This is a 4-star, wilderness camping and fly-fishing trip into Montana's most pristine, untouched mountain landscapes. The trip starts as you pack in on horseback up river for miles into the Wilderness and float out on the South Fork of the Flathead River. Fly fish by day, camp each night and enjoy a campfire with stories under the stars on the banks of the South Fork of the Flathead River. This is truly the trip of a lifetime.
Only a handful of guided pack and float trips are allowed here each year and the outfitters abide by a permit system that protects this fragile ecosystem. Because of this, the dry fly fishing for wild and native West Slope cutthroats is some of the best in the lower 48 states. Not to mention it is one of the only places in the Western US where you can legally target, and fish to the native bull trout. Each year we reserve a week during some of the best weather and fishing, for a group of Orvis Adventures guests. This trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness is perfect if you are looking for the ultimate, Montana fly fishing experience away from the crowds and enjoy being in the outdoors! The wilderness crew at Spotted Bear Ranch has taken hundreds, if not thousands, of anglers into the Wilderness, so you will not be disappointed.
*Please note that this is a sample itinerary, and this is a wilderness-based trip, therefore the actual itinerary may change due to water levels, fishing conditions and or weather.
Plan your flight to arrive at Glacier/Kalispell airport any time during the day. From the airport you can take a taxi or a shuttle to the hotel of your choice. The hotel is not included in your package and you are free to stay wherever you choose. If you wish to be closer to the Bob Marshall Wilderness, we suggest staying in Kalispell.
You’ll be picked up at your hotel around 6:00 am and take a 2-hour drive to Spotted Bear Ranch (transfer not included in the cost of the trip but can be arranged if you are not driving to the trailhead). After arrival, the guides and packers will sort out our gear and send it off to the trailhead to be loaded onto mules while we enjoy breakfast. After a short transfer to the trailhead you will mount up and ride about 10 miles to Hodag or Damnation Creek. You will arrive in time at camp for some fishing and introductions to the native cutthroat trout population.
Rise early and enjoy the Montana sunrise along with a breakfast around the campfire. Today is another ride into the backcountry, stopping in time to fish the late afternoon and evening on the White River.
After a hearty breakfast, you will have plenty of fishing options with your guide; wade fish the main river, hike and explore small tributaries with your guide. Plan to overnight on the White River and move the next day.
Break camp after breakfast each morning and float down the river by raft, stopping along the way to fish the best holes. Lunch will be on the river and the group will camp at different places on the banks of the South Fork of the Flathead each night.
After breakfast, the group floats and fishes their way to the takeout point. The packer s will meet you at the takeout and you have the option to hike or ride the 2 miles back to Outfitters Roost. After a short drive back to Spotted Bear Ranch, you can clean up and enjoy a barbecue before heading back to your hotel around 7:30 – 8:00 pm. Your hotel is not included in your package.
After breakfast you can make your way to the airport or stay an extra day or two in the Glacier Area for more adventures on your own.
July 11-16, 2019
Price: $6,000 per person, double occupancy*
*Each member of the group will be paired up with another angler to share a guide (2 anglers per guide and tent)
Included: Meals starting with breakfast on Sunday and ending with dinner on Friday evening, Use of fly fishing equipment, Day use and forest service permits & fees, Guided pack and float trip with all camping equipment, except personal sleeping bag, **Orvis VIP discount card
Not Included: Fishing license, Bull trout license (free from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Transfers to and from the river, Alcoholic beverages, Gratuities to guides and a Personal sleeping bag (a sleeping pad and cot are supplied)
**Get a 20% discount on Orvis merchandise when you arrange your trip through Orvis Adventures. You will receive a VIP Customer Card for booking a trip through Orvis Adventures. This card entitles you to a 20% discount on non-sale Orvis merchandise from the time you book up to 3 months after your trip is completed.