Big Timber Creek Ranch - All Inclusive
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MADISON RIVER VALLEY ~ YELLOWSTONE RIVER VALLEY ~ GALLATIN RIVER VALLEY ~ BOZEMAN ~ ENNIS ~ LIVINGSTON ~ BIG SKY ~ GARDINER
Montana Angler Fly Fishing, 76 Lucille Lane, Bozeman MT 59718
Montana Angler's exclusive Big Timber
Creek Ranch package places you in the
heart of some of the most spectacular
scenery and fishing in the lower 48. We
think this could easily be the most
beautiful setting in all of Montana and
Robert Redford must agree because he
chose the ranch as the backdrop to the
riding scene in "The Horse Whisperer".
This trip is perfect for smaller groups of 2-6
that want to step back in time and
experience Montana fishing like it was 50
years ago. We have private access to
three miles of Big Timber Creek right on
the 11,500 acre ranch as well as a lease
on other 25,000 acre ranch just to the
north. The ranch is also close to float
fishing day trips on the Boulder and
Yellowstone Rivers. Everything is included
on this all inclusive package so just show
up, fish, eat and relax! Big Timber Creek
Ranch trips are always exclusive to your
group and you will be the only guests. Our
cook and guides also stay on the ranch to
prepare meals and tell tall fishing tales.
The ranch is located about 20 miles north of Big Timber at the base of the imposing crazy mountains with private access
to three miles of Big Timber Creek in the spectacular Big Timber Creek Canyon. Our guests stay in a comfortable and
well appointed cabin that is completely off the grid. The cabin lies at the end of a four mile jeep road that traverses the
11,500 acre ranch. The cabin is meticulously maintained and has three bedrooms with up room for up to four guests (our
guides and cook sleep in a wall tent near the cabin). For larger groups we can put two additional anglers in a smaller
cabin near the main ranch house where are hosts Barbara and Lee Langhur reside (four miles down the jeep road). The
upper cabin is completely off of the grid and we use a small generator for electricity in the mornings when preparing
breakfast and briefly in the evenings for charging phones. There is a cell phone signal amplifier that provides service for
phones and tablets.
The upper cabin is located in a spectacular mountain meadow surrounded by aspens, firs and pines. A small creek runs
nearby and wildlife sightings frequently include elk, deer, bear, moose, and eagles. Our camp host and cook stays at the
ranch to prep meals and clean the cabin each day while you are out fishing with our guides.
The Ranch and Surrounding Areas
The cabins are on a working black angus ranch that covers 11,500 acres including 3 miles of Big Timber Creek Canyon.
The upper elevations of the ranch are in the foothills of the Crazy Mountains that rise to 11,000 feet. Wildlife is abundant
on the ranch and it is very common to see trophy mule deer, elk, moose, black bear and antelope to name a few. Big
Timber Creek is cyrstal clear and drains the mountain snow fields of the Crazies. To the north of the ranch is another
larger 25,000 acre ranch that we access for fishing Sweetgrass Creek and beyond that is the Musselshell River that is
home to some big trout in lightly fished waters. South of the ranch is the small town of Big Timber and the legendary
Yellowstone River. On the other side of the Yellowstone is the Boulder River Valley which is one of the most unspoiled
valleys in Montana. When staying at the cabin on the ranch you look out over mile upone mile of remote private land that
you will have exclusive access to.
We focus our fishing on off the beaten path waters where you will often be the only anglers on the water. Many of our
fishing options are on massive private ranches that we lease. Other fisheries are on restricted access waters with special
permits. Even when we fish public waters like the Yellowstone we have an advantage of being closer to the lower river
floats than most of the guides coming from Livingston and Bozeman and are often the first boat at the access points.
Because we target trout that don't see a lot of pressure the dry fly fishing is often spectacular. The blend of small stream
wade fishing with big river float trips is always a success with our guests. On most trips we fish a different water on every
day of the trip.
Big Timber Creek
We have exclusive access to three miles of some of the most beautiful small streams in Montana. Big Timber Creek
flows almost exclusively through private lands and is home to wild brown, rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout that love to
eat dry flies. The stream cuts through a small and scenic canyon on the ranch that includes a beautiful small waterfall.
We generally fish Big Timber Creek on the ranch on one day of the trip.
Another fantastic small stream that drains the rugged Crazy Mountains. This is just 10 miles north of the ranch and we
fish a private three mile stretch on a 25,000 acre ranch. The sweeping views are breathtaking if you can take your eyes
away from the creek and its aggressive trout. There is also a small spring creek on the same ranch that is home to
some surprisingly large trout.
The legendary Yellowstone River is less than 20 miles from the ranch and is home to trophy brown, rainbow and
cutthroat trout. We bring drift boats for the days that we float the Yellowstone. Large trout are often caught subsurface on
streamers or nymphs but sometimes the 20+" browns also inhale a well presented grasshopper.
Boulder River below the Natural Bridge
The Boulder is just on the other side of Big Timber and less than 30 minutes from the lower end of the ranch. Below the
300 foot water fall at the Natural Bridge the Boulder enters big ranch country but doesn't loose its fast pocket water
nature. Browns and rainbows dominate hear and dry fly fishing remains our favorite technique. Larger trout in the 16-18"
range are common and fish over 20" are regularly caught on the lower floats near the Yellowstone. This water is often
floated in the summer using our skilled guides and customized rafts with fishing frames, seats and anchor systems.
