Why McConnell’s Country Store & Fly Shop Hosted Trip? We’re knowledgeable: The outfitter and guides we use are on the river every day so they have a fair idea of where the fish are, and what they’re eating. We’re experienced: we’ve been at this a while; even have a little grey in our beards. We’re patient: if you’re struggling, we’ll help you work the kinks out of your cast. We’re enthusiastic: this isn’t a job. Making your day a success is the thing that keeps us going.
We have had so much fun the past five years with Ed Lawrence & his staff of experienced river guides that we are continuing this annual tradition. As a matter of fact we have TWO TRIPS planned for this year.
August 5 through August 13 – (2 opening is available at this time) This trip will be 6 days of fishing with some of the best guides that the Missouri, Madison & Yellowstone have to offer. We are going to spend 4 days exploring the Missouri River. The section of the river that we will be fishing has a population of over 6,000 trout per mile. For an additional cost of $100.00 you may want to fish the section of the Missouri known as the “Land Of The Giants“. Located between Houser Dam and Houlter Dam, this section of the river is only accessible by jet boats and a licensed Coast Guard Captain. Last year the average rainbow that we took from this section was 20″ and weighed between 4 & 5 pounds. We also landed a brown trout that was 27 1/2” and weighed 7.6 pounds. After the four days we will head back to Bozeman to fish the Madison & Yellowstone Rivers. The Madison is known as a 62 mile long riffle. The fishing here can be fast and furious from a drift boat on this river. The Yellowstone is probably one of the best known “Blue Ribbon” trout streams in the world and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to fish this gem.
This 8 night 6 day fly fishing adventure will include your hotel stay at the Holiday Inn Express upon arrival in Bozeman, 4 nights stay at a B&B ranch near the town of Craig (includes all meals while staying at the B&B), 3 nights hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express in Bozeman. Your host will have a rental vehicle for travel to and from our fishing locations.
The cost of this 8 night – 6 days of fishing package is $2305.00,
Additional costs on this package will be your airfare, license, $100.00 per day additional fee to fish the “Land Of The Giants”, 3 evening meals and tips for your guides.
August 14 through August 19 – (4 openings are available at this time) This package allows you to fully experience Montana “Blue Ribbon” fly fishing at its best on the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers in the company of the same experienced river guides that have shown us the way in the past. Here’s your chance to chase the thousands of fish living in the Yellowstone and Madison Rivers during four days spent in the Madison and Paradise Valleys. You will be floating in a 16′ drift boat where your guide will maneuver you into the most productive spots on the river, with stops along the way at likely looking holes and riffles.
An addition to this package is the option to fish a private spring creek (with limited access) for a day that flows into the Yellowstone River. This is a true spring creek fishing experience that shouldn’t be missed. The cost of this addition is $100.00 per day.
We have made this package easy for you… Your lodging will be at the Holiday Inn Express in Bozeman. After a cooked breakfast you will be transported to the river for a morning of fishing. You will take a break from the fishing to enjoy a fisherman’s lunch then fish the afternoon away and at day’s end, return to town in time for cocktails and evening meals at some of the area’s best restaurants.
The cost of this 5 night – 4 days of fishing package is $1577.00. Additional cost on this package will be the your airfare, shared car rental, license, $100.00 per day additional fee to fish the private spring creek, guides tips and all of your evening meals.
You can add this option to this package… The group will normally arrive one day early so that we can spend a day fishing on our own or spend some down time getting to know each other and exploring the area. This will incur an additional cost for a room and meals for one day.
Got Fish? Yep. That’s why our rivers are so popular. The Madison, Yellowstone, and Missouri boast 2,500 – 6,000 wild (not hatchery raised) Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout in every mile of water between their riffle filled banks… Here’s your chance to chase the thousands of fish living in the Missouri, Yellowstone and Madison rivers during your days spent in the Paradise and Madison valleys. You’ll float in a 16′ drift boat where your experienced guide will maneuver you to the most productive spots on the river, with stops along the way in likely looking holes and riffles. Got Fun? You bet. on our multi-day, multi-river trip, once you plant your feet in one of our drift boats you will be treated to a top shelf fishing experience. We’ll also provide transportation to the river, a tasty lunch, instruction (if needed), and plenty of chit–chat. You won’t find many ways to spend your time that match the enjoyment of floating a river while fishing with guides who are tuned into, and responsive to, your needs and expectations.
What’s a typical day? Lodging is in the Holiday Inn Express in Bozeman and a Bed & Breakfast ranch near the town of Craig.. You will be shuttled to the river and back to your rooms. We’ll meet you after breakfast and expect to be fishing shortly thereafter…Lunch is served on a stream bank…We typically have you back in town in time for cocktails ( +/- 6 p.m.), unless you need to return sooner.
How do we do this? We float the rivers in 16′ drift boats and will travel 8–10 miles per day…We stop to wade those pools and runs that look promising.
Who will I fish with? You and your fishing buddy will take turns fishing from the front and the back of a 16′ drift boat along with your experienced fly fishing guide who can instruct you in the fundamentals of casting and presenting flies, selecting flies, and, generally, makes life simple for you.
What equipment will I need? Five and six weight fly rods with matching reels and line are our go–to equipment, but other sizes will do the job. You can bring your own flies, or we’ll assist you in selecting those that work best in Montana this time of the year.
What about clothing & stuff? Lightweight pants and long sleeved shirts are the basics during hotter days, along with sandals or sport shoes…Waders aren’t usually required during mid – summer, but you can bring ’em or we’ll arrange rentals. You’ll want to bring a camera, sunscreen, hat, windbreaker, sunglasses/eye protection, and a cheery disposition.
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Space is limited… We have room for 2 more guests on the August 5 trip and 4 on the August 14 trip. Don’t wait, call and book your Montana Fly Fishing Adventure now,
McConnell’s Country Store Fly Shop