Orvis Upland Hunt & Fish Combo w/ Linehan Outfitting

Join Orvis and our endorsed partners at Linehan Outfitting for a unique wingshooting and fly-fishing group trip to Montana.

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Orvis Upland Hunt & Fish Combo w/ Linehan Outfitting


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Dates:

September 29 - October 5, 2023

Length of Trip:

6 Nights, 5 Days

Price:

*$5,150 per person, (shared cabin, shared guide)

*Cabins are sold at double occupancy (2 ppl per cabin) or private. If guests are unable to fill their cabin they will have to pay for a private cabin.

Highlights:

  • Five days of guided fishing & wingshooting at a world premier outdoor destination
  • An Orvis host will be on site to help oversee guests experience
  • Hunt for Ruffed grouse, Blue grouse and Spruce grouse found in the Kootenai National Forest
  • Fish for rainbow trout, Mountain whitefish, westslope cutthroat, and bull trout
  • Fantastic meals and unique accommodations

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The Story

Join Orvis and our endorsed partners at Linehan Outfitting for a unique wingshooting and fly-fishing group trip to Montana. The Linehan Outfitting fly-fishing and wingshooting guides are some of the best in the state. Their goal is for guests to learn and experience facets of the sport that they have never encountered before, and to come away from activities with that “wow!” sense of accomplishment. This corner of northwest Montana is far less traveled. It's a place where the Pacific rainforest ecosystem crashes into the spine of the northern Rocky Mountains. It's a place of dense, coniferous forests and it smells like Christmas every day. The Kootenai and Clark Fork Rivers and the small streams that supply them with cold water throughout the season are still wild and fish well from the middle of June into October. Guests will have the opportunity to fish for rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, westslope cutthroat, and bull trout. During hunts, guests will focus on three species of native grouse (forest grouse) found on the Kootenai National Forest. There are no fences or feeders here. There is no baiting allowed and hunting adventures are all wild all the time. The accommodations for this trip are in keeping with the overall feel of the trip. From the flannel sheets to the hot showers to the grill on the porch, you will feel at home and comfortable when you return from a long day in the mountains or on the river. This one-of-a-kind combination trip is sure to provide memories of a lifetime.

Yaak Valley Log Cabins:

Guests on this trip will enjoy staying in one of three cabins, located in the heart of Yaak Valley, Montana. The cabins are cozy and well-appointed, providing everything you need. They are easily accessed off the main Yaak River Road just beyond the 35-mile mark in the Upper Valley. Access to the Yaak River and the surrounding Kootenai National Forest is immediate, offering easy family activity time if you desire. Each cabin has a queen bed, sleeping loft with two twin beds, one bathroom, a full kitchen, and a gas grill on the porch. The stars here are so bright at night you can practically hear them. There are few places as serene, or as worthy of a visit.


Meals:

Linehan Outfitting is committed to making sure that our guests feel welcome and cared for, and that they are surprised and delighted at every turn. This commitment is best expressed by Joanne Linehan herself, who prepares the lunches, or in some cases, all the meals for guests who come for a stay. It is no exaggeration to say that folks come to Linehan Outfitting for the hunting and fishing, but they come back for Joanne’s cooking. Her skill and care in the kitchen, along with her warmth and ready smile, make Joanne a beloved fixture here. Her food, however, speaks for itself: Joanne is decidedly among the best and most accomplished chefs in the destination sporting industry. For over twenty years she has been nourishing Linehan Outfitting guests with innovative meals and fresh, locally grown organic ingredients.


Alcohol:

Water and non-alcoholic beverages are provided. Guests will need to bring their alcoholic beverages of choice. We encourage guests to bring their own if desired. Alcohol may not be consumed prior to any shooting activity.

Linehan Outiftting takes great pride in feeding its guests well! Start your day with a hearty breakfast, served either continental buffet or plated. One guide will be assigned to every two guests to help oversee the experience of their choice. The guide team will have checked-in with the group the prior day to pair guests with guides based on their activity.


