Sage Lodge is a handsome new 80-person luxury hotel ideal for anglers, travelers, family gatherings and corporate events. Located on the Yellowstone River in the Paradise Valley, Sage Lodge is an exceedingly comfortable year-round facility with two restaurants on-site and great access to Yellowstone National Park. Guests can choose from rooms within the main lodge or deluxe free standing homes that can sleep up to eight guests. Arrangements with local outfitters allows guests to choose from a variety of activities including fly fishing, park tours, mountain biking, horseback riding and more.
Sage Lodge is located in south central Montana, approximately 35 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.
Situated on almost a mile of the famous Yellowstone River, Sage Lodge is a fly fisher’s haven. The fishing program is run by Angler’s West Fly Fishing Outfitters and is based on fishing the abundant waters that have made Montana famous. Guests may float several different sections the Yellowstone River or Boulder River. Walk and wade fishing opportunities increase your options with Yellowstone National Park just 35 minutes away, including the Firehole, Gibbon, Madison, Lamar, Slough and Soda Butte Creeks as well as the Yellowstone River.
Additionally, Angler’s West has access to the Paradise Valley spring-fed creeks, Armstrong’s, Nelson’s and DePuy’s, as well as several private lakes and ponds. These areas can be added to any fishing itinerary but are best reserved well in advance and guests should expect to pay rod access fess (average $80-$125 per person per day depending on property) for these private locations.
Each morning, guests are picked up in the Lodge’s Main Lobby by their guide. After discussing the day’s angling plan, guests will head out with their guide by vehicle to their elected fishing venue. Guides will provide all needed flies and small tackle items, rental rods and reels if needed, cold drinks, a hearty lunch and as much advice and coaching as desired. The on-site pond makes a great place for brushing up on your casting before going out with your guide or for beginners to learn the basics of hooking and landing fish before getting in a boat. Guests typically return to the Lodge in time to enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot tub, shower and relax before drinks in The Fireside Room or dining at The Grill, overlooking the Yellowstone River below.
Sage On The Water Fishing Experience:
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 Spring Creeks. Please note that the spring creeks will have an additional rod fee and are subject to availability.
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 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 Yellowstone River 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 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.
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 an additional rod fee, typically $85 - $125 per day depending on chosen venue, and are subject to availability.
Sage Lodge works with established local outfitters to offer an array of exceptional outdoor experiences. These trips will have an additional fee on top of your lodging and meals package at the lodge. While a number of these experiences can be booked on-site, we recommend reserving your fly fishing guides as early as possible.
Yellowstone Tours: Sage Lodge has partnered with the official non-profit partner of Yellowstone National Park to provide guided tours of the world's most amazing natural wonders. Transportation is provided to and from Yellowstone National Park, entry fees, and a tour of the park's top sights provided by local, highly knowledgeable guides – a must do on your Montana vacation.
A full-day educational group tour visits Yellowstone National Park’s most iconic thermal features, with a primary focus on the volcanic forces that created the unique Yellowstone landscape and a broader focus on the fascinating ecology and natural history of the ecosystem.
Guests can also arrange for a private tour. Choose from two private tour options, including: The North Tour featuring abundant wildlife and mountain scenery with points of interest such as Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Roosevelt Lodge, and Dunraven Pass; or The Central Tour featuring canyons, lakes and waterfalls with points of interest such as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone Lake, Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano, Fishing Bridge, and the Yellowstone River.
Mountain Biking: Nestled at the foot of the Absaroka Mountains with hidden alpine lakes and an abundance of wildlife, exploring the area on two wheels provides a unique opportunity to be completely immersed in the surroundings. We offer two-hour mountain bike rentals so you can join us on the banks of the Yellowstone River.
Horseback Riding: Explore Yellowstone National Park from the saddle. Take in the breathtaking views during this six-and-a-half-hour trail ride where you'll adventure like a Montana cowboy or cowgirl.
Llama Trek: Our llama supported trekking is perfect for anyone who wants to hike with ease, enjoy the scenic wilderness, the wildlife, the mountain fresh air, and climb some peaks. At the end of long day adventuring through Paradise, be sure to trek with our llamas to a serene camp settled back in the draw. Once at camp enjoy our chef selected tapas and your sundowner of choice as the day winds down.
