Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition in Cody, Wyoming

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Boulder Basin Outfitters

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition

Phone icon307-587-3404 Phone icon307-250-0076 Email iconspadebit@tctwest.net Link iconwyomingsummerpacktrips.com
3348 North fork Hwy
Cody, WY 82414

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The Story

Join the experts at Orvis-endorsed Boulder Basin Outfitters for your fly-fishing expedition in Wyoming. At Boulder Basin Outfitters, we are passionate about what we do, offering pack-in wilderness adventures in northwest Wyoming. We provide our clients the opportunity to ride and fish in some of the most remote wilderness areas. The rivers, streams and lakes are spring-fed from glaciers and snowpack, the water is cold, and wild trout are hungry and quite abundant; these fish rarely see human presence. Our horses and mules are gentle and sure-footed and take great care of our guests.

"Being a third generation outfitter with 30-plus years of experience in northwest Wyoming, I can assure my knowledge of the area and the passion I have for the great outdoors is unsurpassed. Our friendly guides, wranglers, and cooks understand and hold this same passion. We all look forward to sharing this with you."

Our trips are customized to accommodate all levels of clients to beginning fishermen, to the most advanced angler. You don't have to be an expert rider either, we have horses for all levels of experience.

Despite the remoteness of our excursions, our camps are comfortable, modern, and include family-style meals. We camp in secluded meadows near the clean, crisp waters we fish. Each trip can accommodate up to 10 guests. Relax around the campfire under our large awnings and sleep soundly in our canvas tents (two-person occupancy per tent) on cozy cots. For your personal needs, we provide a latrine and a shower set-up for your convenience. Wake up to coffee and a warm breakfast every day. Return to a home-cooked dinner every evening beginning with appetizers and ending with a tasty dessert. Sack lunches are provided with a variety of snacks to keep you energized throughout your day.


We operate our fly-fishing adventures mid-June through Labor Day, with the prime fishing time being July and August.


The primary species caught are cutthroat trout. There are also plenty of brook trout, along with some rainbow and brown trout. Expect to catch fish up to 20" in length and weighing up to four pounds. These fish are wild and always put up a good fight.


Our excursions will take you high up in to Wyoming's Absaroka Mountain Range. The rivers are cold, clean and swift, with large pools. The Yellowstone and Thorofare Rivers are some of the most remote areas we offer to fish. Fish caught here are the Yellowstone native cutthroat. These trips run 6 to 10 days in duration, with the season being late June through mid-July. Bridger Lake is one of the most remote areas in the lower 48 states and offers incredible cutthroat trout fishing throughout the summer season.

The North and South Fork of the Shoshone and Greybull Rivers are more easily accessed, but still provide an epic and remote fishing experience. While the Greybull River is strictly cutthroat trout, the North and South Fork of the Shoshone hosts many species of trout. There are a few lakes available to fish on this trip. These trips run three to eight days in duration, with the season being mid-June through Labor Day.

The Buffalo Fork is a tributary of the Snake River and offers anglers a unique opportunity to test their skills on big water, all the way down to tiny streams. All trout species are available here, and there are also some incredible lakes to fish on this trip. These trips run five to 10 days in duration, with the season being mid-June through Labor Day.

Typical Weather:

The typical weather during the fishing and summer season is 60-80 degrees F during the day, and 50- 60 degrees F at night, with seasonal rain showers.


Rates start from: $250.00 per day, per person
You can find all pricing information at: wyomingsummerpacktrips.com/rates-best-wyoming-summer-camping-trip-mountains-fish-photo.html

What is Provided:

Our trips are all-inclusive. Food, lodging (tents), guides, cooks, wranglers, horses are all provided in your trip price. There is a 3% use fee tax in addition to the price. Not included in trip price: Gratuities, alcohol, Wyoming fishing license (required), lodging before and after your trip.

