Trip Overview 

Sunrise Pack Station specializes in horseback riding adventures, day rides and fishing vacations into the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. They offer a unique vacation experience. Whether you are an educationally-oriented family, a fisherman looking for a remote trout fishing experience, or if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life while enjoying the wilderness of Yellowstone, Sunrise Pack Station can accommodate you. They provide professionally guided and accredited horseback trips inside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. Their gentle horses and mules will carry both you and your belongings to comfortable camps surrounded by the pristine scenery of Yellowstone National Park. Well-trained guides will prepare delicious meals, see to your comfort, and create a cozy camp atmosphere.

Destination Quick Facts 

Sunrise Pack Station - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Yellowstone National Park Backcountry

SEASON:  July through early October

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 8 anglers and guests at a time

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Bozeman, Montana (BZN)

TARGET SPECIES:  Primarily native cutthroat trout (Westslope and Yellowstone), with some browns and rainbows

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Yellowstone National Park fishing license and valid Identification

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS


Lodging Details
Sunrise Pack Station operates a low-impact, tent based camp, due to National Park Service regulations and a "Leave No Trace" backcountry ethic. They provide warm zero-degree rated sleeping bags, and a full-length pillow atop a ThermaRest sleeping pad for your sleeping comfort. Cots are available upon request. You will be housed in the Johnson Outdoors company's latest design for four-man backpacking tents. The tent is called the Timberline SQ Outfitter 4, holding two people and gear with plenty of room. There is a sun shower for guests situated in a private area, away from streams to prevent soap from contaminating the waters of our favorite national park. At every camp there is also a latrine where guests may refresh themselves and use sanitary wipes in a secluded area. 

Because they camp in bear country, Sunrise Pack Station uses a variety of safe practices to keep bear interactions limited to viewing these amazing animals from a safe, respectful distance. They place the sleeping area 100 yards away from the cooking area, as recommended by experts. All food and scented materials stay in the cooking area, where they are hung from a "bear pole" high in the air to keep scents and bear attractants out of the animals' reach and to keep bears away from the guests. Bears do not like large horse herds or groups of humans, so bear problems are rare. The hanging of the food and the clean kept camp help avoid drawing in any bear passing by.

Food and Beverages
Each day meals are prepared in the covered “kitchen” area of camp and eaten as a group either at the large table or around the campfire. The menu will likely include tasty appetizers, steaks, salmon, an assortment of vegetables and scrumptious desserts. Dinner is cooked in the core camp area, where the bear pole is and the food is kept tables and chairs are set up, table cloths and dishes are set, the camp cook prepares his meals in a clean outdoor kitchen and he has been trained in food service and cleanliness. Once meals have been prepared and consumed the guides wash the dishes and discard leftover food in a separate garbage sack to help avoid bear problems.

Typical Length of Stay
Sunrise Pack Station, LLC can offer everything from single day trips to five night backcountry packages. Call Yellow Dog for details.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Wildlife viewing in the Park is unbelievable. Elk, deer, moose, bear, wolf, coyote, birds, and eagles all call Yellowstone National Park home. Hiking around camp, short day rides, and relaxing are all available for non-anglers. The staff at Sunrise Pack Station is extremely knowledgeable about the Park’s history, ecosystem, and the surrounding area; they can entertain anyone!

Internet / Communications
There is no internet access while in camp and cell phone service is spotty while in the park. Be sure to check with your service provider prior to your trip regarding specific coverage in the area.

FISHING


General Information
The crew at Sunrise Pack Station offers many different angling options throughout the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Options for single day fishing trips include: cutthroat on the Upper Gallatin River, browns on the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River and various other small creeks. For multi-day and overnight packages, Sunrise Pack Station offers trips into world-famous Slough Creek, Pebble Creek, the Lamar River, the Bechler River, Upper Fan Creek, and the Thorofare region of Yellowstone National Park. 

Most of the fishing takes place on small backcountry creeks and streams. Wading and fishing from the banks is the normal practice, along with the use of lighter trout rods - four weight and five weight - in packable, four-piece configurations. Most of the fish you will catch in the backcountry of Yellowstone are native cutthroat trout - colorful and feisty and almost always willing to take a dry fly. Below is the 2017 schedule and short description of the different types of pack trips offered.

July 6 - 8, 2017
Northwest Corner Fishing (3 days)
The Northwest Corner of Yellowstone National Park is often one of the most over looked fisheries of the Park as well as a beautiful area not known by most visitors.The region is not on the figure eight Grand Loop road so it is missed by the millions of visitors to the park.The backcountry region is filled with forests, rivers and streams, as well as wild life.That wild life includes wolves, bears, moose, elk, deer, and the wily trout! You will stay in two camps and fish the pristine waters of the region.

July 12 - 15, 2017
Fishing on Slough Creek
 (4 days)
Another hot spot in Yellowstone National Park’s fishing adventure is Slough Creek. Big fish, slow waters, and spectacular scenery make this one of the most sought after places to fish. We ride in and set up one camp and then concentrate on fishing.  By this time of year the grasshoppers have come out and the fish feed on them heavily so the fly fishing is sight fishing with great big flies, the fly fisherman’s dream. Some of the best hatches come off in the evening so, once you’re done eating dinner, feel free to go back down and fish till dark. We’ll leave the lantern on for you!

July 18 - 22, 2017
Fishing on Cache Creek (5 days)

On our first day we'll ride 6 miles to the Lower Cache Creek site, where we'll set up our home away from home for the next two nights. We'll begin fishing as soon as we arrive in camp, as it lies right on the creek side. We'll spend day two fishing up and down Cache Creek exploring the pockets and pools which hold nice vibrant cutthroat trout. Anyone who is not up for fishing can ride up Cache Creek for some photography as we climb alongside The Thunderer for some great alpine shots or the occasional buffalo, wolf, or bear meandering up and down the trail. Our nights will be filled with tales around the camp fire, good food and relaxation. On our last day we'll fish around camp while the guides pack things up and then head back toward home.

