Harrison Homestead, Montana

Located on the banks of the Yellowstone River and Sweetgrass Creek, the Harrison Homestead will be your home during your stay in Montana.  The Ranch, which has been in the family since 1971, has over a mile of river frontage on the famous Yellowstone River. The Ranch is protected by a conservation easement and is home to a remarkable population of deer, upland birds, and waterfowl. It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, large kitchen, spacious dining room, parlor, full basement, and three porches.  All meals will be provided by our professional chef on sight and will be served in our dining room overlooking the pastoral tranquility of rural Montana.

The ranch also has a couple small stocked ponds that are open to guests.  The ponds are stocked with large rainbow trout and large mouth bass that take flies readily.  Within a forty minute drive of the ranch, the visiting angler can fish the famed Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, the Boulder River, the Stillwater River, as well as an endless supply of lakes and small streams.  The local waters are well known for their prolific hatches of caddis, mayflies, stone flies, and terrestrials.

The Harrison Homestead Sample Itinerary:

Day 1, Sunday: Arrive in Bozeman or Billings.  If you are part of a group please arrive at the same airport.  You will be met at the airport by one of our guides.  Your guide will transfer you to the Harrison Homestead to unpack, and, if time allows, take you fishing on the nearby Yellowstone River.  At the end of the day, you will dine at the lodge, and enjoy drinks on the porch.

Days 2 – 6, Monday to Friday: After breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide and transferred to the river you will fish for the day.  There is a 2:1 guest to guide ratio.  You will eat lunch on the river and get off the river at roughly 6 p.m.  You will move from river to river depending upon the prevailing fishing conditions.  Most days will be spent floating the rivers from a Mackenzie River Drift Boat and will feature different stretches of water each day.  If you want to focus on the spring creeks or other fisheries that require reservations please let us know when you book your trip.

Day 7, Saturday: After breakfast, you will be returned to the Bozeman or Billings airport for your trip home.  If time allows you can wade fish the morning (one guide for group) and be transferred to the airport in the evening.  Once again please schedule your group to leave from the same airport, and to  depart at similar times.

The Harrison Homestead Capacity:

Private groups of Four to Six Guests only.

Included:

Guided fishing, room and board from arrival to departure, fishing licenses, flies, local and state taxes (includes a 4% bed tax), private water rod fees (limit of two per week per person on the spring creeks or private lakes for five day packages).

Not Included:

Transportation to and from Bozeman, airport shuttle, gratuities, alcohol.

The Harrison Homestead Rivers

Yellowstone River:

The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the US.  With over 250 miles of great trout fishing, it offers a variety of fishing options.  It winds through the beautiful Paradise Valley into the plains of eastern Montana.  It makes for a stunning day of fishing.  We suggest that guests spend two days drift fishing this river.  The average fish fight hard and are aggressive feeders.  Fish in the Yellowstone can exceed five pounds, but your average trophy is over 2 lbs.  Depuy’s, Nelson’s, and Armstrong’s Spring Creeks:

These famous spring creeks flow into the Yellowstone river in the middle of Paradise Valley and are famous for big hatches and technical fishing.  You will more than likely find yourself gazing up at the snowcapped mountains while trout are sipping dries off of the surface. They are incredible creeks with large trout populations, and a few lunkers.  We suggest that our guests fish these creeks for two days of their week.  (Rod Fees vary from $35-$100 a day per person).

Boulder River:

This is a gorgeous mountain stream that also drains into the Yellowstone River.  We usually wade fish this river.  It is a fast moving river that alternates between deep pools and shallow riffles.  Although the fish in this river are smaller, it makes for a beautiful day and fun fishing.  It is a very different river from the Yellowstone River and Spring Creeks.  We suggest that our clients spend one day wade fishing this river.

Madison River:

This is a tail water fishery and another good option for a float trip. This famous river has great fishing and a lot to offer the fly fisherman.  From fast pocket water to slow deep runs, you can either wade or float this river.  This river is clear for most of the year and is a good backup for when the other rivers are blown out.

Bighorn River:

The Bighorn is a rich tail water fishery.  Although it is an extremely popular fishery,  it has the highest fish densities in the state.  This is a great fishery all year round, but it gets a little crowded in the summer.  When you see a hatch on this river, it is truly amazing. You can easily have a 20+ fish day on this river with your average size fish being 17 inches and catching a few over 20 inches.  It is located about 80 miles from Billings in the southeast corner of the state.

Missouri River:

The Missouri River is very similar in its size to the Yellowstone. It is one of our favorite rivers to fish.  Although there is some good fishing at its head waters, our favorite section is below Holter Dam. The Missouri becomes an extremely productive tailwater fishery renowned for its large and hard fighting trout.  The Missouri can be a slightly more technical fishing river, but you are usually rewarded with some beautiful fish.  Like all tailwater fisheries it has some incredible hatches.  It is located about 50 miles North of Helena.  This is a great fishery year round.

Stillwater River:

This is a very similar river to the Boulder River.  It is a freestone river with boulder strewn rapids flowing into deep clear pools.  It has great access and offers a beautiful day of wade fishing.  If you enjoy wade fishing mountain streams the Stillwater and Boulder should definitely be on your list.