The Vermillion brothers’ international outfitting business, Sweetwater Travel, was born here at their family ranch on the banks of the Yellowstone River. With the same eye for quality and detail in their operations abroad, the brothers have recently renovated their family ranch, making it one of Montana’s most intimate angling retreats for small groups and families. Listed on the National Historic Register, the Homestead is a home, not a lodge. With a maximum occupancy of six guests, the Homestead will become your group’s exclusive base where you will set the schedule. The Homestead is staffed with a professional chef, and all meals will be served in the dining room overlooking the family ranch. The Harrison Homestead is located on the banks of the Yellowstone River and is a short drive from the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, the Stillwater River, and the Boulder River. Unlike the crowded waters in some parts of Montana, these local waters provide the opportunity to catch large, wild trout in a relaxed fly fishing environment. The Vermillion Ranch is also a state licensed Pheasant Preserve with a robust population of Ringneck Pheasants and Chukars. Anglers can complement their fall fly fishing with self-guided hunting. All dogs are welcome.
Harrison Homestead Location:
Harrison Homestead is located outside of Bozeman, Montana in the Paradise Valley of the Yellowstone River.
Harrison Homestead Fishing Program:
Harrison Homestead, which has been in the family since 1971, has over a mile of river frontage on the famous Yellowstone River. The ranch also has a couple small stocked ponds that are open to guests. The ponds are stocked with large rainbow trout and largemouth bass that take flies readily. Within a forty minute drive of the ranch, the visiting angler can fly 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. Anglers are free to pick the venue that best meets their personal needs each day.
Harrison Homestead Fisheries:
The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the US. With over 150 miles of great trout fly 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 fly 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 per person per day)
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.
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.
Harrison Homestead Accommodations and Meals:
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 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. Weekly capacity is limited to seven anglers. All meals will be provided by a professional chef on-site and will be served in the dining room overlooking the pastoral tranquility of rural Montana.
Day 1: Arrive Harrison Homestead.
Days 2-6: Full days of guided fishing on various waters.
Day 7: Depart lodge.
2017 Rates: $2,500 per person for a 5 night/4 day package
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, 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/from Bozeman, airport shuttle between airport and the lodge, fishing licenses, staff and guide gratuities, alcohol.
Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout
Season: May - October
Capacity: 6 anglers
Map: Bozeman, MT
Time: The time in Montana is Mountain Daylight Time.