August 8 - 12, 2017
Fishing the Lamar River (5 days)
One of Yellowstone National Park’s premier fishing spots, the Lamar River Valley provides deep pools and large active fish. We will ride up the canyon, out of reach of the majority of the visitors to Yellowstone National Park, for some pristine fishing waters. Besides fishing, bring your camera. Wolves, bears buffalo, and elk are all known to frequent these areas. While we’re here we’ll discuss the Nez Perce Indians who traveled right through this area as they fled from the army in Yellowstone National Park in 1877.

August 22 - 25, 2017
Fishing on Slough Creek
 (4 days)
Another hot spot in Yellowstone National Park’s fishing adventure is Slough Creek. Big fish, slow waters, and spectacular scenery make this one of the most sought after places to fish. We ride in and set up one camp and then concentrate on fishing.  By this time of year the grasshoppers have come out and the fish feed on them heavily so the fly fishing is sight fishing with great big flies, the fly fisherman’s dream. Some of the best hatches come off in the evening so, once you’re done eating dinner, feel free to go back down and fish till dark. We’ll leave the lantern on for you!

September 6 - 8, 2017
Fishing the Pebble Creek
 and Photography (3 days)
Pebble Creek is a great beginner's trip with a short 3 mile ride into camp. Once there we'll set up camp quickly and give you a chance to get out fishing right away. The stream used to be called "White Pebble Creek," due to the white gravelly sediments found at its headwaters. 10 to 14 inch Cutthroat and rainbows tend to make up the majority of fish caught here. It will be a match the hatch or good attractor patter type dry fly fishing experience. When you have had your fill of fishing we'll have a delightful meal and a chance to relax by the fire in the evening.  If you would like a diversion from fishing one day, explore the trail south along the length of Pebble Creek to see if we can see some wildlife.

September 12 - 16, 2017
Fishing on the Bechler River (5 days)
The Bechler River has some great fishing. The big deep slow bends of the Bechler River have great habitat for the large rainbow trout that lurk in its shadowy depth. Float a grasshopper over these glassy waters, which at this time of year are hopping and flying everywhere, and you’ll have the fight of your life on your hands. If you want to fish for more than rainbow trout, you might cast a line for brook trout in Mountain Ash Creek, or fish for cutthroats up in the Bechler Cascades, near the famous Ferris Fork Hot Pot.

Boats and Equipment
Camps are accessed via horseback, usually with the support of several mules in a mule train. Sunrise Pack Station provides all camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, pillows, inflatable ground pads, sleeping bag liners, and pillow cases. They also provide large duffel bags for you to pack your clothing and other gear in for the mules to carry. You will want to bring all of your own clothing, a head lamp, personal items and your fishing equipment. Sunrise Pack Station and Yellow Dog will send you a packing list so you will not forget anything. Most people bring their own fishing gear, but rental rods are available upon request. Waders are optional, although recommended for the early season.

TRAVEL DETAILS



How To Get There
Anglers will want to fly into Bozeman, Montana (BZN), Billings, Montana (BIL), Jackson, Wyoming (JAC), or Idaho Falls, Idaho (IDA), depending on which trip you are participating in.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Once the itinerary for the trip is planned, Yellow Dog will arrange for a meeting place and time with Sunrise Pack Station staff. All trailheads are within the boundaries of the Park.

Documents Required
Yellowstone National Park fishing licenses are available at all area fly shops and sporting goods stores, as well as at the Park entrance gates. You will need to present a valid driver's license (or other ID) in order to purchase your fishing license.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES




Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars. Alternate dates and custom trips can be arranged according to availability. Any trip can also be customized into a fantastic fishing trip, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

Fishing the Northwest Corner = $1,936.00 per person
Fishing Slough Creek = $1,936.00 per person
Fishing Cache Creek = $2,420.00 per person
Fishing the Lamar River = $2,420.00 per person
Fishing Pebble Creek and Photography = $1,452.00 per person
Fishing the Bechler River = $2,420.00 per person

They also have several fishing day rides which offer pristine waters and nice fish along with beautiful scenery. Our fishing day rides are an all-day ride to a great fishing location in Yellowstone National Park. We usually fish Fan Creek, or the Upper Gallatin River in the Northwest Corner of Yellowstone Park. We will service anywhere in the Northern or Central portions of the park at a client’s request. We have fished for Brown Trout in the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone, Cut Throat Trout up in Slough Creek’s Second Meadow or Brook Trout up on the Gardner River. We will also go to any of the little backcountry lakes that are with in riding distance from the road. We provide a horse, lunch, and pack your fishing gear in for you.

What's Included

  • Experienced guides and wranglers
  • Access to all backcountry fishing
  • Lunch during transfer days
  • All camp accommodations and camping equipment
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages

What's Not Included

  • Yellowstone National Park fishing licenses (you will want to purchase this before the start of your trip)
  • Transfers from previous accommodations to the trailhead at the start of your trip
  • Gratuities for the guides and wranglers
  • Fishing equipment, flies, terminal tackle, and other items of a personal nature
  • Any alcohol or beer that you want to bring along (BYOB)
OTHER INFO


Sunrise Pack Station also offers non-angling, educational trips and Photography Trips into the Park. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details if you are not an angler or if you have a group looking for a non-angling camping and educational experience in the Park.

Client Testimonials
"Wow, what a trip! What can I say, except, it was the best ever? Thanks so much for providing me and my family with a wonderful backcountry adventure."

- Lisa (Dallas, TX)