Montana Angler's exclusive Sweet Grass Basecamp package places you in the heart of some of the most spectacular scenery and fishing in the lower 48. Stay on a 25,000 acre working cattle ranch at the base of the Crazy Mountains and enjoy exclusive fishing access to two trout streams on the ranch. We will also visit other private ranches in the area to target world class hopper fishing, trophy stillwaters and float fishing on the Yellowstone, Stillwater and Boulder Rivers.
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. Our guests stay in two log cabins on this working cattle ranch along Sweet Grass Creek. We gather each evening at the old "lodge" to enjoy some great stories and delicious wine and meals. Everything is included on this unique package so just show up, fish, eat and relax! Sweet Grass Basecamp 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.
Sweet Grass Basecamp Package Pricing - ALL INCLUSIVE
3 Night/2 Day - $1940 per person
4 Night/3 Day - $2680 per person
5 Night/4 Day - $3420 per person
6 Night/5 Day - $4160 per person
7 Night/6 Day - $4900 per person
*** for single guide to client ratio add $280 per day
Packages include: Equipment use, wader rentals, all meals, guided fishing, private access to Sweet Grass creek and other private waters, float trips on other rivers, all flies and gear.
Packages do not include: Guide Gratuities and airport transfer not included. Fishing licenses not included but can be purchased online in advance.
Our Sweet Grass Basecamp package is located on the 25,000 acre WD ranch which is about 25 miles north of Big Timber at the base of the imposing Crazy Mountains with private and exclusive access to several miles of Sweet Grass and Cayuse creeks. Our guests stay in two historic log cabins that are located in the cottonwoods along Sweet Grass Creek. The cabins are very clean and have a lot of character, comfortable beds, wifi, and even satellite TV. The ranch is truly spectacular and has been in the Donald family for decades. There is also a large log "lodge" near the cabins where we gather each evening for meals, campfires and fishing lies. Because of the remote location of the ranch our camp chef and fishing guides also stay on the ranch and are wonderful company. The ranch is rich in character and the main focus of the Donald family is still the cattle operation. The scenery on the ranch is nothing short of spectacular with the jagged snow capped peaks rising in the near distance and miles of open big sky country where vistas seem to go on forever. Whitetail deer, mule deer, bear and antelope are abundant on the ranch. Generally we plan on fishing multiple rivers and streams and on most days visit other ranches or blue ribbon rivers in the region allowing you to have a rich fishing experience while exploring the spectacular Montana countryside. Our package at the Basecamp includes just about everything and each evening you will return to the ranch to enjoy home-cooked meals prepared by our talented camp chef. Wine and beer are provided complimentary.
The Ranch and Surrounding Areas
The Basecamp is located on a working black angus ranch that covers 25,000 acres including several miles of both Sweet Grass and Cayuse Creeks. The ranch lies just to the east of the impressive Crazy Mountains roughly 25 miles north of Big Timber. It is ideally located to fish the home waters of Sweet Grass and Cayuse Creeks as well as several other fisheries nearby. We lease another very large ranch to the north on the North Fork of the Musselshell with several more miles of great small stream dry fly fishing along with five reservoirs filled with trophy fish. We also have access to another smaller ranch to the west which has more mileage of Sweet Grass Creek as well as two other ranches with large spring fed reservoirs. To the south we can float fish the Yellowstone, Boulder and Stillwater Rivers.
Our camp chef and guides work hard to ensure that you will enjoy outstanding dining while at the Ranch. 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. Complimentary wine and beer are included.
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)
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. All flies, rods and waders are provided at no additional cost when staying at the Sweet Grass Basecamp.
Sweet Grass Creek
A fantastic small stream that drains the rugged Crazy Mountains and our home waters at the Basecamp. We have full access to several miles on the WD ranch as well as about a mile on a neighboring ranch. The sweeping views are breathtaking if you can take your eyes away from the creek and its aggressive trout. Browns and rainbows make up the majority of the fish and they readily attack dry flies.
This is a very small spring creek that is also on the home ranch. Several miles flow accross wide open country. At most places you can jump accross the creek. We generally don't guide on Cayuse because of its size but it is a fun evening excursion toss hoppers along the undercuts and watch eager brook trout pounce on the flies.
Forks of the Musselshell
We have access to another spectacular ranch on the North Fork of the Mussellshell which offers outstanding hopper fishing along one undercut bank after another on this picturesque meadow stream. On the ranch the fishing is always lightly pressured and frequently rested. There is also another section of the main Mussellshell that we target early in the season. Surprisingly large trout are often hooked on these small streams with browns up to 20" possible.
The legendary Yellowstone River is less than 25 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.
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.
The Stillwater is very similar to the Boulder and just a little larger. We use small rafts to float this boulder laden fishery and generally throw larger attractor dry flies to browns and rainbows that average 10-17" with larger fish going to 20+". This is an hour from the Basecamp.
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.
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 selective trout.