Rafting & Scenic Floating: Experience the white waters of the Yellowstone River on this fun-filled adventure. Paddle down the Paradise Valley and take in scenic views, wildlife, and the experience of a lifetime on your Montana vacation.
Our two-hour whitewater trip is great for those who may not have time to spend all day on the river. It is great for families with children 40 lbs. and up. Enjoy a splendid mixture of rapids and calm floating sections to appease every adventure level.
Everything you are looking for is on our 18-mile, full-day rafting trip, where you will experience class I, II, and III rapids. Ten miles in, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch, on what we aptly call Lunch Island. After lunch, we surge on to Yankee Jim Canyon, where the rest of the trip takes place in this narrow canyon with exciting rapids.
On a scenic float, your guide will expertly row your raft down the river, avoiding major rapids and splashing through some mild rapids to cool you off. Bring your waterproof camera to ensure you capture every moment of your tour. It is not uncommon to see wildlife such as Osprey, geese, deer and maybe even an eagle!
Experience a two-hour thrill of navigating a kayak through the rapids of the Yellowstone River. Our kayaks, also known as “duckies”, are a great way to feel the waves on the river. “Duckies” are single-person inflatable rafts that are easy to navigate and designed for whitewater adventure. With one of our patient and knowledgeable guides by your side, you will enjoy the ride of a lifetime.
Painting: Channel your creative side with these expressive activities that will help you capture the special moments and beautiful scenery of your Montana vacation. Learn the peaceful techniques of Plein Air painting while in the landscape of the Absaroka Mountains. Sharpen your skills and mind to illustrate the magnificent landscape of the Paradise Valley, from the most spectacular view.
Accommodations and Meals:
Although a Montana trip is typically focused on outdoor adventures, Sage Lodge is committed to the indoor experience as well. Guestrooms were designed with comfort in mind, affording you a place to unwind, de-stress or just be in a space where everything is taken care of for you. Gaze out the windows for hours, settle into your reading nook or lounge on the balcony and lose yourself in the scenery. And whether you want to sleep a little or a lot, you will sleep well in our Yellowstone lodging options. Each guestroom includes a balcony or patio, gas fireplace, HDTV, cooler and wi-fi.
If you’re seeking a group getaway, the Ranch Houses are tailor made for your stay. With nearly 2,800 square feet, each Ranch House offers everything you need for a group retreat, including four separate guestrooms totaling six king beds and two queen pullout sofas, with a private bathroom in each guestroom. All rooms connect to a spectacular space that offers a full kitchen, dining area, living room, double-sided gas fireplace and private patio with outdoor fireplace. Ranch Houses are ideal for families, company retreats and groups of friends. Each Ranch House can accommodate up to 16 guests.
The Grill: In a warm, relaxing environment overlooking the Yellowstone River, The Grill delivers Montana-inspired meals, prepared in one of the purest, most primal methods – over an open wood fire. You’ll be captivated by the flames, the crackling of the firewood, and the aromas of foraged herbs, grasses and food on the grill. On display you’ll find prime beef cuts, house-smoked bacon, and scratch-made beef jerky.
The Fireside Room: From sunrise to sunset, guests of Sage Lodge can visit The Fireside Room to relax and enjoy food and drinks in a truly spectacular setting. The seamless indoor and outdoor dining spaces are set against the stunning backdrop of Emigrant Peak and are complemented by the warm glow of a wood-fired stone hearth that turns out artisan pizzas, organic chicken, fresh trout and more.
2019 Rate: $2,620 plus tax per person for a 5 night / 4 day fly fishing package, based on double occupancy
$2,999 plus tax per person for a 5 night / 4 day Sage On The Water Fishing Experience, based on double occupancy
Included: Accommodations, meals, guided fly fishing, tax.
Not Included: Airfare, transportation to/from the lodge, additional elected activities, alcohol, fishing licenses, gratuities.
Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout
Capacity: 80 guests
Map: Sage Lodge, Montana
Time: The time in Montana is Mountain Daylight Time