Mountain Sky Lodge and Guest Ranch.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) had an opportunity to send several participants to a national trip to the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch on Tuesday, 09/19/17. The group consisted of 2 Vietnam era vets and 4 Gulf War era vets.
Tuesday evening started with an orientation in the grand room of the resort. Participants met the other guests and met most of the staff. Each department had a management representative to briefed on the facility and activities to would enjoy during the visit. Dinner was superb, including turkey, roast beef and all the appropriate fixings.
Wednesday started with a great breakfast buffet. Due to rain the previous day, the fishing trip planned for the Yellowstone River had to be postponed. The group decided to enjoy some activities at the ranch which included horseback riding.
For Thursday’s float trip, participants met the guides at the Angler’s West fly shop. Fishers were outfitted with waders, boots and rain gear. The weather was cloudy and drizzling, perfect fishing weather. Anglers caught their share of fish on the Yellowstone River including Montana whitefish, some rainbows and a few small brown trout. The group tried nymphing, streamers and some dry flies. Deb Crewdson was enjoying her first time on a drift boat. She managed to land 3 fish and had a great time on the water.
The accommodations, food and activities were “world class”. The participants all concurred that this was a great trip and experience. PHWFF has hope that in the future, other veterans will have the opportunity to visit and enjoy this wonderful ranch resort. We extend our thanks to Mr. Arthur Blank for his generosity and support of our veterans.