Best Dry Fly Fishing in the Lower 48
The South Fork of the Flathead is known in the fly fishing world as the mecca for dry-fly cutthroat trout fishing. The river starts in the 1.5 million acre Bob Marshall Wilderness, at the junction of Danaher Creek and Young’s Creek. It runs for 45 miles due north, fed by dozens of small tributaries, where it exits the wilderness near Spotted Bear Ranger Station and flows into the Hungry Horse Reservoir.
Bob Marshall Wilderness Fishing Adventure
This 7-day adventure cuts through the middle of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, offering unbelievable dry fly fishing for cutthroat, and streamer fishing for Bull Trout. On top of spectacular fly fishing – you will have the opportunity to experience what it takes to take part in a top-notch backcountry adventure ran solely on man and mule power.
You will spend the first two days of your trip traveling on horseback to get to the upper reaches of the South Fork of the Flathead River. We take advantage of traveling upstream to ensure greater river coverage for the remainder of your float trip.
After two days of traveling, a day rest will be exactly what you need. The third day of your trip will be our “layover day”. This day you will use to recharge and enjoy our camp alongside the South Fork of the Flathead River. Our guides will also take you wade fishing along some of the best holes on this stretch of river.
The remaining 4 days of your trip will be enjoyed traveling down river on rafts, experiencing world-class float fishing, hearty meals, and comfortable backcountry accommodations. Each night you will experience a new camp with impressive Bob Marshall Wilderness views.
June 22 – 28
June 30 – July 6
July 9 – 15
July 17 – 23
3 SEATS OPEN
July 25 – 31
2 SEATS OPEN
August 2 – 8
August 10 – 16
August 18 – 24
We will take yOu to some of the deepest, mOst remote areas of the BOb Marshall.
Due to the isolation of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the river and its tributaries remain lightly fished. This results in the quality of fishery now being as good as it was many decades ago. Skilled anglers can catch over 100 fish per rod on good days, but it is common for each boat to land 40+ native cutthroat each float day. These Cutthroat Trout range in size, but there are many in the 12-18” range, and they love to rise to dry flies!
The South Fork is also one of the only places where an angler can fish for the native Bull Trout. The South Fork Drainage is the largest stronghold of these native Char in the Lower 48 states. These big fish act like an anadromous species, migrating upstream every July from Hungry Horse Reservoir. Some of our lucky anglers have brought Bull Trout in excess of 30 inches to hand.
Legal fishing season for Bull Trout closes on July 31.
We offer many different lodge fishing experiences, from 3 night/2 day trips to 5 night/4 day adventures.
Our Day Floats & wade fishing trips depart from the Lodge so anglers can choose to do what they love most. Float three different stretches of the South Fork or wade fish the stunning Spotted Bear River.
We have 17 miles of the South Fork that we can float fish from our lodge. We typically break this section of river into 2 separate days of float fishing. The quality of flyfishing along this section of river is top shelf.