Gallatin River Lodge
Gallatin River Lodge is a small luxury hotel and fine dining facility, located on a 350 acre ranch just west of Bozeman, Montana. We offer so much more than other typical Bozeman hotels. Our six guest suites have Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces and comfortable furnishings. We are also a destination fly fishing lodge specializing in unforgettable Montana fly fishing adventures, romantic getaways with that special person or the perfect setting for a group event.
Montana Fishing Resort
Gallatin River Lodge, just minutes from Bozeman, Montana and Yellowstone National Park, is also known as a fine Country Inn. Our six suites are perfect for couples and contain king or queen beds, custom Arts and Crafts decor, fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, and spectacular views of the mountains and river habitat. We operate all year and provide detailed services to our guests that are beyond the average hotel. As a small luxury hotel, we offer exceptional dining, business services, WIFI, and a quiet place to unwind and relax. We are just 15 minutes from downtown Bozeman, yet in a country setting on a 350 acre ranch next to the Gallatin River-where the movie 'River Runs Through It" was filmed.
Montana Fly Fishing
Fly fishermen and women from around the world travel to southwest Montana for its exceptional fishing opportunities. Fishing options are endless, but we offer a popular combination to our fishing guests that include floating and wading. Our goal is to provide professional expertise on all of our waters, always keeping in mind that you make the decisions on the type of fishing that you prefer. Our Rivers are the Gallatin, Madison, Missouri and Yellowstone. We fish over seventy miles of each of these rivers and all are within an hour's drive of the Lodge. We also fish spring creeks such as the MZ Ranch, DePuy's, Armstrong's, and Nelson's, just 25 minutes from the Lodge. In addition, many small streams and stillwaters are nearby. We also have arranged access to other private ranch fishing nearby.
The Gallatin River
The Gallatin River is just 5 minutes outside the door of the Lodge, just across our hay meadows. The Gallatin flows over 90 miles with hundreds of small creeks adding to its flow. It heads from springs in Yellowstone Park and flows to Three Forks--the birthplace of the Missouri River. The three reaches are the Meadow, Canyon and Valley. April and early May are excellent months to fish the Gallatin. We fish stonefly, attractor nymphs and streamer patterns. We also see consistent midge hatches and sporadic baetis hatches during these months. By late-May, runoff begins and the Gallatin usually is not fishable until mid-June.
The Madison River is within 30 miles of the Lodge. It contains three sections also: The Upper section in Yellowstone Park, the tailwater of Hebgen Dam and the tailwater of Ennis Dam. We fish the section below Hebgen to Ennis most of the year and the lower river in winter, spring and fall. The upper river, although a tailwater, fishes more like a freestone river and has been described as a 50 mile riffle. Brown trout and Rainbow trout are the predominant species. Due to a greater understanding of Whirling Disease and mitigating techniques of river and habitat management, we have seen increasingly higher numbers of young Rainbow trout in the river. Whitefish and West Slope Cutthroat are also taken here.
We float and wade fish the Madison as most areas of the river pass through private property over this stretch. April through mid-May we fish stonefly and attractor nymphs. Spring caddis and baetis hatches become more prolific beginning in mid-April. Late-May the river can occasionally become unfishable due to runoff. Mid-June through August, the Madison offers one of the finest angling experiences in the world. Dry fly fishing is usually best in July, August and September.
The Yellowstone River is a big western river just 30 miles east of the Lodge. It heads above Yellowstone Lake in the Bridger Teton country south of Yellowstone National Park and flows hundreds of miles to meet the Missouri River near North Dakota. Deep pools and runs characterize this great freestone river. We float fish the river from Yellowstone Park down to Big Timber--over 70 miles. Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroat and Mt. Whitefish are the predominant species.
The Yellowstone is open year-round to angling. Spring and fall months offer the most consistent hatches of stoneflies, caddis, midges and mayflies such as baetis, drake, BWO and Sulphurs. Terrestrials and attractor fishing characterize summer angling. Drifting a large hopper pattern over good water often produces some of the largest fish in the river. The Yellowstone fishes well in the fall and offers some of the most spectacular views of our Montana scenery. Streamer and nymph fishing are productive until November.
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