Spotted Bear Ranch, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition in Spotted Bear, Montana

Spotted Bear Ranch, MT


The adventure of a lifetime! This three-time Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition of the Year award-winning trip will bring you via horseback and gear-hauling mules deep into the legendary 1-million-acre Bob Marshall Wilderness. You will have the opportunity to fish for six days for our wild and willing westslope cutthroat. On dry flies! You will ride horses, walk and wade, float fish, and luxury camp, traveling up and down the wild and scenic South Fork of the Flathead River. There are no roads. Get ready!

Date Range

These trips run from the beginning of July through the first week of September.

What is Provided to Customer

We provide all waders (if necessary), boots, rods, reels, terminal tackle, and flies.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

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.

Typical Weather by Season

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.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Our wilderness trips are a full 6-day itinerary, beginning early Sunday morning and ending with a fantastically fun BBQ at our Lodge!


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

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!


Species You Fish for by Season

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.


What Should Customers Bring?

Give us a call and we can tell you what to bring, or send you one of our comprehensive trip planning booklets.


Frequently Asked Questions

It's all in the booklet. Give us a call or shoot us an email. All questions will be answered.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 3.0 / 5 based on 2 reviews


1 of 2 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    best ever - 2/6/2015

    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.

  • 1/5

    Poor management - 7/26/2013
    By: 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."

Spotted Bear Ranch, Northwest Montana
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition
Tara McCreedy
Spotted Bear Ranch, Northwest Montana
Next to Spotted Bear Ranger Station

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