Fly Fishing – Half Day Float Trip

The Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone River offers the opportunity to fish from a drift boat or raft; an option that you don’t have while fishing in the park. Flowing out of the park right here in Gardiner, the river continues north to Livingston, splitting the Absaroka and Gallatin Mountains, creating an area called Paradise Valley. Home to brown, rainbow, and the famous Yellowstone cutthroat trout, the Yellowstone River is known for great fishing and some of the best views in Montana.

A float trip enables the client(s) and their guide to cover more water, giving beginner anglers the chance at more fish. Experienced anglers alike are sure to enjoy all the dry fly fishing, wildlife, and scenery that the Yellowstone River has to offer. With a private boat launch in Gardiner, we are able to access the river upstream from most other fishing guides. This allows us to fish water with less pressure.

On the river, your guide will cover all the basics including casting, rigging, reading water, and fly selection; all the things you need to know to get out be more successful on your own. No matter your skill level, we are happy to accommodate any expectations you may have for your day.

Our experienced guides will pick you up at the Yellowstone Raft Company and take you to the river for a half-day of fishing and instruction. Rods and flies are included. Our anglers offer rental waders for $20 and boots for $10, keep in mind you may not need to rent these items during the warmer summer months. 

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to trip time to get geared up. Plan for 5 hours round-trip. 

TRIP OPTIONS:

8:00am – 12:00pm
or
1:00pm – 5:00pm

PRICES:

1 - 2 Anglers $475

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Fly Fishing – Walk & Wade Half Day

When it comes to walk and wade fly fishing, Yellowstone National Park has the resources that make for one unforgettable experience. With around 2,500 miles of water running through Yellowstone’s variety of unique landscapes, there is plenty to offer for every skill level.

Throughout your trip, your guide will cover all the basics including casting, rigging, reading water, and fly selection; all the things you need to know to get out and be more successful on your own. Not interested in all the jargon and just want to to see the park with a shot at some fish? That’s fine too, let us do the work.

Beginners have the opportunity to learn on smaller, slower rivers. This allows the client(s) and their guide to focus on different techniques with a good opportunity of finding some eager trout. The more experienced anglers will have a few more options to fish some of Yellowstone’s most famous rivers. Being able to skip over some of the basics allows us the time to get further off the beaten path and back to some of our guides’ favorite fishing holes. Our knowledgeable guides will have some tips and “tricks” that even the most seasoned fly fisherman can benefit from.

Our experienced guides will pick you up at the raft office and take you to the river for a half day of fishing and instruction. Rods and flies are included. Our anglers offer rental waders for $20 and boots for $10, keep in mind you may not need to rent these items during the warmer summer months.

Choose from 2 departure times daily!

8:00am – 12:00pm
or
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to trip time to get geared up. Plan for 4 hours round-trip. 

PRICES:

1 - 2 Anglers $475
Additional Anglers $80

Any additional anglers, up to 4 total

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Scenic Float & Ride: Deluxe

 

 

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paperwork and get geared up.
  • Plan for 2.5 hours round-trip.  All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee the trip length or size of rapids due to water flow.
  • Transportation to and from the river is provided.
  • The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly, water shoes and fleece are strongly recommended. 
  • Long pants and closed toes shoes are required for horseback.
  • Helmets and life jackets are always provided as well as wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties when needed!

Answer the call of serenity — all day long!

Trip Itinerary:

  • 10:30 am: Check-in at the Corrals
  • 11:00 am: Horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains
  • Lunch Break (1:30 pm): Break to allow you time for lunch in Gardiner, explore suggestions here and be sure to call ahead for ETA's (LUNCH NOT INCLUDED).
  • 3:00 pm: Check-in at Yellowstone Raft Company
  • 3:30 pm: Scenic float trip down the Yellowstone River

Float & Ride FAQ's

Dress according to the weather. We can provide cool-weather gear, but we recommend fleece.  Sunglasses and sunblock are recommended. Your feet will likely get wet in the raft, but we do provide water shoes.

**All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee trip length or size of rapids due to water flow. The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly.  

Scenic Float & Ride: Express

Answer the call of serenity — all day long!

 9 AM Trip Itinerary:

  • 8:30 am: Check-in at the Corrals
  • 9:00 am: Horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains
  • 11:00 am: Check-in at Yellowstone Raft Company
  • 11:30 am: Scenic float trip down the Yellowstone River

Please allow 30 minutes to reach the corrals from the town of Gardiner and arrive 30 minutes prior to horse departure times to adjust your stirrups!  You may want to bring a snack to keep your energy levels up.

