New West, paired with Phasmid Rentals, is offering an early season special for a car camping/ DIY Montana one week tour capitalizing on off-season rates. Although June often has a bit more rain then July, the wildflowers and rapidity of growth more than make up for it. Combined with approximately 70% less other tourists than in July/ August, this can make for a very special time of year. New West will prepare an itinerary of our 'special spots' (not to be revealed to the public here!) where you will enjoy solitude and scenery second to none.
+ Full itinerary planning, and accommodation booking services.
+ Two-nights hotel/ motel/ or B&B accommodation depending on itinerary (2 rooms based on double occupancy)
+ Full-car camping package for 4 (sleeping bags, pads, tents, stoves, cooking equipment, cooking kit, cooler, bear spray, etc)
+ Suburban rental for 7-days, including airport pick-up/ drop-off from BZN, unlimited mileage, no charge for additional drivers
+ All taxes and fees
+ Does not include: food, fuel, beverages, gratuities, fishing license (if desired), park fees, camping fees (if applicable)
Tours to be designed to guest's desires and seasonal conditions. Tour themes include; wildlife, Yellowstone, geology, fly-fishing, wild flowers, scenic driving, small town exploration, Lewis and Clark trail- or all of the above.
Total for 4 guests, $1,400
For 2-3 guests in a Subaru Outback, deduct $400.
For 5-6 guests, add $400
Spring in Montana is not often thought of as a prime time, but that is only because the locals generally do not speak of this secret. Prior to run-off, which is often difficult to predict but usually commences around mid/ early May, the fish are hungry and there can be some of the best hatches of the year. Early March most rivers typically become consistently fishable with nymphs, San Juan worms, and egg patterns. This time of year can be very productive as most of the fish will be gathered in dense pods in the slower/ deeper sections of river. After some warm days, from mid-March to April the first major hatch occurs- midges. Spectacular days can be had on all major rivers in Southwest Montana. In our opinion, this is the only time of year to fish the Madison as the pressure is comparably non-existant to the rest of the year. Somedays, any little slick spot along the bank or behind a rock will be loaded with fish taking midge clusters off of the surface. When the hatch doesn't happen, streamer fishing can be fantastic (especially on the Yellowstone) and standard winter nymph rigs also effective. Mid-April until run-off we will start to see regular baetis hatches and then right before run-off and into run-off the legendary Mother's Day caddis hatch- when millions of caddis literally blanket the surface.
This time of year is by no means a guaranteed slam; but some of the best days of the year are certainly had during pre-runoff fishing. The best part of it all is you will only be sharing the water with very few other dedicated anglers.
Recommended 4-nights 5-day, Spring fishing itinerary for 2.
Day 1. Arrive Bozeman. A member of NWE will meet you at the airport and escort you to your rental Subaru Outback and then back to the office to go over any last minute itinerary plans/ adjustments and any rental gear. Depending on the arrival time, there will likely be enough time to fish the East Gallatin, West Gallatin, or Lower Madison. Overnight in Bozeman ($40 - $200/ night).
Day 2. Guided fishing. Your guide will pick you up at the hotel or will meet at prearranged location for a full-days guided fishing on whatever river is fishing best at the time. Could be the Yellowstone, Madison, Missouri, Beaverhead, etc. This decision will be made last minute completely dependent on the conditions. If conditions are not fishable, the guided day will be rescheduled for a later date. This day will be to not only enjoy Montana and hopefully catch fish, but to also learn how the guides are rigging, where to fish, and what to fish for the current conditions. Overnight again in Bozeman. ($40 - $200/ night).
Day 3. Fishing on your own. If the river you fished the guided day was fantastic, then go back. If not, pack your bags and head to the fish. New West Experience will be keeping a 'pulse' on current conditions and will book your accommodations to suit the fishing conditions and your desires. ($40 - $200/ night).
Day 4. Fishing and overnight TBD. Overnight within a half-hour drive to BZN airport.
Day 5. Fish in the morning or all day on Lower Madison, Yellowstone, or Gallatin depending on flight time. Meet back at NWE office 1.5 hours prior to flight, repack your gear, and a NWE representative will drop you off at the airport.
Prices from $1,050 - $1,700 including rental vehicle, concierge services, guided fishing day, and accommodations. Does not include fishing license, food, fuel, tips, or drinks.
At New West Experience we understand the difficulty of arranging small group trips. From getting the group to decide where to stay, when to travel, and the worst- collecting money from people, we are here to make it as painless as possible. New West is able to do everything from arranging your accommodations, planning your itineraries, arranging guided trips, providing rentals cars and gear, to collecting payments from everyone, to even making sure the fridge is stocked upon your arrival.
Let us deal with the hassle so that you can enjoy your time together as friends in the mountains, on the snow, or on the water; whatever your desires may be. Boy's trips, girl's trips, family trips- we have got you covered.
Fly-fishing in Montana and Yellowstone National Park is certainly on any serious angler's bucket list. Wild trout abound in our seemingly endless waterways, coupled with liberal water access laws, offer the angler unparalleled opportunities. New West Experience is able to assist anglers interested in staying at elite fly fishing specific lodges, booking daily guided trips through our network of experienced professionals, or in the planning of do-it-yourself fly fishing adventures.
New West Experience owner, Will Casella, has spent over 10-years working at elite fly fishing lodges around the world- and has come back to live in Montana for one main reason- the fishing is that good. There are of course the classic rivers; the Madison, Big Hole, Big Horn, Beaverhead, Jefferson, Yellowstone, Missouri, and the Gallatin that produce memorable days. However, more often than not, the best angling days and Montana experience come from the not so famous rivers and lakes- the places nobody is willing to talk about- and that is where New West will get you.
At New West, we all fish, and we keep a finger on the pulse of what is going on around the state. Although there are likely more wild trout in the state of Montana than pretty much anywhere else in the world, they can still be moody especially on the larger more famous waterways. We have found that the best way to fish Montana is to be flexible and mobile. Rather than staying at a lodge and getting locked into a waterway for your stay, we encourage anglers to move to where the fish are eating.
The main difference when planning a trip with New West versus many of the outfitters or a lodges is that we truly emphasize quality of experience. If a bumper-to-bumper float trip down the Madison drifting indicator rigs is what you want- we are not the company for you. If enjoying spectacular scenery in the company of good friends (or alone), and maybe catching a fish or two is what you seek- then we can help you out.