch and along the lake.
Guided fishing is provided off site by our own professional guide staff. We also offer private tours of Yellowstone Park, kayak tours of Hebgen Lake, and photography tours with Rowan Nyman.
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