Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing

5-Star Montana Luxury Dude Ranch

Montana Fly Fishing

Located in the heart of Western Montana, The Gage Luxury Dude Ranch is the world’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Ranch and the only US charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Owners, Kim and John Kalan searched the American West for 15 years to find the perfect lodge for the Gage guests. Originally a working ranch homesteaded in the early 1900’s, they partnered with an all-inclusive guest ranch in 2019. Our one-of-a-kind accommodations, extensive amenities, inventive cuisine and access to over 20 guided outdoor activities on 6,600 acres of mountains, meadows, forests, trout ponds and a mountain-fed creek is a bucket list and once in a lifetime “must do”!

Whether you’ve dreamed of Montana fly fishing for years or you’ve yet to cast for the first time, you will not be disappointed by the opportunities on our creek. Four miles of private access and pristine river frontage on this freestone mountain stream boasts seven species of fish: Westslope cutthroat, rainbow, cut-bow, brown, brookie, bull and the Rocky Mountain whitefish.

Our Gage ranch is famous for its salmonfly hatch starting in late May and lasting into July, as well as additional hatches including mayflies, golden stoneflies and caddis fly. Our licensed and trained fishing guides are excited to share their professional expertise and personal passion for fishing. They go above and beyond to ensure that your fishing experience is both enjoyable and successful.

Each day of fishing begins at our Rod & Gun Club where you are outfitted with our top-of-the-line collection of rods, reels, waders and flies. Pull up your waders and venture into the stream for a one or two-hour fishing adventure on the creek.

To ensure preservation of the sport, The ranch asks that all guides and guests catch and release all trout they hook while on the creek and during off-site excursions. Our experts advise on how to hunt for the perfect fishing hole—so you can enjoy solitary, as well as guided fly fishing.

Shooting Sports

Shooting is a Montana tradition with deep roots in our history.  It is also a rich part of modern identity to a large group of responsibilities multi-generational sports people.  The ranch offers an unmatchable multi-faceted set of ranges and activities that experts and novices alike find challenging and enjoyable. 

Our guides train each guest on safety guidelines, proper handling and techniques with all equipment to ensure a safe experience for everyone.  Through private instruction and a controlled environment, guests can develop new abilities while achieving a sense of accomplishment.  Our program is designed to teach skills and safety to first-time shooters while giving experienced marksmen and opportunity to test their abilities.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Horseback riding experience
  • Incredible views
  • Nature fun activities
  • 5 Star Luxury Dude Ranch

SAMPLE ITINERARY

gage fly fishing ranchDay 1 Arrival on the lodge, Casting Lesson & Fly Fishing. On the evening you can choose either you go for a bowling or billiard. Day 2 Breakfast, Wade Fishing and Fly-Tying Workshop. Dinner and socialize on the evening Day 3 Breakfast, Full-day float trip and dinner at the ranch then socialize on the evening Day 4 Breakfast, Full-day float trip and other non-fishing activities like archery. Dutch oven dinner. Day 5 Breakfast & Departure  

DATES

PEAK SEASON:  May 20 – Sept 4; Nov 25-29; Dec 21 – 26 (5 Night Minimum Stay / New Year’s – 7 Night Minimum

SPRING & FALL:  May 1 – 19; Sept 5 – Oct 20 (3 Night Minimum Stay)

WINTER:  Oct 21 – Dec 20; Jan 2 – Apr 30 (3 Night Minimum Stay)

 

 

PRICES

Starting at $1000 per night – All Inclusive
*Guided fly fishing included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Services and equipment are included.
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LODGE’S INFORMATION

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WHY GAGE OUTDOORS

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LOCATION

  • All lodging accommodations with twice daily housekeeping and all in-room luxury amenities.
  • Daily coffee & tea bar, breakfast, lunch, hors d’oeurves and dinner.  Unlimited premium beer, wine & spirits, soft drinks and assorted beverages and snacks.
  • An extensive variety of two daily, on property, guided activities including all gear and equipment.  No cancellation feels for changing activity schedules.  Includes access to fitness center, pool and hot tub.
  • Silver Dollar Saloon entertainment including billiards, poker table, shuffleboard, karaoke, private movie theater, board games and four lanes of bowling.
  • A private ranch vehicle and driver are available to provide round-trip transportation from Missoula, Butte or Anaconda airports to the ranch. Water and snacks are available for the drive.  A luggage trailer is available at no extra cost.  Additional charges apply for Bozeman and Helena airport transfers.  Maximum capacity is 7 passengers per vehicle.
  • Personal cruiser or mountain bikes are available for on-ranch transportation.
  • Airfare
  • Bozeman & Helena airport transfers

FIVE-STAR GUEST LODGE INFORMATION

The Ranch is located 20 miles outside of the historic town of Philipsburg, Montana in Granite County, an area known as Gold Country. We are also located half-way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, near the cities of Missoula, Butte and Helena. The Ranch property is a short distance from the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest and the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Area, as well as Discovery Ski Area. Nestled at the base of the John Long Mountains, our ranch land also encompasses four miles of frontage along Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing Creek, a designated fishery that flows into the Clark Fork River. To the far south, soft rolling hills give way to snow-capped peaks of the Pintler Mountains. Northward, cottonwood trees stretch along the valley floor following the creek that flows into the Sapphire Mountains.

Our Gage Lodge’s nine ranch accommodations weave luxury, style and authenticity into your Montana adventure.  Appointed with custom-made furniture, woven textiles, frontier antiques and lavish linens, our lodge rooms find design inspiration in iconic western themes such as the great turn-of-the century railroad hotels and the classic guns that helped win the West.

No two rooms are alike and most upper-level rooms offer views of the creek.  Some rooms may be combined to form a two-bedroom family suite that includes twin beds and pullouts.

 

Gage Outdoor Expeditions owns and operates some of the finest hunting and fishing lodges throughout the Americas. From Alaska to the tip of Argentina, Gage Outdoor Expeditions seeks out the world’s premier hunting and fishing adventures so you don’t have to. Every hunting and fishing expedition we offer has been explored by a Gage Outdoor consultant and only the finest venues are represented. We understand your time is valuable & you can’t afford to plan for weeks or months just to have some minor detail ruin your hunting or fishing experience. We travel the distance to bring you “The Best of The Best”.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Rates are inclusive of accommodations, amenities, all meals and beverages, guided activities and more.

History

The Ranch was originally homesteaded in the early 1900’s.

Accommodations

Maximum capacity is 125 guests, with 29 accommodations, from one-room suites to five-bedroom log homes.

Activities

We operate year-round, with a plethora of distinctive Western activities available each season.

Dining

Executive Chef’s menus change daily, always featuring seasonal and locally sourced ingredients and nightly dining experiences.

Weddings & Events

The Ranch hosts intimate weddings, special events and corporate retreats by custom arrangement.

Families

The Ranch is a wonderful place to gather to create new memories, and children explore The Ranch with special activities as part of the Little Grizzlies Kids Club (ages 4-12).

Seasonal Celebrations

Holidays feature additions like barn dances, stagecoach tours, sleigh rides and rodeos.

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