Archive for December, 2012

Warmest Holiday Wishes from All of Us at Firehole Ranch

Posted in Uncategorized on December 13th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

We hope you are wonderfully well and enjoying the holidays!  At the close of another year, we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year.  We are all blessed to experience the dynamic beauty and adventure of Montana, as our vacation getaway or as our home.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to explore this area we invite you to visit us this summer and experience the magic of Firehole Ranch!

Thanks to all of you who made 2012 our best season ever and we look forward to seeing many of you in 2013!

Warmest wishes for a season filled with peace and joy,
Lyndy Caine
Owner

 

Firehole Ranch is proud to be named a World’s Top 10 Fly Fishing Lodge by Forbes!

No lodge in the U.S. is better located for trout fishing  – Forbes, 2010

Fall Hunting and Fishing, an update from Josh Duchateau, Head Guide and Outfitter

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5th, 2012 by admin – 2 Comments

We are in the midst of another wonderful holiday season and closing in on another year’s end. Unfortunately this means that it is time for me to complete fishing log reports for Montana’s Fish,Wildlife, and Parks Department and the Board of Outfitters, which doesn’t allow much time for fishing at the moment. On a positive note I can see the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel.” Uncharacteristically I have only fished a handful of days this fall, the least in at least twelve years. I am not sure what this means or indicates, but what I do know is that I spent a lot of time this past month in the mountains searching for elk, grouse and whatever else one might seek among Montana’s beautiful peace and quiet. This was the first hunting season that I did everything on my own which left me with a certain tranquil gratification that I haven’t felt since I set out for Montana by myself on an Amtrack train with nothing but a bag of clothes, fly rod and a dream, years ago in my late teens. Harvesting and hauling an elk out of the mountains is a daunting task with two people, but when this is done solo it becomes a test. After days of butchering and many sore muscles that I didn’t even know that I had, my friends, family, and I should be eating “grass fed and organically” all winter.

Now as for fishing, when I have been out the fishing has been good to great. The catching has also been good to great. The lake, reservoir, and freestone stream bite is definitely winding down now that the snow and ice have begun to pile up on their edges. No worries though, there are plenty of tail water and spring creek options to fill our appetite. Just last week, Brady managed to land fish on streamers, nymphs, and dry flies while we were on the ever world famous Depuy’s Spring Creek.

Now as daylight dwindles and nights grow longer, what else would I do besides spend my time reading other fishing blogs, watching fishing videos and dissecting fishing product reviews? Here are a couple you might be interested in, a video about fly fishing in Montana, Breathe, and an Orvis Helios 2 product review.  You can also check out our Facebook page for additional photos.  Enjoy!

Merry “Fish”mas and Happy Holidays!

Josh Duchateau
Head Guide and Outfitter

A Conservation Update and Thank You from Lyndy Caine, Firehole Ranch Owner

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3rd, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

Dear Friends,

One of the many reasons I own Firehole Ranch is my passion for protecting and conserving wild land for future generations. We invite guests to join us in this important endeavor by making a donation to conservation equal to 1/2% of their guest package. This year you contributed over $4,500! At the end of the season your donations are divided amongst three outstanding conservation groups here in Montana. This month’s newsletter focuses on one of these groups, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC).

The incomparable Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – one of the last great largely intact temperate ecosystems left on Earth – is as healthy ecologically as it has been at any time since Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872. Grizzly bears roam in greater numbers. Bison habitat is expanding. Wolves are back on the landscape, giving Greater Yellowstone its full complement of wildlife for the first time in nearly a century.

It is due in great part to the work of such organizations as the Greater Yellowstone Coalition that this magnificent region continues to amaze and awe, drawing record numbers of visitors each year to experience its wonders. But at GYC their work is far from finished. With human populations rising, development accelerating and the climate warming, overall wildlife habitat continues to shrink and pressures on the landscape intensify. As the only conservation group dedicated solely to Greater Yellowstone, we are uniquely positioned to protect these lands, waters, and wildlife so that our children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to bear witness to this rare slice of nature’s handiwork. They do this by working locally from their four GYC offices with a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure boots-on-the-ground solutions for the challenges facing us. Learn more about this important organization at www.greateryellowstone.org.

Counting our many blessings, we thank you for your contributions, your support of Firehole Ranch and your enthusiasm for the Yellowstone region. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season!

Warmest wishes,
Lyndy

Lyndy Caine, Owner