TROUTHUNTER LODGE - IDAHO

 

TROUTHUNTER LODGE - IDAHO

The Henry's Fork of the Snake River deserves its status as one of the most famous trout streams in the world. Much of the water has the look and characteristics of a giant spring creek, and the river's prolific hatches and strong populations of large trout combine to make this one of the West's top dry fly fisheries. Situated directly on the banks of the Henry's Fork is TroutHunter Lodge, our number-one choice for guided fishing and lodging in eastern Idaho and the Yellowstone region. TroutHunter offers complete fishing packages that include comfortable riverside accommodations, a fully stocked fly shop, a full-service bar, and the best food on the river. Each TroutHunter lodge package is constructed to meet your expectations, putting you on the right water, with the right flies, at any time of year.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips and packages of any length can be arranged. With so much fishing available on the Henry’s Fork, and with the lodge’s close proximity to Yellowstone Park and many of Montana’s famous rivers, TroutHunter is the perfect base of operations for fishing the region.

Accommodations and Lodging

Trouthunter AccommodationSituated only 150 feet from the river, all eleven of the lodge’s rooms feature
breathtaking views and large deck areas. The beautiful 11,000 square foot structure is sided in antique fir reclaimed from a Montana mining complex, and local moss rock. Amenities include a large outdoor spa, satellite television, and a hand-hewn pool table for guests. The rooms have two queen beds, a private bath, in-floor radiant heat, and gear storage. This large lodge facility in Last Chance also incorporates a fully-stocked fly shop, art gallery, outfitter, and Last Chance Bar and Grill, a gathering place for both local and visiting anglers. There is a two night minimum stay for those who do not book guided fly fishing trips with us, and longer packages and all-inclusive packages of any length can be organized.

Food and Beverages

The Last Chance Bar and Grill offers the best food, atmosphere and drinking situation in the entire area. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all made from scratch by our trained staff. Breakfast has a variety of traditional options both hearty and light. Lunch is prepared to be served on the river with your guide. Dinner has everything from burgers
and steaks to seafood and salads, all presented by our relentlessly friendly staff.

Fishing Information

Henry's Fork RainbowMention the word Yellowstone and you instantly stir the blood of the adventuresome angler for whom fly fishing holds far more significance than a simple recreational activity. If you love gorgeous water, amazing countryside and challenging trout, then a week spent fishing the Yellowstone and Henry’s Fork region should be at the top of your list. In an area that is home to some of the most famous shops, outfitters and guides found anywhere in the business, the TroutHunter operation stands alone in being the best of the best. The guide staff of TroutHunter is comprised of some of the most respected anglers and instructors in the industry, and the lodge takes extra care in pairing each angler with the guide that best serves their needs, desires, and expectations. When fishing a region that many consider the “PhD program of flyfishing,” it makes a huge difference having these professionals at your side. And, unlike many guides, this team does not adhere to banker’s hours. If there is an evening spinner fall or late caddis activity, anglers can choose to fish until they can no longer see their fly! The Henry's Fork was named the favorite river by members of Trout Unlimited for good reason. With nearly 100 miles of compelling and remarkably varied water, an angler can spend days on end without fishing the same stretch and constantly experiencing different angling situations that require diverse problem solving methodology to be successful.

The Box Canyon is three miles of swift boulder strewn pocket water. This beautiful stretch of water is rich in stonefly and mayfly nymphs, caddis pupa, and sculpin. It is home to notably fat and powerful Rainbow Trout. The nymphing angler often experiences days catching great numbers of fish of all size classes. Those looking to target large fish with streamers will also enjoy a float down the canyon. At certain times of the year anglers are treated to dry fly action in "The Box" as salmon fly, golden stone, caddis and grasshopper imitations invoke explosive strikes from fish.

The Harriman Ranch section of the Fork is as captivating and technical a stretch of water as you will find anywhere in the world. Here, the river slows down to a meandering crawl as it enters the world famous “Ranch.” Many a well-traveled fisherman has settled down here to spend the vast majority of his remaining angling days stalking the large, wary rainbows with which this section of river has become synonymous. Nearly all of this area is very easily waded and its openness affords unobstructed casting. The slow water stretches of this section are so rich in quantity and diversity of aquatic insect life that the trout need not be opportunistic. Instead resident rainbows have the luxury of much more food passing by them than they could possibly ingest. A fish that eats an infinitesimal percentage of the natural insects it sees is a very difficult one to coax to an artificial offering. To complicate matters, several different insect hatches often occur simultaneously. Individual fish, in turn, key in on specific life stages of specific species of insects. Proper fly selection, based on careful observation, is critical. Approaching this stretch with reverence, a degree of humility, and tempered expectations can result in priceless memories. Enjoy the pristine surroundings, test your skills, and savor your victories. You will be glad that you did.

The Lower River, the stretch of the Henry's Fork downstream of the Warm River to the confluence with the South Fork, offers great contrast to the technical waters of the Ranch with its more forgiving, action-packed fishing. The Warm River to Ashton float offers some of the region's best scenery in addition to its plentiful rainbow and brown trout. Over the course of the season you will find trout rising to salmon flies, golden stones, Yellow Sallies, caddis, pale morning duns, a variety of Drakes, hoppers, and blue winged olives. Additionally, attractor dries, nymphs, and streamers account for many of the trout caught on this section.

