Some Questions You May Have

  • How much does a trip cost and what is included?
  • What airport should I fly into?
  • I'm flying… How should I schedule my arrival and departure times?
  • How do I get to the Smiling Moose Lodge from the Bozeman/Belgrade Airport?
  • How do I get to the Smiling Moose Lodge from Idaho/W. Yellowstone Park?
  • This is my first time fly fishing; what should I bring?
  • What should I include on my packing list?
  • I have all my own fly fishing gear, what should I bring?
  • Where can I get my waders, boots and fishing licenses?
  • What if I have specific dietary needs i.e. gluten free etc.?
  • Can I bring my son?
The individual cost to go on a Wild Adventure trip is $2,375. Price includes: Guiding fees (which includes two guided float trips for $500/day), Guiding tips, and fishing rods, lines & flies. Price does NOT include: Airfare, Montana fishing licenses or rental equipment (Waders & Boots).

Mail your check payable to:
The Wild Adventure
12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B #414, Seal Beach, CA 90740
Attention: reservations.

For credit card payments call 855-600-WILD and talk to reservations.
No refunds.

NOTE: Anything can happen and so we recommend purchasing trip insurance. It can be purchased through a company like Travel Guard, AAA or even some home owner policies.
We recommend flying into the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). The Smiling Moose Lodge is a 1.5 hr car ride southwest of Bozeman, MT.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
850 Gallatin Field Rd, Suite 6 Belgrade, MT 59714
Phone: (406) 388-8321
www.bozemanairport.com

Try to set up your arrival time into Bozeman, MT as close to 12:00 pm as possible on the first day of your trip (Tuesday). We also ask that you set your departure time on the last day of your trip (Sunday) as close to 12:00 pm or later as well. Shooting for the 12:00 pm arrival/departure time will make it easier to organize getting everyone in our complimentary shuttles to and from the ranch (1.5 hr. drive).

On occasion guests may need to arrive the night before. If this is the case there are a number of hotels that offer complimentary shuttles to and from the airport. Please keep in mind that the gates to the Smiling Moose Lodge will not be opened until 3:00 pm on the 1st day of your trip (Tuesday).

Directions from Bozeman Airport

  • 1. Go out of the airport to the main street and take a right.
  • 2. Go 2 miles to the second stop sign; Jackrabbit and take a left.
  • 3. Go 7.7 miles to Hwy 84 and take a right.
  • 4. Stay on Hwy. 84 going west to the town of Norris and Hwy. 287 take a left (south) and go towards the town of Ennis.
  • 5. When you cross the Madison River Bridge just after leaving Ennis, set your odometer, you are 26.7 miles from the road to our bridge.
  • 6. About 1 mile before the road to our bridge will see a sign on the left; South Madison Recreation Area, and then in 200 yds on right a sign Wolf Creek.
  • 7. At the bottom of that hill take a right on the gravel road, you will see a driveway entrance sign (The River House), go back .02 mile to the first left and cross the river on the old wood bridge. Keep to the left and follow the dirt road up the canyon 1.2 miles. Stay left at the fork in the road and go through our ranch entry gate, continue up 1 mile to the lodge. 406-682-4998.
From West Yellowstone or Idaho
1. Get on Hwy 287 headed north.
2. The Grizzly Bar & Grill will be on your left.
3. Continue 7.5 miles past the Grizzly Bar & Grill. Take a left on the gravel road. 406-682-4998.
Fisherman's Checklist.
These are the items that are nice to have for your fishing trip. Guides usually bring spare fishing gear (i.e. spare rods and flies)
  • • Polarized Sunglasses to help with glare and to see the fish through the water
  • • Some category of fleece: a vest, over shirt, jacket. The weather changes often in Montana and if it gets cold fleece helps
  • • A rain jacket that is waterproof and helps if breathable
  • • A long sleeved fishing shirt or over shirt to protect from the sun
  • • A hat to protect from the glare and sun. Can be a ball cap or any type with a front bill or rim.
  • • Sunscreen

For those of you who have never done this before most everything on the list can be substituted for by something you probably already own and modified for your specific needs. Rod and reels are available if you do not have one. Waders you can rent from Beartooth Outfitters for $80. (They are located very close to the ranch). You also will be responsible for getting a 2 X 2 day license as well.

Personal Clothing & Toiletry Items

  • Polartec tops or sweat shirts for warmth.
  • 1 – pair of sweat pants for lounging
  • 2 – pair of blue jeans
  • 2 – button up or long sleeve shirts
  • 1 – warm coat to put on top (sometimes the evenings can get cold)
  • ? – underwear (again wicking capabilities preferable)
  • ? – t-shirts, pair of shorts
  • 1 – pair of shoes or sandals to use while lounging
  • 1 – toothbrush
  • 1 – toothpaste


Other Essential Items

  • Any personal medication

The following list is exhaustive and covers everything you would need for your fly fishing trip. This list is for the guy who has everything. For those of you who have never done this before most everything on the list can be substituted with something you probably already own and modified for your specific needs. Please keep in mind the Smiling Moose Lodge can provide extra fly rods & reels. All waders, boots and belts can be rented through Beartooth Fly Fishing your first day of fishing.

Fishing Equipment

  • 2 – rods recommended (one as a backup)
  • 1 – 9ft 6 weight 1 – 9ft 5 weight
  • 2 – reels with at least 5 weight line and 6 weight line (an extra spool of 7 weight might be nice in case of wind)
  • 1 – fishing vest
  • 1 – Gortex chest waders with stocking feet
  • 1 – wading belt
  • 1 – felt or rubberized sole wading boots
  • 3 – pair of long underwear for use with waders (with wicking capabilities preferable)
  • 3 – tops (I use long sleeve wicking tops)
  • 3 – t-shirts
  • 4 – pair of socks (with wicking capabilities preferable). I usually bring 8 pair. 4 of medium weight and 4 liners or very light weight (all with wicking capabilities)
  • Terminal tackle – bring your favorite standard flies and leader material in an assortment of weights, although our guides should have both flies and leader material available.
  • 1 – rain proof jacket with hood (Gortex type is preferable)
  • 2 – hats with keepers (just in case you lose one)
  • 2 – polarized sun glasses with cords attached (in case you lose one)
  • 2 – nippers/forceps (in case you lose one) Strike Indicators Sunscreen
You will be able to rent your waders, boots and belt from Beartooth Outfitters for $80 for the week. Your 2 x 2 day Montana Fish & Wildlife license can be purchased locally for $50 at the Beartooth Fly Fishing Shop. We will be providing transportation to Beartooth prior to your first day of fishing.

Both your equipment and your license will be ready for you on your first day of fishing (Wednesday). As part of your week we will alert Beartooth to your exact license and gear needs.
Please inform our staff on your reservation form about any dietary needs you may have and our chef will do his best to prepare your meals in accordance with these requirements.
Unfortunately we don’t allow father and sons on the same trip. A big part of the discussion and self review that goes on each week has to do with wounds... and according to the book that we ALL read/will read before the trip, John Eldridge the author, states that the ‘father wound’ is a major issue for almost every boy... and you can probably see the logical extension of what could take place on the same trip that included that issue as a major discussion topic!