Located on the Hubbard family ranch and the shores of Merrell Lake surrounded by majestic mountains just north of the border of Yellowstone National Park in Montana, Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge is dedicated to fly fishing. While the fishing is definitely the main focus and is highlighted with the incredible variety of blue ribbon fisheries, your stay is definitely complemented by fine dining, great accommodations and service, stunning views, tailored horseback riding, hiking, white river rafting, Yellowstone tours, and much more.
Nowhere in Montana are the fly fishing opportunities as great as you will find near Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge. Merrell Lake, a private 85-acre lake with trophy rainbow and brown trout, is the private playground for all of guests of HYL. There are a few miles of private water on Tom Miner Creek - a brushy, beautiful small creek that is an adventure by itself. The lodge offers fly fishing trips on the Yellowstone River, guided fly fishing on the waters of Yellowstone National Park, and to the nearby world famous Spring Creeks. Besides these well-known fishing spots, there are dozens of other rivers, streams, and lakes in the area. Take a look at all Hubbard’s has to offer and see a Montana where the fly fishing and beautiful surroundings provide a lifetime memorable fishing experience!
The guides at the lodge have years of guiding and fishing experience that are invaluable for any fly fishing trip. The men and women that will take you fishing know the intricacies of all the waters in the area and the unique history of the region. These seasoned guides can assist novice anglers as well as skilled veterans. Their courteous manner, knowledge, and fun-filled attitudes will put you at ease and provide the best environment for a great fishing trip.
In the early season, fishing is concentrated on the Firehole, Madison, and Gibbon Rivers. The Firehole and the Madison are world famous, but the Gibbon routinely provides some of the best fishing. A meandering meadow stream that pauses to snake through the trees in long riffle/pool combos, the Gibbon holds rainbow, grayling, and some incredible browns. With its varying personalities, anglers can fish technical meadow pools just a few yards from the angler fishing the riffles and pools in the trees.
When the Lamar Valley waters start to clear after the spring thaw, usually in the second week of July, hang on to your hats. You will experience the finest cutthroat fishery in the world. Soda Butte Creek is in the Northeast corner of the Park, and usually clears first. It is hard to believe that there could be so many eager cutts in so little water. Slough Creek clears next, and usually provides the largest fish. There are more 20+ inch cutts pulled from Slough than all other water combined last year. The Lamar River clears last, and combines the quantity of Soda Butte with the quality of Slough.
You will also have the opportunity to fish the Upper Yellowstone, and although the drive is a bit longer, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. The Upper Gardiner is amazing for brookies and bows, and the Lower Gardiner for bows and browns. Lava Creek is the ultimate for small stream fishing for willing brookies, and there are several lakes that require a short hike before reaching incredible fishing. The guides all have a few secrets spots in the Park, also.
The nearest large airport is Bozeman (BZN), which is just over an hour from the lodge. Shuttle service can arrange for you from the Bozeman airport, or you may enjoy arranging for a rental car and driving yourself up the beautiful Paradise Valley to start you holiday.
Check in, get settled and start to unwind. Just let the staff at Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge know what they can do for you.
Hubbard's has lodge-style accommodations - individual rooms with private baths, log beds, high thread count sheets, etc.
The lodge consists of four buildings, all with their own character and charm. The main lodge is a stunning log building with six guest rooms. It also contains complete dining facilities and a bar perfect for resting after a great day of fishing or simply enjoying the serene environment only Montana can provide. Three additional guest rooms are in the nearby Tom Miner Lodge with views of the lake and the meandering Yellowstone River. Angler's Arms has two rooms on the lake and two overlooking Paradise Valley. And there are six recently completed rooms with their own great room overlooking the horse pastures and the Yellowstone River.
The guest rooms are all single or double occupancy, with one or two queen beds in each room, and a private bath. Although most folks spend little time in their rooms, you will find the rooms ideal to take a nap after a hard day on the river or to read that novel that you never have time for.
Chefs from around the country combine to create a wonderful culinary experience, mixing the fancy with the hearty. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room overlooking Merrell Lake with private tables. Lunch is streamside or on the back deck. Dinner is multiple courses except for two nights per week with cook outs on the deck.
Because Hubbard's is a working cattle ranch, they always have a good string of horses. You can do trail rides, free riding that gives you a chance to run your horse a bit, and you can help them move cattle. There is over 20 square miles and endless Forest Service land, and it is beautiful country.
Are you a birder? With a stay with Hubbard’s, you will experience world class birding in the Rocky Mountains. Explore 20+square mile of the ranch to find a vast array of species. The variety of terrain ensures opportunities at many species of birds.
The ranch has elevations ranging from 5600 feet to nearly 9000 feet. There are alpine meadows, many miles of creek bottom, the 85 acre lake, lodge pole pine, Douglas fir, and Quaking aspen groves to explore. The Yellowstone River is just a few miles away (you can see 15 miles of it from the lodge), Ramshorn Lake is less than two hours on horseback and Yellowstone National Park is just twenty minutes away. From the higher elevations, you can actually watch many raptors from above, giving a very unique perspective on these glorious birds.
Hubbard’s now has a licensed massage therapist on call at the ranch. Your masseuse is licensed in Washington and Montana and has been practicing for 12 years. She offers relaxation and deep tissue massage and is gifted in finding the knots and working them out for you. A hybrid of Hawaiian massage, trigger point release and deep touch massage are used to provide a relaxing massage that decreases muscle tension while increasing circulation and relaxation. There is a dedicated massage room for your privacy and enjoyment.
There are hiking trails all over the ranch, and the guides are always happy to get out and stretch their legs with you and show you around. Wildlife is abundant with elk, deer, birds of all shapes and sizes, and even bears can sometimes be seen at a distance and much more.
With Yellowstone National Park being just down the road several days’ worth of sightseeing can be arranged.
White water rafting is very nearby on the Yellowstone River. And the towns around us all have great shops and historical sites for you to see.
There are some golf courses in Bozeman that are nice, and you can hit the ball a ton at this elevation!
You can also shoot trap on the ranch all summer.
Guided Fishing Packages:
Includes lodging, all meals, access to Hubbard’s private water, and your own knowledgeable fishing guide every day. You can float the Yellowstone River, wade in Yellowstone Park, test yourself on DePuy's and the other private spring creeks* near Livingston, or fish any of the other Blue Ribbon water in the area. You can also horseback ride to Ramshorn Lake for a little fishing, do a trail ride, or channel your inner cowboy (or girl) and help move cattle. It’s your choice with this inclusive package. Longer packages are also available.
3 Nights / 2 guided days: $1470 per person
4 Nights / 3 guided days: $1960 per person
5 Nights / 4 guided days: $2450 per person
6 Nights / 5 guided days: $2940 per person
7 Nights / 6 guided days: $3430 per person
* Daily rod fees not extra