These snaps are from a Montana Drifter adventure back in 2013. Todd, Frank and I drifted into Alder and stayed at our western home – Upper Canyon Outfitters in the Ruby Valley. I’ve spent almost 10 years making the trip there to chase trout during the summer. I could not recommend it enough to those looking to book a trip to experience western waters and scenery.
An excerpt from their site:
Upper Canyon Outfitters is located in southwest Montana in a valley near Yellowstone National Park where Native American tribes of Crow, Shoshone, Snake and Bannock once summered beneath the mountains and along the streams that provided all they needed to survive through the changing Montana seasons.
Our grandparents, Peck and Mary Tate, homesteaded here in 1910 and began a working ranch that would pass through our family for generations. In 1981, their son Bill and his wife Bernice opened the doors to guests and made a place for all who came at our family table. Since then, through the support and efforts of family and friends, Upper Canyon Outfitters has grown to become one of the premier guest ranches in Montana.
Today, three generations of our family live on the ranch and in July of 2016, we celebrated 106 years of calling the lands of the Ruby Valley home. We’ve been fortunate to raise our family in a place surrounded by the mountains of the Greenhorn, Gravelly and Snowcrest ranges, the waters of the Ruby River, and the wooded valleys of the Beaverhead National Forest, and we hope that you’ll become part of our family as well and come visit us time and time again.
Oh and when in Ennis, try the Willie’s Whiskey. Todd did that year.
You can learn more by visiting their site. This season they have constructed some seriously cool themed vacations. One includes fishing to get the Montana Grand Slam – 5 species of fish in 5 types of water. That means a rainbow, brown, brook, whitefish, and grayling.
I’ve done it twice while out there and come very close many times. Those darn grayling can be tough! ~Drifter07