Switching Gears as we head into Summer!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Guide Brady Hughes with a beautiful rainbow on Hebgen Lake.

Not only are the seasons currently changing, but the Firehole Ranch staff is also currently switching gears as well. We are packing and moving all of our belongings from our diverse winter dwellings to the Ranch for the summer. The staff as a whole is constantly changing gears on a day to day or even hour to hour basis. The maintenance crew is washing dishes. The kitchen crew is painting. The guide crew is repairing docks. The housekeepers are planting flowers. The wrangler is housekeeping. The servers are painting. There is always a lot of painting to be done. And the office crew is filling in everywhere else they can. Although our job descriptions are defined in writing, it should really just say “miscellaneous”.

As I said, some of our guide staff is doing maintenance on the docks. To some this might not sound like a terrible situation. We get to work outside down by the lake in a beautiful scenic environment, but to Brady and I this couldn’t be a more painful scenario. The work is hard, but more importantly, we have to watch fish slurp down midges all day while we work. Not all bad though, we do have a little window in the evening to redeem lost time on the water.

Josh Duchateau
Head Guide and MT Outfitter

Spring Fishing on the Yellowstone – the browns are happy and healthy headed into spring runoff!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 8th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

The peaks are still white,the hills are turning green.  Waters are warming and bugs are hatching.  All around trout are growing fat and happy.  Some snowy days and cool nights lay ahead in the mountains no doubt.  Yet everyday, our favorite waters are coming alive with the smiling sunburned faces of friends old and new.  Happy spring!

let’s go fishing!


Firehole Guide

Thank you for making us Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Owner Lyndy Caine, with Firehole Ranch Guides, Staff and Board Members at the Orvis Awards Banquet

Dear Friends,

We are excited to share that Firehole Ranch has been chosen as the 2013 Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year!  Thank you to our fabulous guests, staff and friends as you are the ones that make it all possible.  We hope you are able to join us this summer to help celebrate!

Thank you for being part of this amazing community!
Warmest wishes,
Lyndy Caine, Owner
Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year 2013  –  Forbes Top 10 Fly Fishing Lodge in the World!
No lodge in the U.S. is better located for trout fishing  – Forbes

Sweet Sixteen Fishing Tournament – Great 8 Winners

Posted in Fishing on April 19th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

We are down from the Sweet 16 of fantastic fishing destinations in the Greater Yellowstone area to the Great 8. Some intriguing match-ups were in this round, true nail-biters, especially with the inclusion of the two underdogs who escaped the first round with upset wins. Both 6 seeds from their respective brackets made it into the Great 8, will they go any further?

First up is the recap of the games from the Yellowstone Region.

#1 Madison River vs. #5 Quake Lake
History would dictate that this game ought to be a easy win for the Madison. It is after all the storied, fabled, and legendary 50 mile riffle. Maybe no other river has as much history with-in fly fishing lore as the Madison River. Legends were born and bred on the rough and tumble nature of this mighty river. Names like Charlie Brooks, Ross A Marigold, Bob Jacklin, Bud Lilly, and many others call this institution their alma mater.  Yet the Madison had a scrappy opponent that has surged in recent years to be considered a contender, Quake Lake. After all, Quake knocked off Hebgen Lake, a mighty foe in its own right. For just about every minute these two went back and forth, but in the latter stages of the contest, the historical significance of all that entails the Madison River outlasted the upstart Quake Lake. The Madisonʼs all encompassing power house game that includes year round dry fly, nymphing, and streamer fishing, swamped Quake’s 6 month season of the same , but slightly shortened game.
Winner: Madison River

#2 Yellowstone River vs. #6 Ruby River
Our first game of the week included our first #6 seed to make it into the second round. The Ruby’s small stature was predicted to have its hands full with the giants that make up the Yellowstone River. For the first half of the game it looked like we had a major upseton our hands. The Ruby pulled out all the punches, with blistering hatches of PMDʼsYellow Sallies, Baetis, and Caddis galore. By the midway point there were tearful mournings from Vegas odd makers. But the second half was all Yellowstone. Matching the hatches of the Ruby, the Yellowstone threw in some Golden Stones and Salmonflies, the true big boys, followed up with Green and Gray Drakes, and to top it all off Hoppers and Ants. Too much game for just about any competitor.
Winner: Yellowstone River

Look out folks the Final Four has its first goliath of a match up!

#1 Madison River vs. #2 Yellowstone River
Post your feelings now about which river, and why, should make it to the championship game!




FISH MORE!!!! Check! A March/April Fishing Report

Posted in Fishing on April 15th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

So I know each year we say a lot of things when it comes to making New Year’s Resolutions or making mental or physical achievement goals. But when it comes down to it we either fail to even make an attempt at these goals or they just fade to the bottom of the list based on level of importance. Well not this year. This spring, as always, I made a list of things to do by the time I landed at the Firehole Ranch for the summer. Just below “losing a little winter weight”, “FISH MORE!!!” was literally near the top of my list. I know most of you probably think that I fish enough as it is, but that is what you think. Since I live in what I consider the “meat and potatoes” of Montana there is a lot of water that receives little to zero attention from fly fishing “experts”, blogs, fishing reports, and magazines. (I say “meat and potatoes” because if you even mention fruit or vegetables in this area, you are probably a sissy.) I wanted to take advantage of my location and time to explore. Living in an undesirable fly fishing location comes with its pros and cons. Cons being that there isn’t much for documented information, lack of designated public fishing access, and the fact that I haven’t fished with anybody else in Montana since like November starts to get lonely. Pros being that there isn’t really any competition. If you are creative, like to explore, and have a GPS depicting public and private land, you can find hidden gems with gullible fish all over this state.  It really doesn’t get much more satisfying.

Now as for the fishing itself, it has been awesome! We couldn’t be having better weather for spring fishing and antler hunting. I mention antler hunting because it is motivation to climb seriously steep hills to achieve one of my other goals above. Lose a little winter weight? Check. Rivers have bumped and warmed but still haven’t blown out completely. There are hatches of midges, mayflies, and stoneflies already with March browns and caddis right around the corner. My favorite and probably most productive set up lately has been a dry-dropper system containing a #10 Foam Skwala Stonefly with a nymph imitating whatever other dominant hatch that might be occurring, hung below.  Aside from a little streamer and bobber fishing here and there, no matter what state, stream or river I have fished lately, I haven’t changed my set up for over a month. Fish more? Check!


Josh Duchateau

Head Guide and Outfitter