Big Sky Fly Fishing

Big Sky Fly Fishing participants write:

"Congratulations on an
OUTSTANDING event. The entire
experience was just first class
- from the equipment, the
speakers, the lodge, the meals,
the hospitality of the Big Sky
Chapter members, the stories that
we shared, the camaraderie
- and of course, the fishing!!!"

Yung C. Wu

"Great event. Gear provided is
excellent. Host and YPO Montana
folks were a pleasure."

David Lord


An intimate YPO Fly Fishing Adventure - for 12 to 20 YPOers & guests, with 6-8 Big Sky YPO hosts set for Friday, September 19 to the morning of Monday, September 22, 2008. Hosted by the YPO Big Sky Chapter at the Madison Valley Ranch, an ORVIS endorsed fly fishing lodge located on the banks of the world famous, blue-ribbon Madison River near Ennis, Montana. The event is an all-inclusive package of lodging, meals, refreshments, professionally guided fishing, tips, and transfers from the Bozeman, MT airport.

Big Sky Fly Fishing is a repeat of an event that the Big Sky Chapter restarted two years ago with great success (rated a 9.91 in 2006). This is a small, intimate, laid-back experience where members can enjoy the great outdoors in a comfortable lodge setting while networking with fellow YPOers. It’s a great opportunity for the Big Sky chapter members to get to know YPO members from other areas, while showcasing the diversity of business and recreational opportunities in Montana.

Upon arrival in Montana, participants will tour the Bozeman headquarters and manufacturing facility of Simms’ Fishing Products (K.C. Walsh, 49er, owner/CEO) and receive their own complete fly fishing outfit (including waders, boots, fishing vest, jacket, Winston fly rod, reel, fishing line and more) with a retail value well in excess of $2,500.

During the event, local YPO’ers and 49’ers will host the participants at meals along with some local fishing and Montana history resources. Fishing will include drift boat fishing on the Madison River with 6 people each day rafting and fishing the Madison’s wilderness section of the Bear Trap Canyon guided by The Bear Trap Express Outfitters (Tim Combs, YPO’er, owner/outfitter). The Bear Trap Canyon is an exclusive fishing event rarely made available to the general public and permits to float this area are limited. 

The all-inclusive price for the three night, two days of guided fishing is $4,495 per person, double occupancy. Participants may add an additional night and a third day of guided fishing for an additional cost of $750 per person. Open to YPO members, 49’ers, WPO, CEO, spouses and key associates. Space is limited to just 12 people maximum. Deposit of $1500 per person, with full refund for cancellations more than 45 days in advance of event. For more information, click on the following links:

For Big Sky Fly Fishing 2008 details and registration, go to MyYPO Special Events for September 2008

The Madison Valley Ranch

Nice catch
Madison Valley Ranch

"You and your guys did an
absolutely superb job in putting it
all together,from the incredible
accommodations, the inspiring
resources you made available after
the indescribable evening meals,
and of course, the fishing. ...there
really was no stone left unturned in
terms of designing and executing
this experience. 'Only in YPO'
for sure."

Kurt Hellweg

Cookout along the Madison River

On rating the events take-home value:

"Considering all the equipment we
got, this has huge take-home value,
as I am equipped to go fly fishing

Mike Singer

Rafting the Madison River


Dining at the Madison Ranch