With great expanses of wilderness, a historic town center and seemingly endless opportunities to fish for trout, West Yellowstone, Montana is one of the west’s greatest outdoor hubs. Our friends at Big Sky Anglers recently expanded their outfitting offering by building Golden Stone Inn, a complex of cabins and triplexes that cater to all those keen on exploring the greater Yellowstone region.
The Inn works more like a hotel in that meals are not included, and guests may choose to fish with guides or simply enjoy the accommodations while fishing and exploring on their own. For guests interested in fully guided days on the water, scheduling with Big Sky Anglers is easy and package rates are available. Additionally the folks at the inn can assist guests in scheduling other activities, meal reservations, and offering recommendations in the area. Located only a few blocks from the main street of West Yellowstone, the lodge allows guests to easily explore the restaurants, shops and activities in town and is 30-minutes from a wide variety of creeks, rivers and lakes teeming with trout. This location is well suited for those looking to stop in for a few days as part of a longer journey, and also for those wanting a home-base while exploring the innumerable fishing opportunities of the greater Yellowstone region.
Big Sky Anglers has taken full advantage of their location with an array of special use permits allowing anglers to access rivers across Montana including in Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park. In addition, they are a licensed outfitter on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake. The array of guide waters this area and outfitter has to offer would take years to become familiar with. Guides from Big Sky Anglers are knowledgeable, patient, and passionate about fly fishing in this region, and enjoy taking an educational approach with clients who are interested in finetuning their skillset. Anglers will fish two per guide and have the option to fish any method they choose, be it nymphing for large elusive brown trout, stripping streamers or casting dry flies to rising fish. The variety of fishable water is vast and anglers will have options of many miles of backcountry streams, lakes, or wide tailwater. Drifting opportunities take place on the Madison, Henry’s Fork of the Snake, and Yellowstone Rivers, as well as nearby Hebgen and Henry’s Lakes. Walk and wade opportunities are many and generally take place in Yellowstone National Park. Given its location, anglers staying at Golden Stone Inn are often first on the water and spend less time in the car to arrive at the fishing spot. Brown and rainbow trout are common with opportunities at native Yellowstone cutthroat trout as well.
West Yellowstone, MT is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast with options for white water rafting, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, bird watching, and hiking. The neighboring zip line park and mountain bike trails behind the lodge are excellent options as well, and multiple guided tours are available to explore and learn about Yellowstone National Park. The staff at Golden Stone Inn will be happy to assist in making reservations for bike rentals, park tours, river rafting and more.
Accommodations and Meals:
Golden Stone Inn is not your typical lodge but rather a more hotel-like experience that offers guest lots of freedom and autonomy. The Inn is a complex of single and triplex units, is thoughtfully designed with the fly angler in mind, and has a variety of room types to fit any group dynamic. Standalone mini-cabins offer king or double queen rooms with private porch, while triplex units come with either king or double queen rooms and share a porch. All options have ensuite bathrooms and face the courtyard where guests can relax around firepits. Inside the main building there is a lounge where guests may purchase beer and wine, and have breakfast each morning. Breakfasts are buffet style offering many hot and cold options, often including quiches, sausage, and fresh fruit. Guides will serve anglers a riverside lunch, and guests are encouraged to dine at one of the many restaurants in town for dinner. For a quieter venue, guests may order in dinner and eat in the lounge.
Day 1: Arrive West Yellowstone, MT
Day 2 -5: Full days of fly fishing or other activities
Day 6: Depart the lodge for the next location
2020 Rate: $2,375 per person for a 5 night/4 day package, based on double occupancy
*Variable rate stays welcome, please inquire for rates.
Included: Accommodations and guided fly fishing, rod and reel, boots and waders, terminal tackle, flies
Not Included: Meals, alcohol, gratuities, fishing license, national park licenses and fees, transportation to/from the Inn, additional activities
Species: Rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout
Season: June to September
Capacity: 24 guests