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Old 02-12-2009, 12:22 PM
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Default Montana Honeymoon.

I will be going to Montana from Sept 20, 2009 for a week for my honeymoon. I would like to fish rivers that are wadeable, within one hour drive of Yellowstone(fiancees request), and possibly split up the week in two different locations. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great. Any lodging reccomendations, dinning and fly shop's to visit in that area would help me out greatly as well.

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Old 02-12-2009, 01:21 PM
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Pavel,

I have a few questions, does the new wife fish? Was the Montana Honeymoon (and fishing) partly her idea? If the answer to these questions is Yes & Yes then it won't matter where you eat or where you fish. If the answer is No & No then I would rethink my Honeymoon plans.

As always I'm trying to help someone avoid undue problems and or expenses.

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Pavel,

Welcome to the board and congratulations.

A great resource for you is Craig Mathews site, and his guides are first rate if you want to get a crash course in fishing out there.
Blue Ribbon Flies

He also has a very good book on FF in YNP that would be a wise investment if you’re headed out that way.

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Old 02-12-2009, 01:51 PM
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Default Re: Montana Honeymoon.

The answer to the question's is NO and YES. She does not fish but YES this was a big part of her decision. She wants to go to Yellowstone National Park and do some horseback riding. With my injured back, I can only put in 2-3 hour sessions per day which will allow me to spend time on other things with her in Montana.

If that helps then could you forward your suggestions please.
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Default Re: Montana Honeymoon.

Grayling Creek crosses RT. 191 outside of West Yellowstone, good brook trout fishing. Rent a boat at Hebgen Lake and fish the lake where Rainbow Run flows in (huge Brown's) evening is the best and try to keep them out of the kelp. Madison River has both stock and wild trout. The Gardiner River outside the parks north gate offers uncrowded fishing for beautiful little rainbows.

As far as lodging goes I always used a tent and ate at my camp, sorry. I could name more creeks and rivers but those mentioned are wadeable and the boat fishing on the lake will show you some big fish opportunity.
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Pavel

I second the recommendation that Peregrines made about Blue Ribbon Flies owned by Craig Mathews located in Yellowstone, MT.

I will also recommend The Slide Inn in Cameron, MT on the Madison, it is owned by Kelly Galloup, but he is 60 west of W. Yellowstone. Slide Inn - Lodging and trout fly fishing on the Madison River

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Default Re: Montana Honeymoon.

Actually the Slide Inn is directly below Quake Lake roughly a mile, and about 20 miles out of West Yellowstone, Cameron is way down river towards Ennis(Cameron has a great little bar and burger joint on the west side of the road just before town ).

Both the Slide Inn and BRF are great places to get info from top notch fly fisherman(Galloup and Mathews), I would like to add another shop into the mix. Welcome To Arricks Fly Shop in West Yellowstone Montana

Your choosing a great time to visit the Park and for fishing in the area, the crowds really slow down after Memorial Day.

Congratulations on your impending nuptuals.
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Default Re: Montana Honeymoon.

Pavel,
Congrats on getting married! I don't know if what your budget is or how you are looking to do your honeymoon but there are some great guest ranches that center around horseback riding that are located close to the park. The 320 Ranch in Big Sky has a great horse program, which would free you up for some extra fishing. They also have a nice ride up to Ramshorn lake which is a decent fishing lake. The Gallatin runs right out the back door of many of the cabins and you could sneak off for some fishing in the evenings right out the back door. You would also be about 35 miles from the West Entrance to the park and about a 40 minute drive from the Madison near Raynold's Pass, which offers some great wade fishing. If this isn't in the budget for the trip there are plenty of other cabins, hotels and the like in throughout Southwest Montana which would be a bit more economical.

Just want to clear up one thing from a previous post about stocked trout in Montana. Montana gave up it's stocking program on rivers in the mid 80's. All of our rivers and streams are managed as Wild Trout fisheries in which they allow the fish to reproduce on their own without any aide from stocking programs. The only stocking of streams that they do in Montana is when they are trying to reintroduce native species into a drainage.

Good luck on your honeymoon, there is a lot of information out there and sorting through it can be tricky.
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Default Re: Montana Honeymoon.

congratulations on the wedding!
If staying in or around the park is important, i would highly suggest staying in the park at either the old faithful in or the mammoth hotel. Both are very nice, and allow for great fly fishing that time of year. Unless it turns out to be a very dry hot summer, that would be a great time to fish the madison, gibbon and firehole (which runs by the old faithful inn) rivers. If it is a little early for those rivers, it generally means the waters in the northeast section of the park are prime, all within 40 minutes of mammoth hotel. good luck, and congrats again.
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. . . Your choosing a great time to visit the Park and for fishing in the area, the crowds really slow down after Memorial Day. . . .
Fysh,

Presume you meant Labor Day instead of Memorial Day?
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