Fly Fishing Access from Guest Ranch on Upper Boulder
Enjoy fly fishing in solitude on a relatively slow moving part of the
river. Guilt free vacation lets family experience other guest ranch
The Boulder River begins in the Absaroka-Beartooth
Mountains, and flows
due north towards its confluence with the Yellowstone
River in the town
of Big Timber. The Boulder River provides decent fishing, a stunning,
changing scenic backdrop and exciting floating. In short, it is a great
place to come on a Montana fly fishing trip.
From where the Boulder River begins, at the confluence of South Fork
Boulder River and Basin Creek, the river runs through a narrow and small
valley, flanked on all sides by the towering Absaroka Mountains and the
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area. For the first thirty miles, the Boulder
River predominantly runs through public land, with a few scattered parcels
of private land lying about. Access is excellent - just pull off the
side of the road and go.
This upper section of the Boulder River has very fast current, lots
of whitewater of Class III and Class IV, excellent pools and solitude
for the angler willing to walk away from areas where the road nears the
river. While it is rather time consuming and a slow drive to access this
section, the upper Boulder River is well worth the trip.
Thirty miles downstream from its origin, the Boulder River flows through
Natural Bridge Monument, a unique waterfall that is well worth taking
the time to see. As the Boulder River flows through the monument, the
river disappears entirely in a large mass or rocks, re-appearing one
hundred feet later in two distinct waterfalls that cascade down more
than one hundred feet. The sight of water flowing out of the rocks, not
just over it, is a unique site, and well worth the price of the short
walk required to see it.
Below Natural Bridge, the Boulder River passes primarily through private
land as it leaves the Absaroka Mountains behind and begins to flow through
the high plains. The valley just outside of the mountains has extensive
agricultural operations. Fields of hay go right up to the rivers edge.
The current of the Boulder River also slows. The country becomes much
more open, offering excellent views of the surrounding mountains.
After flowing for more than thirty miles below Natural Bridge, the Boulder
River reaches the confluence with the Yellowstone
River near the town
of Big Timber, MT.
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