Montana Fly Fishing Trip 2014
Posted On: February 17, 2014 BY Delamere
September 19-25, 2014
We will be visiting the southwestern
part of Montana. This part of Big Sky country is blessed with
large agricultural valleys ringed by snow-capped mountains and some of
Montana’s best trout fishing. This is
the real West. The local towns are
filled with ranchers, miners and trout bums.
travel to Montana; drive to Upper Canyon Outfitters; get settled in, discuss
conditions and what type of fishing you would like to do the next day; refreshments
and dinner; get a good night sleep
Fishing Days: breakfast, 5
days of guided fly fishing, lunch on the stream; dinner
breakfast; travel home relaxed and reenergized
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slamming olive Zuddlers. Trout hitting
dries and terrestrials. Working the
seams with Bead Head Copper Johns.
Beautiful scenery everywhere you look…I mean everywhere. Montana trout fishing is awesome and needs to
As guest of the ranch, we have the exclusive
use of over two miles of the Ruby River and a private spring fed pond on the
ranch. The Ruby River is known for its
jumping brown trout. For some reason, the Ruby’s browns tend to act more like
rainbows when hooked. The thing that
makes fishing on the private stretch of the Ruby so good is the lack of fishing
pressure. The fishing on the Ruby is all
walk/wade and the wading is very easy due to the gravel bottom and rather low
gradient. There are drift boats at the
ranch and you will have the opportunity to float the famous Madison River. If you enjoy technical small streams, there
are plenty of opportunities on the Ruby’s headwaters and other small streams in
the National Forest. We determine where
to fish day to day by where the fish are hitting and by what type of fishing
you would like to do.
You can expect to catch primarily brown
trout on the lower stretches of the water. At the ranch itself, we see a mixture of
browns and rainbows. Above the ranch, we
catch mostly rainbows and grayling with the occasional brook trout. As we move up the smaller tributaries, you
will find the native cutthroats where Meriwether Lewis first described those
200 years ago. You may also fish some
higher elevation alpine lakes from a float tube. The larger rivers that we float on provide us
with the chance to fish for both browns and rainbows.
D&H strongly encourages catch and release of all trout.
To Novices: We are happy to accommodate the beginner fly
angler. The guides are extremely patient
and willing to share their knowledge. It
is best, however, to arrive with a bit of knowledge about the sport. We recommend that you enroll in one of
D&H’s fly fishing schools with Brian or at the very least take a private
casting lesson with Luke. Practice
casting in your yard or at a local park.
A very good and easy to read book is Flyfishing: First Cast to First
Fish. Scientific Anglers has produced
some very good DVDs.
Upper Canyon Outfitters is nestled between three major Rocky
Mountain Ranges, the Snowcrest Range on the south, the Greenhorns on the north
and the Gravellys just to the east. The three mountain ranges come together
to form a canyon right at the ranch and that is how the ranch became known as
the Upper Canyon Ranch. The Ruby River flows between the mountains
through the property for over two miles.
Upper Canyon Outfitters is a family operated ranch and is
dedicated to providing a first-class, successful trip for each of their guests.
The family has been exploring the beautiful and wildlife-rich mountains since their
grandfather homesteaded the site in 1910.
trip is based on double-occupancy accommodations; if you would like a quote for
single occupancy, please ask Mark.
Good food to set you up for a big
day in the outdoors. Lots of homemade
bread, deserts, steak, potatoes…you get the picture. You won’t go to bed hungry.
let us know of any diet restrictions, etc., so that we will be prepared to
average temperature for the time we will be in Montana has been 72 degrees for
the high and the low has been 35 degrees.
see the Gear List for our specific recommendations to make sure you are
prepared for your adventure in Big Sky Country.
price is $2,760. The price includes five
days fully guided fly fishing, meals and lodging at Upper Canyon
Outfitters. There is free wireless at
pricing excludes air transportation, fishing licenses, telephone calls,
alcohol, personal items and gratuities for guides and lodging staff.
license for non-resident: $25 for 2-day, $53.50 for 10-day, $70 for season
make checks payable to D&H Travel.
No credit cards. Please send
payment to: D&H Travel, 2708 Erie
Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208.
trip is non-refundable after August 15, 2014.
you cancel in writing before August 15, 2014, your payment, less $100 per
person processing fee, will be refunded to you.
No refund is made for any unused land arrangements. We strongly recommend trip cancellation
insurance. Receipt of deposit by
D&H Travel is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts
cancellation/refund and responsibility clauses.
To Group Leaders: It is important that as group leader you
share this pre-trip information with all members of your party so that everyone
is adequately prepared, understands the cancellation/refund policy pertaining
to the trip and has the opportunity to purchase the travel protection. D&H Travel cannot assume any financial
responsibility for consequences incurred if this information is not provided by
you to all members of your group.
are responsible for your own air transportation to Montana. Transportation is included to and from the ranch
if you are flying in and out of Bozeman with the group. If not, a shuttle can be arranged or you may
rent a vehicle. The following is the
flight that is looking good for 2014.
19, 2014 Delta flight 1741 departs Cincinnati 8:40am,
stops in Salt Lake, flight 7377 from SLC to Butte, MT, arrives in BTM at 12:37pm.
25, 2014 Delta flight 7377 departs BTM 1:10pm, stops
in SLC, flight 1208 from SLC to CVG,
arrives in Cincinnati at 10:25pm.
contact Mark Walters 513-871-3474 or mark@BestGear.com.
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