In addition to the nearly 60 miles of varied water on the Henry's Fork, all TroutHunter guides are licensed to guide in Montana and Yellowstone Park. The finest waters on the Madison, Gibbon, and Firehole rivers are all within an hour’s drive from the lodge. Stillwater aficionados will enjoy fishing Henry's Lake, Hebgen Lake, and Island Park Reservoir. The angling opportunities in this part of the region are nearly endless.

Boats and Equipment

The guides at TroutHunter float the area rivers in McKenzie-style drift boats. With regards to gear and equipment, TroutHunter is a complete fly fishing outfitter offering a variety of tackle from the finest manufacturers. Their fly selection is as varied and compelling as the waters they fish! With over 1300 fly patterns and sizes to choose from, you will be able to address any hatch or situation you may encounter while fishing the Greater Yellowstone area. Additionally, TroutHunter offers a comprehensive and unique selection of fly tying materials.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Trouthunter BarThere are many options for the non-angling guest or the angler looking to take a day off from fishing. The staff at TroutHunter can arrange horseback trips in the local area. Harriman State Park has many miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and an abundance of wildlife. For most of the summer an incredible variety of waterfowl, wading birds, songbirds, and raptors are present. Moose, elk, wolves, and deer are some of the larger animals, but you may also see badgers, coyotes, foxes, fishers, marmots, and pine martens.

A trip to visit Yellowstone National Park is easily accomplished from TroutHunter. The west entrance is located 35 minutes away in the town of West Yellowstone. A day trip allows you to see many of the park’s natural wonders and wildlife, do some shopping in West Yellowstone, and return in time for dinner. In the fall, as the elk begin the rut they become more visible and their bugling can be heard many early mornings and evenings from the back porch of the Lodge. During this time arrangements can be made to view and listen to these magnificent animals on horseback or via a short hike to Golden Lake located, in Harriman Park.

How To Get There

The closest airport is West Yellowstone, Montana, about 45 miles from the lodge. Next and most popular is Idaho Falls Regional Airport, located 75 miles away in Idaho Falls. Idaho Falls is a much larger airport with more options for carriers, rates and schedules. Both airports usually require a connection in Salt Lake City. Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Bozeman, Montana are also popular airports with direct flights from many cities.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

A shuttle service is available, but many visitors prefer to rent a car allowing them to experience a sight seeing trip in Yellowstone or a non-fishing visit to Harriman Ranch or Mesa Falls. You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All rates are per person. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Off-season package pricing is also available. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
Spring Season (May 1 - June 14)
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,439.70 $2,479.39
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $2,635.01 $4,570.02
Summer Season (June 15 - July 31)
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,571.37 $2,772.47
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $2,850.30 $5,000.59
Late Summer Season (Aug 1- Sept 30)
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,528.15 $2,656.30
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $2,788.79 $4,877.57
Fall Season (Oct 1 - Oct 31)
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,336.00 $2,272.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $2,481.24 $4,262.47

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Number of nights lodging at TroutHunter Lodge
  • Number of days of guided fishing as specified in package
  • Streamside lunch each fishing day with non-alcoholic beverages
  • Breakfast and dinner in the lodge dining room
  • Daily round-trip transfers to and from the river and all shuttle fees
  • All taxes amd GST's

What's Not Included

  • Gratuities for guides
  • Bar tab at TroutHunter Bar
  • Fishing equipment and some flies (available for sale at the fly shop)
  • Idaho and/or Montana state fishing licenses
  • Transportation costs to and from lodge (can be arranged for an additional cost)

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Just a few miles from its source at Henry's Lake, a world class stillwater fishery, the Henry’s Fork River triples in size. At Big Springs, 480,000 gallons of water a day pour from the vast underground aquifer. At 52 degrees Fahrenheit, it is the ideal temperature for trout. Further downstream, the Henry's Fork carves deep canyons through rhyolite flows, a reminder of the areas volcanic past, including one violent eruption that would have killed everything within 6,000 square miles.

Harriman State Park, the crown jewel of the Idaho State Park system, is situated in the heart of a 16,000 acre wildlife reserve. This sanctuary protects a diversity of birds and mammals similar to that of nearby Yellowstone National Park. The property, also known as the Railroad Ranch, was once the private retreat of the Harriman family, of Union Pacific fame, and the Guggenheims, then prominent in the copper industry. The rich wildlife habitat has been preserved since the turn of the century when the owners established a private hunting reserve and working cattle ranch. For 75 years, the ranch maintained healthy game, waterfowl and fish populations, allowing today’s park visitors to observe a rare concentration of wildlife in its scenic, natural surrounding. Roland Harriman generously donated the Harriman Ranch to the State of Idaho in 1977 "because we felt such lasting gratitude for our many years of a full life at the Railroad Ranch and because we could not face the prospect of its becoming nothing more than an uncontrolled real estate development and because we could foresee the necessity for preserving such property for the enjoyment of future generations." Twenty seven of the original Railroad Ranch buildings, from the cookhouse to the horse barn, are still intact, furnished and carefully maintained.

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