Montana Fly Fishing

Experience the Dream of Fly Fishing in Montana!

For many, Montana is synonymous with fly-fishing. Blessed with miles of rivers, streams, and lakes, Montana offers the angler unrivaled fly-fishing opportunities for wild rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. Whether you are floating down the Yellowstone, Boulder, or Stillwater rivers, or simply wading your way up Montana’s famous Depuy’s, Armstrong’s, or Nelson’s spring creeks, Sweetwater’s Fly-Fish Montana offers a wonderful variety of fishing waters which provide a world-class angling experience for anglers of all skill levels. The Vermillion Ranch, in the heart of Montana’s Yellowstone River valley, is home for Sweetwater’s Montana fishing operation.

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The 800 acre Vermillion Ranch is located on the banks of the Yellowstone River and offers a mile of access to wade fishing on the Yellowstone. The ranch has been documented as the place Clark and his men ate their mid day meal in 1806 during the expedition of Lewis and Clark. From the ranch, you can fish the Yellowstone, Boulder, and Stillwater Rivers, the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, and an endless supply of small mountain streams. These waters are well known for their prolific hatches of caddis, mayflies, stoneflies, and terrestrials.Our trout are some of the wildest, hard-fighting trout found in Montana.

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The Harrison Homestead: Vermillion Ranch

Montana Fly Fishing TripsThe oldest home in Sweetgrass County, is listed on the National Historic Register and is the headquarters for the Vermillion Ranch. Recently renovated, the Harrison Homestead accommodates six anglers in western elegance and is a wonderfully comfortable and relaxing place to spend a few days fishing in Montana. All meals will be cooked by our company’s professional chef and will be served in the Homestead’s cozy dining room.

Lewis and Clark Cabin: Vermillion Ranch

Lewis and Clark Cabin montana rentalLife at the Lewis 'n Clark Cabin on the Vermillion Ranch moves at your own pace and provides a relaxing refuge from the hectic outside world. This restored cabin  has been furnished in a western charm with your comfort in mind and is a perfect vacation setting for a family of up to 5 or a small group of fishing friends who want to do their own thing. Of course, we recommend using the Sweetwater Travel fishing guides guides to help you have success along our roughly mile of the famed Yellowstone River, or other neighboring rivers like the Boulder, Stillwater Rivers, or mountain streams and lakes or even the spring creeks in Livingston.

Select Image to viewThe cabin has a large sunny deck and a new extensive screened in porch, which draw you out to the surrounding views of the Crazy and Absaroka Mountains, The Yellowstone River, Sweetgrass Creek and adjacent green meadows, filled with wildlife.  Sip your wine and your meals while watching the birds, deer, and antelope. You can wake up to the sounds of sandhill cranes squawking, an owl hooting,  or just the songbirds around. Often the wild turkeys, herons, nesting eagles, grouse and pheasants are easily seen from the screened in  porch. For kids, we have fishing and swimming ponds as well as tubes for floating the Yellowstone at your own risk. The swimming pond has a zip line also. Hiking and mountain biking are available out your door as well.

In addition to the outdoor living quarters, there is a clean complete kitchen, comfortable living room with wood burning stove, queen size bedroom and full bath downstairs and 3 twins in a spacious loft with 4 large windows and a sitting area upstairs. A new outdoor grill makes for easy cooking or you can inquire about a hired cook for your week.

For those of you who want to be connected, we have high speed internet service,
TV, and phone, but why not forget about all that stress while on vacation at our ranch?


If someone in your group prefers to explore civilization over the great outdoors, Big Timber, Livingston, Bozeman and Billings are all close by to the Vermillion Ranch and offer a wide range of shopping, dining, art theater and sporting events.  Summertime brings a wide variety of activities throughout the region, including rodeos, festivals and county fairs.

In short the Lewis 'n Clark Cabin and the Vermillion Ranch is very private and and place where you can create your own vacation however you wish. We will help you with any details, but only at your request so that we do not invade you privacy.


You can rent the entire ranch  with both houses as well as the 800 acres and all the riverfront and ponds, just for your group!. We have beds for 13 people in the Lewis 'n Clark Cabin and the Harrison House combined. For these larger groups, we also have a gourmet cook available for hire.  Call us for more info and available dates.

Join us for you next Montana Vacation! Whether it's an adventure or solace you week, the Vermillion Ranch is the perfect setting.
Call Dan Vermillion at 888.347.4286 or email

Montana Fly Fishing Guides

Sweetwater hires guides for whom guiding is a profession, not a summer job.  Our guides will make each day on the river a special one filled great lunches served on the banks of the river and great conversation about fishing and life.  During your visit, you will fish the famed Yellowstone, the Boulder, the Stillwater, the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, and, of course, a few secret spots we have discovered over the years. 

Our Montana operation is designed for small groups which allows for optimal flexibility.  Each day your group will be able to choose from any one of many fishing options. This flexibility allows anglers to relax and fish according to their own schedule.

Montana Fly Fishing TripsFor anglers visiting in September, we have added pheasant hunting as part of the fishing package.  With over 800 acres of prime pheasant habitat, the pheasant hunting offers a great addition to your fishing vacation. 

offers a great collection of fishing water for the traveling angler and probably offers the best dry-fly fishing for trout in the United States.  It is a big state.  When considering where to fish, it pays to fish with people who have spent their entire lives in Montana. 

Sweetwater will make sure you are fishing away from the crowds in the best water south-central Montana has to offer.  Our guides have years of experience and will make your days on the river memorable.  Our lodge and our chef will welcome you home each evening with wonderful cuisine and cozy accommodations.  You will not want to go home and will not be able to wait to return!  Join us as we entertain fishermen from around the world at the Harrison Homestead at the Vermillion Ranch on the banks of the Yellowstone River.   

Ready to visit the beauty of the Big Sky Country?
Call 888.347.4286 or email for detailed availability.

Sweetwater Travel is licensed by the Montana Board of Outfitters and the US Forest Service.  Jeff Vermillion is MT Outfitter #5912 and operates under a Special Use Permit granted from the United States Forest Service for Commercial Non-Hunting Day Use in the Boulder Drainage in the Gallatin National Forest.

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