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Yellowstone Valley Lodge – recently renovated and re-opened – is a highly personalized fly fishing lodge located in beautiful Paradise Valley, Montana. Built directly on the banks on the world-famous Yellowstone River – known for its prolific hatches and excellent cutthroat and rainbow fishing – Y.V.L. offers the finest location in the entire area. Through head guide and outfitter Eric Adams, the lodge is committed to offering the best Montana fly fishing experiences on the world famous waters of the Yellowstone, Madison, and Boulder Rivers, as well as area spring creeks that include Armstrong's, DePuy's, and Nelson's. From any of the ranch's nine private riverside cabins, you look directly over the Yellowstone River in the shadow of Dexter Point (elevation 9,859 feet). Notable additions to the lodge include new and upgraded furnishings in the cabins, added availability for additional activities such as hiking, rafting, and horseback riding, and coordinated transportation services to and from the airport in Bozeman.
Standard package is a five fishing day / six night package, with arrival on Saturdays and departure on Fridays. Custom trips of any lengths can be arranged.
The Yellowstone Valley Lodge is situated in the heart of the Paradise Valley with an incredible view of the western edge of the Absaroka mountain range. From any of the Lodge's ten private riverside cabins, you look directly over the Yellowstone River in the shadow of Dexter Point (elevation 9,859 feet).
Deep sleep, gorgeous views, the sound of the river—this is a place to exhale. With an abundance of opportunities to relax or play, the lodge cabins offer an opportunity to get away from it all.
The Deluxe Fishing Package is the VIP of fishing packages with access to hundreds of miles of Blue Ribbon trout steams, the finest dining and deluxe accommodations offered in Paradise Valley! This package includes accommodations in the newly constructed loft style, riverside cabins featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living area, kitchenette, flat screen TV, WiFi, central heat & air conditioning and large private deck overlooking the Yellowstone River.
The Standard Package includes lodging in the "cozy cabins", each featuring 2 queen beds, full bath, sitting area, mini-frig, personal coffee brewers, air conditioning and semi-private deck overlooking the Yellowstone River. The Standard Fishing Package offers the same great fishing and dining opportunities, but built for anglers more concerned about their budget than accommodations.
The Lodge's gourmet five-star fare (Paradise Valley Grill) is open to the public for dinner. Chef Josh Pastrama will entice you with his use of fresh, organic and locally-sourced ingredients, all prepared in an open kitchen, and served with views of the Yellowstone and the Absarokas. The Lodge will cater continental breakfasts to lodge guests daily, and a boxed lunch will be prepared for you to take along on your day's adventure. Please let us know prior to arrival if we can accommodate any special dietary needs for you. Don't let the sophisticated wine and beer list fool you—waders are acceptable dinner duds. In the summers, enjoy dining on the patio, where clean alpine air and river songs pair perfectly with seasonally-changing dishes.
Yellowstone Valley Lodge has compiled an extensive network of fisheries and guides so that the decisions on where you'll fish can be made well in advance of your arrival in Montana. At the same time, they will constantly monitor fishing conditions throughout the area during your stay so that you'll always be on the waters which are producing best.
Located on the banks on the world-famous Yellowstone River (with a very good home riffle located directly in front of the lodge!) Y.V.L. has the perfect location. As the longest un-dammed trout stream on earth, the Yellowstone River provides over 300 miles of fishable, trout-bearing water. This river is known for its prolific hatches and excellent cutthroat and rainbow fishing. A great river for both long floats and wading! The fly fishing on the Yellowstone River is excellent. Not by accident the Yellowstone River is internationally known as one of the premier trout waters in the United States.
Yellowstone River - Gardiner to Livingston
In this "upper" section, the Yellowstone River flows un-dammed through gorgeous scenery. In the rivers upper stretch, it flows from Gardiner, Montana, through the beautiful Paradise Valley, with the Absaroka Mountains flanking the river on all sides. The Yellowstone River leaves the mountains near Livingston where it enters the high plains.
Yellowstone River - Livingston to Big Timber
Below Livingston, fishing pressure is less than further upstream. As the Yellowstone River flows through this section, it is no longer in a scenic valley. Instead, it runs through true "high plains" country, with the Absaroka Mountains now to the south and the Crazy Mountains becoming visible to the northeast. Healthy populations of rainbow and brown trout are found along this stretch. Additionally, the fish in this section of the Yellowstone River tend to be larger than further upstream. The larger fish, combined with reduced fishing pressure (the further downstream you go from Livingston, the less fishing pressure exists), can make for some wonderful fly fishing possibilities.
