Yellowstone Valley Lodge – recently renovated and re-opened – is a highly-personalized Montana fishing lodge located in beautiful Paradise Valley, Montana. Built directly on the banks of the world-famous Yellowstone River – known for its prolific hatches and excellent cutthroat and rainbow fishing – YVL offers the finest location in the entire area. Through head guide and outfitter Eric Adams, the Lodge is committed to offering the best Montana fly fishing experiences on the world famous waters of the Yellowstone, Madison, and Boulder Rivers, as well as area spring creeks that include Armstrong's, DePuy's, and Nelson's. From any of the ranch's 16 private riverside cabins, you look directly over the Yellowstone River in the shadow of Dexter Point (elevation 9,859 feet). Notable additions to the Lodge include new and upgraded furnishings in the cabins, added availability for additional activities such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding, and coordinated transportation services to and from the airport in Bozeman.
LOCATION: Paradise Valley - Livingston, Montana
SEASON: May 1 through October 31
CAPACITY: Maximum of 30 fishing guests per week
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Bozeman, Montana (BZN)
TARGET SPECIES: Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Montana fishing license
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
The Yellowstone Valley Lodge is situated in the heart of Paradise Valley with an incredible view of the western edge of the Absaroka mountain range. From any of the lodge's 16 private riverside cabins, you look directly over the Yellowstone River in the shadow of Dexter Point (elevation 9,859 feet). Deep sleep, gorgeous views, the sound of the river—this is a place to relax and take it all in. With an abundance of opportunities to relax or play, the lodge cabins offer an opportunity to get away from it all.
Deluxe Fishing Package
The VIP of fishing packages with access to hundreds of miles of Blue Ribbon trout steams, the finest dining, and deluxe accommodations offered in Paradise Valley! This package includes accommodations in the newly constructed loft style, riverside cabins featuring two bedrooms, two baths, living area, kitchenette, flat screen TV, WiFi, central heat/air conditioning, and large private deck overlooking the Yellowstone River.
Includes lodging in the "cozy cabins", each featuring two queen beds, full bath, sitting area, mini-fridge, personal coffee brewers, air conditioning, and semi-private deck overlooking the Yellowstone River. The Standard Fishing Package offers the same great fishing and dining opportunities, but built for anglers more concerned about their budget than accommodations.
Food and Beverages
The Lodge's gourmet five-star fare is served at the Yellowstone Valley Grill, which is open to the public for dinner. Chef Marcos Mustain will entice you with his use of fresh, organic, and locally-sourced ingredients, all prepared in an open kitchen, and served with views of the Yellowstone and the Absarokas. The Lodge will cater continental breakfasts to lodge guests daily, and a boxed lunch will be prepared for you to take along on your day's adventure. Please let us know prior to arrival if we can accommodate any special dietary needs for you. Don't let the sophisticated wine and beer list fool you: waders are always acceptable dinner duds. In the summers, enjoy dining on the patio, where clean alpine air, and river songs pair perfectly with seasonally-changing dishes.
Typical Length of Stay
Standard package is a six (6) nights / five (5) fishing days, with arrival on Saturdays and departure on Fridays. Custom trips of any lengths can be arranged.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
We are happy to assist you or your family in the organization of non-angling activities during your stay. Remember that we can customize your package! If you want to fish less and sight-see more, let us know. Area activities include sporting clay shooting, horseback riding, swimming and soaking at Chico Hot Springs, guided tours of Yellowstone National Park, self-guided tours of the Park, mountain biking, hiking, scenic flights, Chico Day Spa and Massage, whitewater rafting, or golf at the Livingston Country Club.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge and most cell phones work in Montana. Be sure to check with your service provider prior to your trip regarding specific coverage in the area.
Yellowstone Valley Lodge has compiled an extensive network of fisheries and guides so that the decisions on where you'll fish can be made well in advance of your arrival in Montana. At the same time, they will constantly monitor fishing conditions throughout the area during your stay so that you'll always be on the waters which are producing best. Located on the banks on the world-famous Yellowstone River (with a very good home riffle located directly in front of the lodge) YYL has the perfect location. As the longest un-dammed trout stream on earth, the Yellowstone River provides over 300 miles of fishable, trout-bearing water. This river is known for its prolific hatches and excellent cutthroat and rainbow fishing. A great river for both long floats and wading! The fly fishing on the Yellowstone River is excellent. Not by accident the Yellowstone River is internationally known as one of the premier trout waters in the United States.
Yellowstone River - Gardiner to Livingston
In this "upper" section, the Yellowstone River flows un-dammed through gorgeous scenery. In the rivers upper stretch, it flows from Gardiner, Montana, through the beautiful Paradise Valley, with the Absaroka Mountains flanking the river on all sides. The Yellowstone River leaves the mountains near Livingston where it enters the high plains.
Yellowstone River - Livingston to Big Timber
Below Livingston, fishing pressure is less than further upstream. As the Yellowstone River flows through this section, it is no longer in a scenic valley. Instead, it runs through true "high plains" country, with the Absaroka Mountains now to the south and the Crazy Mountains becoming visible to the northeast. Healthy populations of rainbow and brown trout are found along this stretch. Additionally, the fish in this section of the Yellowstone River tend to be larger than further upstream. The larger fish, combined with reduced fishing pressure (the further downstream you go from Livingston, the less fishing pressure exists), can make for some wonderful fly fishing possibilities.
Area Spring Creeks
These world-renowned spring creeks, located in Paradise Valley, are just minutes away from Yellowstone Valley Ranch. The ranch currently has more prime-time spring creek rod days available than any other outfitter. Hone your skills casting 6X tippets and small flies at large, selective trout. Experience the great Pale Morning Dun hatch starting in June, moving into terrestrials and sulfurs later in the summer, and follow it up with fall baetis hatches in September and October. The Spring Creeks offer everything from sight nymphing to dry fly fishing for the discriminating angler.
