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Sage Lodge, Montana

The Sage Lodge, located along the banks of the Yellowstone River in Pray, MT, is excited to announce a partnership with Sage Fly Fishing, an innovative, world-class manufacturer of performance fly fishing equipment. Beginning spring, 2019, the Sage On The Water Fly Fishing Experiences will be offered to guests as an upgraded option to the Sage Lodge Ultimate Fly Fishing Escape.

Taking advantage of the incredible location, we’ve paired veteran, professional guided fishing on some of Montana’s most famous and productive waters with curated Perfect Setups from Sage. During their stay, anglers will have access to all three of the following areas: the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park and the storied Paradise Valley private Spring Creeks. Depending on the locale, the quarry may be brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout or native Yellowstone River cutthroat trout. Each venue presents anglers unique challenges and rewards, and the Perfect Setups combine the right rods, reels and lines for each locale.

Sage has put together Perfect Setups for all the different types of fishing on the various waters in the Paradise Valley area, and guests will have a personal set of outfits for their stay. From terrestrial and streamer fishing out of a drift boat on the Yellowstone to delicate presentations to spooky fish with tiny dry flies on DePuy Spring Creek, to pocket water nymphing on small creeks in Yellowstone National Park, we’ve assembled the right tools for the jobs at hand. Upon arrival, guests will receive an orientation to the Perfect Setups during the check-in/check-out process, as well as an introduction to the guided fishing days.

Sage’s On The Water Fly Fishing Experiences at Sage Lodge offer anglers an unparalleled fishing adventure combining exceptional waters and equipment. Try out first hand Sage’s latest and greatest rods and reels, all the while honing your angling skills on some of the American West’s greatest trout waters.

The Fishing Venues
Yellowstone River – The Yellowstone is the longest undammed river in the contiguous United States and its watershed is the source and stronghold of beautiful, native Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. Anglers staying at the Sage Lodge have easy access to over 50 miles of trout water on the Yellowstone, from Gardiner to east of Livingston. Fishing on the Yellowstone is done primarily out of drift boats, though there are ample opportunities to anchor and wade-fish productive riffle sections. Tactics and techniques on the Yellowstone vary, depending on timing. The height of summer shows anglers incredible dry fly fishing with hopper and terrestrial patterns; fall and spring will bring success on streamers; there are also localized mayfly hatches in spring and fall; pre-runoff caddis fishing can be excellent, and subsurface nymph or soft hackle fishing is productive most months.

Yellowstone National Park – The National Park offers a lifetime of fly fishing. It is a wade-angler’s dream from Memorial Day Weekend through October. The headwaters of some of the West’s famed rivers lie in the park – Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, Snake – as well as famous smaller waters like Slough and Soda Butte Creeks and the Firehole, Gibbon, Gardner and Lamar Rivers. Hatches occur in the National Park throughout the fishing season, though in the absence of bugs on the water, subsurface nymphing is also effective. Terrestrial dry fly fishing can be spectacular in summer and spring and fall are great times to fish streamers or swing soft hackles.

Paradise Valley Private Spring Creeks – The famed Paradise Valley Spring Creeks – DePuy, Armstrong and Nelson’s – are a short drive north from the Sage Lodge. The Spring Creeks offer year-round accessibility to challenging rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. The settings are intimate, and anglers are rewarded for stealth and patience. The Creeks are bug factories, with the major hatches including Pale Morning Duns, Blue Wing Olives, caddis, and midges. Sight-fishing is often the approach while on the Spring Creeks, and in a heavy hatch, the targets are numerous. A day or two on the Spring Creeks is a perfect complement to the bigger Yellowstone River and the freestones of Yellowstone National park. Please note that the spring creeks will have a rod fee, typically $85 – $125 depending on venue, and are subject to availability.

The Perfect Setups

Each of the three fishing venues visited while at the Sage Lodge present anglers with a variety of fishing situations, and several different techniques are utilized.  Having the right equipment to match the different tactics is paramount, so Sage Fly Fishing has assembled the Perfect Setups for each fishery.

Yellowstone River
Dry Fly & Dry-Dropper: 590-4 X, SPECTRUM LT 5/6, RIO Perception
When fishing small to medium dry flies or attractors like blue wing olives, caddis, Wulffs, Trudes, etc., the 590-4 X excels paired with a Perception fly line excels. This outfit generates enough line speed to cut through the infamous Paradise Valley breezes, but offers accuracy and delicacy to present to rising fish.

Terrestrial/Big Bug/Streamer: 691-4 IGNITER, SPECTRUM MAX 5/6, RIO Grand & StreamerTip
Summertime on the Yellowstone is hopper time, and the right tool for the job is a rod and line that can cast wind-resistant flies great distances, into the wind, with accuracy. The 691-4 IGNITER matched with a RIO Grand does just this. This setup also includes RIO’s Floating/Intermediate StreamerTip line, for use with streamer patterns.

Yellowstone National Park
Dry Fly & Nymphing: 490-4 X, SPECTRUM LT 3/4, RIO Perception
Summertime in Yellowstone offers anglers a plethora of fishy, buggy water. The multi-application X rod is the best choice to employ both surface and subsurface presentations. The 490-4 is a perfect size for the water and fish to be encountered.

Pocket Water Dry Fly: 376-4 DART, CLICK 3/4/5, RIO Creek
Among Yellowstone’s wide variety of water types are smaller rivers and creeks where the casts aren’t long and water is covered quickly. In these situations, a short rod with a quick-shooting fly line is advantageous; the 7’6”, 3-weight DART rod, matched with RIO’s Creek line is our favorite.

Paradise Valley Private Spring Creeks
Presentation Dry Fly: 486-4 MOD, SPECTRUM LT 3/4, RIO Gold
When a hatch is in full-effect on the Spring Creeks, anglers need a tool that accurately and delicately delivers dry flies. The 486-4 MOD rod does just that; its modern, moderate action ensures line control and soft presentations to finnicky trout.

Tight Quarters Dry Fly: 476-4 DART, CLICK 3/4/5, RIO Creek
There are areas of the Spring Creeks where the banks are high, trees or bushes are close behind, or the creek narrows. In these instances, a shorter rod is preferred. The 7’6”, 4-weight DART rod handles these situations with ease and RIO’s Creek line has a taper to make quick, accurate shots.

Rate: $2,999 + tax per person for a 5 night / 4 day package, based on double occupancy

Included: Accommodations and meals at the Sage Lodge (lunches are served on the water with guides), guided fishing with professional, experienced guides from Angler’s West Flyfishing Outfitters (Matson Rogers MT Outfitter license #5137, YNP CUA 14-208, Gallatin-Custer National Forest Permittee), use of Sage Perfect Setups on guided fishing trips: two unique rod, reel and line setups are available for each fishing venue. Also included is a special VIP welcome package.
Not included: Airfare, airport transfers, rental car, gratuities, fishing licenses, private water fees and alcohol. Waders and boots are not included, but are available to rent from Angler’s West Flyfishing Outfitters. Advance reservations are recommended.

Call Charles or Jesse at 800.552.2729 to book your trip