These trips run from the beginning of July through the first week of September.
We provide all waders (if necessary), boots, rods, reels, terminal tackle, and flies.
We travel primarily at 4,000-feet along the river corridor, utilizing horses, mules, and self-bailing NRS Otter rafts. We float/fish the South Fork of the Flathead, and walk/wade its smaller tributaries.
Days run long in the summer in northwest Montana. Cool evenings (60s) and warm days (80s) start with beautiful sunrises at 5:00 am and gorgeous sunsets at 10:00 pm.
Our wilderness trips are a full 6-day itinerary, beginning early Sunday morning and ending with a fantastically fun BBQ at our Lodge!
A wilderness cook will accompany you for your entire trip, having appetizers awaiting your arrival back to camp after a full day of catching trout. You will feast on savory ribs cooked over a roaring fire, or grilled ahi tuna, followed by Dutch oven baked desserts!
We have one of the only legal seasons in the lower 48 to target the threatened, native bull trout. These behemoths can top out at over 36 inches and well over 15 lbs.! Our native, wild, and willing westslope cutthroat trout will readily rise to the surface to engulf your gigantic foam dry fly.
Give us a call and we can tell you what to bring, or send you one of our comprehensive trip planning booklets.
It's all in the booklet. Give us a call or shoot us an email. All questions will be answered.
Overall: 3.0 / 5 based on 2 reviews
1 of 2 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
best ever -
I have gone on a guided fishing trip every year for many years until I found Spotted Bear and it is now my annual trip for myself and either girlfriend or a group of guys. I have been there for the last 7 years and it remains way beyond my expectations. Superb guides, accommodations, food and the fishing is always excellent. Will be back again this July.
Poor management -
By: Wacke from Montana
Worst management I have ever experienced!! Incredibly disappointed in this so called business. Last summer we drove the 55 mile road only to find out that our reservation was accidently not put into the books, so the management said, "pick a date for this summer and we will make it work" This summer they canceled our reservation. We are "just a gift certificate" so we are treated as second class. Very disappointing from spotted bear ranch. I expected much better from them.
Response from: Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Operations
Posted: 8/5/2013 9:42:08 AM
The lodge manager of Spotted Bear Ranch provided the following response to this review: "At Spotted Bear Ranch we pride ourselves on a commitment to customer service. In this instance though we failed to connect properly with a guest. It is rare and we will go to great lengths to rectify any errors. We are sorry about this circumstance and look forward to the opportunity to create and deliver a fabulous experience. We thank you for bringing this to our attention and hope you will allow us to show you the true Spotted Bear."