Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Emigrant, Montana.

Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge, MT


Two-time recipient of the "Orvis Lodge of the Year" award including 2008. Perched on its own mountain in the heart of Paradise Valley in Montana, the massive log lodge offers the finest fly fishing, five star cuisine, and beautifully appointed guestrooms with majestic views from the decks. With Merrell Lake--an 85-acre spring fed mountain lake full of trout at the front door, the enchanting Yellowstone River at the back, Montana's famous spring creeks and Yellowstone Park minutes away, it's hard to decide where to fish! Horseback riding on our working cattle ranch, hiking in our mountains among pine forests, and picnics next to our secluded mountain stream await. Our reputation is built on our variety of blue-ribbon trout fishing and 24 years experience.

Date Range

Our lodge usually opens within the first 10 day of June and remains open until October 1st.

What is Provided to Customer

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.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

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.

Typical Weather by Season

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!


Guided Fishing Packages

3 nights - $1800
4 nights - $2400
5 nights - $3000
6 nights - $3600
7 nights - $4200

Non Guided Packages

3 Nights - $1200
4 Nights - $1600
5 Nights - $2000
6 Nights - $2400
7 Nights - $2800

A la carte fishing guide - $550
A la carte fishing guide for a half day - $400
Yellowstone Park Tour - $550

Additional Guide Fee For Single - $200 per day
Additional Room Rate For Single - $150 per night

Airport Shuttles are now $100 per person (1-4 in a vehicle).

Horseback Riding Packages

3 Nights - $1350
4 Nights - $1800
5 Nights - $2250
6 Nights - $2700
7 Nights - $3150


Sample of Typical Itinerary

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.


On-site Activities

Hubbard's Lodge offers fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, trap shooting, ranch tours, shopping tours, Yellowstone Park tours, and massage.

Off-site Activities

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.


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

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.


Species You Fish for by Season

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.


What Should Customers Bring?

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!


Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Nancy Hubbard Schaefer
287 Tom Miner Creek Road
Emigrant, MT 59027
2009 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year

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