Take a map of Wyoming and put a pin on the ranch. Now draw a radius of an hour’s drive from here. Jay Allen has explored the majority of every lake, stream and river within that area. He’s been doing it since the 2000s as one of the area’s premier guides.
This summer, Allen’s knowledge returns to the ranch where he’ll once again oversee our fly-fishing program. Allen’s experience coupled with our exclusive fishing permits promises to give anglers a memorable adventure.
“I’ve fished in some pretty famous places,” Allen said. “Turpin is as good as it gets.”
A Michigan native, Allen began guiding in the Midwest state in the late 1990s, working with local fly shops and their clients. He was hired as a full-time ranch employee in 2001.
He spent winter helping where he was needed. Summers meant it was time to tap into his expertise as a guide. He spent the next eight years exploring every fishing hole in the area.
Home, But Not Gone
He returned to Michigan in 2008 but kept his ties to Wyoming. Each summer he’d bring clients from Michigan back here to fish. He’d also spend August guiding ranch guests into the wilderness for overnight pack fishing trips.
This year mark’s Allen’s return as a full-time fishing guide and manager of the ranch’s fishing adventures.
“The most exciting part of this for me is the diversity of options we have for guests,” he said. “The overnight pack trips will appeal to the more experienced and hardcore fly-fishing enthusiasts. The half-day and full-day Walk and Wade adventures are great for anglers coming with their families. They can spend some time during the stay at the ranch fishing while the family enjoys a different adventure, then everyone can come together for family time.”
Expanded Fishing Opportunities
This year we’ve revamped our fishing adventures to offer guests several ways to enjoy the sport. Spend a half day or full day fishing with our classic Walk & Wade adventure. Where you fish will depend on the experience you’re looking for and where the fishing conditions are the best.
The horseback Walk & Wade adds a wrinkle and a truly western feel to your day of fishing. You’ll be able to explore deep into the Buffalo Fork of the Snake River.
Allen and our other guides will take you to some truly hidden fishing gems during the Yellowstone Walk & Wade. The park’s tributaries host seven species of gamefish including brown and rainbow trout and mountain whitefish.
Finally, the two- to five-night overnight trips in the Teton Wilderness will take you to some of the most secluded fishing spots we offer where you’ll disconnect from your normal day-to-day life and reconnect with Mother Nature.
Regardless of the fishing adventure, our permits give anglers using our guides access to waterways in Yellowstone National Park that other outfitters in the area can’t offer.
“From mid-June to mid-September, which is the heart of summer, we can create an amazing fishing experience for you,” Allen said.