Area Spring Creeks
These world renowned spring creeks, located in Paradise Valley, are just minutes away from Yellowstone Valley Ranch. The ranch currently has more prime-time spring creek rod days available than any other outfitter. Hone your skills casting 6X tippets and small flies at large, finicky trout. Experience the great Pale Morning Dun hatch starting in June, moving into terrestrials and sulfurs later in the summer, and follow it up with fall baetis hatches in September and October. The Spring Creeks offer everything from sight nymphing to dry fly fishing for the discriminating angler.
Yellowstone National Park
The famous waters of Slough Creek, Lamar and Soda Butte are all easily accessible from the Yellowstone Valley Ranch. These streams can offer some of the best fishing for cutthroat trout in the summer and early fall that you will ever see. Take the opportunity to fish alongside a feeding buffalo, with the chance to see all the wildlife the park has to offer. The Lamar valley is the best spot in the park to see wolves and bears in addition to the always present buffalo and elk. The northwestern waters of Yellowstone National Park such as the Firehole, upper Madison, and the Gibbon are all great places to fish during a short tour of the Park.
Madison, Boulder, West Boulder, Burns Lake, and numerous other area waters.
** Y.V.L.'s guide program is operated by Montana Fly Fishing Guides, LLC. This great team of guides has been hand picked over the last decade to create one of the finest groups of guides you'll ever run across. These are professional fishing guides with years of experience on every piece of water in the area. These guys all have a passion for fly fishing that has taken them across the country and around the world to pursue fish on the fly.
Float fishing from modern skiffs and Mackenzie style drift boats.
We are happy to assist you or your family in the organization of non-angling activities during your stay. Remember that we can customize your package! If you want to fish less and sight-see more, let us know. Area activities include sporting clay shooting, horseback riding, swimming and soaking at Chico Hot Springs, guided tours of Yellowstone National Park, self-guided tours of the Park, mountain biking, hiking, scenic flights, Chico Day Spa and Massage, whitewater rafting, golf at Livingston Country Club, and - the best part! - baby sitters are available.
The nearest commercial airport is Gallatin Field, located in Bozeman, Montana. Serviced by Delta, Northwest, United, and Horizon Airlines, the airport is approximately 1 hour from Yellowstone Valley Lodge.
If you would like to drive directly to the Lodge on your own or rent a car in Bozeman, a map will be sent to you prior to your departure. A pre-arranged shuttle service between Bozeman and the Lodge is also available for an additional charge. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.
All prices are per person. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged. A deluxe package is also offered including private spring creek fishing. For additional days or for non-angling rates, please call Yellow Dog for details.
|Length of Stay||
|7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days||$3,478||$2,787|
|6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days||$2,945||$2,353|
|5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days||$2,413||$1,919|
|4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days||$1,880||$1,485|
|Length of Stay||
|7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days||$2,897||$5,198|
|6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days||$2,447||$4,384|
|5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days||$1,998||$3,570|
|4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days||$1,548||$2,756|
The Montana Sampler Option is THE best way to experiencethe full wealth of fishing variety that YVL has to offer. The Montana Sampler option is a tried and true fishing vacation that features a new destination each day, including world-class private waters. It has earned its place on every fly fisher’s life list. This option can be added on to either the Deluxe Fishing Package or Standard Fishing Package. The Montana Sampler Option will give you access to Armstrong Spring Creek, DePuy Spring Creek, several trophy lakes and the waters of Yellowstone National Park.
Montana Sampler Option ------------------------------------------------------ $100 per person, per day
Fishing on Private Water and/or in Yellowstone National Park
* 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
• April – May: Springtime is probably the best-kept secret in Montana. All the rivers are fishing well and are generally low and clear. Spring run-off usually doesn’t begin until late May or early June, and you can expect a lot of streamer and nymph fishing with possibilities for early caddis and mayfly hatches. This is a great time to experience Montana as things begin to “green up.” You can expect some aggressive feeding from the fish.
• June: This can be a transition month in Southwest Montana. While some years high water might be a problem, June can still offer tremendous fishing. In anticipation of the salmon fly hatch this is a good time to fish a lot of stone fly nymphs for big browns.
• July - August: Lots of fun and sun. Late June and early July brings out the Salmon flies on the Madison and the Big Hole. July offers a lot of great caddis fishing and in August its time to start thinking big dry flies! The hopper fishing is tremendous and this is the time to fish big attractor patterns.
• September: This is the local’s favorite time of year, and the fall in Montana is beautiful. You can still fish hoppers and big attractor patterns, and the fish are beginning to turn on to big, gnarly streamer patterns. You can expect temperatures to be in the 70’s with the rivers low and clear.
• Late September - Mid October: If you like fishing streamers, you can expect a lot of action from aggressive fish during the fall months. The weather can be somewhat unpredictable, but the fish don’t seem to care. This is also a great time to do cast-and-blast combos (call Yellow Dog for more details.)