YELLOWSTONE VALLEY RANCH
The spectacular riverside location of Yellowstone Valley Lodge embodies every reason people yearn to come to Montana. From your room, view the fabled Yellowstone River, the stunning Paradise Valley and have access to not only the Yellowstone River, but be minutes away from legendary spring creeks like Armstrong’s, DePuy’s, Nelson’s and Milesnick’s Ranch.
A short drive form this lodge, you can also fish diverse blue ribbon streams like the Boulder, Gallatin and the legendary Madison River. You can also wander into Yellowstone Park to see the wonders there or fish the protected waters in the park.
At the ranch you can enjoy the creature comforts of exceptionally well appointed cabins, whose private decks allow you to look upon the great pools and runs of the Yellowstone River, which flows for one and a half miles through the property.
You will also receive the personalized attention that you deserve with gourmet dining when you decide to take a vacation and 'get away from it all'. Horseback riding, guided nature tours into Yellowstone Park, fishing, kayaking and more are available on a fee basis.
At a Glance
Location: 14 miles south of Livingston in the heart of Paradise Valley
Target Fish: Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Time of Year: May - October
Lodge Capacity: 30 fishing guests per week
Nearest Airport: Gallatin Field, the regional airport for Bozeman, MT
Documents Required: Montana Fishing License
These Montana fly fishing trips are unique due to the incredible variety of fishable waters. The lodge’s backyard boasts some of the best fly fishing in the world. Montana Fly Fishing Guides, LLC, has been their fishing outfitter for over a decade.
With their professionalism and wealth of experience will fish on the best trout waters, period. The incredible variety includes hundreds of miles of water such as spring creeks, large freestones and amazing tailwaters. There are literally hundreds of miles of trout water within easy reach of the Yellowstone Valley Lodge.
The nearby spring creeks of Armstrong, DePuy and Nelson offer spectacular views and world class walk and wade flyfishing. Anglers from around the world travel to test wits with these selective trout. These private waters are booked years in advance, but due to the lodges’ relationship with these land owners , they have a number of prime summer time rods available.
Besides the Yellowstone, the Gallatin, and the the Madison rivers, they can offer fishing the waters of Yellowstone National Park, including Gardiner, Slough Creek, Soda Butte, Lamar and many other hidden gems. The lodge is also able to guide many rivers outside the Park including the Boulder, Stillwater, and a few other very productive lesser known streams.
April – May
Pre-run-off is the best-kept secret in Montana! The rivers are fishing well and are typically low with great visibility. 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.
A great time to fish. Bring your cold weather layering system. Gloves and a beanie are good to have this time of year.
This is usually a month of higher water in Southwest Montana. 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
Late June and early July bring the salmon flies on the Madison and the Big Hole. July offers a lot of great caddis fishing and in August it’s time to start thinking big dry flies! The hopper fishing is tremendous, and this is the time to fish big attractor patterns.
For the local anger, this is their favorite month! Gorgeous scenery all around and you can still fish hoppers and big attractor patterns. Big trout are beginning to eat large streamer patterns. You can expect temperatures to be in the 70’s with the rivers low and clear.
Late September - Mid October
Not only small dry flies for big pods of urgently feeding trout, but pulling streamers is primetime! Do not worry about the weather, just be prepared for colder nights and days and the rewards are worth it. Big trout!
The gourmet meals capitalize on fresh, organic and locally-sourced ingredients, prepared in an open kitchen and served with sweeping views of the Absaroka Mountains. Don't let the sophisticated wine and beer list fool you—waders are acceptable dinner duds, or dress up if you like! In the summers, enjoy dining on the patio, where clean alpine air and river songs pair perfectly with seasonally-changing dishes.
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 cabins offer an opportunity to get away from it all. The lodge provides a 24 hour front desk and daily housekeeping services.
Absaroka Deluxe Cabins
These Deluxe Cabins consist of 2 bedrooms (king bed & twin beds), 2 full bath, living area with pullout sofa bed, kitchenette with microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, full sized fridge, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.