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paperwork and get geared up.
  • Plan for 5 hours round-trip.  All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee the trip length or size of rapids due to water flow.
  • Transportation to and from the river is provided.
  • The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly, water shoes and fleece are strongly recommended. 
  • Long Pants and closed-toed shoes are required for horseback.
  • Helmets and life jackets are always provided as well as wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties when needed!

Saddle and Paddle FAQ's

Dress according to the weather. We can provide cool-weather gear, but we recommend fleece.  Sunglasses and sunblock are recommended. Your feet will likely get wet in the raft, but we do provide water shoes.

**All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee trip length or size of rapids due to water flow. The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly.  

Saddle & Paddle: Express

Answer the call of adventure — all day long!

 9 AM Trip Itinerary:

  • 8:30 am: Check-in at the Corrals
  • 9:00 am: Horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains
  • 12:00 pm: Check-in at Yellowstone Raft Company
  • 12:30 pm: Whitewater rafting trip down the Yellowstone River

Please allow 30 minutes to reach the Corral from the town of Gardiner and arrive 30 minutes prior to horse departure times to adjust your stirrups!  You may want to bring a snack to keep your energy levels up.

Available May - August

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paperwork and get geared up.
  • Plan for 5 hours round-trip.  All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee the trip length or size of rapids due to water flow.
  • Transportation to and from the river is provided.
  • The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly, water shoes and fleece are strongly recommended.
  • Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required for horseback.
  • Helmets and life jackets are always provided as well as wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties when needed!

Saddle and Paddle FAQ's

Dress according to the weather. We can provide cool-weather gear, but we recommend fleece, Under Armour, or a synthetic material – not cotton – for under your rafting gear. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet, especially on a hot day. We provide all whitewater gear including helmets, life jackets, and water shoes (if needed). You may want to bring a change of clothes for afterward and change in our changing rooms. Sunglasses and sunblock are recommended. the ranch does not provide rain gear.

**All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee trip length or size of rapids due to water flow. The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly.  

Scenic Float

PRICING:

Adults $69

Ages 13 & Up

Children $59

Ages 3-12

Infants $0

Ages 2 & Under FREE

Private Trip $500

Includes up to 6, an additional $59 per person after 6 people. Dog friendly!

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paperwork and get geared up.
  • Plan for 2.5 hours round-trip.  All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee the trip length or size of rapids due to water flow.
  • Transportation to and from the river is provided.
  • The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly, water shoes and fleece are strongly recommended.
  • Life jackets are always provided.

 

Half Day Kayaking

PRICING:

Adults $75

Ages 13 & Up

PERFECT FOR THE FIRST TIME KAYAKER!

  • Paddle fun, safe rapids without being intimidated
  • Fun for all ages, the Yellowstone River is a perfect introduction to whitewater kayaking with Class II and Class III rapids. Eddies and kayak-friendly wave-trains make a natural playground for solo boats.
  • Paddle sit-on-top kayaks designed for safety — even if you're inexperienced.
  • Learn how to kayak a river with basic instruction on equipment, safety, stroke styles, movement in and out of the current, and whitewater technique from the safety of the shore or a quiet eddy.
  • Read the rapids and chart your own course for an experience 100 percent unique to you and your capabilities.
  • Glide with nimbleness over the water to reach all the river features you want to hit and easily maneuver through any obstacles.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paperwork and get geared up.
  • Plan for 2.5 hours round-trip.  All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee the trip length or size of rapids due to water flow.
  • Transportation to and from the river is provided.
  • The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly, water shoes, athletic wear (no cotton), and fleece are strongly recommended.
  • Helmets and life jackets are always provided as well as wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties when needed!


Testimonials

Canyon Run

PRICES:

Adults (Ages 16+) $85

*Photos on Canyon Run are not guaranteed!

Private Trip $500

4 guest minimum

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paperwork and get geared up.
  • Plan for 2.5 hours round-trip.  All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee the trip length or size of rapids due to water flow.
  • Transportation to and from the river is provided.
  • The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly, water shoes and fleece are strongly recommended.
  • Helmets and life jackets are always provided as well as wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties when needed. 

8 Mile Whitewater

PRICES:

Adults $69

Ages 13 & Up

Children $59

Ages 6-12

Private Trip $500

Includes up to 6, additional $59 per person after 6 people.

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paperwork and get geared up.
  • Plan for 2.5 hours round-trip.  All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee the trip length or size of rapids due to water flow.
  • Transportation to and from the river is provided.
  • The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly, water shoes and fleece are strongly recommended. 
  • Helmets and life jackets are always provided as well as wetsuits, splash jackets, and booties when needed!