Mission Ranch Lodge

Mission Ranch Lodge - All Inclusive Fly Fishing!

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MADISON RIVER VALLEY ~ YELLOWSTONE RIVER VALLEY ~ GALLATIN RIVER VALLEY ~ BOZEMAN ~ ENNIS ~ LIVINGSTON ~ BIG SKY ~ GARDINER
406-522-9854
Montana Angler Fly Fishing, 76 Lucille Lane, Bozeman MT 59718
Our exclusive Mission Creek Ranch all inclusive packages place you at the epicenter of some of Montana's finest waters. Enjoy full access to this working cattle ranch's 4500 acres with 3 miles of private river frontage on the Yellowstone, several miles of Mission Creek and even a small spring creek with some monster trout.

The lodge is positioned right on the edge of Mission Creek and offers five private en suite bedrooms for a maximum of 10 guests. The lodge is perfectly position to fish legendary waters like Yellowstone Park, the Yellowstone River, the Boulder River, the Livingston spring creeks and several private waters on leased ranches. With our all inclusive packages we'll cover everything but your fishing licenses and gratuities so no need to worry about equipment, beverages or great meals! Eat, sleep, fish and relax!
The Mission Ranch and surrounding area
The Boulder Valley offers unspoiled, spectacular scenery and several world class blue ribbon fisheries. The valley is largely undeveloped with the upper 30 miles flowing through National Forest Land (the headwaters drain the North side of Yellowstone National Park). The Outpost is located near the National Forest Land on the Main Boulder and East Boulder. The vast majority of the lower Boulder from the downstream to Big Timber is made up of several huge ranches. The Upper Valley is heavily timbered and offers dramatic mountain scenery with towering peaks on both sides of the river. Gin clear water and several spectacular waterfalls add to the sublime setting. As the river continues its path towards Big Timber the dense timber breaks and the river flows through pastoral ranches with the tall mountains in the near distance. The two main tributaries: the East Boulder and West Boulder also provide great fishing and more idylic scenery.

At Big Timber (just a short drive downstream) the Boulder joins the Yellowstone River which produces outstanding big river float fishing. The next river over is the Stillwater which is also a target from the Boulder River Outpost - it is like a big brother of the Boulder with clear waters and swift currents. North of Big Timber Montana Angler leases two ranches on Big Timber Creek and Sweetgrass Creek which offer excellent lighlty pressured small stream dry fly fishing.

The Fishing:
The Mission Ranch Lodge is ideally position for fishing a very wide variety of some of Montana's finest wild trout waters. The lodge has three bodies of water on the property: the Yellowstone River, Mission Creek and the Mission Ranch Spring Creek. The off the ranch fishing is even more varied and there are opportunities for large river float fishing, small stream wade fishing, whitewater raft float trips, technical spring creek fishing and even Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone River
This legendary river is best floated. It provides outstanding fishing from its headwaters in Yellowstone Park all the way to beyond Columbus. All in all we fish around 200 miles of this amazing fishery and the Mission Ranch Lodge is situated directly in the middle of the river's quality trout waters so we can go either upstream to Yellowstone Park or downstream towards Columbus to follow the best fishing conditions.

Boulder River
The Boulder is just 20 minutes from the lodge. The upper waters above the Natural Bridge provide terrific dry fly fishing in crystal clear waters with the towering peaks of the Beartooths and Absarokas framing the river. 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.

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 a 20 minute drive from the lodge) 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 selective trout.

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.

Yellowstone National Park waters
Yellowstone National Park is home to several world famous trout fisheries including the Upper Yellowstone River, Gardiner River, Lamar River, Soda Butte Creek, and Slough Creek to name just a few. The fishing in Yellowstone is wade fishing only by regulation. Yellowstone Park is less than an hour from the lodge is often well worth a visit.

Big Timber Creek
We have exclusive access to three miles on one of the most beautiful private ranches in all of Montana. This gorgeous feestone stream offers wonderful dry fly fishing for browns, rainbows and brook trout in a private setting on a 11,500 acre ranch.

Sweetgrass Creek
Another fantastic small stream that drains the rugged Crazy Mountains. This is just 45 minutes from the lodge and we fish private water 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.

Burns Lake
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.

Gallatin and East Gallatin Rivers
Both the Gallatin and East Gallatin Rivers offer productive wade fishing and they are located about 45 minutes to an hour from the lodge depending on where we fish. The Gallatin is a freestone river with clear waters and a high trout concentration. The East Gallatin is a meadow river and much smaller that can produce good technical match the hatch dry fly fishing.

MZ ranch spring creeks
The MZ ranch is about an hour from the lodge and is home to Behnart and Thompson spring creeks as well as several miles of the East Gallatin River. There are some big trout in the spring creeks but they are tough to fool. These creeks are smaller and sometimes more technical than the Livingston spring creeks but fewer rods are allowed and it is often worth the trip.

Dining
Our lodge chef, host and guides work hard to ensure that you will enjoy outstanding dining while at the lodge. 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 often incorporate locally raised meats and produce 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.

Sample Menu
STARTERS
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
French cheese assortment with crackers
Smoked Salmon
SALAD
Mixed Greens ~ Mixed Greens, Amaltheia Goat Cheese, Shaved Almonds, Dried Cranberries, Shaved Carrots, Golden Beets, Vinaigarette Dressing
ENTREE
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).
DESSERT
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)

Rates
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 - $3405 per person
7 Night/6 Day - $3870 per person
** for single guide to client ratio add $235 per day
*** for single occupancy add $100 per person per night

Packages include: Equipment use, wader rentals, all meals, complimentary wine and beer, guided fishing, private access to the Yellowstone River, Mission Creek and the Mission Creek Ranch spring creek, float trips on other rivers, all flies and fishing gear.

Not included:
Guide gratuities and airport transfer not included. Fishing licenses not included but can be purchased online in advance.





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Testimonial
"The fishing trip most definitely exceeded our expectations. We had great opportunities and landed some really good fish on both of our floats. In our opinion it is hard to beat a trip down the Yellowstone River even if the fish aren't cooperating; fortunately they were more than cooperative for us! Both of our guides were absolutely top notch. Professional is a term used to define someone who is very good at what they do. Miles and Tony are somewhere beyond that definition, they were exceedingly courteous and helpful with tips and techniques to make the most of our time on the water. By far the two best guides I've had for any type of fishing. It was more like fishing with a good friend and less like fishing with a guide, which is a personal touch that isn't easy to find. Our accommodations were perfect as well, no issues of any sort. Once again you guys did an impeccable job and we could not have asked for any more. I've sort of caught the fishing bug for out there in Montana so when I make it out there again you will definitely be the first person I call to book another trip. Thank you so much it really was a trip I'll never forget."

Justin and Kathy Marinkov ~ Pennsylvania
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Accommodations
The Mission Creek Lodge sits on the banks of Mission Creek at the north end of a 4500 acre working cattle ranch. The lodge has five bedrooms each with their own private bath, a large main lodge area and a massive kitchen and bar. Outside is a terrific outdoor patio with views of the Absaroka Beartooth Mountain peaks while you listend to Mission Creek tumble by. The decour of the lodge is well selected and provides a very Western feel with a touch of luxury.

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