Gear Recommendations:

Suggested Fishing Gear List/Tackle:

  • 8.5' or 9.0' fly rod
  • 4 to 5 wt.
  • 2 reels, one with floating line, one with sinking line
  • 9-foot tapered leaders
  • Spools of tippet, 3-6 lbs. of test
  • We suggest an extra rod and lightweight waders. Or you can wet wade
  • Non-slip fishing boot

Suggested fly list:
Renegade, stimulators, several hopper varieties, Adams, coachman, mMayflies, stoneflies, caddis and nymphs'both beaded and plain, sizes 8-12

What to Bring:


Duffel Bag: Lightweight waterproof bags, 30" in length or less are best. We prefer two 20 lb. bags or smaller. 40 lb. baggage limit. The weights of duffels will be strictly enforced.

Clothing: Blue jeans, cotton shirts, light long underwear, lots of socks and underwear, swim suit, warm jackets (light and heavy weight). Nights are always cool. Neckerchief or scarf.

Footwear: Hiking boots or hard-soled shoes for riding. Cowboy boots are not recommended. Camp shoes (sneakers or moccasins).

Rain Gear: Bring some...the weather is always unpredictable. Please, no ponchos.

Sleeping Bag: It's best to bring your own bag. Rated to 0 degrees

Sleeping Pad: ThermaRest type, we do have some if you do not. Sun Glasses, polarized for fishing

Cowboy hat or cap and gloves: Cowboy hats are best.

Camera: Bring plenty of film or memory cards and extra batteries.

Flashlight and batteries, pocket knife, water bottle, with filter if possible.

Alcohol, beer and soda: Alcohol should be packed in unbreakable containers. Beer and soda in aluminum cans.

Personal items: Towel and wash cloth, lip balm, lotion with sun block, insect repellent, wet wipes or feminine wipes, large Ziploc bags, toiletries, medication and anti-inflammatory, Tylenol, Motrin, Aleve, Advil, etc.


What airport should I fly in to?
Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming.

Are pets allowed?

Are the horses gentle enough for beginners?
Yes, we have gentle, well-trained horses and mules that are extremely sure-footed.

How long does it take to ride to camp?
Typically, we ride 3-5 hours with breaks in between and average 10-15 miles.

Is there an age minimum for your trips?
Yes, 6 years old.

Is there a weight limit for your horses?
Yes, unfortunately, we have to limit our client's weight to 280 pounds for the safety of our animals.

Will there be any cell phone service on my trip?
No, because we are in very remote areas. However, our staff have satellite phones and devices in the event of an emergency.

Additional Activities:

