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 17 - 22, 2020
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, $50 Montana State Tax, 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.
Reservations, Deposits & Payments
The deposit is 25% 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.
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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.
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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.
The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.
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Orvis Special Event:
Fly Fishing The Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana
Dates: July 17 - 22, 2020
Length: 7 nights, 6 days
Price: $6000 per angler based on double occupancy