Ruby River, Montana

Nestled in the heart of Montana's finest trout fishing country is the Upper Canyon Outfitters Ranch. We will be leading a trip to the ranch during the summer of 2022 to fish the Ruby river (which runs right through the ranch) as well as the Madison, Big Hole, and Beaverhead.  Jake and Donna McDonald's family has owned the ranch since 1910 providing true western hospitality with all of the comforts of home.

The trip will consist of five full days of guided fishing on the Ruby and its tributaries.  Upper Canyon has exclusive access to several blue ribbon sections of the Ruby in addition to their own water where you will walk/wade fish for brown, rainbow, and native cutthroat trout, and grayling. To ensure the highest quality experience, you will be guided by the ranch's exceptional guides with a maximum client-to-guide ratio of 2:1.  The Ruby and its tributaries are all walk/wade streams with easy access.  If you would like to do a float trip on the Madison, one can be arranged for a one-day upcharge.  Most folks choose to stay on the Ruby due to the great fishing, lack of fishing pressure, and ease of access. Evening presents the opportunity for casting and fly tying instruction...or just kick back and relax! You may even choose to ride horseback one day or go on a guided history tour or wildlife viewing excursion.  All activities are included in the price of the trip.

Cancelation Policy: A 50% deposit is required upon booking. Balance is required in full 6 weeks prior to departure. A 50% refund will apply if cancelation takes place less than 4 weeks prior to departure.

Dates:  July 23th - July 29th, 2022   Due to an unfortunate medical cancellation, two spots just opened for this week!  We are extending a 10% discount on these spots.
We limit the number of clients to 8 for the week to minimize fishing pressure and to keep the client-to-guide ratio 2:1.


August 20th - August 26th, 2022  4 spots left

This year, for the first time, we are offering a combination school and destination trip.  If you want to learn to fly fish in one of the best locations in the country, this is the trip for you!  The first full day and half of the second, Dusty and Dirk will teach you the fundamentals of casting mechanics, moving water casts, mending, fishing different types of flies, trout tactics, and basic aquatic entomology.  Dirk and I have taught, fished, and ski patrolled together for over 20 years and I can guarantee that the experience will be entertaining, as well as educational.  The rest of the week you will be guided on the Ruby River and it's tributaries by Upper Canyon's patient and professional guides.  You'll have the opportunity to put the skills that you've learned into practice while being coached by the best!   

You may also book this week as five full days of guided fishing if you are already an experienced angler.  Also, if you have a spouse, friend, or child interested in learning the sport, you can be guided the first two days while they learn.  They will join you on Tuesday to fish the rest of the week together.

Cost: Either week - $3,875.00 per person

Includes all lodging, meals, ground transportation, guide fees, and activities. I’m happy to help arrange your airfare to assure the best rates and arrival times.

**Anyone joining us on a destination trip is welcome to attend our Two-Day Intro Clinic or any of our Special Clinics free of charge.**