Boulder Basin Outfitters also offers hunting opportunities for all of Wyoming's big game species. We offer trail rides, wildlife viewing, photography opportunities and backcountry pack trips.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Day Trip My women's adventure group went on a day trip with Carl and Jim at Boulder Basin Outfitters. We rode horseback about 3 miles into the Shoshone National Forest, the area was beautiful and clearly not frequented. Our group had a broad range of experience levels which was probably tricky for the guides. As one of the people new to fly fishing I would have appreciated a little more guidance on preparing for the trip but once we were out I had a great time. Carl was encouraging and gave me guidance at a digestible pace. I was able to catch a couple of Brook Trout before the day was out. I would absolutely recommend Boulder Basin Outfitters. Newbie Tips- bring water, dress in quick dry layers, bring a rain slicker and glasses (sun or otherwise.)
Date published: 2019-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Backcountry Expedition My 15 year-old son and I just returned from a 6 day, 5 night trip down the South Fork of the Shoshone River with BBO guides/cooks/wranglers Royce and Kate. In short, we had a blast. While the original purpose of the trip was to flyfish for backcountry trout in the Washakie Wilderness, our plans were thwarted by unusually late runoff and high, often muddy water. Not to be deterred, our guides showed us a great time anyway. We had amazing horseback rides, beautiful vistas, wildlife, a great hike up a spectacular waterfall, and a lot of fun around camp. We even cleared a trail that had been partially blocked by an avalanche (hard work, but great fun). The food was much better than expected and we really just enjoyed our time in such a remote place. My son has already asked to do it again so I guess we'll be back sometime in the future!
Date published: 2019-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I do NOT recommend Boulder Basin Outfitters I do NOT recommend Boulder Basin Outfitters. They took our deposit to reserve a trip. Then, without telling us, made significant changes to it. In order to avoid us canceling the trip and asking for our deposit back, Boulder Basin deliberately withheld this information from us until it was too late for us to do anything about it. I made a reservation in January 2016 for a progressive pack trip from Cody to Dubois in August 2016. In May, Boulder Basin moved our trip back 2 days and changed our trip to a base camp trip to accommodate fishermen who wanted a fishing trip the same week we had reserved for our pack trip. While they were told at that time that our trip had been changed to accommodate them, we were not. When I called in late May to confirm our reservations, the owner told me about the date change but neglected to tell me that the type of trip was also changed. I told him we would arrive in Cody the night before the trip and asked where to stay to be close to the trailhead. He said to stay anywhere in Cody and call him when we got there. After spending 2 days driving to Cody from Ohio, we checked into our hotel and called the owner to see where to meet for our trip. For the first time we were told that we were not doing a Cody to Dubois trip and instead we were doing a base camp fishing trip out of Jackson and would be doing day trips out of the camp. By telling us to meet in Cody, and then telling us to go to Jackson, the owner unnecessarily added 4 hours to our trip. The fishermen were correctly told the trip would leave from Jackson. Fortunately we arrived in Cody 2 days early. If we had arrived the night before the trip, as expected, we would have had to get up at 3:00 am to get from Cody to Jackson in time to meet at the trailhead the morning of the trip. The owner next told us if we went to the trailhead the night before the trip, we could stay with the guide who would pitch a tent for us and provide a hot breakfast, so we checked out of our hotel in Cody and did not make reservations in Jackson. When we talked to the guide to find out where to meet him, he told us he was not camping at the trailhead. When he learned what we were told us he offered his personal tent to use. When we got to the trailhead that night we were met with signs that said "ABSOLUTELY NO TENT CAMPING DUE TO GRIZZLY BEAR ACTIVITY." It was too late to go back to Jackson to get a room. In other words we had to sleep in the car. So no, I would not recommend Boulder Basin Outfitters to anyone for any reason. After returning home, I sent a letter to Boulder Basin detailing the problems we incurred and asked for some recompense. I got no response. Not even an apology. .
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trip of a lifetime I went on a flyfishing pack trip in August with Carl and his experienced and friendly staff in August. It's taken me so long to write this review because i still don't want to believe it's over. I am by no means hunter or fisher but I love the outdoors and live for adventure. Although this was a flyfishing trip they completely accommodated my desire to ride horses and enjoy my surroundings. The food that was cooked for us was top notice!! I was completely surprised at the delicious meals they could come up with. And they totally went out of their way to come up with meat alternatives because I'm a vegetarian. I felt completely safe and taken care of in every way possible!! I cannot wait to go again next year!!
Date published: 2016-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Fishing Trip! Our fishing trip was a all around amazing experience. Carl, Justin & Blake were very courteous, accommodating and very knowledgeable with the South Fork of the Shoshone River. The horses were very well mannered on our 12 mile trip in and out of the mountains. This made our trip a life changing experience!! Fishing was excellent!! The Cutthroats are beautiful and hungry! Giants lurk this river under the cut banks and it was so rewarding landing them! I put this trip in the books of best vacation ever and I will be returning!!!!
Date published: 2016-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Five back country trips with Boulder Basin I have taken five trips with Carl. He struggles a little with distance but takes good care of clients. Trout fishing is unforgettable. Beautiful country , great experience. Excellent horses ,Clean tents , comfortable gear. Female friendly and with beginners with fly fishing.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomw time I had a great time with Boulder Basin. Carl, Justin and Morgan were great. We had marvelous time an saw some amazing country. Thanks again you guys!! I will never forget the time I had and all of the memories!
Date published: 2016-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cody to Jackson with Boulder Basin in July We had a wonderful 8 day pack/fishing trip with Boulder Basin. Carl and crew did a wonderful job taking care of we as we crossed the most beautiful country in Wyoming.
Date published: 2016-08-22
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