Summer is still a few months away, but it’s not too early to start planning your fishing adventure and this year we’re adding to your options with two venues you’ll want to tick off your bucket list – the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park and Wind River.
These additional locations are part of our larger strategy to provide a full-range of fishing destinations that appeal to anyone interested in fly-fishing – the beginner to the seasoned veteran.
“We’ve got such beautiful rivers, streams and lakes around the ranch that we want to continually update our fishing offerings to appeal to a broad ranger of anglers,” said Ron Stiffler, manager at the ranch. “You couple these pristine waters with the experience of our guides and you’re going to get an unforgettable adventure.”
Tried and True
The North Fork of the Buffalo Fork River remains the stalwart in our river portfolio. Located just steps from our cabins, the river serves as the perfect place to hold our casting and fishing classes for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on their skills.
The river, along with Pacific, Spread and Blackrock Creeks, is also part of our full or half day Walk and Wade guided fishing trips.
Jay Allen, the renowned fishing guide who oversees our fishing program, is especially excited to explore the Firehole River within Yellowstone National Park. The river is known for its nymph fishing and is one of the first to open with the spring melt.
He’s also eyeing other locations within the park as the season progresses and the fish move.
The mountain range in this area soars to 13,000 feet, creating a breathtaking backdrop to the rivers and streams that teem with trout. The west side of the range is a popular destination to fish for cutthroat, brook, rainbow and golden trout.
But Jay will be taking our guests to the less visited east side that is situated in the Wind River Reservation. We are the only guides with access to this section of the river and you’ll be able to try your hand at landing a cutthroat or brown in this rarely fished area.
The spring snow melt clears the path for cutthroat heading to the high country to spawn in the collection of lakes. By August, they start making their way back down, creating a small window of opportunity for backcountry fishing trips.
The first 15 days in September are the best to make the journey into the wilderness where anglers will practically have the river to themselves to fish.
The unique destinations we’ve selected for this summer should be a big draw. We’ll make it even more enticing by providing all of the fishing gear you’ll need, making packing that much easier. We do that because our guides know the constantly changing conditions that help them pick out the best spots and flies on any given day.
Better yet, you’ll return each day to the ranch where you can relax in your well-appointed cabin and enjoy a meal prepared from local ingredients.