Boulder River above the Natural Bridge
The Boulder above the Natural Bridge offers busy pocket water with aggressive rainbows, brook trout and cutthroat trout
that love to eat dry flies. Large attractor dries prevail early in the season followed by a terrific green drake hatch and late
season spruce moths and terrestrials.
West Boulder River
This medium sized river has a mixed bag of mostly rainbows and cutthroats - some of which are very big. The valley is
gorgeous. We also offer trips into the remote wilderness area at the headwaters either by hiking or by horse back. An
overnight extension to the West Boulder tent camp in the backcountry is also an option.
East Boulder River
The East Boulder is smaller than the West Boulder. The trout aren't as big but the action can be great and as a bonus it
flows right along the edge of our camp providing for some great evening fishing after dinner.
The Musselshell is a smaller river north of the ranch that is home to some surprisingly large trout. It is very far from most
lodges and fly shops in the state but is less than an hour from the ranch and is sometimes a great option depending on
water levels and temperatures.
Burns lake is on another private ranch and offers the chance for trophy trout on both dries and nymphs. The lake is
amazingly productive with great hatches of callibaetis mayflies and damseflies. Fish up to 10 lbs swim in its depths.
Livingston Spring Creeks
For anglers that wan't to test their skill on some of the most prolific and technical waters in the world we can visit the
famous spring creeks near Livingston (about an hour drive) including DePuy, Nelson and Armstrong. These wade fishing
streams are born from underground springs and are infested with aquatic insects and other macroinvertebrates that result
in an amazing density of trout. Hatches on the creeks are spectacular but expect to work hard to fool the often highly
Our camp chef and guides work hard to ensure that you will enjoy outstanding dining while at the Boulder River Fishing
Camp. We prepare hearty breakfasts each morning that may include blueberry pancakes, bacon, omeletes, hot coffee,
OJ, and fresh fruits. Lunches are generally picnic style along the river but we sometimes return to the cabins to grill
bruats or chicken to break up our day on the water. Dinners are a multi course event that begin with a generous supply
of appetizers while our guests enjoy some of the locally brewed beers we provide or a refreshing glass of wine. Entrees
are often grilled on our outdoor fire pan and desserts are always home made. We frequently put to use cast iron dutch
ovens over hot coals to prepare succulent side dishes or tasty desserts.
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
French cheese assortment with crackers
Mixed Greens ~ Mixed Greens, Amaltheia Goat Cheese, Shaved Almonds, Dried Cranberries, Shaved Carrots, Golden
Beets, Vinaigarette Dressing
Bison Tenderloin ~ Locally raised Montana Bison Tenderloin encrusted in herbs and grilled to your taste, Dutch oven
baked baby red potatoes, grilled vegetables.
(Other possible entrees include grilled New York Strip steaks, grilled wild Salmon, Tequila Lime Chicken, Lobster and
Wild Mushroom Ravioli).
Pineapple Upside Down Cake ~ prepared in a Dutch oven
(Other possible desserts include frozen key lime pie, raspberry orange trifle, peach raspberry shortcakes with whipped
cream and fresh fruit)
Big Timber Creek Ranch Pricing
3 Night/2 Day - $1650 per person
4 Night/3 Day - $2275 per person
5 Night/4 Day - $2900 per person
6 Night/5 Day - $3525 per person
*** for single guide to client ratio add $225 per day
Packages include: Airport transfer, equipment use, wader rentals, all meals, complimentary wine and beer, guided
fishing, private access to Big Timber Creek Ranch and other private waters, float trips on other rivers, all flies and gear.
Packages do not inlcude: Guide Gratuities and airport transfer not included. Fishing licenses not included but can be
purchased online in advance.
"The Crazy Mountains – there is really a range in Montana with that name. After a few miles
on gravel roads, you rise to the top of a major foothill and suddenly look out over a
panoramic view so breathtaking that Robert Redford decided to include it in his film The
Horse Whisperer. From horizon to horizon, nearly all you see is the ranch. Four miles from
the main ranch house and about 2000 feet higher, we round the corner of a woodlot and see
our cabin. It is modern and attractive and sits on the side of a mountain valley. In the front is
grassland; in the rear is mountain forest. The setting is perfect. Inside, the cabin is
well-appointed for our comfort. The single bathroom is small but nicely equipped. The tub
has a good shower that provides plenty of hot water quickly. Three small bedrooms are
equipped to sleep six people and the beds turned out to be very comfortable, with snuggly
duvet bedding for the cool nights that can occur even in mid-summer at this altitude. Except
for the small groups of Angus that moved past our cabin on some mornings or evenings,
and the many deer that visited, we were quite alone. I have fished in Montana trout streams
for 25 years, but this was the best I ever experienced. If you wish to consider this place to
visit – you must be prepared for a close-to-nature experience utterly unbounded by the need
to own a wristwatch. Such an experience is not for everyone, but for those it is- it will be one
of the highlights of a lifetime." Sandy C. from Osprey, Florida
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