Yellowstone National Park
The famous waters of Slough Creek, Lamar, and Soda Butte are all easily accessible from the Yellowstone Valley Ranch. These streams can offer some of the best fishing for cutthroat trout in the summer and early fall that you will ever see. Take the opportunity to fish alongside a feeding bison, with the chance to see all the wildlife the park has to offer. The Lamar Valley is the best spot in the park to see wolves and bears, in addition to the always present bison and elk. The northwestern waters of Yellowstone National Park such as the Firehole, upper Madison, and the Gibbon are all great places to fish during a short tour of the Park.
Madison, Boulder, West Boulder, Burns Lake, and numerous other area waters.
YVL's guide program is operated by Montana Fly Fishing Guides, LLC. This great team of guides has been hand-picked over the last decade to create one of the finest groups of guides you'll ever run across. These are professional fishing guides with years of experience on every piece of water in the area. These guys all have a passion for fly fishing that has taken them across the country and around the world to pursue fish on the fly.
Boats and Equipment
Float fishing is done from modern skiffs and MacKenzie style drift boats. The Lodge can also provide rental gear and equipment upon request.
How To Get There
The nearest commercial airport is Gallatin Field (BZN), located in Bozeman, Montana. Serviced by Delta, Northwest, United, and Horizon Airlines. The airport is approximately 1 hour from Yellowstone Valley Lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
If you would like to drive on your own directly to the lodge, or rent a car in Bozeman, a map will be sent to you prior to your departure. A pre-arranged shuttle service between Bozeman and the lodge is also available for an additional charge. Please contact Yellow Dog for details. Check-in time is any time after 3PM and check-out time is before 11AM.
Montana fishing licenses are available at all area fly shops and sporting goods stores, or online by visiting the following website: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. You will need to present a valid driver's license in order to purchase your fishing license.
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.
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, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Deluxe Absaroka Cabin
7 Nights / 6 Days of Guided Fishing = $4,420.00
6 Nights / 5 Days of Guided Fishing = $3,745.00
5 Nights / 4 Days of Guided Fishing = $3,070.00
4 Nights / 3 Days of Guided Fishing = $2,395.00
3 Nights / 2 Days of Guided Fishing = $1,720.00
2 Nights / 1 Day of Guided Fishing = $1,045.00
Bridger King Cabin
7 Nights / 6 Days of Guided Fishing = $4,000.00
6 Nights / 5 Days of Guided Fishing = $3,385.00
5 Nights / 4 Days of Guided Fishing = $2,770.00
4 Nights / 3 Days of Guided Fishing = $2,155.00
3 Nights / 2 Days of Guided Fishing = $1,540.00
2 Nights / 1 Day of Guided Fishing = $925.00
Standard Cozy Cabin
7 Nights / 6 Days of Guided Fishing = $3,650.00
6 Nights / 5 Days of Guided Fishing = $3,085.00
5 Nights / 4 Days of Guided Fishing = $2,520.00
4 Nights / 3 Days of Guided Fishing = $1,955.00
3 Nights / 2 Days of Guided Fishing = $1,390.00
2 Nights / 1 Day of Guided Fishing = $825.00
- All lodging as specified in package
- Guided fishing as specified in package
- Breakfast and dinner at the Yellowstone Valley Grill with non-alcoholic beverages
- Picnic lunch and non-alcoholic beverages while fishing
- Transportation to and from the river and all shuttle fees
- Fishing gear, terminal tackle, and flies
- Gratuities for lodge staff
What's Not Included
- Transportation to or from Yellowstone Valley Lodge
- Fishing license, waders, or boots
- Gratuities for fishing guides
- Alcoholic beverages (bar tab)
- Lodging taxes (will add upon final invoicing)
Montana Fishing Seasons
April – May
Springtime is probably the best-kept secret in Montana. All the rivers are fishing well and are generally low and clear. Spring run-off usually doesn’t begin until late May or early June, and you can expect a lot of streamer and nymph fishing with possibilities for early caddis and mayfly hatches. This is a great time to experience Montana as things begin to “green up.” You can expect some aggressive feeding from the fish.
This can be a transition month in Southwest Montana. While some years high water might be a problem, June can still offer tremendous fishing. In anticipation of the salmon fly hatch this is a good time to fish a lot of stone fly nymphs for big browns.
July - August
Lots of fun and sun. Late June and early July brings out the salmon flies on the Madison and the Big Hole. July offers a lot of great caddis fishing and in August its time to start thinking big dry flies! The hopper fishing is tremendous, and this is the time to fish big attractor patterns.
This is the local’s favorite time of year, and the fall in Montana is beautiful. You can still fish hoppers and big attractor patterns, and the fish are beginning to turn on to big, gnarly streamer patterns. You can expect temperatures to be in the 70’s with the rivers low and clear.
Late September - Mid October
If you like fishing streamers, you can expect a lot of action from aggressive fish during the fall months. The weather can be somewhat unpredictable, but the fish don’t seem to care. This is also a great time to do cast-and-blast combos (call Yellow Dog for more details.)
“Staff was fabulous. The food was delicious. The rooms were comfortable. Nothing was wrong. It was all great...After 2 years of lessons, our guide was the best & most patient instructor I have had. Thank you very much.”
- A. DeLee (San Antonio, TX)
"Six days in Paradise! We love you guys! The fishing rocked! My first grand slam!"
- C. Schiffman (East Brunswick, NJ)
“Don’t change a thing – great spot, excellent staff, wonderful food, super guides, and nice variety of fishing opportunities.”
- D. Kent (Santa Barbara, CA)