Coffeemaker, In-Room, Refrigerator, Ground Floor, Radio-Alarm Clock, Free Wireless Broadband, Patio, River View, Water Front, Mountain View, Pillow top Mattress, FREE Continental Breakfast, Air Conditioning, 2 Bedroom Suite, Toaster, 2 Person Sofa bed, Living Room, Dishwasher, Sitting Area - Sofa and/or Chair, TV, Cable/Satellite, Kitchenette - Limited Equipment, 2 Bathrooms, Deluxe Room, Sofa
Bridger King Cabins
The newly constructed Bridger King Cabins consist of 1 king bed, full bath, living area with pullout queen sofa bed, kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, coffee maker, and satellite TV. Breakfast is included.
Coffeemaker, In-Room, Refrigerator, Ground Floor, Radio-Alarm Clock, Free Wireless Broadband, Patio, River View, Water Front, Mountain View, Pillow top Mattress, FREE Continental Breakfast, Air Conditioning, Toaster, Sofa-bed-2 Person, Sitting Area - Sofa and/or Chair, TV, Cable/Satellite, Kitchenette - Limited Equipment, Sofa
Standard Cozy Cabins consist of 2 queen beds with bathroom/vanity area, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.
Coffeemaker, In-Room, Refrigerator, Ground Floor, Radio-Alarm Clock, Free Wireless Broadband, Patio, River View, Water Front, Mountain View, Pillow top Mattress, FREE Continental Breakfast, Air Conditioning, Shower Only, TV, Cable/Satellite
One of the most popular ways to get here is to fly into Gallatin Field, the regional airport for Bozeman, and rent a car. The Yellowstone Valley Lodge is an easy one-hour drive from the airport.
Get on I-90 E from Gallatin Field Rd and Airway Blvd
Follow I-90 E to US-89 S in Livingston. Take exit 333 from I-90 E
Turn left onto US-89 S
Address is 3840 US-89, Livingston, MT 59047
The Deluxe Fishing Package is the VIP of fishing packages with access to literally hundreds of miles of Blue Ribbon trout streams, along with the finest dining and accommodations in Paradise Valley.
The Deluxe Package includes guided fishing, accommodations in the newly constructed loft style, riverside cabins which feature 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living area, kitchenette, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, central heat & air conditioning and a large private deck overlooking the Yellowstone River.
It also includes breakfast, box lunches while you’re on the water, and casual fine dining from the Yellowstone Valley Grill.
Deluxe Fishing Package Absaroka Cabin Lodging (prices are pp, dbl occupancy)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,455
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,775
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,095
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,415
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,735
2 Nights / 1 Fishing Days = $1,055
The Standard Fishing Package offers the same great guided fishing and dining opportunities, but at a lower price. The Standard Package includes guided fishing, lodging in cozy riverside cabins, which feature 2 queen beds, full bath, sitting area, mini-fridge, personal coffee brewers, air conditioning and semi-private deck overlooking the Yellowstone River.
Standard Fishing Package Bridger King Cabin Lodging (prices are pp, dbl occ)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,140
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,505
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,870
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,235
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,600
2 Nights / 1 Fishing Days = $965
Standard Fishing Package Cozy Cabin Lodging (prices are pp dbl occ)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,930
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,325
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,720
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,115
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,510
2 Nights / 1 Fishing Days = $905
Want even more fishing opportunities? Then the Montana Sampler Option is the best way to experience the full wealth of fishing variety in the area. 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 Pricing: Add $120 per day per person to the package price.
Included in Packages:
Daily guide service, lodging, all meals** and terminal tackle (flies, tippet, leaders, etc.). Lodge Staff gratuities are included in the package.
Montana fishing licenses, other activities, guide gratuities, ground transfers, alcoholic beverages, and Montana State 8% bed tax. Guide gratuities are not included and commonly range from $85 to $100 per day. If possible, please plan to make tips in cash.
**Meals are provided by Yellowstone Valley Grill, on occasions when YVG is closed dinners will be arranged at local area restaurants.