Fishing:

Guests who are fishing will drive to Libby (one hour) and rendezvous with guides at Linehan Outfitting’s Anglers Hut at 8:00AM. Anglers will fish the Kootenai River until 5:00PM and will drive back up to Yaak (one hour).


Hunters:

Guests who are hunting will be picked up by guides at 8:00AM. Hunters will be returned to Yaak cabins by guides by 6:00PM.

Once back at the lodge there should be plenty of time for a shower before cocktail hour around 6:00PM followed by dinner at 7:00PM.



*Please note that this itinerary is subject to change.

The Fishing:

The Kootenai River is primarily a rainbow trout fishery. Mountain whitefish, westslope cutthroat, and bull trout are also caught throughout the trip. Guests spend most of their time fishing dry flies. That said, guides are happy to nymph or pull streamers anytime as well and both are effective means of having a good day.


The Hunting:

There are three species of native grouse (forest grouse) found here on the Kootenai National Forest. Blue (dusky), ruffed, and spruce grouse are all found in healthy numbers. The forest grouse limit is three birds per gun per day in aggregate (total of three birds regardless of which species or combination).

What is Included?

  • Five days of guided fishing & shooting
  • Six nights lodging
  • Three daily meals & snacks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • River shuttles
  • Orvis rods and reels for use on the trip
  • Orvis Host

What is Not Included?

  • Airfare
  • Local transport
  • Firearms & Ammunition
  • Gratuities for guides and service staff
  • MT License
  • Alcohol - Guests are welcome to bring their own
  • Bed tax - $412 dbl or $479.6 pvt paid on departure

How many people are on this trip?

6 maximum.


What skill level is suggested?

Wingshooters must have experience in the field and especially with firearms. There are no exceptions. It is not in Linehan Outfitting’s business model to introduce guests to firearms or hunting. Experience is necessary and required.


How strenuous are the activities?

Fishing: Fishing guests will be in drift boats, so we can certainly tailor physical abilities and limitations to specific needs.

Hunting: Linehan Outfitting grouse hunts are authentic and physically demanding. Guests can expect to hike/hunt five plus miles a day in moderately dense vegetation at 3,500-5,000 feet in elevation. Access to the bird covers is via two track logging roads. This is an authentic grouse hunt and not necessarily for individuals who are not in decent shape.


Is this a child-friendly trip?

Although children of all ages are permitted to join this trip, state law only allows resident and nonresident youth of 10 or older to hunt with a valid license during an open season, with certain restrictions applying. Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip.


What additional activities are available?

The cabins are surrounded by public lands on the Kootenai National Forest. Other activities available to guests are centered around the outdoors and include sightseeing and hiking on local trails. The resort towns of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Whitefish, Montana, are within striking distance but are 2.5 hours away. Glacier National Park is 3 hours away.


What is the typical weather?

Guests should expect daytime temperatures in the 80s and evening temperatures in the 60s. Standard fishing attire is perfectly fine for most summer days. Sandals and/or water shoes are perfectly good for summer months’ footwear while on the water. Generally, waders are not necessary during summer months. September and October are fall in Montana. Waders are often necessary, since by late September we can start to get some moisture. Guests can expect daytime temperatures in the 60s during September and 40-50s during the day in October. Mornings will be crisp in the fall. It's always best to check the local weather forecast just prior to your trip for the most accurate weather conditions.


What gear do you recommend?

Guests are encouraged to pack layers during all seasons and be sure to pack good rain gear. Linehan Outfitting can and is happy to provide all rods and reels for guests if desired. Hunting guests can expect crisp mornings with temperatures in the 30s and daytime temperatures in the 40s-60s. Mornings can also be wet from dew. Grouse hunting guests should pack layers and include good rain gear, waterproof chaps, or pants, boots, and hunting specific gear including vests and ammunition. Linehan Outfitting does not provide shotguns. A detailed packing list will be sent to guests upon booking.

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & Clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

Orvis Travel, its Owners, Employees, Associates and Agents give notice that they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers providing means of transportation and/or other services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers.

Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

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